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Two charged with Lawrence County home invasion and shootout

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NEW CASTLE, PA -  Two New Castle men are charged in connection with a home invasion in Lawrence County that erupted in gunfire.

A 25-year-old North Beaver Township man told state police that three people forced their way into his Hillsville-Bessemer Road home at 1:15 a.m. Friday.

The victim says he and one of the suspects exchanged gunfire, resulting in 43-year-old Richard Javens of New Castle being struck in the chest with a shotgun blast.

State Police say the three suspects fled the scene.

Javens was treated at Jameson Hospital in New Castle, and then was transported to UPMC in Pittsburgh.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Javens who is  charged with robbery, burglary, criminal conspiracy and a firearms violation.

The investigation revealed that 23-year-old Michael Waters of New Castle was involved in the incident. He was arrested Friday and charged with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery using an unlicensed firearm.

Waters  was arraigned before a district Judge and jailed on $100,000 gone.

The victim was released from Jameson Hospital after being treated for cuts and abrasions.

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