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Police: Homeowner Shoots Would-Be Intruder

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OWSLEY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - An Owsley County homeowner tells LEX 18 that he was left with little choice but to shoot after a group of individuals attempted to break into his home this morning.

The shooting happened at the home of James Stewart off KY 11 near Booneville. 

Stewart told LEX 18 that the incident all started when he answered a knock at the door at 5 a.m. He says a woman  knocked at the door and when he opened it, police say Charles Harris was standing there with a gun in his hand.

"Had his pistol out, looked like a six-inch barrel on it," Stewart told LEX 18's Patrick Price.

The homeowner did what he says he needed to do to protect his sleeping wife. Stewart says he and his wife were robbed at gunpoint seven years ago.

"I had my pistol in my hand, up and four shots. He fell to the ground and never moved," says Stewart. 

Harris, 42 years old of Booneville, was killed. 

He also injured the woman, identified as Linda Peters, 36 years old of Booneville. Peters ran to a suspected getaway driver. The driver took Peters to the hospital. She had been shot in the arm and has non-life threatening injuries. 

Kentucky State Police are investigating. They say that the homeowner will not face charges. Another woman, identified as Jamie Farthing, has been arrested and charged with first-degree robbery in connection to this case. State Police say Farthing was the getaway driver. 

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