Man fires gunshots at burglar, scares him away from Surry County home

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Mitchell Dwayne Robertson, 42, of Dobson

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — A man fired gunshots at a burglar who broke into a home in Surry County, scaring the suspect off, according to deputies.

Mitchell Dwayne Robertson, 42, of Dobson, allegedly broke into a home in the 400 block of Copeland School Road in Dobson late Thursday night.

The suspect allegedly started assaulting the victim with a baseball bat. The victim then fired gunshots at the suspect, who fled the scene in a truck, according to deputies.

The victim, Joseph Paul Hutchins Jr., suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention at the scene, according to Surry County deputies.

Deputies said the suspect was later found at Northern Hospital with a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to Wake Forest Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The burglary happened at the home of a woman who formerly dated the suspect, according to deputies. Deputies said the woman was at her home at the time of the incident, but was not injured.

The suspect has been charged with first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was placed in the Surry County Dentention Center under a $150,000 bail and has court planned for March 12.