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San Marcos resident shoots intruder who allegedly tried to steal a goat, sheriff’s official says

A man was shot Monday evening when he allegedly tried to steal a goat from its owner in San Marcos, sheriff’s deputies said.

The call was reported at 3:22 p.m. on Seeforever Drive near Colorado Hills Drive, the Sheriff’s Department said. According to Lt. David Collins, a 36-year-old man was caught by a 79-year-old man sneaking into his backyard to take the goat.

The homeowner approached the alleged thief with a rifle in his hands, Collins said. During a struggle for the firearm, the homeowner fired the rifle, hitting the intruder in the hands, according to the lieutenant.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of injures that were not considered life threatening.

He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, battery and elder abuse, among other charges, Collins said.

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