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UPDATE: Suspect Shot in Alleged Home Invasion Dies


UPDATE 10/15/13 @ 4:50 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man has died after being shot in what police say was a home invasion.

Officials at Cabell Huntington Hospital say Keith Richards, 31, of Portsmouth, died Monday evening.

Portsmouth Police say Richards broke into a home in the 1000 block of 23rd Street Sunday night.

Family members of the deceased homeowner say the home was also broken into the night before, so they had someone at the house Sunday, keeping an eye on it.

They say Richards was crawling through a window at the home, when a family member told him to leave. When he didn't, the family member shot him.

Police say they searched Richards' home on Monday and found items that had been stolen recently from other homes in the area.

Richards' family members consented to take him off life support late Monday afternoon. He died from the gunshot wound shortly after.

Portsmouth Police say they are treating the case as self defense under Ohio's Castle Law, and no charges are expected to be filed against the shooter.



UPDATE 10/14/13 @ 6:38 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man shot in what’s being described as a home invasion is being taken off life support as of Monday evening.

Police say Keith Richards, 31, of Portsmouth, broke into the house in the 1000 block of 23rd Street in Portsmouth Sunday night. The house had also been broken into the previous night, and police say they were investigating Richards in that burglary and several others in Portsmouth, after finding several items and stolen property in his house Monday.

The house along 23rd Street belonged to Cindy Wellman, who family members say died in early September after her third battle with breast cancer in 15 years. A relative was walking in the front door Sunday night to stay at the house after Saturday’s burglary when he told police he saw Richards breaking into the back window.

“He yelled at [Richards], ‘Get away from the house, don't break in,’ or something to that effect,” Karen Brown, Wellman’s sister, said. “After he yelled at him to stop, [Richards] didn’t stop and he shot him.”

Police say this is being treated as a self-defense case under Ohio’s “Castle law,” which allows use of deadly force inside one’s home for self-defense.

“When you’re in your residence and that’s your safe haven, […] the ability to flee is less likely,” Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said.

Brown was torn Monday, tearing up as she talked about her concern for the relative who shot Richards – and her hope that Richards would survive.

“To shoot a person, no matter what they were doing, they were wrong, but you don’t know what it does to a person when you have to shoot somebody,” Brown said. “He doesn’t deserve to die for what he did. If he dies from his injuries, he’s dying for something petty.”

Police said Monday evening that Richards’ family had signed the paperwork to take him off of life support. He had been in critical condition.

Brown said this situation had shocked her family.

“It hurts because she fought so hard to live, and this guy just came in, in such a short amount of time, and just tore it up,” Brown said.

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UPDATE 10/14/13 @ 4:49 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Portsmouth Police say a man who was shot during an alleged home invasion will be taken off life support.

The shooting happened at a home in the 1000 block of 23rd Street around 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

Portsmouth Police say Keith Richards, 31, of Portsmouth, received life threatening injuries after being shot by a family member of the deceased homeowner. Family members say Richards was shot while crawling through a back window.

Late Monday afternoon, police told WSAZ.com that Richards' family members signed the paperwork to remove him from life support.

Police say they searched Richards' home Monday and found items believed to be linked to several burglaries and break-ins in the north end of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Police say they are treating the case as self defense under Ohio's Castle Law and no charges are expected to be filed against the shooter.



UPDATE 10/14/13 @ 1:10 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man is in the hospital after investigators say he was shot while he was breaking into a home in Portsmouth Sunday evening.

The shooting happened at a home in the 1000 block of 23rd Street around 9:30 p.m.

Portsmouth Police say Keith Richards, 31, of Portsmouth, received life threatening injuries after being shot by a family member of the deceased homeowner.

Family members say they have been taking care of the house since the homeowner died. They tell WSAZ.com that a family member was in the home when they saw Richards crawling through a back window. They say that is when Richards was shot.

Portsmouth Police say they are treating the case as self defense under Ohio's Castle Law.

Richards is in critical condition at a Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington.

Police say the case against Richards will likely be presented to the grand jury.

Police believe Richards is a suspect in several burglaries in the north end of Portsmouth over the past two weeks.

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10/14/13 @ 6:30 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Investigators say a man breaking into a home in Portsmouth is suffering from life-threatening injuries after being shot by the home's owner.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at a house on 23rd Street. Neither the homeowner nor the suspect's names have been released, and no further information has been released about the suspect's condition.

The Portsmouth Police Department describes this as an ongoing investigation.

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