77-Year-Old Man Shoots Burglar

Posted on: 5:39 pm, May 22, 2013, by

(Memphis) An elderly man in South Memphis woke up to a burglar in his home.

Police say he didn’t cower in fear, he shot the man hitting the burglar twice!

The alleged criminal is OK but he might have learned a lesson!

Mr. John Lewis says he was sleeping in his bedroom when he heard a noise out in his living room.

He peaked out his bedroom and found himself face-to-face with a burglar, “He told me about three times ‘close your door or I will shoot you. I got a gun.”

Lewis says he obeyed the burglar and went back in his bedroom, but when straight to where he hides his gun, “I came back out and I shot him.”

The 77-year-old fired three times, hitting Travis Weddle twice.

Police say when bullets grazed his chest and wounded his hand, Weddle ditched the 55-inch TV and got out of there,.

“He came out the door and hollered back ‘I left my keys in there’ His car was parked out here. A white Maxima.”

Grandpa wasn’t giving him the car keys so the injured burglar had to walk.

He got about a mile before calling police on himself saying he’d been shot!

“I would have shot him too,” said Nieghbor Calvin Jackson.

After a short stint at The MED, Weddle is now in jail, charged with burglary and attempted robbery.

Lewis a hero in his 12-year-old grand-daughter’s eyes and someone Weddle won’t soon forget.

“What did police say about this?” asked Reporter Sabrina Hall.

“They say I did the right thing,” said Lewis.

Lewis says the police still have his gun as evidence but he plans to go out and buy himself another one ASAP.

Weddle’s bond has been set at $100,000