Man breaks in, shoots ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Red Oak Community man is recovering after his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend broke into the couple’s home and shot him shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief Deputy David Anderson with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a 911 call of a home invasion on Red Oak Road at approximately 2:40 a.m. Tuesday.


“According to statements obtained at scene, John David Hughes, 41, broke into the house where several subjects were asleep,” Anderson said. “(Hughes) fired two shots from a shotgun at one of the victims, striking him in the shoulder.”

The victim, later identified as David Reynolds, was transported to Andalusia Regional Hospital for treatment. Anderson said Reynolds’ injury was non-life threatening.

He said Reynolds’, his girlfriend and her 16-year-old son held Hughes down until law enforcement could arrive.

Anderson said this was not a random incident or what many may think of as a “home invasion.”

“It was (Hughes’) ex-girlfriend’s residence,” he said. “Mr. Hughes was obviously under the influence of alcohol, but we’re not sure about anything else.

“Some people are calling this a home invasion,” he said. “It is, but it isn’t. We’re treating this as a burglary because nothing was stolen, and under Alabama law, a person is charged with burglary if they enter a residence with the intent to commit a crime.”

At present, Hughes is facing one count of first-degree burglary; however, other charges are pending as the case remains under investigation by Inv. Jerry Fields.

Anderson said Hughes has an extensive criminal history. Star-News archives show Hughes was out on a $20,500 bond after being arrested in January for second-degree driving under the influence, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Chief Assistant District Attorney Grace Jeter said Tuesday that Hughes plead guilty in April to possession of marijuana II, for which he received probation.

Jeter said the DA’s office filed paperwork on Tuesday to have Hughes’ probation revoked.