Detective: Man shot after trying to break into Harrison Twp. home

Deputies investigate a shooting that left one man with a gun sot wound to the head in Harrison Township. (WDTN Photo)
Deputies investigate a shooting that left one man with a gun sot wound to the head in Harrison Township. (WDTN Photo)

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an overnight shooting in Harrison Township.

It happened Thursday night just before midnight. According to deputies, the man was found in the 3800 block of Klepinger Road.

The 30-year-old was found with a gunshot wound to the head. According to investigators, he told deputies someone shot at him late Thursday night.

Friday afternoon, Detective Walt Steele told 2 NEWS the man found shot had been trying to break into a home in the 3500 block of Michigan Avenue. A 23-year-old mother and her 2-year-old son were home when the subject pried a screen window open. The mother, who carries a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, fired two shots at the man as he attempted to enter the home, hitting him once in the head.

The man then ran from that home and was found later on Klepinger Road.  Deputies were searching for four young men who were seen by witnesses near the scene. Detective Steele says the four people witnesses saw were likely there to help the woman.

“It’s in your right to protect yourself if someone is trying to come into your house and harm you and your child, you have that right to protect yourself,” Steele said.

The suspect was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and was listed in critical condition.  His condition was upgraded to serious condition Friday afternoon.

His name is not being released at this time.

Neighbors 2 NEWS spoke with say they don’t feel safe anymore.

“Well, that’s very dangerous, cause it could happen to me,” one man said. “I live with my wife and my daughter and we don’t even have a gun though. If somebody breaks in on us, all I can do is try to call 911 or pull out a knife or a club or something like that and I think that’s very sad for that to be happening to the woman down there.”

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office will decide if or when charges will be filed in this case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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