NOVA — A 58-year-old man is in serious condition after being shot in his yard early this morning, in what police said was an attempted burglary.
The shooting occurred around 3:10 this morning, according to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office at 734 US 224. An unknown suspect is still at-large.
Doug and Kathy Roberts awoke to a disturbance where they thought someone was attempting to break into their home, said Chief Deputy Carl Richert. The couple went outside to investigate and noticed their security lights were off.
Doug had a handgun and flashlight and was searching the yard, Richert said, and they noticed a 4-wheeler normally stored in their garage was outside. The garage door was rolled open.
“Not knowing what’s going on, Doug checked the garage and didn't see anybody,” Richert said.
Soon after, Richert said there was a rustling of leaves behind them.
“The next thing they heard was two shots fired,” Richert said. Doug was hit in the back and taken into the house, and Kathy called 911. Doug’s handgun did not go off, Richert said.
Richert said the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office arrived within two minutes of the call because a deputy was in the area.  
In audio of the 911 call, Kathy said they thought they heard someone in the garage, which was when they decided to investigate.
“We didn’t see anything,” she told the dispatcher. “I thought I heard something and we heard bang, bang. My husband turned around and I turned around; we were trying to figure out where (the sound) came from."
A perimeter was set-up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol soon after and a K-9 was tracking a scent toward Township Road 681, but was lost after that, Richert said.
The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office had deputies and detectives investigating the scene this morning.
“Right now we’re just trying to collect evidence and do everything we can to identify and locate the shooter,” Richert said.
Doug was taken to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center and then later taken by helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth for further treatment. Kathy was not injured.
If anyone has any information, anonymous tips can be given to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office by calling 419-289-3911 and asking for the detective’s bureau.
Dylan Sams can be reached at 419-281-0581, ext. 240, and dsams@times-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @dylan__sams.


More information will be posted when it becomes available.
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NOVA -- A 58-year-old man was shot in his yard at 734 US 224 early Tuesday morning, according to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was shot in the back by an unknown suspect, said Ashland County Chief Deputy Carl Richert. The shooting occurred around 3:10 a.m. and was believed to be an attempted burglary, he said.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

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