Resident Shot After Home Foreclosure Turns Violent

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ST. ANN, MO (KTVI)-- A home foreclosure in St. Ann turned violent as shots were fired, tear gas was blasted into the home and the resident was wounded. 

The 51-year-old man had grown up in the house in the 10,200 block of St. Anthony Lane. 

St. Ann Police Chief Robert Schrader said the resident knew this day was coming, the eviction notice had come. 

When sheriff`s deputies arrived to evict the man the resident barricaded himself inside.  The chief, who has known the man for years, arrived to talk to him at the front door.  The chief said he warned the man the ordeal could end two ways, either the man would walk out on his own or he could end up dead. 

The chief said the man slammed the door.  Police fired in tear gas and the man returned several shots.  Finally, an officer shot and wounded that man in his elbow.  Neighbors watched and heard the whole thing play out. 

Bonnie Molitor lives a few doors down from the man`s home, "I know his mom died about a year ago he was as far as I know a very nice guy that a nice family." 

She added, "His sister told me this morning that he was going to lose his home and he said that they`re not going to get it, the police will either have to shoot him or he`s going to kill himself."

The man is expected to recover from his wounds but he could face a number of charges.  Family members declined to comment.  With the way the economy is, the chief wondered how many times an incident like this happens across the country.  The officer who wounded the man has been placed on administrative leave while the department conducts an investigation.

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