A would-be robber ran into more than he bargained for when he attempted to break into a home of a North Carolina man armed with an AR-15.
The homeowner, Jonathan Haith, said “somebody was knocking on the door at 9:30 in the morning. I wanted to roll over and stay in the air conditioning, and I just ignored it.”
After 15 minutes passed, Haith heard loud noises downstairs and grabbed his AR-15 semi-automatic and went to the hallway.
“I heard the loud bang in the laundry room area. I crouched down, grabbed the firearm and was walking up the hallway. I peeked around the corner, saw a tall, slender black gentleman standing over me with a pistol,” Haith recalled.
Haith says the man shot at him but missed. Haith then returned fire, hitting the assailant in the stomach and shoulder.
“He shot first. I shot second. He missed and I reckon I connected. That was my round. Evidently, it went through his body and struck the wall,” Haith said.
The intruder then attempted to get away but collapsed outside in the parking lot of a church. A car sped over to pick him up but Haith had already called the police. Both men in the car were arrested and the intruder is in critical condition at the hospital.
“I guess I did the right thing. I just reacted the best way possible. Once-in-a-lifetime incident that I hope doesn’t happen again,” Haith said.
Vance County police have not released any further information about the incident.