HOLLY HILL – L. Glenn Littlejohn, 71, of 1244 Peake St. interrupted the suspect, Roosevelt Elmore Jr., at around 4:55 a.m. as Elmore stood in the doorway of Littlejohn’s home, according to police. Holly Hill Police Chief Robert Wunderlich said an unarmed Elmore allegedly forced his way though a doorway into the kitchen of the victim’s home.
Littlejohn, after being awakened by home alarm, “grabbed his shotgun, went out the back door and went around to the side of the house where the suspect made entrance and confronted the suspect in the doorway,” Wunderlich said.
He said Littlejohn shot Elmore in his right shoulder with a 12-gauge shotgun. The wounded Elmore fled the scene, and Littlejohn called 911, the chief said. Elmore was apprehended 300 yards from Littlejohn's house moments later.
Emergency crews responded and transported Elmore by helicopter to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he underwent surgery on his shoulder, Wunderlich said. He said Elmore’s injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening.
Elmore was charged with felony first degree burglary, Wunderlich said. If convicted, he could face from 15 years to life in prison, the police chief said.
Wunderlich said Elmore is also a “person of interest” in three previous reported burglaries at Littlejohn’s home in recent months – on Dec. 24, 2008, March 5 and April 10. Wunderlich said Elmore’s criminal rap sheet is lengthy, including convictions for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, burglary and forgery. (Source)
Littlejohn had been robbed three times prior to this incident — I wonder if the shotgun was a recent purchase?
This seems a pretty open and shut case. I guess the only uncertainty is whether or not Elmore was responsible in any part for the prior three burglaries. If Elmore is found guilty, he should not only serve jail time, he should also be required to pay Littlejohn back for the expense of the shotgun shell used... as well as any damages done to Littlejohn's home. Additionally, he should be responsible for the cost of the life-flight, surgery and hospital bills.