Alleged Piney Flats burglar in serious condition after being shot by resident

Rain Smith • Jun 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

A Telford man is in serious condition after being shot early Monday morning during an alleged Piney Flats burglary attempt.

According to a report at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to find the man lying in the driveway with a gunshot wound to his leg. The incident is still under investigation, with charges pending.

Police report it occurred at about 12:50 a.m. at 920 Piney Flats Road. The resident, William Lusk, 46, reported that he was in his bedroom when he heard someone banging on the front door.

Lusk said three men then broke into his home. He allegedly grabbed a shotgun and fired one round at the suspects, not knowing he had hit anyone until he found a man in his driveway.

The suspect has been identified as, Terry Scalf, 39, of 132 Valentine Circle, Telford, Tenn. On Monday morning SCSO Capt. Keith Elton said the incident is still under investigation and no one has been charged. Mountain States Health Alliance spokesman James Watson reports Scalf is in serious condition at Johnson City Medical Center.

The other two burglary suspects have not been identified or located. The police report did not say if the resident knows Scalf or the other suspects.

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