‘Liquid Fire’ Burns Home Intruder

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A homeowner used a brand of drain opener to stop a man who was trying to break into his home Monday afternoon.

Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Neal was dispatched to 911 Auburntown Road for a report of a home invasion on April 18. Upon arrival he spoke with Paul Walker, who stated that a man who was lying in the driveway was the person who was trying to break into his home.

Walker said he was in the bathroom when he heard what sounded to him noises which he thought was someone first pulling on his front door and then shortly thereafter his back door. Walker said both doors were locked at the time.

Walker said he waited in the bathroom for a minute to see what was going on because someone had broken into his residence the previous week and went through various objects throughout the house.

Walker said he next heard a noise coming from the kitchen and came out of the bathroom and saw a man halfway inside one of his kitchen windows. Walker said he threw Liquid Fire (drain line opener) on the intruder’s face and that he went back out the window. Walker said he then called 911 and ran outside to see where the man went and found him on the ground just outside the house.

Deputy Neal went to talk to the person on the ground, who stated the man (Walker) in the house threw something in his face. Deputy Neal asked the person his name, and he stated it was Jody Fleeman and he was living at 821 Auburntown Rd. Deputy Neal asked Fleeman what he was doing at the residence and Fleeman said he was going to break into the residence and also “steal stuff.”

Cannon County Emergency Medical Services was called to the scene to treat Fleeman for burns to the face and eyes. He was transported by EMS to the Stones River Hospital E/R and then taken by helicopter to a Nashville hospital.

Fleeman stated he was driving a four-wheeler that was behind the barn of the Walker residence. Deputy Neal went to 821 Auburntown Rd. and spoke with Jeremich Cater, who said the four-wheeler belonged to him and he wanted it back. Sheriff Darrell Young advised Cater the vehicle would be held by the sheriff’s department until he provided proof it was his.

Upon his release from the hospital, Fleeman will be charged with aggravated burglary.

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April 20, 2011 at 6:13pm
Way to go Mr. Walker
April 20, 2011 at 10:46pm
I wish there were a "like" button on here.
April 20, 2011 at 11:38pm
He was lucky it was not a gun shot to the face, way to go Mr Walker.
April 21, 2011 at 3:22pm
I really hope there is no way the guy can turn this around and sue Mr Walker.
April 21, 2011 at 8:27pm
What is sad, Mr. Walker will be sued by this lower teir of society. I know it sounds wrong, but since Fleabag was breaking into Mr. Walker's house unarmed and with no intent on harming Mr. Walker (or so Fleabag will say), some sleezy lawyer will show that Fleabag had an act of violence force on him and due to Mr. Walker's overreaction of the situation cause Fleabag permenant damage physically and mentally that could have been prevented if Mr. Walker had just stayed in the bathroom and called 911. Fleebag will win a cival lawsuit over this. Yes Fleabag will go to jail and be bailed out as soon as the lawyer finds him there, but right now Fleabag is receiving free top notch medical care and dont forget the free meds for years to come over this and the free check ups. Now more than every Mr. Fleabag has one more excuse not to work, get free money from disability plus all the perks that comes with and just abuse the free perscription drugs while waiting on his money to come in from Mr. Walker's estate. I am very proud of what Mr. Walker did to Fleabag and that animal deserves every ounce of pain he has received. But, next time Mr. Walker place a butter knife in his hand while he is on the ground, its a shame that you will have to suffer because you protected yourself in your own home. Sad but True. Until things change and that lower teir of anmials that scurry around the roads and streets of our communities are truely punished for the acts they commit and the innocent are praise for taking action against them and not punished, this country will continue to go down hill. Goodluck and best of wishes to Mr. Walker.
April 22, 2011 at 8:51am
I am "Mr. Walker's" wife and I wanted to say thank all so much for the support. He knows he did the right thing but he hates that someone got hurt. I also wanted to let u guys know that Mr. Fleeman also had a knife and screwdriver on him. Paul was protected himself otherwise he would have just beat the snot out of him. Anyway, Thanks again for the support I can not tell u how much it means
April 22, 2011 at 9:48am
You know good and well that if the jerk had been all the way in the house, he would have hurt Mr. Walker, he may have killed him, the thief would have panicked and no telling what he would have done, then not to mention anyone else in the home, No jury in the land or judge will give that jerk a settlement of any kind. Especially admitting to the deputy what his intentions were. No he had nothing in his hands to commit a crime, but his hands could have found something when he got inside the home to kill with.
April 23, 2011 at 10:44pm
I wouldn't be surprised if the fleabag was able to sue Mr. Walker the way our fine justice system is. I remember reading about someone broke into a business via the roof but he fell through and was found the next morning inside the store with a broken back. He sued the business and won a settlement..figure that one out. Should not be that way. Hopefully it won't happen. Mr. Walker did the right thing to protect his property. Good luck to him.
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