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Pinch man fires at burglars at neighbor’s home, police say

By Staff reports

A Pinch man shot at people who broke into his neighbor’s house on Sunday, according to police.

On Sunday at about 4:40 p.m., the man called 911 reporting he interrupted a burglary at his neighbor’s home, according to Sgt. Brian Humphreys, spokesman for the Kanawha sheriff’s office. He said he saw the people at his neighbor’s house and confronted them. He also shot their vehicle, striking the rear glass and a tire before they fled, according to Humphreys.

Deputies found Steve Lee Rose Jr., 31, at his home in Charleston and charged him with burglary. One of the people he was with, an 18-year-old man who had been grazed by one of the bullets the neighbor fired, was taken to the hospital.

The man, whom the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has not named, was not charged. Humphreys said the neighbor does not face charges, noting that it takes police longer to respond to emergencies in rural areas like Pinch and that the people “pulled a gun on him.”

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