Warren homeowner shoots man during burglary

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A man was shot and is now in the Trumbull County Jail after police say he broke into a house in Warren and was shot by the homeowner.

Billy Morrow, Sr., 48, is facing a charge of aggravated burglary.

The whole ordeal started about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday with a frantic call from a woman who said someone was trying to break into her house on Hall Street.

As the suspect made his way into the back door, you can hear the woman tell dispatchers her husband shot him in the arm.

Caller: “Oh my god!”

911 dispatcher: “Stay on the line.”

Caller: “Oh my god! My husband shot him! My husband shot him!”

A neighbor said he heard several loud bangs then moments later, police cruisers swarmed the house.

Caller: “He’s on the ground. My husband told him to get on the ground. He’s in the house, in the kitchen. Oh my God.”

Ken and Heather York told us later that they were sleeping in their home in Warren when their dog started to growl and then they heard smashing glass.

“He was making all kinds of noise. I thought burglars were supposed to be quiet,” Ken York said.

Morrow had broken down a fence, busted open the door and was coming inside. York told Morrow he had a gun and ordered him to leave.

“He goes, what size gun is that? And I say big enough to kill you, and he came at me again,” York said.

York pulled the trigger once. Morrow was hit in the arm.

Captain Rob Massucci said York did the right thing. He warned the burglar and then protected himself.

“It’s dark. It’s night time. This guy is coming in your house, and he’s about twice the size of you,” Massucci said.

York said he only thought about protecting his family.

“He kept coming. What are you supposed to do? I can buy other sh**, but I can’t replace my life or hers,” York said.

York will not face charges in the case. Morrow was charged with aggravated burglary.

Morrow is being held in the Trumbull County Jail. Court records show he has a lengthy criminal record and served time in prison.

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