A 66 year-old Army veteran was able to fight off his neighbor and eventually shoot the man who broke into his home in Akron, Ohio more than a week ago, on Sunday.
Craig Noggle said that his neighbor, 36 year-old Daniel Givens knocked on his door but then walked away. Givens then came back a second time.
Noggle said that he sensed something was wrong and noticed that Givens began forcing his way inside his home.
“You try to come in through this door, I’m gonna shoot you,” Noggle he told his neighbor, News 5 Cleveland reported. “He said, “Yeah, where’s the gun?’ and I picked it up. I said, ‘This is the gun and you’re gonna get shot.'”
Givens broke through the door anyway and the two began fighting one another.
“I thought, ‘I’m an old guy. I got to face up to this. I’m just not going to be able, I don’t know if I can take this guy,’” Noggle said after pointing out that he has suffered from three strokes and two heart attacks.
Noggle was punched and hit several times before he was able to get to his knees and get control of his gun. Noggle then shot Givens in the ankle. Givens then retreated out of Noggle’s home and made his way back to his own house where police officers later found him.
Givens was taken to the hospital for his non life-threatening injuries. He was then taken to Summit County Jail and charged with assault and aggravated burglary. Noggle suffered from several bruises on his lower back and arm.
Two days after the violent ordeal, Noggle tragically died after being involved in a car crash.
Police said that Noggle drove off Interstate 77 in Richfield around 2:00 pm and went down an embankment where his car landed on Brecksville Road.
He was then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center, but later died from his injuries.