Two residents escaped extremely shaken, but otherwise unhurt, after shots were fired during a home invasion. A suspect was taken into custody following a high-speed pursuit and now investigators believe the alleged assailant and the victims knew each other.
Andrew Nicholas Rich, 29, Blackbear Ct., is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated burglary.
E-911 received a frantic phone call around 12:15 a.m. from a resident on St. George Dr. in Fairfield Glade reporting several persons had broken into the residence and that shots had been fired.
Fairfield Glade Police and Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies raced to the scene and found a man and woman who had barricaded themselves in a bedroom after hearing someone break into the house.
The pair reported that the intruder tried repeatedly to gain entry into the bedroom without success, and during the home invasion, fired several shots through the bedroom door.
The suspect then fled from the residence, but not before being observed running from the area by a Fairfield Glade police officer. The officer followed the suspect’s vehicle to Peavine Rd.
The fleeing motorist refused to stop and a pursuit continued to I-40. The driver finally stopped just east of the Genesis Rd., exist and the suspect was taken into custody, according to a joint press release from FG Chief Mike Williams and CCSO Sgt. Gary Howard.
The release stated that something was observed being thrown from the fleeing vehicle during the pursuit, and a sawed-off shotgun was recovered by city police near the 321 mile marker on I-40.
“I believe the specific residents were targeted because of their familiarity with each other,” Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox said. The sheriff’s office and Fairfield Glade Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.
“I am very appreciative of the Crossville Police Department and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the swift apprehension of the intruder,” Williams said.
The relationship of Rich to the unidentified victims in the incident is not known. Rich was placed under $1,020,000 bond and was assigned a June 24 court date in Cumberland County General Sessions Court.