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Courts and Crime

Rockland Man Who Shot Intruder Sues Landlord to Keep Gun

By David Sharp, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man who shot an intruder after buying a gun to defend himself is suing his landlord over an apartment complex policy that bans weapons.

The lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Harvey Lembo, who shot an intruder in the shoulder at his Rockland home Sept. 1. The alleged burglar recovered and has been charged.

Lembo, who uses a wheelchair, said he bought the gun after several break-ins. But the property management company said tenants are prohibited from having firearms.

Lembo's attorney, Boston-based Patrick Strawbridge, says the lawsuit in Knox County Superior Court aims to ensure that people like Lembo are allowed to "enjoy their full constitutional rights." He says that includes the "right to lawfully possess firearm in self-defense."

There was no immediate response from Lembo's landlord.