St. Charles Journal | News | NEW: Lake Saint Louis man shoots neighbor he thought was intruder
A bad outcome for someone who probably drunkenly stumbled into the wrong house. I can totally see the homeowner not being able to recognize his neighbor in a darkened house after just waking up, especially since the neighbor was in an altered mental status, and thus not as easy for the victim to recognize (if he even knew him at all).A Lake Saint Louis man says he shot an intruder that turned out to be his neighbor.
Police said they received a call around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning from the homeowner, who lives alone in the Harbor Town condominiums located on the western edge of Lake Saint Louis. They arrived to the scene to find the next-door neighbor laying on the floor, shot in the knee and pelvis.
When questioned by police, the homeowner said he was sleeping upstairs when he heard a noise, grabbed his gun and found a person in his downstairs kitchen. The homeowner warned the man three times to not move or he would shoot, police said, but the man continued to approach the homeowner, who was on the staircase.
Police said they suspect the man had been drinking, as his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. He was taken to SSM St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Charles and is expected to recover.
The case is still under investigation, and the names of both men were not released. Police do not suspect the homeowner of foul play.