September 16, 2014

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Alleged burglar was shot 5 times

ELYRIA — Jeffrey Carson, 29, the man killed after allegedly breaking into an Elyria couple’s home, was shot approximately five times by the homeowner, according to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans.

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Carson was pronounced dead at the hospital after allegedly breaking into a Water Street home Oct. 19. Police said the homeowner, Jack Dillon, was sleeping downstairs on the couch with a gun nearby when Carson entered through an unlocked window, believed to be stealing electronics from the home.

Dillon’s wife, Linda Dillon, told a 911 dispatcher that they believed Carson returned to finish the job after their home was burglarized the night before and the burglar left a window unlocked.

The window was still unlocked when Carson was shot, said Lt. Andy Eichenlaub.

The Dillons told police that they were awakened by the sound of Carson in their living room, and when Jack Dillon called out to him, Carson lunged at him. Jack then shot at Carson.

Evans said Carson died because of his gunshot wounds. Carson was lying on the Dillons’ couch, according to a 911 tape, and had stopped breathing but later began coughing before rescue crews arrived.

Eichenlaub has not released any new details of the case.

Carson had a criminal record, including theft and drug convictions, and had pending cases through Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

Carson’s sister, Bobbi Knicely, told The Chronicle-Telegram in an earlier interview that she did not believe that Carson broke into the Dillon’s home and that the couple knew Carson, as he was staying down the street from them.

Linda Dillon declined to comment, but police said it was indicated that the couple did not know Carson.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.