Man killed in Houston County home invasion

CENTERVILLE — A man was killed early Tuesday morning in a home invasion in Houston County, police said.

Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton said two masked people broke into the 918 Collins Avenue mobile home. Jason Blount, 31, of Houston County, was shot and killed inside the mobile home, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Robert Clark. An autopsy is scheduled for today, Clark said.

A Houston County sheriff’s tactical team took a suspect in the deadly home invasion into custody late Tuesday afternoon at a Warner Robins home, Clark said. Authorities were searching for a second suspect, also a man, Tuesday evening. The name of the suspect in custody was being withheld to avoid alerting the second suspect, said Clark and Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Jon Holland.

The suspect in custody was being questioned by sheriff’s investigators, Clark said, and no charges had been filed as of late Tuesday evening, Holland said.

Three males and one female were inside the residence when the home invasion occurred, Talton said.

Blount and his girlfriend were spending the night at the home. Blount, whose last known address was in Warner Robins, was homeless, Clark said.

The 911 call came in at 4:36 a.m.

Neighbor Adron Durden said he heard what sounded like a gunshot or a car backfire but didn’t see anything and went back to bed.

Cullen Hayes, 18, who lives next door, said he was sound asleep when his father, a Houston County firefighter, woke him. Hayes said he next heard someone shouting for help. He said he did not know the names of the people living in the mobile home.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping with crime scene analysis.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.