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Suspect in Clemons Road Home Invasion has died; Case will Be Presented to Elmore Grand Jury


Photo is a mugshot of Charles Bowne, 39, from an arrest in December of last year in Wayne County, Indiana.

A Wetumpka area man who was shot multiple times during a reported home invasion Tuesday morning has died from his injuries, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin. The case will be presented to an Elmore County Grand Jury at a later date, but Franklin said he does not expect a Grand Jury bringing charges against the homeowner.

“The suspect (Charles Bowne) died just a short time ago,” Franklin said. “As a matter of protocol the case will be presented to Grand Jury, but I have no doubt that the homeowner will not be charged with any crime. He was acting merely to protect his family and his home.”

Bowne reportedly went to a home on Clemons Road in Elmore County around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, forcefully entered the home through a door and was met by a male homeowner armed with a 9mm weapon. When Bowne reportedly reached for something near his waist the homeowner shot him four times, including one shot to the head.

The sheriff said that Bowne had recently been released from an Indiana jail on theft charges, but had returned to Elmore County after his release.

After the shooting, Bowne, 39, who also lived on Clemons Road was taken by medical helicopter to Jackson Hospital.

 “The homeowner was asleep in bed with his wife, and a young child was also in the home,” Sheriff Franklin said. “He heard a commotion in the front of the house. He had a gun and went to investigate and confronted the man, later identified as Bowne, near the door. The suspect reportedly told the homeowner to give him all of his ‘Stuff’ and then reached towards his waist. The homeowner fired four shots from a 9 mm, striking Bowne in the head, shoulder, bicep and left leg.”

Deputies located what is believed to be pipe used for smoking drugs on the suspect.

“We operate under the premise that your home is your castle,” Franklin said. “But this will be presented to an Elmore County Grand Jury at a later date.”

As for the homeowner, his wife and young child, they were not physically injured in the incident.