The injured suspect, who has a prior felony conviction and is a registered sex offender, was on probation at the time of the home invasion.
She warned them that she was armed, but when they ignored her warning and advanced toward her, she unloaded, striking one and sending both fleeing.
The two remaining suspects now face murder charges for the death of their comrade, while the resident who pulled the trigger will not.
The intruder’s ex-girlfriend said he would not have broke into someone’s home and she believes he was drinking that night and just went to the wrong house.
The man was arrested after authorities found him at mobile home park about 10 miles from the home where the burglary occurred.
“I want my name cleared,” said Paul Gatling, who is now 81-years-old. “Most of all, I just want to vote before I die.”
“I was telling the lady at 911, ‘Y’all please hurry and send somebody here before I kill this kid,’” the homeowner recalled.
Authorities said the suspect was rummaging through the elderly couple’s medicine cabinets, presumably searching for prescription medications.
“He started crying like a little baby,” the young boy said about the intruder after he shot him in the back of the leg.
After abducting his ex-girlfriend and setting her mom’s house on fire, Kyle Johnson broke into another home and beat the female homeowner to death.