BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — A suspect is now in custody after Jefferson County deputies responded to a home invasion and shot him after he attempted to open fire on them.
At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a home invasion in an unincorporated area near Bessemer.
According to the JCSO, the suspect broke into a woman’s home and assaulted her, but she was able to get to the phone and call police.
When the deputies arrived, the suspect came to the door and raised a gun, but the deputies fired at him and wounded him, but he fled the scene. The deputies were able to rescue the victim, who was subsequently taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Bessemer Police Department was called out to assist Jefferson County in searching for the suspect.
Later, police were notified of a person in Carver Park in the 500 block of 2nd Avenue North in Bessemer matching a description of the suspect. When police arrived, the suspect fled the park and police were able to take him into custody before 6 a.m. in front of 4th Avenue Supermarket.
The victim was taken to the hospital. He was later identified as 26-year-old Rickey Burgin. He has since been treated for his injuries and transported to the Jefferson County Jail.
Burgin is being charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree rape and first-degree assault. He is being held without bond.
Burgin was released on probation back in May which has since been revoked. He is also a registered sex-offender.
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