Paraplegic man kills intruder during Johnstown home break-in

JOHNSTOWN — John Mutter was asleep in his bed on Sunset Drive when an intruder poked him in the head with a shotgun.

Mutter, a paraplegic who keeps a gun nearby for protection, fatally shot the intruder, early Sunday, Licking County Coroner’s investigator George Ridgeway said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Ridgeway said.

It appears that he was looking for medication or money, Ridgeway said. Johnstown police are investigating whether someone else was involved in planning the burglary, Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt said.

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