TALLADEGA, Ala.-- Home school student Chris Gaither, 11, was alone Wednesday morning when he heard a noise.
Someone had broken into his house and walked upstairs.
Gaither said he was scared, but wanted to be prepared so he grabbed a nine-millimeter hand gun.
“When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” Gaither said.
The intruder made it out the front door with a hamper in hand.
That’s when Gaither started firing off bullets. As the intruder was about to jump a fence in the front yard, Gaither’s 12th and final shot hit the suspect in the leg.
“I shot through the hamper he was carrying,” Gaither said. “It was a full metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby."
A baby that learned his lesson.
“When I pulled the gun, I guess he didn’t think it was a real gun because he kept on walking,” Gaither said.
Talladega Police are still investigating and have not released the name of the suspect, but the Gaither’s mother said this man has robbed their house before. They don’t know him personally.
A sign hanging on Gaither’s fence outside the house reads, “Basset on guard.” It turns out, there’s more than a dog protecting the house on Creekside Circle.
“I hope you learn your lesson coming to this house trying to steal stuff,” Gaither said.
The intruder was taken to Brookwood Health Center-Baptist Citizen’s Medical Center.