Fulton woman shoots at suspected burglar

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

Fulton police have arrested a man who was very nearly shot while allegedly attempting to break into a house.
Officers with the Fulton Police Department arrested Michigan transplant Michael Tomlinson, 19, on May 15 and charged him with two counts of burglary of a dwelling. He was given an initial appearance before Itawamba County Justice Court Judge Harold Holcomb and was issued a bond in the amount of $25,000 for each charge.
He is currently being held in the Itawamba County Jail.
Tomlinson was arrested after allegedly attempting to break into the houses at both 404 and 408 South Adams Street.
According to FPD Chief Reggie Johnson, the resident at 404 South Adams Street — a Fulton woman whose name is not being released — awoke in the night at the sound of someone rattling her bathroom window. She retrieved a .38 pistol she kept for home defense and, upon entering the bathroom, saw the shadow of a man at her window.
The victim told police that she fired twice into the window and saw the man disappear. Believing she shot the would-be intruder, the homeowner called 911. When police arrived, they found the window of her home shot out but no intruder.
Moments later, a different police officer responded to a call from the resident of 408 South Adams Street, who claimed someone was trying to break into his home. When police arrived, a man later identified as Tomlinson ran into the street in front of the police cruiser. He was promptly arrested.
According to Johnson, Tomlinson hadn’t been hit by either shot from the victim of the first attempted break-in, though he suffered some lacerations on his arm from the broken glass of the window. The suspect was allegedly high on synthetic marijuana at the time of his arrest and claimed he didn’t remember the shots, but did remember the window exploding.
Johnson said Tomlinson confessed to the attempted burglaries but believed the houses to be empty.

adam.armour@journalinc.com