Police say man invades Knott County home and fires shots

Police say 50-year-old Clyde Thomas broke into a home in Knott County early Saturday morning and fired several shots.

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PIPPA PASSES, Ky. (WYMT) - Police say 50-year-old Clyde Thomas broke into a home in the Pippa Passes Community early Saturday morning and fired shots.

Police say Thomas broke a glass door to get inside. They say the homeowner and Clyde Thomas' wife and daughter were in the home at the time.

"Once inside, he had fired several shots inside the residence," said Tony Watts with Kentucky State Police.

Then, officials say, the homeowner returned fire and hit Thomas several times. They say Thomas was the only person injured.

Police say there are few options in dealing with a home break-in.

"If someone is trying to gain forcible entry into your residence, make sure you call 9-1-1 as soon as possible, and you do have the right to protect yourself," Watts said.

Some folks who used to live in the neighborhood say they are all too familiar with these precautions.

One man who owns this pawn shop across the street from where the alleged break-in and shooting occured says this news does not surprise him, because he used to live in this neighborhood, and his home was invaded, too.

Lance Sammons says he was shot three times during a home-break in 20-12.

"We decided to move because we just didn't feel safe living here any more," Sammons said.

He says working in Pippa Passes is also concerning.

"Nobody's up here by themselves. It's at least two people at all times," said Sammons.

Police say criminal charges are pending for Clyde Thomas at this time.

Police say Clyde Thomas is being treated at UK Medical Center in Lexington. They say his injuries are most likely not life threatening.

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