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Fredonia homeowner says he shot man who threatened him

A confrontation at a home on Liberty Street in Fredonia ended with a homeowner saying he shot a man who had knocked on his door early Saturday morning and threatened him, according to police.

The resident called 911 at 2:22 a.m. to report that he had been awakened by a man and woman pounding on his front door, which opens onto an enclosed porch. The homeowner armed himself with a handgun before answering the knocking and told police that when he opened the door, the pair pushed their way into the house. While holding his weapon, the resident told the intruders to leave, which they did.

The two had arrived in a vehicle, and the homeowner told police that, when he went outside to get a description and license number, the man jumped out of the driver’s seat and ran back toward the house yelling threats. The homeowner fired several rounds, with at least one bullet hitting the man before he got back in the vehicle and drove away.

The homeowner called Fredonia Police, who located the vehicle. The wounded man was treated by Fredonia Fire and Rescue personnel before being flown to Erie County Medical Center via Starflight.

Police say the firearm was legally owned and the names of those involved in the incident have not been released. No arrests have been made, but the case remains under investigation, and anyone who might have information to assist police is asked to call them at 679-1531.