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Man shot during apparent car break-in

WICHITA — Wichita police are investigating a case today in which a resident shot and critically wounded a man who had apparently broken into his pickup.

The resident had taken a handgun with him when he went to investigate a noise outside his home in the 1300 block of North Emporia, police Lt. Troy Livingston said.

The resident confronted a man who was inside the truck, apparently trying to steal a laptop computer, Livingston said.

The resident told police that the suspected burglar stumbled out of truck toward him and that he became afraid, so he fired a single shot, striking the man in the right hip.

The suspected burglar was taken to Via Christi St. Francis Hospital where he underwent surgery.

The resident was interviewed by police and released.

Investigators will turn their findings over to the District Attorney's Office, where prosecutors will decide whether to charge the resident with excessive use of force, Livingston said.

Livingston said the resident told police that his vehicle had been broken into several times in recent months.

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