Dispute over woman preceded shooting, police say

Monday, January 11, 2010 | 4:59 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Police are still investigating the Saturday night shooting that took place east of Harrisburg at the 14600 block of Proctor Road.

The homeowner and intruder, who knew one another, were having a dispute over a woman, Boone County Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

Police responded to the homeowner's 911 call at 9:44 p.m. Upon arrival, they found signs of forced entry, such as damage to the front door frame and part of the door's lock on the floor, O'Sullivan said.

The homeowner used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot the intruder, a 49-year-old male from Sturgeon, at least five times in the chest and upper body. O'Sullivan also said there are no current indications the intruder was armed.

"He's lucky to be alive," O'Sullivan said.

Despite the gunshot wounds, the intruder made his way back to his vehicle and drove away. Other officers on their way to the house pulled him over on a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 63 and Pinnacles Road, O'Sullivan said. Upon seeing his wounds, the officers called an ambulance and the man was taken to University Hospital.

As of early Sunday morning he was in stable condition. No updates on his current condition have been made available.

The investigation is still ongoing as police question those involved. At this time, charges have not been filed.

"I imagine we'll just take the information we gather to the prosecutor's office," O'Sullivan said.

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