June 4, 2012
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC)- A 27-year-old man is in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound after deputies say he broke into the home of a 72-year-old man who shot him.
Deputies with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burglary at a home in the 1500 block of 36th Avenue Northeast around 2 a.m. Monday, June 4. When they arrived to the scene, they found the suspected burglar, a 27-year-old male, on the ground suffering from a single gunshot wound, Captain Loyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa Police Department said. The suspect was taken to DCH for treatment.
The 72-year-old victim told investigators he had been asleep when he heard someone banging on his back door. When the elderly man opened the door, the suspect forced his way inside and knocked the man to the ground, Baker said.
The victim said the suspect fled the home when he realized another person was inside. The 27-year-old suspect returned a few minutes later, and the 72-year-old man shot him once while the suspect ran through his yard.
The suspect, whose identity has not been released, had surgery at DCH for his gunshot wound.