Marijuana Operation, Guns Found In Delhi Twp. Home After Woman Shoots Intruder

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

A morning shooting in Delhi Township has neighbors on edge and a man in critical condition.

"It's movie-like almost," Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said. "I mean, how often do you go to a scene where you've got an intruder that's been shot by the homeowners, and he's laying handcuffed there ready to go? I mean, that's just very unusual."

Police responded to the home in the 4200-block of Holt Road around midnight Thursday and found the 20-year-old man handcuffed, beaten, with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said he forced his way in, and threatened the homeowners, Jason Terrill and Kari Smith, and their children, with a handgun. After a scuffle, Smith shot the man several times at point-blank range in the stomach with her handgun, and the man was also reportedly beaten with a baseball bat. Wriggelsworth said it could have been a robbery or drug deal gone wrong.

"The person didn't go there on accident," Wriggelsworth said. "He went there because he knew why he was going there"

The Sheriff's Office believes the man targeted the home for its supply of marijuana. Law enforcement found 57 marijuana plants growing in the home, along with five guns, including an AK-47 knock off. The Sheriff's Office is seeking charges against the homeowners for those items.

"At this point we don't know that he's licensed, and I think he was way beyond the number of plants you could have in the house," Wriggelsworth said. "You walked on the front porch and you could smell it, so it was that strong."

The homeowners' lawyer didn't want them to go on camera, but Smith and Terrill told News 10 they're legitimate medical marijuana growers. They didn't believe the suspect was after that supply.

Neighbors said they were suspicious about the home, and sometimes felt unsafe.

"We do know that there was a lot of activity going in and out of there a lot," neighbor Carl Acker said. "So, it makes a person wonder."

He said law enforcement have been to the home before, and now people new to the neighborhood are concerned.

"I just moved in, and now somebody gets shot?" Jennifer Price said. "It's kinda scary when you really don't know where you're living."

Wriggelsworth said this wasn't random though, and he understands the homeowners' reaction, especially with four kids in the house.

"Somebody forces their way into my house with a handgun, they're getting the same reception, I can tell you that much," Wriggelsworth said. "Whether they're growing marijuana or not."

Arrests won't be made until next week at the earliest, or until the man is stable enough in the hospital.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Location on Feb 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM
    Good for her taking care of an intruder. She acted quicker than the police could have even got there. She protected her family.
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM
    So "It's movie-like almost," Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth says. maybe the CSI NY show Gene saw was a low rated show just like this one. Gene we want to know WHAT HAPPENED and not some tag-line you picked up from some CSI show to pass along. This is not a movie it was real and a guy got shot. Since when does a break in turn into a made for movie crime Gene. Maybe the women grabbed the wrong gun cuz the damage wasn't fatal or maybe we need to register out bats. Those people had a business and until it is proved otherwise NO MORE jumping out and claiming the thief was done wrong here as the story and not some other trumped up made for movie stuff. So until I hear or read all of the facts I say if a guy is shot breaking into a house and is shot that's the story and not some story fabrication on some sort of hubnch or speculation GENE!
  • by Tom Location: Lansing on Feb 21, 2013 at 09:15 PM
    Seeking charges for having a few guns and a knock off version of an AK47? Since when was it illegal to own guns in this country? What charges are they going to press exactly? Is the AK47 fully automatic? Are there unregistered handguns? Horrific reporting in my opinion. As a matter of fact, it's likely an anti-gun fanatic wrote this article, since those questions were never asked and they have already begun terrorizing the victim. What part of she defended herself and her children against an armed intruder does the sheriff and media not understand here? Why the negative focus on the victim? We could have been looking at a mass homicide with dead children, and all the sheriff and media can do is whine and cry about a few guns and some medical marijuana.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Feb 21, 2013 at 09:01 PM
    What exactly are you implying with this headline? Your title to this article makes me SICK!! Are you saying that owning a gun somehow makes her less of a victim? Oh and by the way Mr. Sheriff, what evidence do you have that this was a drug deal gone bad?? Stop publicly assuming things before you investigate the evidence! What kind of cop are you anyway to make such a statement without investigating? I'm not interested in some cop's opinion. I'm interested in the FACTS. People in this country have the right to defend themselves and their family, and we don't need cops assuming things before they investigate. I'm sorry that it makes you angry that a citizen defended herself and her children. This could have turned into a horrible tragedy if it wasn't for this act of bravery from the victim. She may have very well saved the lives of her children and all WILX and the sheriff can do is imply that she is some sort of bad person because she owns guns and has medical marijuana in the house. Absolutely sickening!
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