At approximately 10:22 a.m. Saturday, Howard County Sheriff deputies responded to 6935 West County Road 00 North/South in reference to a suspicious vehicle. A neighbor near the residence notified the 911 Dispatch Center after observing a vehicle in the drive of the residence. The neighbor informed the Dispatch Center the residents at that location were out of town.
On arrival, deputies found evidence that the home had been broken into. The home owner was contacted by telephone and it was learned no one had permission to be inside the residence. Deputies entered and searched the residence. K9 Officer “Storm” led deputies to the second floor where a walk-in closet door was barricaded from the inside.
Officers secured the area around the home and attempted to communicate with whoever might be barricaded in the closet. Attempts continued with no response until 12:25 p.m. SWAT officers forced the door open at that time and found Charles B. Briley, 32. and Tera L. Hodges, 28, inside. Briley was attended to immediately by medics and transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital for a suspected drug overdose. Briley and Hodges are being held on preliminary charges of burglary and resisting law enforcement.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident should call Howard County Criminal Investigations at 765-456-2031.