A man suspected of viciously killing a 77-year-old woman in Ohio just one day after getting out of jail was shot by a Georgia homeowner after a break-in.
Michael James Brooks II from Columbus, Ohio was confronted by the armed owner of the home he broke into carrying a knife in an incident that occurred on Thursday, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
(Video Credit: Fox 5 Atlanta)
After being shot in the home invasion in Georgia, he was hospitalized for his injuries. When he’s released by Grady Memorial Hospital, he’ll be charged with burglary, home invasion, and theft in Georgia as well as the murder in Ohio.
According to investigators, Brooks has a long rap sheet. He allegedly fatally stabbed 77-year-old Emily Foster on September 9 in Columbus the day after he had bonded out of jail on other charges. He’s also wanted for the carjacking of a red Ford F-150 truck in Kettering, Ohio. That vehicle was found outside the home he attempted to burglarize in Georgia. Its license plate had been swapped out.
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies arrived at the Georgia home just before 2 a.m. on Thursday after a security alarm going off in the house alerted them to the potential intruder.
Brooks was shot when the police were still three minutes out. Police told FOX 5 Atlanta that the homeowner confronted Brooks, who had a knife, in his basement. He aimed his gun at Brooks and gave a warning before shooting at him. At that point, the homeowner left the basement, went to the second-floor staircase, and positioned himself to protect his family.
Michael James Brooks II, of Columbus, Ohio, was hospitalized Friday for injuries sustained during the home invasion. When he is released from medical care, he will face charges for burglary, home invasion and theft by receiving in Georgia and murder charges in Ohio, police said.
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“There, he took his stand as the subject made his way up to the second floor. [He] made the comment, something to the effect of, ‘You’re going to have to kill me.’ When the resident fired a second shot. That was about the time the deputies got there. From what we can tell, he was coming down the stairway with a second gunshot wound,” Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb noted, according to Fox News. “At that point, they actually still struggled with him [as they] took him into custody.”
The police contend that Brooks had scoped a number of homes in the Georgia neighborhood. He eventually chose the home he broke into at random. Police are now trying to determine if Brooks has some sort of connection between Ohio and Georgia.
The Columbus Division of Police has identified Brooks as their primary suspect in the horrific stabbing of Foster in the Ohio home invasion.
In that incident, the police arrived to find the elderly woman with a fatal stab wound. Medics pronounced her dead shortly after 4 p.m. They believe that the attack was random as well.
“Columbus police now want to know how Brooks got to the University District. They released photos showing Brooks, without pants, riding a bike through the area after the deadly stabbing. Cameras in the area captured Brooks’ movements and assisted police in creating a timeline of events,” Fox News reported.
“Deputy Chief Smith Weir said police determined that the suspect had been wearing sweatpants before he entered Foster’s home but removed them afterward. The sweatpants were found near the home,” the media outlet continued.
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Forensic evidence from the scene of the crime identified Brooks as the assailant. On Wednesday, a murder warrant was issued.
“Columbus police said that Brooks had been released from the Franklin County Jail the night before he committed the murder. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of felony fleeing on aggravated assault charges in an unrelated case. Police said he had been released before sentencing in that case,” Fox News reported.
“Initially, he was on a parole hold. And the second part is, I believe, at a certain point, the parole hold ended, and he began serving time on the pending felony assault charge,” Deputy Chief Weir stated. “And at that point, he was awaiting sentencing, and I believe he bonded out at that point.”
Brooks has previously served time for aggravated robbery, robbery, and receiving stolen property. He was on parole until June of this year.
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