NOVA - During a suspected burglary early Tuesday, a homeowner was shot outside his home on U.S. 224 between Nova and Sullivan in Ashland County.
The victim, Doug Roberts, and his wife awoke in the night to find their dogs acting strangely, according to Ashland County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Carl Richert. They heard a noise and looked outside, where they noticed the security lights outside an outbuilding were no longer lit.
The pair then went outside with a flashlight to look around. Doug was armed with a handgun.
The Roberts saw that the door to their attached garage was open, and their four-wheeler was sitting in the driveway as though it had been pushed out from the garage.
As they looked around for a suspect, the pair heard a rustling sound, and then the sound of two gunshots. Doug was hit once in the back.
Doug's wife helped him inside and called 9-1-1 at 3:10 a.m. A sheriff's deputy patrolling nearby arrived at the home within three minutes, according to Richert.
Doug was taken to University Hospitals Samaritan Hospital in Ashland, where he was treated and later flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center and is in serious condition.
The Ashland County Sheriff's Office set up a perimeter but was not able to identify or locate a suspect immediately. The case remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 419-289-3911.