After the suspects announced a robbery, one of the would-be victims shot a suspect in the head, leaving the second suspect promptly running away.
While the robber was demanding money from the husband, the wife was pulling a handgun from the glovebox.
Two suspects attacked the man while he was standing in his driveway, but only one of them survived after their intended target temporarily disarmed them.
“As long as he had that gun in his hand, I knew he was a threat,” said Stephanie Cook, who shot the perp after he beat her husband with the butt of a gun.
The trespasser was shot Friday afternoon but it wasn’t until Tuesday that the woman’s body was found, with evidence indicating the trespasser killed her.
Ashley Jackson said the only thing she could think of was protecting her children when she shot the man multiple times in the stomach.
Neighbors said the man had been renovating the apartment building for months when he discovered the underage burglars had broken into the building.
After being shot in the leg, the suspect fled the scene but showed up some time later at a walk-in clinic and was subsequently taken into custody.
The man first tried kicking in the front door, but when that plan failed, he pulled an air-conditioning unit from a window to gain entry into the home.
The suspect was hospitalized and the victim unharmed, but Madison Co. State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said it could have ended much worse if he was not armed.