A man who had tried to break into a home left his severed finger inside a glove at the scene, according to North Carolina police.

67-year-old Vernon Forest Wilson had the finger pointed at him for charges of multiple counts, including first-degree burglary, the Burlington Police Department says.

Officers responded to an "attempted home invasion" around 7am on October 6th in Burlington, about 60 miles northwest of Raleigh.

Burlington Police Department
Burlington Police Department

The resident of the home had gone outside to start a vehicle in their driveway, and was walking back inside when an armed stranger approached.

The stranger tried to get into the house, and there was a struggle at the door. At some point, the assailant's gun was discharged, and a bullet grazed the resident's chest. The resident was not seriously injured and was able to slam the door shut.

Investigators say there was a glove found at the crime scene. A severed finger was found inside the glove. Officers immediately were able to identify the owner of the finger as Vernon Forest Wilson.

Police say they belive the finger was severed from Wilson's hand when the homeowner slammed the door shut on his hand.

Wilson has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting  serious injury, and his bail was set at $250,000.

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