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Intoxicated man shot in groin

An intoxicated North Idaho man was shot in the groin Saturday night after refusing orders to leave private property near Hillyard, authorities said.

Christopher Lee Antonelli, 23, of Spirit Lake, had been trying to force his way inside the home in the 8300 block of North Julia Street just before midnight.

The 64-year-old resident there told a 911 operator that he had fired a warning shot and wasn’t sure if the man was struck.

When two Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found Antonelli down on his hands and knees, but refusing deputies orders. He was threatened with a Taser and then handcuffed.

Paramedics found the small bullet wound after noticing blood on his pants.

The resident said he and two other family members were sleeping when his dogs started barking and he spotted a man in his side yard. The man tried to push his way into the home when the shot was fired, said Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Antonelli told friends Monday that he was drunk and thought it was a buddy’s house. He called it a “lucky shot” and said on an online social networking site that he’d been met at the door by a man who put the pistol to his stomach and pulled the trigger.

The Sheriff’s Office said Antonelli reportedly had run away from a private bus that he had been riding with others from a birthday party on Saturday evening. He jumped out of the bus when it stopped to drop off a couple of other party goers.

Antonelli was taken to a Spokane hospital where he was treated and released. The case remained under investigation.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Antonelli was stung with a Taser. He was only threatened.


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