Update: Marijuana Operation, Guns Found In Delhi Twp. Home after Woman Shoots Intruder

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Update: Marijuana Operation, Guns Found In Delhi Twp. Home after Woman Shoots Intruder

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Feb 21, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 22, 2013

A morning shooting in Delhi Township has neighbors on edge and a man in critical condition.

"It's movie-like almost," Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said. "I mean, how often do you go to a scene where you've got an intruder that's been shot by the homeowners, and he's laying handcuffed there ready to go? I mean, that's just very unusual."

Police responded to the home in the 4200-block of Holt Road around midnight Thursday and found the 20-year-old man handcuffed, beaten, with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said he forced his way in, and threatened the homeowners, Jason Terrill and Kari Smith, and their children, with a handgun. After a scuffle, Smith shot the man several times at point-blank range in the stomach with her handgun, and the man was also reportedly beaten with a baseball bat.

Wriggelsworth said it could have been a robbery or drug deal gone wrong.

"The person didn't go there on accident," Wriggelsworth said. "He went there because he knew why he was going there."

The Sheriff's Office believes the man targeted the home for its supply of marijuana. Law enforcement found 57 marijuana plants growing in the home, along with five guns, including an AK-47 knock off. The Sheriff's Office is seeking charges against the homeowners for those items.

"At this point we don't know that he's licensed, and I think he was way beyond the number of plants you could have in the house," Wriggelsworth said. "You walked on the front porch and you could smell it, so it was that strong."

The homeowners' lawyer didn't want them to go on camera, but Smith and Terrill told us they're legitimate medical marijuana growers. They didn't believe the suspect was after that supply.

Neighbors said they were suspicious about the home, and sometimes felt unsafe.

"We do know that there was a lot of activity going in and out of there a lot," neighbor Carl Acker said. "So, it makes a person wonder."

He said law enforcement have been to the home before, and now people new to the neighborhood are concerned.

"I just moved in, and now somebody gets shot?" Jennifer Price said. "It's kinda scary when you really don't know where you're living."

Wriggelsworth said this wasn't random though, and he understands the homeowners' reaction, especially with four kids in the house.

"Somebody forces their way into my house with a handgun, they're getting the same reception, I can tell you that much," Wriggelsworth said. "Whether they're growing marijuana or not."

Arrests won't be made until next week at the earliest, or until the man is stable enough in the hospital.


DELHI TWP - Sheriff's deputies removed dozens of marijuana plants this morning from a home where a shooting took place overnight.

A 21-year old man was shot inside a home in the 4200 block of West Holt Road in Delhi Township around midnight. Ingham County Sheriff's department says they removed 57 marijuana plants and growing equipment from the home.

Lt. Eric Trojanowicz says that a woman in the home shot the man while he was fighting with her husband. He says the couple claims they did not know the man who entered the home, and they told investigators that the man came in brandishing a gun.

A fight ensued and the woman grabbed a handgun. The couple tells police that the two men continued to brawl on the floor of the living room, and the woman shot the 21-year-old man at close range.

Lt. Trojanowicz says the man had multiple wounds resulting from a handgun capable of shooting buckshot. The man was rushed to Sparrow Hospital where he has undergone two surgeries.

Four young children were inside the home at the time of the shooting.

The Ingham County Sheriff, Gene Wrigglesworth, is having a 2 o'clock press conference about the shooting incident.



No arrests have been made in a reported home invasion in Delhi Township early Thursday morning.

Police have been able to confirm that the man was shot in the hand and torso. He is currently at Sparrow Hospital being treated for gunshot wounds, and is in critical condition.

Officials say a man, woman, and four children were in the home at the time.



A man was shot multiple times inside a home in Delhi Township early Thursday morning.

An investigator with the Ingham Country Sheriff's Office tells us that the victim did not live in the house. 

The shooting happened just before midnight in the 4000 Block of Holt Road.

Deputies say the 9-1-1 call came in as a home invasion, however they not are confirming if the victim broke into the home.

Two adults and four children were inside the house at the time of the shooting. 

Authorities have not said who fired the shots. 

As of Thursday morning, they are still talking to everyone involved, and the man who was shot was taken into surgery. 

They tell us no arrests have been made.

We will continue to follow this breaking story, and will have updates throughout the morning.