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PD: Trumbull teen shot after forcing his way into neighbor’s home

September 7, 2018

TRUMBULL — An 18-year-old Trumbull resident was shot in the stomach after he forced his way into his neighbor’s home, police said late Thursday night.

The teen forced his way into his 72-year-old neighbor’s home on Shelton Road around 6 p.m., Capt. Keith Golding said in a news release.

“The male charged violently at the 72-year-old homeowner and a struggle ensued,” Golding said. “The homeowner, fearing for his family’s safety, shot the male once, with his legally owned handgun, striking him in the abdomen.”

The officers that responded to the home treated the teen before he was taken by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital, Golding said. He was listed in stable condition as of 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

Just before the shooting, Golding said, police received several 911 calls from residents who live in the Shelton Road neighborhood.

Those callers told police that the 18-year-old was running into the street attempting to stop passing cars and banging on several doors, Golding said.

“The male was later identified as a nearby resident who suffers from a mental health disability that displays erratic and sometimes violent behavior,” he said. “He may also have been affected by the sever weather at the time of the incident.”

A line of severe thunderstorms tore across the state, starting around 5 p.m. and lasting for about an hour.

The Trumbull resident who fired the gun cooperated with police, Golding said, adding that detectives completed a preliminary investigation and no charges were filed for either of the men involved at this time.

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