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  • Two charged in interrupted burglary

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  • A man and woman face burglary charges after an incident on Oct. 3 resulted in the woman being shot.
    Michael A. Swatosh, 32, of Butler, Mo., and Stephanie M. Mickelson, 41, of Maryville, Mo., have been charged with first-degree burglary of a home in the 40200 block of East Campbell Road in unincorporated Jackson County north of Oak Grove on Oct. 3, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.
    The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was called to a burglary in progress at the home on East Campbell Road at approximately 4 p.m. on Oct. 3
    According to court documents, Swatosh said he was under the house trying to cut copper wire that Mickelson was holding so they could sell it for scrap when the homeowner’s son pulled up in his car and confronted them.
    Swatosh and Mickelson then got in their car and tried to leave. The homeowner’s son told deputies that he confronted the vehicle as they were trying to leave and shot toward the left front tire. The car then swerved toward the man, who said he fired two more shots into the left rear window.
    The vehicle then left the property and headed west on Campbell Road. Later a deputy near Interstate 70 and Missouri 291 saw the suspects’ vehicle heading north on Missouri 291 in Independence. After a short chase, the deputy stopped the vehicle and arrested Swatosh.
    Swatosh then told the deputy that he had dropped off Mickelson at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs with a pair of gunshot wounds in the stomach shortly before he was apprehended. Her injuries were not life-threatening, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Ronda Montgomery said.
    Swatosh and the homeowner’s son who fired his gun at the suspects were not injured. According to court documents, Swatosh told deputies he had stayed in a camper on the Campbell Road property in the past.
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