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Would-be burglar shot by owner, police say


A would-be burglar was shot twice by the owner of a Best Street home he apparently was trying to break into Wednesday evening. He was listed in very critical condition in Erie County Medical Center, police said.
The 28-year-old man allegedly was trying to enter a home at 761 Best St. with another man at about 8:30 p.m. when they were approached by the owner, who pulled out a gun and began firing. The wounded man was shot in the chest and buttocks. His companion fled.

The wounded man was found by Ferry-Fillmore District police officers lying in the street near 33 Myers St. a short time later.

Police were interviewing witnesses, including the alleged shooter, according to reports.

The wounded man is expected to be charged in the incident. Initial reports by police indicate that the shooting appeared justified, but detectives said further investigation into the incident is required.

The house at at 761 Best was the site of a homicide on Dec. 12, 1997. William R. Brown, 23, of that address, was shot near his car in his driveway and died at the scene. Brown was the son of Wednesday's shooter, according to sources.
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