Tony Murphy was in for a surprise late Thursday night…seeing a wounded man…laying in his yard.
“Yeah…..he said he made a mistake. Did something bad,” said Murphy.
That mistake police say was trying to steal marijuana from 82 year old Raymond Faehr. Police say Faehr then shot the thief…who was trying to get away with at least one of Faehr’s 19 pot plants at his home on 342 Mark Street near Somerset.
“Our laws are set up where you call police to handle these situations. You don’t come out shooting,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood.
Police showed up to investigate the shooting. Soon they realized they had a drug case as well.
“We took 19 well manicured plants out of his backyard,” said Wood. Those plants are now in an evidence room inside the sheriff's office, waiting to be destroyed.
Raymond Faehr didn’t want to talk about his charges from inside the jail, but it’s a place he’s been before. Court records show that he was sentenced to 5 years in prison in 1995…for growing pot.
Murphy says the allegations surprise him…given what Faehr’s told him about drugs before.
“He said he tried pot a long time ago, he has no use for it.," said Murphy.
Now the 82 year old man could serve more time.
“If he did something like that, he needs to be punished, at any age,” said Murphy.
The shooting victim suffered buckshot wounds to the arm, stomach and thigh. He’s being treated at UK hospital.
Police identify the victim as Matt Anderson, also of Pulaski County.