Homeowner Shoots Suspected Metal Thief in the Groin With Rifle

December 30 2013
by GSL Staff
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Source: nbcnews.com Archive: WebCite.org

stock rifleA suspected scrap metal thief is probably wishing he had just stayed home after a recent encounter with a Tennessee homeowner.

Two suspects, 25-year-old Paul Curtis Reed and 23-year-old Aaron Michael Lawson, picked the wrong property to steal from when they attempted to steal some scrap metal in Marshall County, TN.

According to NBC News,

The homeowner told authorities that when he asked the two men to leave, one of them came toward him and threatened to kill him. That’s when the victim told deputies he shot the suspect once in the groin with his rifle. Both suspects managed to flee the scene.

The wounded suspect was taken to an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound in the groin region.

Both men were charged with 1st degree theft and criminal trespassing.

The caliber and type of rifle used by the homeowner is not known at this time, nor is the identity of the homeowner.

This is the 35th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Tennessee and the 1,037th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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