On Thursday evening, a “would be” burglar Elmwood, Indiana attempted to make his way into a home on South K Street. The homeowner caught the burglar trying to break in and shot him in the chest. The intruder was able to flee the scene.
Not too long after police responded to the 911 call from the homeowner, another call came in from a few blocks away from a caller who said that a man with a gunshot wound showed up to a home on South I Street.
“He was covered with blood and he said he had been shot. I couldn’t tell where so we took his shirt off and he had been shot in the chest.” neighbor Scott Hunter who found the bloodied intruder said.
Hunter added that he can sympathize with his neighbor who acted in self defense.
“I own my home and everything I have in my home. I worked hard for and I can see if that were the situation I could see having to protect myself and my things,” he added.
The intruder, Patrick Hughes, was rushed to the hospital.
“It’s kind of scary,” said Tim Huntington, a second neighbor said.
“This is a little bit of a redneck town you might get yourself shot,” he added.
Another neighbor, Brian Parker, defended the homeowner.
“He’s always friendly to everybody. He’s not going to do anything bad to you if you don’t start it with him,” Parker said.
Details of this case have not yet been released but it is clear that Indiana law states you have the right to protect yourself, your family and your property.