ROSCOE (KDKA) — A Washington County man who authorities say shot his roommate early Friday morning says he did so in self-defense, and police agree, releasing the man with no charges.
Les Anderson’s face is bloodied and bruised after allegedly battling 40-year-old Sean Kuch in a fight that went from fist to firearms.
“I was afraid, I was scared, he’s a young guy,” Anderson said. “He’s been bullying me for a long time.”
State Police in Washington County said the 67-year-old Anderson shot Kuch once in the chest after an argument ensued over Kuch coming home late and allegedly drunk. Anderson said, initially, he tried to avoid any confrontation by going to his room.
“He’s trying to get into my room, I was holding him back,” Anderson said.
Kuch got in and allegedly beat Anderson, a man already weak from bladder cancer.
“I pulled the gun out, and then he attacked me, tried to get the gun off of me, then he starts punching me. I was able to get two shots off, I guess only one of them hit him,” Anderson said.
Kuch, shot in the chest, stumbled outside, and witness Patty Harger saw it all.
“He sat on the steps over at the bar,” she said.
Kuch was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital. Anderson was questioned and later released by the state police.
“Based on the interviews we’ve done so far, it appears as though it was more or less a self-defense type of incident,” Tpr. Stefanie Plume, of Pennsylvania State Police, said.
“I had no choice at all,” Anderson said. “Just to damage him, get him out of here.”
Kuch is recovering from a bullet wound to the chest, and his last listed condition was serious.