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Homeowner shoots teenage intruder

Originally ran here as:
"Home's Occupant Shoots Intruder"
by Jacob Santini
Salt Lake City Tribune
December 3, 2001

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A Salt Lake City man shot and seriously wounded a teenage boy who was allegedly burglarizing his home Sunday afternoon.

The unidentified 16-year-old was taken to LDS Hospital after the shooting and was in critical condition Sunday evening, Salt Lake police Lt. Jack Rickards said.

At about 4:30 p.m., the 16-year-old allegedly entered the home at 1521 S. West Temple St. A 47-year-old homeowner, armed with a handgun, confronted the burglar and told him not to move. When the juvenile continued to move, the man fired several shots.

Two bullets struck the teen in the back, Rickards said.

The teen then fled and was found collapsed on the porch at a home around the corner.

Rickards said the homeowner believed he was about to be robbed after receiving a hang-up call. The man sent his six daughters to hide in the basement.

The family had been the victim of two earlier robberies. During one of those robberies, a handgun was taken, Rickards said.

Salt Lake County prosecutors will determine if the shooting was justified and whether the teen should be charged with burglary.

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