Homeowner shoots man who refused to leave his property - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Homeowner shoots man who refused to leave his property

Posted: Updated:

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.


  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Washington State University hosts anti-racism rally

    Washington State University hosts anti-racism rally

    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:21 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:21:25 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University hosted a rally against racism Saturday on their campus in Pullman. It was one of several rallies across the nation held over the weekend in response to violent clashes between white nationalists groups and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. One person died in those protests after a car slammed into a crowd of demonstrators.

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University hosted a rally against racism Saturday on their campus in Pullman. It was one of several rallies across the nation held over the weekend in response to violent clashes between white nationalists groups and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. One person died in those protests after a car slammed into a crowd of demonstrators.

  • Local Craigslist ad offers 'free Cadillac with purchase' of $2,500 eclipse glasses

    Local Craigslist ad offers 'free Cadillac with purchase' of $2,500 eclipse glasses

    Saturday, August 19 2017 8:58 PM EDT2017-08-20 00:58:37 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - As you may have heard, eclipse glasses are getting harder and harder to come by. As we get closer and closer to Monday's total solar eclipse, demand for solar eclipse glasses has skyrocketed in stores and online. Most stores we've contacted have reported being sold out of the eclipse glasses, so your best bet now is to grab a pair at a local viewing party.

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - As you may have heard, eclipse glasses are getting harder and harder to come by. As we get closer and closer to Monday's total solar eclipse, demand for solar eclipse glasses has skyrocketed in stores and online. Most stores we've contacted have reported being sold out of the eclipse glasses, so your best bet now is to grab a pair at a local viewing party.

  • 2 dead in small plane crash near Oregon eclipse viewing site

    2 dead in small plane crash near Oregon eclipse viewing site

    Saturday, August 19 2017 8:49 PM EDT2017-08-20 00:49:06 GMT

    MADRAS, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say two people died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse. The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network says the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash about 2 p.m. Saturday about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport.

    MADRAS, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say two people died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse. The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network says the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash about 2 p.m. Saturday about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport.

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.