Originally created 02/27/06

1 dead after break-in



Police are investigating an early Sunday shooting that resulted in the death of a home invasion suspect.

At about 4:30 a.m., authorities received reports of a shooting at a home in the 1900 block of Wylie Drive.

Bobby Dale Hutto, 26, died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday morning, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Ben Parrish said.

Mr. Hutto was suspected in what Investigator Parrish described as a "home invasion gone wrong."

Travis Phillips, 23, of Wylie Drive, told police that he and his fiancee, Karen Davis, 22, heard a thumping sound as if someone had kicked in their door.

Mr. Phillips told police he grabbed a handgun and saw two masked men standing in a hallway, Investigator Parrish said.

Mr. Phillips told police he warned the men to leave but they did not.

He said he then fired two shots from the.22-caliber revolver and the men ran from the premises.

When police arrived, they found Mr. Hutto lying in the yard of a nearby home.

He had gunshot wounds to the right side and right leg.

Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said Mr. Hutto was pronounced dead at 5:25 a.m.

Investigator Parrish said he did not know whether charges would be filed against Mr. Phillips.

"I can't say one way or the other. We're still continuing our investigation," he said.

Late Sunday, police were still searching for the second man who participated in the home invasion.

Mr. Phillips and Ms. Davis live together at the Wylie Drive home, which is in a subdivision off U.S. Highway 25, police said. Investigator Parrish said it's possible the home invasion was not a random incident.

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