Second suspect sought in Tennille 'gun battle' between homeowner and intruder

Quinton Dewan Ritter, 23, is wanted in connection to a Tennille shooting / Tennille Police Department

TENNILLE, Ga. -- Tennille Police are searching for a second suspect in last week's attempted robbery-turned-shooting at a man's home.

According to a release from Chief Joel Cochran, 23-year-old Quinton Dewan Ritter of Sandersville is wanted on aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony charges stemming for Thursday's "gun battle" on W. Adams St.

Ritter is considered armed and dangerous, according to Cochran.

It was originally reported that 65-year-old heard a noise in his backyard and found a male suspect breaking into his vehicle just before 7 p.m. Thursday.

Carter confronted the alleged would-be robber, identified as Thomas Canty Jr., and a "gun battle" ensued, according to Cochran. Carter was shot in both legs. Canty also suffered non-life threatening injuries from the shooting.

Canty faces charges of second degree burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Those with information on Ritter's location should contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 478-553-0911.

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