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Watauga police release drawing of burglar who shot man

WATAUGA -- Police released a composite drawing late Wednesday of an unknown burglar who they believe shot and stabbed an armed homeowner during a scuffle last month.

The homeowner, Brian Moore, 42, was shot in the arm when he struggled with the burglar, police said. His arm was amputated because of the shotgun wounds, authorities said.

By releasing the drawing, police appealed for help to identify the burglar who faces attempted murder charges in the case, authorities said.

The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, in the 6000 block of Sundown Drive.

Moore, armed with a shotgun, walked out of his home when he heard someone breaking into his utility trailer that was parked in his driveway, police said.

Moore and the burglar, who was armed with a folding knife, got into a confrontation, police said. Moore was stabbed several times, police said. Moore’s wife heard the struggle and asked George Colby, 46, a neighbor who had been staying with the Moores, to go help her husband, police said.

Colby also was stabbed in the struggle, police said. At some point, all three began to struggle over Moore’s shotgun and it went off, police said.

Once Moore was shot, the burglar fled the scene, police said. Moore was taken to a Fort Worth hospital and Colby drove himself to a hospital.

The burglar is described as a white man, early to mid 40s, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, medium build and in good physical condition. He weighs about 170 to 180 pounds with dark brown hair and possibly a two- to three-day beard growth.

Anyone with information should call 817-469-TIPS(8477) or send a tip to www.469tips.com.

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