CENTERVILLE -- A family was threatened after surprising a burglar in their home Sunday night, with police surrounding the house and ultimately using a stun gun to arrest the man.
William David Ellerbee, 62, of Macon, was charged with one count each of burglary, aggravated assault against a police officer and obstruction of an officer and three counts of terroristic threats against three family members, said Centerville police Lt. Phillip Pritchett. Ellerbee, who was wanted on a federal probation violation, was being held without bond at the Houston County jail.
According to Pritchett, here’s what happened:
The family was pulling into the garage of their Arbor Creek home about 10:30 p.m. when they heard glass breaking. When the father opened the door from the garage into the home, he heard a man, later identified as Ellerbee, say he had a weapon and would hurt them.
The father hit an alarm, closed the door, and the family hid in the garage as police arrived and surrounded the home. A police officer was able to get the family out of the garage through a side door and to safety at a neighbor’s home.
Meanwhile, armed with a hammer and golf club, Ellerbee ran out the back door -- allegedly throwing the hammer at a police officer waiting outside. He ran back inside and out the front door where he ran into more officers. He raised the golf club as an officer tackled him from behind.
Continuing to struggle with police, Ellerbee was subdued with a stun gun and taken first to Houston Medical Center for an evaluation. He told officers that he didn’t want to go back to prison and had wanted them to shoot and kill him, Pritchett said. Once cleared by the evaluation, Ellerbee was taken to jail.
According to online state prison records, Ellerbee has been in and out of prison from 1973 to 2002 on multiple burglary and assault convictions in multiple counties.