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Canton Police investigating after homeowner shoots stranger outside his residence

Posted at 7:01 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 19:01:01-04

Canton Police are investigating after a homeowner shot a man outside his residence late Monday evening.

Police responded to 23rd St. N.E. just before 11 p.m. Monday. When they arrived, officers said the resident told them that a man he didn’t know had been pounding on the door demanding to speak with a woman that the resident did not know. 

The homeowner told police the man then started to threaten him. The unknown man went to his vehicle and returned a short time later. 

The homeowner thought the man may have left to arm himself, so he stepped out of his house with his 12-gauge shotgun and fired two shots. The pellets hit the man in the stomach. 

“Any sane person would do the same thing,” the homeowner’s mother said. “We don’t know him, never seen him before."

She also said her 2-year-old granddaughter was in the house at the time.

“Just thankful that everyone’s OK.”

The 38-year-old man who was shot is in stable condition at Aultman Hospital. He underwent surgery Tuesday morning, according to police. They are waiting until he is in better condition to interview him about why he was at the home in the first place and why he behaved the way he did. 

The homeowner has not been charged at this time, police said. The case will likely be sent to the grand jury to decide. The homeowner does have a concealed carry permit.