Man shot by Laurel County homeowner after being caught breaking in

Published: Jun. 23, 2017 at 3:42 PM EDT
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Sheriff's deputies say that a homeowner shot a man who was caught breaking in to a home.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were dispatched to a home off Robinson Creek Road Friday morning around 10 after a complaint that a homeowner caught a burglar inside.

According to deputies, the homeowner then fired a shotgun at the intruder, shooting him in his upper torso.

The suspect ran out the back door and into a wooded area where he hid while sheriff deputies responded. After deputies began to investigate the scene, they noticed a stray dog barking into the woods.

Deputies then found 40 year-old, Otis Kemp of Corbin and began to treat him. A medical helicopter later flew Kemp to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say they found multiple stolen items in the yard and on Kemp’s body.

The sheriff's office charged Kemp with Burglary in the first degree, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief in the first degree, evading police, and third degree terroristic threatening.

Kemp is still being treated at the University of Kentucky Medical Center but upon release he will be lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.