(11/19/2012)
MAN HELPS SELF TO BREAKFAST - Charleston police say a West Side homeowner shot a Culloden man after he found him half-naked eating at his kitchen table Saturday morning.

Jack Boggess called Kanawha County Metro 911 around 3 a.m. and told dispatchers he shot Darin Lanning, 33, in the shoulder after he found him in his kitchen, according to a criminal complaint.

Lanning had allegedly kicked in Boggess' door and entered his home, taken off his cowboy boots, jeans and coat, and was closing the refrigerator door when Boggess was awakened, according to the complaint.

Boggess allegedly pointed the gun at Lanning and ordered him to the ground. Lanning, the complaint states, took two steps toward Boggess "in a threatening manner." Boggess then shot him and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Lanning was conscious when police arrived and told them he thought he was in Hurricane at a friend's house.

Hurricane police had arrested Lanning earlier, about 1 a.m., at the Creek Side Bar, where they had found him lying face down in the parking lot, the complaint states.

He had been taken to an alcohol treatment facility in Charleston and apparently walked away, according to police.

Lanning had a .276 blood alcohol content. The legal limit is .08. Lanning is charged with felony burglary. He was treated at CAMC General Hospital for the gunshot wound before being taken to the South Central Regional Jail. His bond was set at $25,000.

Charges have not been filed against Boggess. Police wrote in the complaint he acted in self-defense.


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