Alleged intruder shot and killed at Garrard Co. home

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A death investigation is underway in Garrard County after a man was shot to death early Tuesday morning.

The victim's mother tells 27 NEWSFIRST her son was shot while standing on a front porch on Old Richmond Road near Paint Lick.

Family members have identified the man killed as Dallas Richard Helton, 40.

Helton's mother says her son, his girlfriend, Tayna Fowler and Helton's teenage son were looking for rental homes when Helton was shot at the home he thought was vacant.

Police say the homeowner who shot Helton, 67-year-old Herlin McQuerry, won't face charges. Police say there is evidence that Helton had broken into the home and was inside when he was shot once in the chest. McQuerry told police his home was burglarized Monday and the screens were taken off the windows. Now police believe Helton may have broken in during the day to take a look around, and come back early Tuesday morning to finish the job.

Kentucky State Police say Helton was dressed in black, wearing a ski mask and armed with a crowbar when McQuerry shot him.

The woman who was with Helton, Tonya Fowler, was arrested and charged with complicity to commit burglary.

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say a man accused of
breaking into a house was fatally shot by the homeowner early
Tuesday in central Kentucky.

The Advocate-Messenger in Danville reports that police found
40-year-old Dallas Richard Helton dead on the back porch of the
home near Cartersville in Garrard County.

State police spokesman Chris Lanham says Helton had allegedly
broken into the home of 67-year-old Hurlin McQuerry. Lanham says
McQuerry shot Helton once in the right side of his chest with a

Helton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lanham says the case will go before a local grand jury, but no
charges are being filed against McQuerry. Kentucky law allows
individuals to defend themselves if they feel theyre in serious
physical danger.

---Information from: The Advocate-Messenger,

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