An Ohio man, Michael James Brooks II, who was wanted for the murder of a 77-year-old woman, has been hospitalized after being shot during a home invasion in Fayette County, Georgia, on Thursday. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reported that when Brooks is released from medical care, he will face charges for burglary, home invasion, and theft by receiving in Georgia, as well as murder charges in Ohio.
Who is Michael James Brooks II?
Brooks, originally from Columbus, Ohio, has an extensive criminal history. He is wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of Emily Foster on September 9, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio, as well as for the carjacking of a red Ford F-150 truck in Kettering, Ohio, which was later discovered outside the burglarized home in Georgia.
The incident in Fayette County occurred after deputies responded to a burglary call at the home just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. A security alarm at the residence alerted the police to a potential intruder. The homeowner, armed with a gun, confronted the intruder, who was wielding a knife, in the basement. After warning the suspect, the homeowner shot him. The homeowner then moved to a defensive position on the second-floor staircase to protect his family.
The suspect, later identified as Brooks, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with two gunshot wounds.
The investigation revealed that Brooks had approached multiple houses in the Georgia neighborhood, and the targeted residence had been selected at random. Police are working to determine any potential connections between Brooks and the states of Georgia and Ohio.
In Columbus, Ohio, Brooks was identified as the person responsible for the deadly stabbing of Emily Foster in a home invasion on September 9. Police discovered Foster suffering from a stab wound in her home near Ohio State University and pronounced her dead shortly after 4 p.m. Investigators determined the attack was random.
Columbus police are trying to ascertain how Brooks arrived in the University District and have released photos showing him riding a bike in the area after the deadly stabbing. Forensic evidence collected at Foster’s home led to the identification of Brooks, and murder warrants were issued for his arrest.