A 62-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Theodore, Alabama reportedly wounded three alleged home invasion suspects by returning fire after he was shot in the shoulder.
According to Breitbart, Casey Ray Gann, 29, and Joseph Heathcock, 19, and Chasatie Dulabhan, 24, were hospitalized on the night of June 22 to be treated for gunshot wounds they received while attempting to break into Michael Irving’s house.
Gann and Heathcock were both denied bond.
The three suspects allegedly broke into the man’s home before and threatened to harm the victim if he reported the incident to authorities.”
It is reported by AL.com that the suspects stole all of the veteran’s medication (he is currently battling colon cancer) the first time they invaded his residence.
According to the outlet, the veteran told police that when the three suspects returned to his house on June 22 he believed they were once again trying to break into his house.
Several rounds were fired through the veteran’s front door, hitting him in the shoulder.
Seemingly unfazed, Irving returned fire with his pistol, wounding all three suspects.
“It surprised me too but when someone just shot and is trying to kill you it just wakes up the dragon,” Irving said to News 5.
“I learned that in the Marine Corps. You react and do before you get scared. Always react and do it before you get time to get scared.”
Two of the suspects managed to flee the scene before stopping at a store around two miles away. There they were found on the ground by MCSO deputies while Dulabhan was found on the ground outside of the veteran’s house.
Gann was charged with one count of first-degree robbery, Heathcock was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, discharging a gun into an occupied building and felony probation violation and Dulabhan was charged with first-degree robbery.
All three suspects have prior arrest records.