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UPDATE: Homeowner Shoots Possible Prowler; Teen Critical

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

UPDATE 10/30/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
COAL GROVE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some Coal Grove residents said it was just a matter of time before a homeowner shot a suspected prowler on his property.

"This has been going on a while," said David Connelly, a lifelong resident. "A lot of people anymore carry conceal carry permits. They're tired of people breaking into people's houses."

Kathy Hapney owns an apartment building and barber shop just down the street and she agrees.

"'There comes a point where a homeowner has to protect your property and yourself," Hapney said. "The next time somebody in the neighborhood decides they're going to go into a home or break into someone's garage, maybe they should think twice, because it may cost them their life."

Brandon Danner, 18, of Coal Grove, was shot four times early Wednesday morning in the 600 block of Washington Street.
He was listed in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless says the homeowner felt threatened and is claiming self defense.

"The homeowner claims he tried to hold the suspect there, when the suspect then told the homeowner he had a knife and then lunged towards him," Lawless said.

The homeowner has not been charged.

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UPDATE 10/30/13 @ 1:30 p.m.
COAL GROVE, Ohio (WSAZ) – A teenager is in critical condition after being shot by a homeowner who said the teen was breaking into his storage building.

The shooting happened at a house in the 600 block of Washington Street in Coal Grove, Ohio about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless says Brandon Danner, 18, of Coal Grove, was shot four times in the upper part of the body.

Danner was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he underwent surgery Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Lawless says Danner is being charged with breaking and entering, and that other charges are pending and will be added as the investigation continues.

The Sheriff says Coal Grove Police were first to arrive on the scene and found the Danner shot in the backyard of the home. Lawless says they were in the neighborhood investigating a possible prowler at another home.

The homeowner told investigators that Danner became aggressive with him and claimed to have a knife. The homeowner said when Danner man lunged at him; he then shot him several times with a .38 caliber handgun.

Sheriff Lawless says the homeowner is currently not facing any charges and is claiming self defense. His name is not being released at this point in the investigation.

"I think property owners are more and more fed up with crimes against them, which is certainly understandable, but I also think that our suspects, criminals, are being more brazen as well and being more aggressive toward homeowners," Sheriff Lawless said.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/30/13 @9:23 a.m.
COAL GROVE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff says a homeowner shot a man trying to break into a storage building at his home Wednesday morning.

The incident happened in the 600 block of Washington Street in Coal Grove about 6 a.m.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless says the suspect was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he underwent surgery for several gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Lawless says Coal Grove Police were first to arrive on the scene and found the wounded suspect. Lawless says they were in the neighborhood investigating a possible prowler at another home.

The homeowner told investigators that the suspect became aggressive with him and claimed to have a knife. The homeowner said when the man lunged at him; he then shot him several times.

Sheriff Lawless says the suspect was shot in the upper torso with a small caliber handgun.

The Sheriff is not releasing the name of the suspect or homeowner at this time.

He does however say that crimes like this are becoming more common, for a number of reasons. "I think property owners are more and more fed up with crimes against them, which is certainly understandable, but I also think that our suspects, criminals, are being more brazen as well and being more aggressive toward homeowners," Sheriff Lawless said.

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