GARY — The three men accused of breaking into a retired police captain’s home last month told investigators they thought the house was abandoned when they kicked in the back door and were met with the sound of a gunshot, according to a Lake County Court probable cause affidavit.
Kevon Dixon, 19, Fo'Tre White, 20, and Cameron Briscoe, 19 — all of Gary — face charges of aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury, according to police.
They are accused of forcing entry at about 11:40 p.m. Feb. 21 into retired Capt. Charles Austin's residence in the 4100 block of Jackson Street, police said.
In speaking with police, Briscoe and White claimed they initially went to the home to smoke marijuana on the back porch. Police later determined Briscoe kicked in the door after matching his footprints with one found on the retired police captain’s back door.
Court documents filed Friday show Briscoe and Dixon are accused in a separate home break-in Feb. 10 in the 3700 block of Pennsylvania Street in Gary. They have been charged with one count each of burglary and theft in that incident, court records show.
Officers were called Feb. 21 to the police captain's residence for a home invasion and while en route, a dispatcher told officers the caller had been shot, according to police.
When officers arrived, Austin said he was asleep when he heard someone entering his home so he grabbed his weapon and fired at the suspect, court records show. The suspect — later determined by police to be Dixon, according to court records — fired back, striking Austin in the stomach.
Police later examined Austin’s weapon, determining the gun “appeared not to have been fired due to an apparent mechanical failure,” according to the affidavit.
Officers used a trail of blood to track down White — shot in the wrist during the incident — from the 4100 block of Jackson to a residence in the 200 block of West 41st Avenue, court records show.
It’s unclear from court documents which weapon discharge resulted in White’s injury. Court records show some of the men had handguns on them when they entered the residence and White allegedly told Briscoe he thought Dixon may have shot him.
Briscoe and White were taken into police custody after the incident, while Dixon turned himself in Feb. 23, Gary police Lt. Dawn Westerfield said.
Austin, 65, was taken to a hospital for treatment, and, as of Feb. 23, was expected to recover, according to police.