A Richmond man shot a man he said was breaking into his home three times Saturday morning, sending the man to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
The Richmond post of the Kentucky State Police received “burglary in progress” call from Hager Drive resident Steven Womack at about 8:29 a.m., according to KSP spokesperson Trooper Paul Blanton.
Sgt. Harvey Baxter and Trooper Doug Cole responded to the scene, where Womack told them he had found Steven Murphy, 38, in the process of burglarizing the home. Womack said he attempted to hold the alleged burglar at gunpoint until KSP units could arrive, Blanton said in a press release.
As Womack waited for police, Murphy allegedly attempted to flee out of a window, Womack told the officers.
“ … in the process of doing so, he (Murphy) looked back at Mr. Womack and made a motion of reaching toward his pocket,” Blanton said. “At this point, Mr. Womack feared for his life and fired his weapon, striking Mr. Murphy three times.”
Detective Ken Bradley has been assigned to the case, which still is under investigation.