NEWTON – The suspect in the burglary of the home of a Hickory resident was arrested on a warrant Monday morning after being released from Frye Regional Medical Center.

The man was shot twice by the home owner during the incident Feb. 15., said Hickory police spokesperson Chrystal Dieter.

Brian Foster Eckard, 36, of Conover, was charged with one felony count of first-degree burglary.

Homeowner Anthony “Tony” Pitts, 71, said a man kicked in the glass backdoor to Pitts’ home. Pitts shot at the man three times, hitting him twice. The suspect was found nearly a mile away and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center.

Pitts was not injured in the attack and did not know the intruder, according to a police report. It is unknown if Pitts will face any charges.

“I felt like I was about to have a heart attack,” Pitts said. “I didn’t want to do this, but I had to.”

Eckard appeared in a wheelchair before District Court Judge Sherri W. Elliot on Tuesday. He requested a court-appointed lawyer and Elliot assigned attorney Scott Matthews to Eckard’s defense.

Eckard also verbally requested a bond reduction. Elliot denied this request, stating that such a request must be made in writing.

She also advised Eckard that a guilty verdict on the charge could result in a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison.

Eckard is held in Catawba County jail on a $20,000 secured bond.

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