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Elderly man shot with own gun during struggle with intruder

An elderly man was shot early Wednesday when he confronted an intruder at his home in Severn, police said.

The man's daughter, who lives nearby, alerted police at 4:20 a.m. that her 82-year-old father was shot in the leg while struggling with the burglar, who police said had broken into the home in the 1300 block of Sleepy Hollow Road.

The victim told police that he was investigating a noise in the kitchen when an unknown man confronted him. During the ensuing struggle, the man wrestled a handgun away from the victim, who police said was shot with what investigators think was his own weapon.

The burglar fled with the gun and may have been driving a dark, four-door Chevrolet truck, police said.

Police canvassed the area but were unable to locate the burglar. The victim was initially taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center and then transferred to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said. The shooting remains under investigation.

mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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