77-year-old Missoula man shoots home intruder


MISSOULA, Mont. - Early morning gun shots ring out in a downtown Missoula neighborhood but police say the 77-year-old shooter may have acted within his legal limits.

It all happened at around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning when a 77-year old Missoula homeowner called police to report he had shot a man who broke into his house.

According to authorities the 22-year-old alleged intruder suffered a single gunshot wound to the torso.

NBC Montana went to the north side area, near the corner of Alder and Pattee Streets, and talked to neighbor Sam Martin who tells us after he heard what he thought was two gunshots he immediately got up to check and make sure his house was secure and this three children safe.

"It jerked me out of sleep and I awoke and it was just faintly bouncing around the room and it was like an echo of this incredible gunshot," he tells us.  "Then boom there was another one right after that and distinctly I went to the front of the house and I made sure everything was in the groove and secure."

Officials say the 22-year-old man was transported to St. Patrick hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

Authorities tell NBC Montana the homeowner is fully cooperating with police; no word yet on if he will face any charges.

NBC Montana will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest details as we learn more.

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