A Fountain (Colorado) man who awoke to the voices of robbers in his home Sunday night shot both men before they fled with an iPod, police said.
The two men suspected in the attempted armed robbery were at Memorial Hospital on Monday where they had gone for treatment of gunshot wounds, Fountain police spokesman Sgt. Jess Freeman said.
No arrests had been made as of Monday night, and investigators had not released the names of the suspects.
“Chances are they will be (ar- rested),” Freeman said, but did not say when.
Cody Buckler, 19, said he was asleep at his house at 2144 Fountain Mesa Road when he heard voices in the living room shortly before 11 p.m.
Buckler said he overheard someone telling a child in the house that he was a police officer. Buckler said he crept down the hall and saw two men wearing masks, gloves and hats. He said he went back to his bedroom and grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun.
Buckler said he returned to the living room and saw one of the men at the front door carrying out his flat-screen television. Buckler shot at the man and hit his arm, and the man fled out the door.
Buckler said he saw another man coming up the stairs and shot at him. That man ran back downstairs and escaped out a basement window, Buckler said.
“I just didn’t hesitate,” Buckler said.
Buckler said he didn’t know the men.
Both men were armed with semiautomatic handguns, Fountain police said.
“I’ve never had anybody do this to me before,” said Buckler, who’s lived in the house for a little more than a year.
Buckler lives with his girlfriend, her young daughter and her brother and sister, and he wanted to protect them, he said.
Shortly after the incident, Fountain police issued a bulletin asking hospitals to be on the lookout for men with shotgun wounds.
By 5 a.m., both suspects had checked into Memorial Hospital, which notified Fountain police, Freeman said.
Freeman said the man shot in the arm had surgery. Freeman said that he didn’t know the extent of the other man’s injuries, but that he did not need surgery.
Fountain police don’t plan to pursue charges against Buckler at this point, Freeman said.
Colorado’s “Make My Day” law allows residents to use deadly force to protect themselves from intruders.