Jackson man shoots intruder early Sunday morning

Posted: 8:17 PM, Jul 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-18 07:36:36-04

Early Sunday morning, on the 500 block of North Waterloo Street, a man was speaking to police about the intruder that just broke into his home, but according to neighbors, this wasn't the first time it happened. Except this time was slightly different.

"He was stunned, shocked, and couldn't believe he did it," says neighbor and friend Steve Spranger.

After hearing banging on his door, the homeowner saw an intruder break through his door. That's when he shot the invader with his shotgun. The intruder immediately fled after being shot, and showed up at the hospital shortly after. He is currently in stable condition.

"It was pretty hairy," says Spranger, "I can't say I know what he feels like, but I can say that would shake me up too."

The victim was extremely shaken up, and he, and the neighborhood, are sick of break-ins.

"For some reason we're at war with these criminals," says Spranger.

Neighbors aren't trying to turn to violence to repel intruders, but some, like Spranger, hope this incident will make criminals think twice before breaking in to another home.

"I hope we don't have to hurt another person down here at all ever, but it came down to that."

And ultimately, Spranger, and the victim, want Jackson to be a safe place to live.

"He's not going to let it happen again," Spranger points out. "We're done, and the rest of our neighbors are. We're living in a good city, let's keep it good."

The incident is currently under investigation by the Jackson City Police Department.