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Homeowner shoots man who refused to leave his property

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A homeowner shot a man who police say was on his property and refused to leave. It happened Saturday night around 11:30 in the evening in a neighborhood on the South Hill near Lincoln Park. Neighbors say it all happened pretty quickly. "I heard yelling and screaming, sounded like two men and a woman," said neighbor Randy Watts. "As I went outside to see what was going on, I heard two distinct gunshots."

Police say an elderly couple was arguing with a man they did not know, who was intoxicated and belligerent in front of their home. When the man refused to leave their property, police say the homeowner went and got his gun, came back out and fired at the man.

Police say the man then ran and was found a few blocks away by officers.

The man was shot in his wrist and a bullet grazed his chest, but he was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

KHQ also spoke to a friend of the man who was shot. He tells a very different story, saying the man was out running and cut through their backyard. He says he trampled some of their garden and tried to apologize, and was confused when he was shot at by the homeowner.

Neighbors are shocked anything like this could happen where they live.

"It just goes to prove that no matter how quiet the neighborhood, something can always happen and did," Watts said. "I think we'll all be on our guard a little bit more."

Regardless of what happened, what are your rights as a homeowner? According to the law, you can use force if you are in danger of being injured, if someone is trespassing to commit a crime, or causing malicious interference, which means they are threatening you or your property. However, the law does state that you cannot use more force than what is needed in the situation.

Right now, Spokane Major Crimes Detectives are still investigating, so it is unclear exactly what happened or if charges will be file against either party involved.


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