The they in question is two criminals who broke into a home in the rural Georgia County. Authorities received a call of a burglary in progress and headed to the call. While they were en route the homeowner was confronted by the suspects and fired a single shot, striking one of the burglars in the neck.
The criminals fled the scene and actually drove past police on their way to the call. The men immediately pulled over looking for medical attention. Emergency medical services were called to the scene and the wounded man was taken to the hospital where he died.