Homeowner Shoots At Would-Be Thief

A man trying to break into someone's car may have gotten more than he bargained for. Police say the homeowner shot at the suspect.

Officers say the man was trying to get into a car outside a home in Canadatown, in Whitley County, when the homeowner came out with a gun.

He shot at the man, who took- off. Police don't know if the would-be thief was actually shot.

Authorities say they are not ruling out possible charges against the homeowner.


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  • by david Location: s.c. on Sep 1, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    someone
  • by John Location: Doe on Mar 2, 2008 at 10:09 PM
    I agree with most of you, but learn how to spell words correctly. It is ignorant people like you who give great states like Kentucky a bad name.
  • by Elliott Location: Kingsport tn on Feb 10, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    My wife is from Corbin and I visit regularly. I see NO reason for that homeowner to be prosecuted, even if a. they weren't breaking into his house but into his car, b. several incidents have occurred previously. why? ITS HIS PROPERTY. plain and simple. I would stipulate that it might be easier on the fella if he puts up a no trespassing sign though. I'm sure folks that live around him know that its not a healthy idea to go poking around his property after dark. To the anonymous poster: to address the lack of evidence of an intruder..would YOU stick around if someone was shooting at you? umm helloooo! What I see here isn't excitement. this is a general consensus held by many people. Its hard enough to make a decent living in NE TN/SE Kentucky without someone stealing what you've worked hard to have.
  • by johnny Location: ky on Feb 9, 2008 at 05:39 AM
    i dont blame the man that shot at the suspect trying to break in his car.but how closet was it to another house.i probly would have done the same thing.but if i didnt hit him i would not have told the police nothing about it.i know some people wont like to hear this but if he had killed this man they would have tried him for murder.the law is not on your side even tho he was protecting his property.that is not right but that is how the court system works.pleas dont think i am holden up for the thief because i am not.
  • by curtev Location: evarts on Feb 8, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    If he breaks into my property he becomes a carry out 'nuff said
  • by Anonymous Location: Whitley on Feb 7, 2008 at 08:09 PM
    According to records, this is not the first answered call of the same nature at this residence.This is at least the third time out there.Each time no evidence of an intruder.Before we get so excited , we should know all the facts.
  • by Charlie Location: Lexington on Feb 7, 2008 at 04:58 PM
    The homeowner should be given a medal and funds to take a firearms course that would help him hit the scumbag. If the homeowner were to be charged I will make a donation to a defense fund. Don't try my house, your luck might end.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2008 at 02:34 PM
    yes u can have a gun in your house in ky.and im glad its that way. its law u can.and if some one brakes in on me or temps to im shore they wont do it again,mr smith is my friend. and wont let me down.
  • by T Location: Harris on Feb 7, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    Regardless of what state and what oridance, I would have tried to get him with the shot. Shotgun pellets won't do any harm at a long distance, so other homes should never be in danger. Get close enought o hit the guy in first place. Firing wildy to scare is dumb. This guy apparently was close enough to have hit the thief. I would have no problem with my neighbors firing at a thief with a shotgun. Definitely, I wouln't use any other type of gun near other homes to shoot at a thief unless point blank range. As far as the police, I would call them if the guy was left laying in my yard. Otherwise, forget it. They won't help, they don't care. They just get all jacked up and go after someone that has directly commited some type of offense in their presence, like a working guy trying to make it on time to work. This is much more profitable than investigating who broke into my home or car.
  • by Rob Location: London on Feb 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    In some Countries it is illegal to even own a gun....Give me a break!!!In Ky it is legal to own a gun and it is legal to defend what is mine.If you don't think so,come to my home and try to take something.I may be on trial for shooting at you,but it is going to be hard for you to testify against me when you are dead....my word against...my word.What I have worked hard for is mine and noone is going to come and take it from me.NOONE!!!!!If they try they are going to be shot!!! All you bleeding -heart liberals need to move to somewhere where you are wanted and keep your mouth shut!!!Wht is mine is mine,not yours and you are absolutely not going to tell me how to protect my things or myself!!!!!File charges if you want to,but I will do the same thing over and over!!!!

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