Burglar shot by homeowner in struggle over gun

Published: Nov. 21, 2011 at 2:31 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2011 at 11:14 PM EST
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SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Shepherdsville police are investigating a burglary at a home in the Sycamore Bend neighborhood of the city. WAVE 3 spoke to the homeowner's husband who didn't want to go on camera. He said his wife was still in shock Sunday evening and her two children are a little traumatized, but he said they are all okay. He is calling his wife a hero.

According to Shepherdsville Police Sergeant Troy Armstrong, it happened around 11am Sunday. Police got a call of a shooting in Shepherdsville's Sycamore Bend neighborhood. Police said a woman returned home with her 2 sons. According to police, she went to the basement and confronted someone who was in the process of taking items, including her shotgun.

"There was a struggle over that weapon," said Sgt. Armstrong. "The struggle led to the suspect and the homeowner fighting over the gun all the way out to the driveway of the home where the suspect was shot."

Police said she fired the shot, striking the suspect possibly in the head. The suspect was taken to University of Louisville hospital with life-threatening injuries.

UPDATE: WAVE 3 has learned the suspect in that burglary died at University of Louisville hospital Monday afternoon.

The homeowner's husband said her military and motherly instincts kicked in. He said it was a fight for her survival. Sunday afternoon, neighbors weighed in.

"100% justified," said Dana James. "As a gun owner, I would've made the same decision, took the same action. As far as if I thought my life, or if I had children, their lives were in danger."

Officer Armstrong said "I never recommend confronting someone that would be in your home...I would always recommend leave the home, call 911 and get us there."

This isn't the area's first break-in.

"We've had a couple break-ins in that area," said Sgt. Armstrong. "I don't know if these are related to that or not. That's part of the investigation."

"Hopefully, this will be a lesson to anybody who thinks about breaking into another home," said James. "Because, hopefully more people will reap repercussions and consequences."

The woman's husband said "It is very unfortunate that this was the end result of that struggle."

He said his wife was in the military police in the Navy and Army National Guard. He said she was also a naval firearms instructor.

Police said no charges have been filed. The case will be handed over to the Commonwealth's Attorney's office. Anyone with information concerning this or any other crime is asked to call Shepherdsville Police at (502) 957-1001.

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