(Fentress Chestnut, Reporter)
Police are looking for three suspects after they attempted to break-in to a business in Catawba. One of those suspects ended up wounded, WHKY news reporter Fentress chestnut spoke to the owner of the business earlier today (September 30) to find out what happened.
The suspects parked right beside the Catawba Police station before going across the street and trying to break-in through the back of the business. The owner said he heard a knock at the door and that's when one of those suspects attacked.
"Luckily I went to the door with my gun, I walked over and I instantly got hit with a bottle over the top of the head and it floored me back" said owner, Jordan Lyons.
Lyons is currently remodeling the Catawba Feed and Supply Store, he usually stays overnight and he's never had any problems but last night he believes he could have lost of his life..
"I didn't expect anything like this ever in Catawba, I mean everybody knows everybody, so it's just shocking"
After the first suspect hit him in the head with a beer bottle and the next suspect hit him with a cinder block, Lyons went for his gun.
"When he did that I fired the first shot and hit him in the chest area, I want to say"
After shooting that suspect the other two tried to take off the other way, but Lyons continued to fire.
"Once the gun fired, he was trying to get back out, they were all trying to get back out and I fired another shot"
The next gunshot missed the suspects and instead left a bullet hole in Lyons pick up truck. All three of the suspects ran from behind the store leaving a trail of blood all the way to the police station where they were able to drive away.
"The trail of blood ends right here, beside the police station", said Interim Police chief Duane Cozzen.
Lyons had to go to the hospital earlier this morning, he had several cuts on his head. He told Fentress Chestnut he's just glad he owns a fire arm.
"I'm just thankful to be alive, and I'm just glad I had a firearm to protect myself, to save my life", said Lyons.
The chief said he got a report about a shooting victim showing up to a hospital earlier this morning claiming that he was shot in Newton. Catawba Police don't have anything to tie that person directly to the crime yet, but they have collected blood evidence.
There are also many surveillance cameras all over the small town, and Police are looking at the video to find out who was involved.
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