A senior citizen and Army veteran in Akron, Ohio was forced to defend himself when a burglar charged into his home and began beating him.
Craig Noggle, 66, showed the cameras from newsnet5.com the bruises on his back and arm after a fight for survival in his home after his neighbor, Daniel Givens, knocked on his door Sunday morning. At first, Givens walked away.
He returned soon after and Noggle sensed something was off. The survivor of two heart attacks and three strokes says he got his gun and issued a warning through his storm door.
“You try to come through this door, I’m gonna shoot you,” Noggle recounted. “He said ‘Yeah, where’s the gun?’ and I picked it up. I said, ‘This is the gun and you’re going to get shot,'” he said in the story.
Disregarding of the firearm, Givens allegedly forced his way through the door and began to wrestle with Noggle on the floor.
“I thought, ‘I’m an old guy. I got to face up to this. I’m just not going to be able, I don’t know if I can take this guy,” Noggle said in an interview.
Noggle fought through the punches, got to his knees, aimed at Givens’ leg and fired.
The round struck Givens in the ankle. Police later found him at his home down the street, transported him to the hospital, and then charged him with assault and aggravated burglary. He is being held in the county jail, the story says.
In the interview, Noggle said he didn’t want to shoot his neighbor, but felt that he had no choice.
Noggle said in the story he feels like peace has been stolen from him.
“He had no right to do that,” he said in the story.
The story says Noggle has had issues with Givens in the past, including telling him to slow down because of children in the area and for challenging Givens for peering into neighbors’ homes.