Man survives critical wounds from homeowner, now charged with 2011 burglary

Source: Baxter County Sheriff's office
Source: Baxter County Sheriff's office

BAXTER COUNTY, AR, (KAIT) A rural Mountain Home man, 36-year-old Larry Copas, has now been charged and arrested in connection with the attempted burglary of a residence that occurred in June, 2011, during which he was shot by the homeowner.

A bench warrant was issued in December, 2013, charging Copas with: Residential burglary – Class B felony, criminal mischief 2nd Degree – Class B misdemeanor, and criminal trespass – Class B misdemeanor.

Copas is now in the Baxter County Detention Center after his arrest on December 26th.  His bond is $50,000, and he will appear in Circuit Court on January 2, 2014.

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BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – After reviewing the case of a man using deadly force to protect his home, the Baxter County Sheriff's Office says 14th Judicial District Prosecutor Ron Kincade has ruled that the homeowner was justified in the shooting.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, around 4:30 Monday morning, Jeremy and Kristi Ealey called 9-1-1 saying someone was trying to break into their home through their 4-year-olds window.

Police say during the call, the suspect Larry Copas, then threw a concrete block through the back door. According to police that's when Jeremy Ealey fired several shots at the back door, hitting Copas once in the head and once in the lower abdomen. Copas was sitting on the back porch covered in blood when police arrived, he was taken to St. John's in Springfield, Missouri in critical condition.

The homeowners were not injured. Police say they shooting is still under investigation, and Prosecutor Kincade says he is considering charges against the wounded suspect.

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