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Sheriff: Abingdon man 'acted appropriately' in shooting intruder

July 3rd, 2014 10:30 am by Nick Shepherd

Sheriff: Abingdon man 'acted appropriately' in shooting intruder

A Washington County, Va., man was shot late Wednesday night while trying to break into a home, according to a press release.

The incident began shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 18000 block of Keeneland Drive, Abingdon. Police report a man who lives nearby confronted a homeowner, tried to gain entry and provoked an altercation.

When turned away, the man allegedly returned a few minutes later and knocked on the back door. The homeowner opened the door and the man reportedly tried to again to get inside the home. The homeowner fired shots and a bullet struck the intruder, according to police, inflicting non-life threatening injuries.

"From the preliminary investigation, it appears the homeowner acted properly in defending himself and his residence from forced entry by the intruder," Sheriff Fred Newman said in the release.

On Thursday morning the Washington County Sheriff's Office declined to release the identity of the man who was shot, citing the preliminary stages of their investigation. An investigator contacted by phone stated it's currently not known if the individuals involved knew each other.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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