“They picked the wrong day to do something like that, I don't want to kill anybody, so hopefully they'll be okay and they'll learn a lesson.”
Gary Gross told WKRC-TV that when two men broke into his Columbia Township, Ohio, home at 3 a.m. on Saturday, he acted to protect his family. The 24-year-old homeowner grabbed a hammer and briefly struggled with the two invaders—giving him time to retrieve a gun from his car. Returning with the gun, Gross shot both men, who then fled the house. The intruders were apprehended a short time later, with one suspect now in critical condition and the other stable.
Gross said his girlfriend and son were in the house at the time and his only thoughts were of their safety. “You have to make sure that these guys do not make it to that back room,” he said. “Your son is back there. If anything happens to you, he's defenseless, she's defenseless.”