UPDATE: Homeowner Fires Gun at Burglar; Suspect Arrested after Police Chase

By: Anna Baxter, Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Anna Baxter, Katelyn Sykes Email

UPDATE 11/16/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A suspect in a break-in got more than he bargained for when the homeowner he’s accused of targeting pulled out a gun and opens fire.

It was the beginning of a wild afternoon that ended with a two county police chase.

Shena Walker said she was coming home when she saw James Galloway standing on her front porch. She thought he was a salesman so she kept driving. But when she came back and saw his car still parked in her driveway, she knew something was wrong.

"When I was walking around the house, I heard him trying to either kick the door in or bust it in," Walker said. "And then I saw him take a rock, so I knew he had gotten in at that point."

She ran back to her can and called 911. That’s when Galloway came outside. She said he asked where someone was and then got into his car to leave. But when he almost hit her car, she pulled out her gun and started firing.

"I've just got to hit something, and maybe I'll bust a tire, and maybe he won't make it very far and maybe he'll get caught," she said.

Walker said her biggest concern was that her 3-year-old son was sitting in the car at the time.

"I've got to do what I've got to do to protect my house and to protect my kid who was in the car with me," she said.

This isn’t the first time Walker’s fallen victim to burglars. She said she’s been targeted five times -- one of the reasons she now carries and gun and put up a security system around her home.

"People like that are scum, and they just don't work and be worthless and steal from people who try to make an honest living and work for what they've got," she said.

Walker said through all of this, she’s glad her son was with her at the time because she said things would have turned out a lot differently for Galloway when she was firing her gun.

Galloway was able to get away with some of Walker’s jewelry, but his day didn’t end there. Police said he ditched his car he was driving and stole a man’s car from the 7-Eleven while he was inside paying for his gas. Police were able to catch up with him in Charleston after a brief chase.

Galloway is in jail; he is charged with burglary, grand larceny, obstructing and fleeing.

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is facing charges after he tried to break in a home and then led police on a chase.

A detective with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department tells WSAZ.com James Galloway, 34, of Lima, Ohio, broke into a house on Teays Farms in Teays Valley.

Once Galloway was in the house he was confronted by the homeowner who fired some rounds at him, according to Detective Shawn Johnson. Galloway took off and jumped into a vehicle and dumped it at the 7-eleven along Scary Creek.

That's when he stole another vehicle and headed east, according to investigators. A West Virginia State Trooper spotted the vehicle along I-64 and chased him near Laidley Field. That's where Galloway stopped and jumped out of the vehicle and took off running, according to Detective Johnson. Police were able to catch up with him and take him into custody.

No one was hurt.

No word on what charges were filed against Galloway.

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