Intruder shot by homeowner in Independence now facing charges - KCTV5

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Intruder shot by homeowner in Independence now facing charges

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Police are investigating a home invasion and shooting early Wednesday morning. It happened about 4 a.m. in the 1300 block of South McHenry Street. Police are investigating a home invasion and shooting early Wednesday morning. It happened about 4 a.m. in the 1300 block of South McHenry Street.
Jacob M. Kleckner is facing first-degree burglary charges. Jacob M. Kleckner is facing first-degree burglary charges.
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Prosecutors have filed charges against a man who was shot when he allegedly tried to rob an Independence homeowner in the middle of the night.

Jacob M. Kleckner was charged Thursday in Judicial Circuit Court 16 with first-degree burglary.

Police believe Kleckner was breaking into a home in the 1300 block of South McHenry Street. This occurred about 4 a.m. Wednesday, and the shooting rattled nerves in the neighborhood.

Independence police say a homeowner woke up and discovered a man had broken into his house.

The homeowner grabbed his gun and fired several shots. The suspect ran out of the house wounded.

A neighbor across the street saw the suspect struggling to get away and gave the man a ride to the hospital.

The suspect remains at a hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to survive.

The homeowner was not hurt. He declined comment Wednesday.

Ryan Evans said the suspect was a friend of a man living with Evans.

"I just heard a lot of commotion - screaming and yelling," Evans said. "I had a pool of blood on my porch so I knew they weren't in my house."

Evans believes the suspect was trying to get help from the man living with him after he was shot.

"It brings it home," he said. "It kind of makes you analyze who you are hanging out with."

Kleckner's bond is set at $20,000, 10 percent or secured.

KCTV5's Heather Staggers, DeAnn Smith and Laura McCallister contributed to this report.

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