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Nov 10, 2011 11:53 AM by Andy Koen

Colorado man surprised by shooting report

DURANGO - A Colorado man is feeling a bit like Mark Twain when he famously told a newspaper reporter "the report of my death was an exaggeration." On Tuesday, deputies with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office issued a news release reporting the that Dennis Snodgrass was shot in the chest during a disturbance at his home.

You can imagine their surprise when Dennis Snodgrass called them the next day to say that he had not been shot, felt fine, but was receiving several calls asking about his well being.
It turns out there are two men named Dennis Snodgrass living in La Plata County. The shooting victim lives in Ignacio, about 11 miles west of Durango. The second Dennis Snodgrass live in Heserpus, about 24 miles east of Durango.

Public Information Officer Dan Bender said this type of thing is more common than you might think. In fact, he knows from personal experience.

"The last time I looked, there were at least three Dan Benders living in the area," Bender said. "Someone once told me they didn't know I could play a guitar and sing but they loved my CD. I didn't know I could play a guitar either."

That said, Bender wants to reassure the public that his office and all law enforcement offices go to great lengths to confirm a person's identity prior to making any type of arrest.

The Dennis Snodgrass of Ignacio was flown from Mercy Hospital in Durango to Saint Anthony's Hospital in Denver. He was actually shot by a juvenile family member following a domestic violence incident. Snodgrass faces assault charges. Bender says charges have not yet been filed against the juvenile.

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