The suspects kicked in the basement door, which awakened the woman’s son, who in turn woke her up and told her he thought someone was in the house.
Burch was home with his girlfriend and children when a shotgun blast blew open the front door and three men wearing masks stormed in.
The homeowner discovered the man in his basement after hearing a commotion around midnight and promptly responded.
“I feel like if I hadn’t had the gun in there, this whole news story would be about me and my mother being dead in this house,” said Timo Hernandez.
When the woman opened the door she found a gun pressed against her neck, but what the intruders didn’t know was that she had a gun of her own.
While the elderly man normally uses a walker, he didn’t that morning. In fact, he got up, went to his gun case and loaded his gun, all in the dark.
An officer responding to the 911 call met the suspect in the parking lot, and when he attempted to disarm the officer, he was shot multiple times.
Throughout the encounter, Keith Childress kept his right hand in his pocket, grasping what officers believed was a gun, but later found to be a cell phone.
The sheriff’s statement came after a 24-year-old man was shot and killed while breaking into a Lakeland home Friday.
The video shows the three suspects leading the woman at gunpoint, past two children on the couch and into a bedroom where two more children were asleep.