A 21-year-old shotgun-toting home invasion suspect was fatally wounded early Wednesday by one of his intended victims inside a home at 520 Moss Landing Drive, Metro Police say.
Elijah Minnard, who is last known to have lived on Mountain Valley Drive, was killed in the confrontation with residents Dennis Clay Nicholson, 22, and Lincoya Stephens, 25.
Police say Nicholson told detectives that he was confronted by Minnard, armed with a shotgun, and an accomplice Jeremie Thomas, 17, of North Second Street, armed with a pistol, as he arrived home shortly before 1 a.m.
Nicholson told police he was forced inside and held at gunpoint upstairs with Stephens who was already home. Thomas allegedly searched the downstairs.
Police say there was a scuffle but Stephens and Nicholson were able to get the shotgun away from Minnard. In the process Stephens was hit in the leg by a shotgun blast. Stephens allegedly pulled a pistol that was concealed in his waistband and fatally wounded Minnard, police said.
Stephens opened fire on Thomas, and he fled the residence, police said.
At 2:15 a.m., Thomas, allegedly with gun in hand, attempted to carjack a motorist on Hamilton Church Road. The driver accelerated and told an officer whom she spotted a short distance away what had just happened.
South Flex officers flooded the area and apprehended Thomas at Hickory Club Drive and Zelida Avenue. Thomas allegedly discarded his gun as the officers approached.
Although no drugs were found in the home, Thomas told detectives that he and Minnard came to the Moss Landing Drive home to commit a drug-related robbery, police said.
Police say Thomas admitted to his involvement and is charged at Juvenile Court with two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of unlawful weapon possession, attempted criminal homicide, four counts of aggravated assault, and attempted aggravated robbery. Thomas is being held in juvenile detention pending a hearing.
Thomas is the only person facing charges at this point, but police say the investigation is continuing.