Police say 19-year-old accidentally shot by homeowner he was staying with

2014-04-26T23:33:00Z 2014-05-29T16:15:05Z Police say 19-year-old accidentally shot by homeowner he was staying withGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 26, 2014 11:33 pm  • 

A Billings homeowner accidentally shot a 19-year-old man staying in his house late Saturday night.

Around 11 p.m., Billings police responded to a report of a shooting at 1328 Mirror Lake Lane off Lake Elmo Drive.

Sgt. Pat Curry said that the 19-year-old man was in the garage of the house making a phone call. The man was a family friend of the 50-year-old homeowner, who was letting the 19-year-old stay with him while he attends seminary school in town.

The 19-year-old was being quiet so as not to wake anyone in the home, Curry said, and the homeowner mistook the man for an intruder and shot him.

Curry said it looked like the man was shot in the chest.

Curry said the injury appeared to be non-life-threatening. The man was taken to a Billings hospital for treatment.

At press time, Curry didn’t have any information on what type of gun the homeowner used. Curry said the homeowner will probably not be charged with anything, unless the man dies and then a negligent homicide charge could be brought against the shooter.

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