An Alabama man recounted his harrowing confrontation with a would-be burglar that ended in an exchange of gunfire early Tuesday.
Joseph Lyles of Colbert County said he was face to face with an armed home invader and left with no choice but to use his firearm to defend himself.
“I was just awoken and could see a person standing in my doorway. (Gasp) Who are you? I’ve got a gun! He says well I’ve got one too,” Lyles recalled in an interview with WHNT. “Well when I heard him say that I just started shooting.”
Lyles fired a total of eight times, according to Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson. He hit the suspect at least three times, once in the chin, the shoulder and the chest.
Meanwhile, the suspect fired at Lyles as the homeowner stumbled back into his bedroom.
“I’m lucky to be here,” stated Lyles. “He shot four times. I found one in the door casing, but I haven’t seen where the other three are yet.”
After the shooting, the burglar fled the scene. Authorities found him in a nearby field along with his 18-year-old son and a woman. Both individuals were brought in for questioning.
Police said that there were some strange calls being phoned in that night and that it’s possible that they were trying to draw police away from Lyles’ residence to clear the way for the break-in.
The investigation is still ongoing. But Williamson told WAFF that they’ll likely send the case to a grand jury where the suspect could face first-degree burglary.
As for Lyles, he’s lucky to have survived unscathed.
“I imagine I am kept here for a purpose, I got things to do – sure do,” said Lyles.