Teen charged in violent N. Liberty burglary

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

NORTH LIBERTY, Ind.--- Charges have been filed against the teen accused of a burglary that ended in gunfire.

Austin Thaddeus Clark, 17, was formally charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of burglary, both Class A Felonies.

On June 21 at approximately 2:30 a.m., St. Joseph County Police officers were called to the scene of a burglary on the 29000 block of Quincy Rd. in North Liberty.

Bruce Swope told officers he was awoken by a young white male who was striking him in the head. The assailant was later identified as Clark.

Swope began to struggle with Clark when he was allegedly shot by Clark in the face with a shotgun.

An i-Pod left behind at the scene of the crime later led authorities to Clark.

Clark then admitted to authorities that he had gone to Swope's home three different times.

Clark said the first time he entered through an unlocked sliding door, took cigarettes and left for home.

He then admitted to returning a second time, entering the home, taking alcohol and then leaving again.

The final time Clark stated he had decided to return and kill the homeowner.

Clark told authorities he stabbed Swope twice in the head with a screwdriver, and then after struggling with Swope, shot Swope in the face with a shotgun.

Clark is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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