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Homeowner shoots knife-wielding invader

Originally ran here on Monday, May 28, 2001

PETALUMA, California -- A man was shot and critically wounded after he barged into the Petaluma home where his ex-girlfriend was staying and threatened one of the residents with a knife, police said yesterday.

John Varney, 32, of Novato, suffered a shotgun wound to the chest at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after entering the home at 516 Cherry St. through the unlocked front door. He was immediately confronted by Eric Daviesson, 31, who lives in the house with his wife.

Petaluma police Lt. Dave Sears said the Daviessons were sheltering Varney's ex-girlfriend, who had complained about domestic violence. Sears said Varney had previously threatened to kill the Daviessons.

Varney allegedly brandished a steak knife and advanced on Daviesson, who pulled out a shotgun and fired, apparently in self-defense, Sears said.

Varney was unconscious and on life support at Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa yesterday. No charges have been filed.

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