Man charged in attempted home invasion

2013-04-22T13:42:00Z 2013-04-22T23:26:04Z Man charged in attempted home invasionChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324

MERRILLVILLE | A 22-year-old Merrillville man has been charged with attempting to force his way into a home last week.

Gregory Phillips, who was shot in the leg during the incident, faces one count of felony attempted residential entry and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and battery resulting in bodily injury, police said Monday. The charges are filed in Lake Criminal Court.

About 4 p.m. April 15, Phillips approached a resident who was working outside of the resident's home in the 5800 block of Taney Place, police said.

Phillips, who is an acquaintance of the resident's son, allegedly was persistent about entering the resident's home.

After telling Phillips to leave, the resident entered his house and told Phillips he had a shotgun, police said.

Phillips told the homeowner he wouldn't leave, and "you're going to have to shoot me," police said.

Police said Phillips then started kicking and pushing a door to the home.

The resident fired one round into the door as it began flexing toward him, police said.

Phillips suffered a gunshot wound to his right hip area, police said. He was taken to the Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus for treatment.

The resident was hit by the door while Phillips allegedly attempted to push it open, police said. The resident suffered minor injuries during the incident.

Police said no charges are being sought against the resident.

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