No Charges Anticipated Against Man Who Shot Suspected Burglar

LIMESTONE TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Clarion-based State Police do not intend to file charges against a homeowner who shot a burglary suspect Friday in Limestone Township, Clarion County.

Police say the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. when two known male suspects attempted to burglarize an abandoned residence along Kingsville Road.

During the burglary, the men were confronted by the owner of the residence.

According to police, the two men proceeded to threaten the 63-year-old homeowner and attempted to cause bodily injury to him with a sledgehammer, which placed the homeowner in fear.

The homeowner accidentally shot one of the men in the leg with a 9mm revolver, according to police.

Police say the man who was shot was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg. The 47-year-old male suspect has been released from the hospital and charges are forthcoming.

Police say the second suspect, identified as a 27-year-old male, fled the scene on foot. He was arrested Sunday at his residence on an unrelated warrant and is currently being housed in the Jefferson County Jail.

Authorities have not yet released the name of either suspect.

In a release issued today, police said they don’t anticipate that any criminal charges will be filed against the homeowner.

Investigators also revealed that they have identified and recovered items from previous burglaries during their investigation.

The investigation is continuing.

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