I’ve covered thousands of armed citizen stories over the years, and to be honest I’ve forgotten the details of the vast majority of them. There are a few that have stuck with me over the years, however, and I have a feeling that this is going to be one of them.
According to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the call came in at around 5 p.m. about a person assaulting a woman in the 3700 block of Trophy Place. While they were headed to the scene, deputies were told that the suspect had been shot by the victim’s husband.
When they made it to the home, deputies found a 25-year-old man in the front yard of the home, naked and with gunshot wounds to the chest.
According to authorities, a 66-year old woman was on her riding mower taking care of the front lawn when the 25-year old suspect (who was already naked) threw himself at her and tackled her to the ground. The woman’s 67-year old husband saw what was happening and tried to pull the man off his wife, but he too was attacked.
The husband ran and grabbed a handgun before running back to defend his wife, who was still being assaulted. The woman was taken to a local hospital for her injuries, while the husband suffered only minor injuries in the attack.
We don’t have much information about the suspect other than his name and the fact that he was a local, but one neighbor sounded more surprised about the initial attack than the defensive gun use that followed.
“I wouldn’t want to walk through the woods with clothes on, much less naked. It’s scary, especially with my wife being at home with me not here,” said Ken Burns.
Burns has lived in the neighborhood on Trophy Place with his wife for about five years. He says it’s normally quiet and they feel safe.
… “We’re all packing — even her — so if somebody comes in the house, we have ways to protect ourselves,” said Burns.