- Associated Press - Sunday, October 5, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a man was fatally shot in the back after two men broke into his home in Lexington, Kentucky.

Investigators told WKYT-TV (https://bit.ly/1vHr2fJ) that 36-year-old Darnell Bates was in the front room of his home when the armed men broke in around 4:50 a.m. on Sunday.

Officers say Bates was shot in the back when he started fighting back.

According to WKYT, Bates’ cousin and a friend, William Millen, were in the home during the invasion.

Millen called the shooting “a cowardly act.”



“He leaves behind his mother, children, brothers, just a host of family and friends through the city of Lexington,” said Millen, who worked with Bates at a local car wash. “It is a tragedy, a tragedy that should never happen.”

Authorities continue to search for the home invaders.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com

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