On Wednesday morning, Chris Gaither, an 11-year-old home school student, was at his house alone. He heard a noise and discovered an intruder that has managed to work his way upstairs. While Gaither admits he was scared, he also took action. Preparing for an encounter with the intruder, Gaither grabbed a nine-millimeter handgun.
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“When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” said Gaither, according to a report by WVTM 13.
The intruder then proceeded to exit the house through the front door of the Talladega, Alabama home, carrying a hamper he had taken from the property.
As the intruder was leaving the property, Gaither opened fire.
The intruder tried to jump a fence in the front yard. Gaither managed to shoot the intruder through the leg with his 12th and final shot.
“I shot through the hamper he was carrying,” said Gaither. “It was a full metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby.”
“When I pulled the gun, I guess he didn’t think it was a real gun because he kept on walking,” Gaither added.
Gaither’s mother asserts that, while they don’t know the intruder personally, that the man had robbed their home previously.
Talladega Police are investigating the incident. While they did not initially release the suspect’s name, he was later identified as 33-year-old Christopher Ryan Stringfellow.
After being shot, the intruder was transported to Brookwood Health Center – Baptist Citizen’s Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Stringfellow was then taken into custody and charged with first-degree burglary.
“I hope you learn your lesson coming to this house trying to steal stuff,” said Gaither.