Springfield police arrest man for residential burglary, aggravated battery

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SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield man is in custody after allegedly shooting another person in the face with a flare gun during a residential burglary on September 29.

Springfield police say officers were dispatched to a home in the 2200 block of Clearlake Avenue at 4:54 a.m. for a report of a residential burglary with injuries.  According to the preliminary investigation into this incident, the resident and two friends returned to the home to find an individual inside.  Police say the suspect tried to get away in his vehicle, and was confronted by the resident.  The suspect then fired a flare gun at the resident, striking him in the face and causing serious injury.

Springfield police say the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities say the suspect, later identified as Benjamin Ziogas, 33, was found in a gas station parking lot and taken into custody.  Springfield police detectives say Ziogas admitted to participating in the residential burglary, as well as a commercial burglary in Sherman.

Ziogas faces preliminary charges of residential burglary, theft, and aggravated battery.

This incident is still under investigation.

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