FCSO: Reported trespassers shot by property owner


By Ryan Carter - rcarter@recordherald.com



Two men who allegedly trespassed at a Lewis Road barn in northeast Fayette County early Wednesday morning were allegedly shot by the property owner.

At 2:11 a.m., Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 6000 block of Lewis Road after the property owner reported that two individuals were trespassing on his property, according to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. A subsequent phone call to the sheriff’s communications center was made by the property owner, requesting EMS be dispatched to the scene because he had accidentally shot one of the suspects.

Stanforth said that the second suspect departed in a vehicle south on Lewis Road. The property owner told authorities that as the vehicle was leaving the property, the driver allegedly drove toward him, and additional shots were fired at the vehicle by the property owner.

While en-route to the scene, deputy Howard Wood spotted a vehicle matching the description as reported by the property owner, and made a traffic stop in the 5000 block of Lewis Road. Wood discovered that the man driving the vehicle sustained a gunshot wound as well, according to Stanforth.

Deputies applied first aid to both men who sustained gunshot wounds until EMS arrived. Both were transported to Fayette County Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. Injuries to both men appear to be non-life threatening, Stanforth said.

As sheriff’s detectives processed the crime scene and conducted their investigation, the property owner reported recent incidents involving thefts and a breaking and entering at his Lewis Road property. All of these incidents remain under investigation, Stanforth said.

The names of all parties involved are being withheld at this time and no charges have been filed. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the case will be presented to the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office for review and direction of criminal charges.

Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352.

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By Ryan Carter

rcarter@recordherald.com