Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 29, 2014

Ohioan won't face charges in shooting

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

IRONTON — An Ohio man will not face criminal charges for shooting a man he told authorities he had caught in the act of trying to steal a motorcycle from his storage building.

A Lawrence County grand jury determined Richard Blackshire of Coal Grove shot 19-year-old Brandon Blaike Danner in self-defense after Danner came at him with a knife, Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said.

According to a news release from Anderson’s office, the grand jury on Tuesday returned a “no-bill” decision about its investigation into a possible felony assault charge against Blackshire. The decision indicates the grand jury found there was insufficient evidence to warrant Blackshire’s indictment, he said.

However, the panel did return an indictment charging Danner, also of Coal Grove, with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, in connection with the Oct. 30 incident, Anderson said. Danner is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 12 in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Danner was shot four times in the upper torso with a .380-caliber handgun, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless. He underwent surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

The incident occurred about 6 a.m. at Blackshire’s home the 600 block of Washington Street. According to Lawless, the sheriff’s department received a call that a homeowner had caught a man in his back yard who was in the process of breaking into his storage building.

The Coal Grove Police Department was already investigating another report of a prowler several houses away and responded immediately, he said. When the Coal Grove officer arrived, he found the homeowner had shot the suspect, subsequently identified as Danner.

Blackshire told authorities he heard someone breaking into his storage building, and, when he went to investigate, he found Danner had forced the doors of the shed open and removed a motorcycle from the structure, the sheriff said.

Blackshire told officers he confronted Danner and the suspect became aggressive, told him he had a knife and lunged toward him. At that point, Blackshire opened fire on Danner, Lawless said.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.