Local Authorities: Trespasser Hit In Groin By Warning Shot
SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho - A drunken 23-year-old Spirit Lake, Idaho man was shot in the groin Saturday night when he refused a resident's orders to leave the property and instead attempted to force his way into the home.
Deputies were called to the home shortly before midnight by the 64-year-old resident who told 911 that he had fired a warning shot toward a suspect who was attempting to enter his home. He said he didn't know if the man had been hit by the shot or not.
Deputies Daryl Smith and Rob Satake were first to arrive and found Christopher Lee Antonelli stumbling around on his hands and knees. He did not follow the deputies' orders until threatened with a Taser, and then was quickly handcuffed.
Paramedics checked him after the deputies noticed blood on his pants and discovered an entry bullet wound on the front of his groin and an exit wound on the back of his leg.
Smith met with the resident, his wife and 22-year-old son, all of whom were wearing sleeping attire. The father stated he had been awakened by his dogs barking and opened a window to yell at them. He heard a male's voice yell back and the dogs kept up their excited barking.
The resident said he removed his .45-caliber pistol from its case and loaded it. He stepped out onto the front porch and saw the suspect standing in his side yard. He ordered the man to identify himself, and when he didn't, ordered him off the property.
Instead of leaving, the suspect began advancing on the resident who positioned himself to block the door to the house. When the suspect grabbed the screen door with one hand and pushed the resident back with his other hand, the resident fired the warning shot.
The suspect stepped backward and walked off the porch. The resident closed and locked the door, then called 911.
Smith determined the resident was unaware that his shot had hit the suspect, and deputies attempting to interview Antonelli reported that he wasn't aware he had been shot.
During the investigation, witnesses arrived who reported that Antonelli had been at a birthday party Saturday night, but had run from the "party bus" when it stopped to let another couple out. The witnesses were driving around looking for him when they saw deputies' emergency lights at the North Julia address.
Antonelli was transported to a downtown hospital where he was treated and released about 2:30 a.m. The incident remains under investigation.
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