SPRINGFIELD, La (FOX44) — A Springfield man says he pulled a gun on an alleged burglar to protect his property, and his life, Tuesday morning.
Tom Casey says the house he’s been fixing up for his son has been broken into five times. This past weekend, he set up a deer alarm inside to stop the robberies. He never believed he’d actually catch someone in the act.
When the little alarm went off in his house down the street, Casey decided to go investigate.
“I didn’t think it was anything. I had just drove past there, and I didn’t see anything,” he says.
When the 71-year-old man got there, he knew something was wrong.
“Your heart starts to pumping, and you can feel the pressure in your veins. I mean your neck gets tight. You’re scared. There’s no other way to say it.”
He saw 18-year-old Aaron Church bolt out of the house, but he thought there was a second man inside.
“Now it’s two on one, and he’s got something in his hand, so I let one go and down he went,” Casey says. “Turned out, it wasn’t a gun or anything, but I didn’t have time to think about what he was holding.”
The bullet hit Church in the left arm. He was the only person involved in the attempted robbery.
“I wanted to come home to my family,” Casey explains. “I don’t to be laying in the back of that house trailer with him driving away.”
Neighbors say they’re happy that the young man got caught in the act.
“I might not have let him up off the ground,” says friend Raybourne Reynolds. “I don’t have a lot of respect for thieves.”
As for Casey, he says that’s enough excitement for one day.
“I’m gonna get me a cup of coffee and lie down for awhile. I feel like I just ran track.”
He hopes this will make people think twice before they steal from him.
“They have a whole gang of dope fiends and thieves, and now that I’ve got my little alarm working, I’m going to do my best to keep them off my property.”
Deputies say they don’t expect Casey to be charged in the shooting because he was defending himself. Church on the other hand will be charged with burglary, according to deputies.