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Police: Man shoots intruder four times

Oct. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

COAL GROVE, Ohio -- A Coal Grove resident confronted a man breaking into a storage unit at his home before shooting the suspect four times with a small caliber handgun Wednesday morning, according to a news release from Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

Brandon Blaike Danner, 18, of the 200 block of Duty Drive, Coal Grove, was shot four times in the upper torso with a .380-caliber handgun, Lawless said. Danner will be charged with breaking and entering, and other charges are pending, Lawless said.

Danner was listed in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington Wednesday night.

The homeowner is not currently facing any charges and is claiming self-defense, according to the sheriff's office. His name was not being released Wednesday because the investigation into the incident is ongoing and that information is considered part of the law enforcement confidential investigatory records, Lawless said. The homeowner also fears retribution, the sheriff said.

Ohio law applies the so-called Castle Doctrine, which generally gives people in their homes or cars the right to protect themselves, other people and their property by force, even deadly force, if they believe they are in imminent danger.

The incident on Wednesday occurred about 6 a.m. The sheriff's office received a telephone call from a homeowner who said a man was breaking into his storage building his back yard in the 600 block of Washington Street, according to the release.

Coal Grove police were already investigating a report of a prowler in the neighborhood several houses away from where the shooting took place, according to the release.

When the Coal Grove officer arrived, he found the homeowner had just shot a suspect. An ambulance was called, and Lawrence County Emergency Medical Service personnel treated the man before transporting him to Cabell Huntington Hospital. The man underwent surgery for the gunshot wounds, according to the release.

The homeowner told authorities he heard someone breaking into his storage building and when he went to the building he found that a man had forced the doors open and had removed a motorcycle from the building, according to the release.

Armed with a small caliber handgun, the homeowner confronted the suspect. He said the suspect became aggressive and claimed to have a knife. He said the man lunged toward him at which point he shot the suspect, according to the release.

Once the investigation is complete, findings will be presented to the office of Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson for review to determine if charges will be filed against the homeowner or further charges will be placed against Danner, Lawless said.

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