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Violent burglary under investigation

ALBANY, Ga. -- A victim stands lucky after wrestling with an armed burglar, while police surprise more burglars at another location, Albany Police Department reports stated.

Buford Ford, 24, and his girlfriend Katrina Shepherd, 28, returned to their home just before 10 p.m. Thursday to find at least one armed burglar in their home, said Phyllis Banks Albany police spokeswoman.

Other men lurked with the armed burglar in the bedroom at 105 East Road, Banks added.

"One of the suspects pulled out a hand gun and demanded money from Ford," Banks said. "A struggle took place and the victim was struck in the head with the gun."

Ford grabbed the gun and struggled with the burglar, Banks said. A shot was fired and went into the ceiling, she said.

The suspects fled the building after Ford fought them off, Banks said.

No other information was immediately available, Banks said.

Police responded to a burglary dispatch at about 8 p.m. Thursday to 1613 Avalon Ave., the residence of Jacqueline Swinney, 44. While interviewing witnesses an officer heard glass breaking, the police report stated.

"Officer (Christopher) Arline went to investigate the noise and observed two males kicking in the rear door of the residence," banks said. "After a brief foot chase one of the suspects was caught and arrested."

The suspect was a 16-year-old boy, Banks said. Due to his being juvenile no further information was available.

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.