Eucha man shoots neighbor trying to kick down his door

Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore said no arrests have been made and the shooting has been classified as self-defense.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: November 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012

A Eucha man called 911 to report he had shot a neighbor who was trying to kick down his door, Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore said Friday.

Carl Hughes, 59, was found lying in the caller's yard about 5:15 p.m. Thursday with gunshot wounds to his left arm and two small punctures to the abdomen, Moore said.

The sheriff said Hughes was intoxicated and uncooperative and threatened law enforcement officers when they tried to provide medical treatment. Hughes was flown by helicopter to a Joplin hospital.

Moore said no arrests have been made and the shooting has been classified as self-defense.

Kirk Edwards told authorities he shot Hughes because he was trying to break into Edwards' house.

Court records show Edwards has a permanent protective order against Hughes. Hughes has been charged three times with violating the protective order and twice for planning or threatening to perform an act of violence, court records show.

In March, Hughes pleaded guilty to all the charges and received a one-year suspended sentence, records show. He was ordered to have no contact with Edwards.

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