Sheriff says shooting near Licking likely was justified

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HOUSTON, Mo. - Texas County Sheriff James Sigman says detectives at this point believe a shooting at a home near Licking was justified.

The shooting was reported just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at a home on Missouri 32 just east of Licking. A 34-year-old man called 9-1-1 and said he shot at another man who was trying to break into his home. The caller said he didn't know whether he hit the intruder.

A few minutes later, the sheriff's department received another call that a 28-year-old man was at the Licking ambulance base with a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen. An ambulance took the man to a hospital, where he is recovering from his injuries.

Sigman said the investigation is ongoing. Deputies did not arrest the resident who fired the shot.