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Man shot by woman trying to save sister charged

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By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

HIGHLAND, Ill. (KMOV) -- Police have charged a man who was allegedly shot during a home invasion by a woman trying to save her sister.

Joshua Jewell, 34, was charged with home invasion on Wednesday.

According to police, Jewell forced his way into a Highland, Ill. apartment in the 2600 block of Eagle Way around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

After entering the apartment, police say Jewell physically assaulted two sisters, ages 47 and 55.  One sister told police she was defending the life of her sibling, and had begged for the intruder to stop and get out of the apartment.

“I didn’t want to kill the man, I just wanted him to stop hurting my sister,” said Debbie Keeney, the woman who shot Jewell.

The older sister then reportedly fired two shots; the first was a warning, and the second struck the man in the back. The suspect was transported to Barnes-Jewish hospital, where he continues to recover. Police said there were no plans to arrest Jewell until his condtion improves.

“I regret that I shot a human being, yeah,” Keeney said. “But I don’t regret saving my sister.”

A small caliber derringer was recovered at the scene.

Jewell’s bond was set at $500,000.

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