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Marine vet shot by home invaders returns fire, injuring all three intruders

June 26, 2017

A Marine veteran, shot during a recent home invasion in Alabama, returned fire and injured all three suspected burglars.

Last week, Michael Irving, 62, was hit in his shoulder by shotgun fire coming through the front door of his home in Theodore, Alabama.

Irving fired back and hit all three suspects, two of which fled the scene in a car while the third was left behind.

The two who fled drove to the Dollar General Store, but were found by Mobile County Sheriff’s Office deputies; the suspects were reportedly lying on the ground.

“I walked right here to open the door, and that’s when he shot me right there,” Irving told FOX 10. “They cut loose on me, and that’s when I went to the cabinet here and back behind the coffee was an old-time pistol. I opened the door and smoked ’em.”

Irving said his time in the Marine Corps helped him react and stop the three suspects.

“It surprised me too, but when someone just shot and is trying to kill you, it just wakes up the dragon,” Irving told WKRG. “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.”

According to deputies, the suspects had previously broken into Irving’s home seeking cancer medication and threatened him if he reported the incident. According to FOX 10, at least one of the three suspects was involved in both home invasions.

The three suspected burglars were identified as Chasatie Dulabhan, Casey Ray Gann and Joseph Heathcock. They were taken into custody and eventually taken to Metro Jail.