Homeowner Shoots Burglar

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at approximately 10:00 this morning in the 600 block of Summer Breeze Drive in which a homeowner allegedly shot one of two intruders in his home.

Jermoid Wheeler, 31, of 6745 E. Monarch was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to reports, the homeowner was asleep when he heard a noise at the back door. He stated he retrieved his firearm and proceeded down the hall when he noticed someone trying to pry open the door. He stated he yelled at Wheeler to stop several times. The homeowner stated Wheeler made full entry into his home holding a crow bar and walking in his direction. At that time, the homeowner fired one shot that struck Wheeler. At that time, Wheeler’s wife allegedly ran inside the residence, grabbed the crow bar and walked back out of the residence.

Detectives questioned Wheeler’s wife who stated she had been present with her husband for prior burglaries, but denied she was aware he was burglarizing the current residence. She did state that Wheeler was known to carry a crow bar while committing burglaries. She stated that the two were looking for a new home, and she was waiting inside the truck when she heard the gunshot. She admitted to grabbing the crow bar and running back to the truck with it.

Deneatrice Cage-Wheeler, 36, of 6745 E. Monarch is charged with Aggravated Burglary, Second Degree Murder and Theft of Goods.