A 63-year-old man with stage 4 lymphoma, steady nerves and a double-barreled shotgun thwarted a break-in at his western Michigan home and convinced two suspects to surrender, police said.
Smith and police believe one of the suspects picked the front door lock with a credit card.
“I’m still trying to calm down,” Smith, who was home alone working in his second-story loft, told MLive.com for a story published Friday. ”Within three minutes I see a guy with a hoodie walking past my front window.”
“They made it almost to the top stair. I came out and told them to lay down,” he said of the frightening experience. “Tell you what, you’ve got a shotgun, you’re waiting, you hear them on the stairway coming for your bedroom.”
Smith, whose lymphoma currently is in remission, ordered the two to lie down and held them at bay with the loaded gun while he called 911 and waited for police, who arrived after “kind of a long” five-to-10-minute wait.