Lexington homeowner tells police he shot teen in self-defense

gkocher@herald-leader.comFebruary 14, 2014 

Lexington police were investigating the Friday night shooting of a teenager who was allegedly breaking into a house when the homeowner shot him in the leg.

The young man, 16, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with a non-life-threatening wound to his leg, but the bone might have been fractured, police Lt. Eddie Hart said.

The incident was reported at 8 p.m. at 1705 Bryan Station Road. When police arrived, they found the wounded teen in the driveway and found that a back door had been kicked in.

The resident of the house told police that two people kicked open the back door, and that fearing for his safety, he fired two shots. Hart said the weapon was a .45-caliber handgun. The other person fled, Hart said.

The homeowner was going to be questioned by police.

"Even though on the surface ... it appears he was within his rights to protect himself from intruders, we're still going to treat this as a shooting investigation until everything is confirmed," Hart said.

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