Police: Man shot while breaking into sister’s home in Dighton

DIGHTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Hampshire man was shot Wednesday while trying to break into a family member’s home in Dighton, according to the town’s police department.

Police said they responded to Wheeler Street at about 6:40 p.m. after receiving a call from a woman inside the home.

The caller told police the man was her estranged brother and said he first crashed his car into the vehicles in the driveway then shattered a sliding glass door in the rear of the home in an attempt to get inside.

The woman’s husband then shot her brother in the abdomen, according to police.

The suspect, identified as Ronald Whitmore, Jr., was found by police in a backyard pool when they arrived on scene. Responding officers pulled Whitmore out and began treating his wound before an ambulance arrived to transport him to Rhode Island Hospital. Police said his wound is not life-threatening.

Whitmore, 46, of Bristol, New Hampshire, is facing charges of breaking and entering during the daytime for a felony, home invasion, assault with a deadly weapon and operating to endanger.

No charges are being filed against the homeowner, according to police.

The incident remains under investigation. Gregg Miliote, a spokesperson for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, said the DA’s office and Massachusetts State Police are assisting with the investigation.

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