Sheriff: Intruder shot in backside by owner of truck stop near Tea | argusleader.com | Argus Leader
Good for the business owner.A Sioux Falls man accused of trying to burglarize Larry’s I-29 Truck Plaza near Tea was shot in the buttocks by the business owner early Wednesday morning.
According to Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson, the plaza’s owner was working in a back office at about 1:15 a.m. when he heard a noise coming from somewhere in the building.
Carrying a loaded handgun, the owner went to investigate and when he opened the door to his office, another door beside it opened and “he finds himself face to face with the intruder wearing a mask and holding a prybar,” Johnson said.
The owner fired one round at the intruder, later identified by authorities as Austin L. Yesda, 22, of Sioux Falls. The bullet hit Yesda in his backside and he fled the building.
Officers from the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Tea Police Department and the South Dakota Department of Investigation responded and caught up with Yesda less than a mile from the scene near on Sundowner Avenue at about 2 a.m.
Yesda was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Johnson said.
“I can’t really comment specifically on this case, because it’s still ongoing, but generally speaking, people do have the right to defend themselves and their property with an amount of force that is reasonable under the circumstances that exist at the time,” Johnson said.
Johnson didn’t give the owner’s name, but according to Lincoln County property records, the land is owned by LCI Inc., a South Dakota corporation.
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