Last Thursday, a 69-year-old woman returned to her home in rural Sierra Vista, Ariz., to find her door damaged and several things missing from her home. She called the Sheriff’s Department and filed a report, but it turned out the burglars weren’t yet finished with their dirty deeds.
At around 11 p.m. that same night, the woman discovered a man dressed in dark clothing attempting to break in—but this time she was ready. She retrieved her gun and fired several shots at the intruder, and when deputies arrived on the scene, they found a 26-year-old man with several gunshot wounds. The suspect was airlifted to a Tucson hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
While it is suspected the two burglaries are related, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the incidents and hasn’t yet confirmed whether the same suspect was responsible in both cases.