A Kasilof man surprised burglars at his home Wednesday evening and was shot in the legs several times as he struggled with one of the thieves, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Eric Haddock, 22, remained in serious condition Thursday in the adult critical care unit of Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage where he was taken after being transferred from Central Peninsula General Hospital.
Trooper Sgt. Sonny Sabala said Haddock arrived home Wednesday evening and saw an unfamiliar dog in his driveway. Then Haddock saw an unfamiliar young adult coming out of his house, followed by several other young adults he did not know.
The group scattered, but Haddock was able to catch one of the young men. A struggle ensued, and the suspect allegedly pulled a handgun and began shooting, striking Haddock in the legs.
The suspects then fled northbound on Kalifornsky Beach Road in a small four-wheel drive truck or sport utility vehicle.
Troopers and Central Emergency Services medics re-sponded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound at about 10:25 p.m. and Haddock was taken to CPGH.
According to Sabala, evidence at the scene indicated the burglars had stolen marijuana plants from Haddock's residence.
A search warrant was obtained and troopers found 51 marijuana plants, which were seized.
Sabala said charges are pending against Haddock.
An investigation into the assault and burglary is continuing and troopers ask anyone with more information to call 262-4453.
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