Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 30, 2013

Ohio man shoots alleged burglar

No charges filed against homeowner

COAL GROVE —  18-year-old Ohio man was shot by a homeowner who told authorities he caught him in the act of burglarizing his storage building.

Brandon Blaike Danner of Coal Grove was shot four times in the upper torso with a .380-caliber handgun, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said. He underwent surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital and was listed in critical condition.

The incident occurred about 6 a.m. in the 600 block of Washington Street in Coal Grove. 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, susequently identified as Danner, and an ambulance was summoned for the injured man, Lawless said.

The homeowner 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.

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

Danner was treated at the scene by Lawrence County EMS, then transported to Cabell Huntington. He will be charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and it’s anticipated more charges will be aded as the investigation progresses, Lawless said.

“The homeowner is not currently facing any charges and is claiming self-defense,” the sheriff said. “His name is not being released at this time, as we are too early in the investigation and this information is considered part of the law enforcement confidential investigatory records. This victim also fears retribution.”

Once the sheriff’s department completes its investigation, its findings will be turned over to Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson for his review to determine what charges should be filed, Lawless said.

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

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