CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -
UPDATE: A Catoosa County man describes the tense moments of struggle after a home invader breaks in and pulls a gun on him.
The gun went off during that struggle, resulting in the suspect showing up at the hospital later.
Witnesses say there was more than one and it appears they did not expect anyone to be home inside the Vero Beach Avenue residence at the time.
The homeowner spoke only to Channel 3 about the moment his instincts toward self-defense took over.
Stacey Clark lives across the street and says she saw two intruders park their gold Ford Crown Victoria before backing into a nearby driveway.
“Then they walked toward the house and then I couldn’t see anything else because I was sitting in my chair but a few minutes later I heard a gunshot and I saw them run into their car and take off,” Clark said.
The homeowner, Kenny, who’s asked us not to use his last name, tells Channel 3 he was fixing a jammed door in the back of the house when two men came in through the front door.
“I heard something behind me and I turned around and the guy had a gun to my face!” Kenny said.
That’s when he says adrenaline took over. Kenny tackled the man holding the gun to try to get it away.
“I wasn’t letting go of that gun. I just held onto it. I wasn’t going to let go,” Kenny added.
His daughter watched her Dad fight off the men before the gun went off twice inside their home.
“He was on top of him with my Dad and my Dad said, ‘I’m not letting go of the gun’ and the guy got shot in the middle of all of it,” she said.
The men took off out the front door, ran down the street back to that gold Crown Victoria before driving off.
A few minutes later, deputies say Marlon Dewayne Jones walked into Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound in his upper leg.
He’s now charged in connection with the home invasion.
Neighbors say there’s been a rash of burglaries recently and are surprised this happened in broad daylight.
“They were desperate or brave. Probably did it to get a flat screen TV or something. That’s how desperate people are,” she said.
Jones is the only person charged in the case at this time.
A would be intruder is in the hospital after being shot by a homeowner.
Around 1:30 Friday afternoon, Catoosa County deputies went to the home on Vero Beach Street off of State Line Road in response to a home invasion and shots fired call.
The homeowner told officers at least one male suspect had gotten in with a firearm and then a fight began. The homeowner then shot the suspect in the upper leg.
The suspects took off in a gold Ford Crown Victoria.
Following the incident Catoosa officers were contacted by Chattanooga authorities in reference to a male who showed up at Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.