"When we got on scene, we were told that there was a family in the home and that two black males kicked in the door," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress. "One was armed with a rifle and the other had a handgun."
It was just after 11p.m. Monday night (June 15th) when the two men broke down the front door of a home in Valdosta, Georgia and began demanding money. The two criminals held a 15-year-old boy and his 56-year-old mother at gunpoint.
The son was shot in the leg and the mother was shot in the arm as she attempted to flee.
Unbeknownst to the burglars, the 59-year-old man of the house was in the back area. Hearing the commotion and the gunshots, he grabbed his handgun and returned to the front of the house.
Seeing his family wounded and two armed intruders, the man opened fire - striking both invaders multiple times. The wounded criminals fled on foot.
When EMS arrived, they transported the son and his mother to Georgia Medical Center and both are expected to make a full recovery.
Moments after this incident, police received a call of another shooting incident less than 2 blocks away and came across 22-year-old Travis Stewart suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators saw through his story and realized Stewart was one of the intruders shot by the homeowner.
And then the other invader tried the same game. "We were notified a short time later of a male in Quitman who indicated that he had been shot in Quitman multiple times," said Childress. "We spoke to the victim in Quitman, and his statement is not consistent, and he is not cooperating. It's pretty clear that all three incidents are connected."
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