Shooting really case of self-defense?

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By The Staff



Man reportedly shoots intruder armed with a hatchet.

A clear case of self-defense right?

Maybe not — in one Roane County case.

More than a year has past since authorities said Donald Goldberg told them he shot Steven Dishman in self-defense.

The agency conducting the investigation has yet to close the Casey Road case.

“It’s still an open investigation,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigator Bryan Walker said. “We’re still trying to interview people, still trying to get information on it.”

The shooting happened in January 2009.

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Dishman died from a single shot to the chest.

Goldberg told authorities that Dishman left him with no choice.

“That’s what his statement is,” Walker said a day after the shooting. “That it was self-defense.”

According to a 911 report, Goldberg told a dispatcher he fired his shotgun at a man who came into his garage wielding a hatchet.

When discussing the case last week, Walker said some people have been reluctant to provide information.

“There’s some people that are still not coming forward that have information,” he said. “They’re not wanting to come forward and talk about it for whatever reason. That’s part of the issue we’re running into.”

No charges have been filed in the case, Walker said.