A Pinson homeowner shot and injured one of the two suspects who pointed a gun at him and his wife while invading their home Friday afternoon, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirm.
Jefferson County deputies responded to the report of a home invasion in the 100 block of Jupiter Drive in Pinson around 2:30 p.m. June 15. A woman at the residence called police to report the invasion after locking herself in the bathroom.
Once deputies arrived at the scene, they were told the suspects had fled, possibly in a gray Altima or Mercedes. Three victims at the home were not hurt.
The victims told deputies that the husband at the residence had been working in his garage when he noticed two men acting suspiciously in front of his home, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian. When the homeowner took some tools from his garage to his truck parked on the road, one of the suspects approached him and pointed a gun at him, Christian said.
The suspect was described as a black male wearing a mask over his face. The second suspect entered the house through the open garage door and approached the wife, who was in the master bathroom, and pointed a gun at her.
The husband saw an opportunity to react, grabbed his 9mm handgun which he had on him, and pointed it toward the suspect, Christian said. That suspect then yelled for the second suspect to come outside. The second suspect ran out of the house and the husband fired one shot at them both. A bullet struck one of the suspects. Both men fled the scene, leaving behind two handguns and a ball cap.
Not long after the suspects fled, deputies were told that a gunshot victim was being treated at St. Vincent's East ER. Birmingham police officers found the home invasion suspect inside the hospital.
Christian says the injured suspect, who is 19 years old, was dropped off by the second suspect. While deputies were still investigating at the hospital, the second suspect returned with another man. The two men were taken into custody and are being interviewed by detectives, Christian said.
The suspect's injuries from the gunshot wound were serious but not life-threatening, Christians said.
The suspects' names have not yet been released, pending formal charges.
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