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Resident shoots, injures armed invader

Tue., March 31, 2009, midnight

Man in serious condition; accomplice still at large

A resident trying to protect himself during a home invasion shot and seriously wounded one of two invaders early Monday.

Spokane police said the intruder underwent surgery at a Spokane hospital for two gunshot wounds to his abdomen; the other man remained at large Monday afternoon.

A woman living at the home in the 4100 block of East 16th Avenue called 911 about 1:40 a.m., reporting that two men had entered the house and that her male roommate was confronting them in another room. The call came in about the same time the roommate fired shots, said Officer Tim Moses, police spokesman.

The wounded man was found in a neighboring yard and was taken to the hospital, police said.

Both intruders were armed, police said.

Police have been unable to provide a full description of the men, both in their 20s.

Moses said police detectives plan to interview the injured man.

The home where the shooting occurred was built in 2002 and, according to county records, is owned by a Chattaroy couple.

College students renting the house had not had any previous problems, the owner said.

Three occupants of the home were interviewed Monday at the Public Safety Building and allowed to go home, police said.

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