$1 million bond for St. Joseph County teen accused of home invasion, shooting


The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office has released the name of the 17-year-old boy accused of invading a North Liberty home this past weekend and shooting the homeowner in the face.

Formal charges were filed Tuesday against Austin Clark. He faces two felony counts - Attempted Murder and Burglary

Bond was set at $1 million.

Investigators believe Clark forced his way into the home in the 29000 block of Quincy Road in southwest St. Joseph County early Saturday and grabbed a shotgun in the house. He allegedly walked into the bedroom and hit the homeowner, Bruce Swope, on the back of the head as he slept.

As Swope woke up, he struggled with the suspect, was able to get control of the teen and grabbed a handgun from his nightstand.

Police say after the struggle, Swope left Clark in the bedroom to get his cellphone from the living room and checked the rest of the home for other intruders.

Swope, then, returned to the bedroom and found the teen allegedly armed with the shotgun, which was pointed at Swope.

Both people fired their weapons, and Swope was struck in the face with several pellets from the shotgun.

Investigators say Clark was not hit in the exchange of gunfire.

Swope was able to get out of the home and called 911 while hiding outside, waiting for police to arrive.

The teen suspect fled the area with the shotgun.

Clark was arrested Monday and booked into the St. Joseph County Jail.

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