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77-year-old woman shoots intruder

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"Woman shoots intruder"
by Staff Writer
Lexington Herald-Leader
October 30, 2001

SCOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY -- A 77-year-old woman who lives alone on Rogers Gap Road shot one of two 19-year-old men who tried to break into her home early Sunday, police said.

Wesley Mays of Sadieville was still being treated yesterday for a wound to his abdomen at University of Kentucky Hospital, said Detective Jack Patrick of the Scott County sheriff's department.

He will probably be charged with second-degree burglary, Patrick said.

Thelma Vance told deputies she awoke around 1:30 a.m. to banging on her back door. She grabbed her .38-caliber gun and fired four shots, including one that struck Mays, who Vance said was trying to climb through a bedroom window.

They fled by car before crashing into a guardrail on I-75. Deputies later caught up with them at a gas station, where Mays, wounded, collapsed to the floor, Patrick said.

Andre Newcomb of Lexington was charged with complicity to commit burglary and is being held at the Scott County jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

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