WILCOX CO., GA (WALB) - Two teenagers are now formally charged with breaking into a Wilcox County bank. The crime led to a shooting involving a rookie deputy.
Warrants were signed charging 19-year old Nacarious West and an unnamed 17-year old with burglary.
The younger suspect was shot twice by a responding deputy and remains in a Macon hospital tonight.
GBI agents have identified that deputy as Justin Campbell. He's only been on the force for a few months in Wilcox County.
He was able to catch the burglars as they were leaving Planters First Bank in Pineview.
Authorities spent several hours by air and land searching for West after he eluded Campbell. The burglar alarm went off at 3:32 Monday morning.
"They busted the window out and they waited a few minutes to see if anybody would respond," said Investigator Steve Mauldin with the Wilcox County Sheriff's Office.
After about 10 minutes, the two burglars went inside. They broke through the glass in front of a teller station and searched for money.
"Then they actually had a pipe wrench that they tried to open up the safe with," said Mauldin.
After ten more minutes the duo gave up and grabbed a bucket of change.
Campbell was waiting outside and confronted the burglars. After thinking one suspect was reaching for a gun, he shot twice with his shotgun.
The 17-year old burglar has not been named. Mauldin says West ran the other way and dropped the bucket of change.
Both of the thieves are from nearby Hawkinsville.
"We gathered so far that they just happened to be in the area to visit somebody and it was just a spur of the moment they decided to do it while they were there," said Mauldin.
West was caught several hours later after neighbors called 911 and said they saw someone walking on the side of the road.
Investigators say he is cooperating.
Authorities initially said they were looking for a 22-year old suspect. He has now been cleared from the case as it appears that he loaned his car to the two suspects without knowledge of the crime.
Campbell remains on the job as the GBI investigates the shooting.