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Man shot during home invasion is identified

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Shepherdsville, KY (WDRB) -- The coroner's office has identified the man who was shot in the head following a struggle with a homeowner.  Police say he was trying to steal items from the woman's home.

25-year-old Christopher Sanford died of that wound Monday at 2:26 at U of L Hospital

A woman who lives at the house on Blue Ash Drive returned home with her twin boys around 11 a.m. Sunday to find an intruder pointing a shotgun at her.

A man who spoke to a reporter at the home declined to identify his wife by name, but said the intruder pointed the shotgun at his wife after taking it from their bedroom.

The man said his wife, a Navy veteran and former military officer, lunged at the male suspect, struggling with him and the gun throughout the home before ending up in the front yard where the gun went off striking the suspect in the head, the man and authorities confirmed.

"He was bleeding from the head when I arrived on scene," said Armstrong.

Neighbor Jamie Bartsch couldn't help wonder about the safety of her neighbors. She says police have warned residents of a rash of recent break-ins in the area.

"Pretty scary...ya know," Bartsh said.

Carol Mills, who lives across the street from where the shooting occurred, said neighbors called her while she was at church Sunday morning to warn her the suspect was attempting to break into her house.

"It makes me feel unsafe," Mills said.

Mills says she thinks her small dog might have scared off the suspect. She says she's proud of her neighbors actions during what she called a "harrowing experience."

"She felt confident in defending herself with a gentlemen with a gun. And actually, I'm thankful to her and I'm going to talk to her about how to defend myself," Mills said.

Kentucky's Castle Doctrine allows citizens to defend themselves when they feel threatened in their home or car.

Shepherdsville Police plan to turn over its investigation to the Commonwealth's Attorney's office to determine if charges will be filed.

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