A 73-year-old man who was wounded in a shoot-out with two burglars managed to shoot and capture one of the men.
Don Grubb says he woke up to his dog barking and saw a suspicious car next to his barn on Saturday. He told his wife to call 911 while he reached for his shotgun and made his way to the barn.
He heard noises from his daughter’s house next door. His daughter and her husband were on vacation at the time of the incident.
He confronted the two men, identified as 21-year-old Clyde Webster and 23-year-old Tyler Trivett, when they left the house and walked to their car.
“I told them not to come no further,” Grubb told reporters.
Webster fired his own shotgun at Grubb and the homeowner shot back.
“Who would have known they were going to shoot me?” Grubb told NBC. “I didn’t know they had a gun. That’s the last thing I would have thought about – someone shooting me.”
One of the shotgun blasts hit Grubb in the face, leaving his jaw fractured.
“It was pouring, the blood. There was blood all the way down to my knees,” he said.
The two men fled but Grubb, now hunched behind their car, reportedly “caught the banding by surprise and held him at gun point until authorities arrived minutes later.”
Webster was arrested and Trivett was found and arrested not long after.
Police say the two burglars admitted they knew that Grubb’s daughter’s home was empty and that they had robbed another house that same night.
They have been charged with burglary, aggravated assault, and theft.
Meanwhile, Grubb, now nursing a fractured jaw, says “I should have done different. I should have fired first. And next time I will.”