Sheriff says 'jealous boyfriend' fired shots at home during break-in

Published: Jul. 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM EDT
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Harley Joe Moore (Source: Kerhsaw County Detention Center)
Harley Joe Moore (Source: Kerhsaw County Detention Center)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Kershaw County Sheriff says a "jealous boyfriend" fired shots into his girlfriend's house as he attempted to break into it this week.

Sheriff James Matthews says dispatchers received a frantic 911 call from a woman saying Harley Joe Moore, 33, was attempting to break into her home at about 9 p.m. Monday night.

Matthews says Moore twice fired a handgun at the door of the house.

The victim told investigators she armed herself and hid in a closet with her 11-year-old son.  She said Moore entered her home looking for her, but left when he didn't find her.

A deputy responding to the scene stopped Moore about a quarter-mile away and arrested him when a handgun and empty shell casings were found in his pocket. Matthews says evidence found at the home connected Moore to the crime.

The victim told investigators Moore was her former boyfriend and she tried to break off the relationship, but he continued to harass her for a month.

In June, Moore was charged with kidnapping and assault and battery for an incident at Moore's house, where he is accused of threatening and assaulting the same woman and firing a handgun into the ceiling of the house.

In the most recent incident, Moore is charged with burglary, discharge of a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is being held.

On Wednesday, bond was denied on the burglary charge and was set at $85,000 on the remaining charges.

Matthews says Moore has previous arrests for assault and battery, harassment, malicious injury to property, disorderly conduct, DUI, among other charges. He is not allowed under federal law to possess a firearm.

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