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Gary man charged in 4th of July burglary

Updated: August 15, 2013 6:28AM



Burglary and attempted murder charges have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a Gary man charged in a July 4 break-in that left the resident with a gunshot wound to the lower leg.

Jamie Lee Burgess, 31, of 2541 Harrison St., is charged with burglarizing a home at about 10:20 p.m. on July 4 in the 3800 block of Tennessee Street in the Glen Park section.

The resident told police he received a call from his alarm company about the burglary. When he arrived home about five minutes later, he noticed a window air conditioning unit had been pushed inside. The door to the home opened and a man, later identified as Burgess, started shooting a handgun. The resident tried to get away but felt a sharp pain his left lower leg and realized he’d been shot. The man told police he had seen Burgess on different occasions around the neighborhood.

Numerous items were stolen, including gold chains, a ring, two iPhones and a laptop computer. Inside the home on the living room floor, police found a cell phone that may belong to Burgess.

The victim was treated at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary for a gunshot wound, which will require additional surgery because of the bullet’s proximity to a nerve.

Burgess faces 20 to 50 years on charges of burglary resulting in bodily injury and attempted murder charges, and six to 20 years on burglary and burglary while armed with a deadly weapon counts.

Gary police Detective Lorenzo Davis, who investigated the case, said, “Any Glen Park residents whose homes were burglarized and the power cut off should contact me,” police spokesperson Cpl. Gabrielle King stated in an attachment to the charging information. Davis can be reached at 881-1210.



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