One 62-year-old Veteran who on medication for a colon cancer was attacked in his own home in Theodore, Alabama last Thursday.
Michael Irving heard a knock on his door when as he approached the door three thugs were standing in front of the house with a gun. They shot him through the window on his door, luckily the ammo wasn’t as deadly as other types of ammo that are can be used in a 12 gauge shotgun are.
As Irving was hit he quickly reached for his own gun, so he shot the shooter, but one of the other two thugs with him reached for the shotgun, so he shot him too. The second thug started to beg him not to shot him again so the Marine told him to drop the gun. The thug refused so Irving shot him again. After wounding the first two thugs Irving noticed the third thug trying to shot him with a handgun but sadly the gun jammed, so he shot her too.
“I didn’t want to have to kill ’em,” the Veteran said.
“I didn’t even know them,” stated Irving. “Why me? Why shoot me?”
Irving is still shocked by what happened, as he walked into his own home covered in blood and bullet holes.
“I walked right here to open the door, and that’s when he shot me right there. They cut loose on me, and that’s when I went to the cabinet here and back behind the coffee was an old-time pistol,” stated the Veteran. “I opened the door and smoked ’em.”
Mobile County Sheriff’s deputies revealed that the three armed thugs were Joseph Heathcock, Chasatie Dulabhan, and Casey Ray Gann. Investigators say this was attempted robbery, but clearly, they’ve chosen the wrong house.
“I tried not to shoot any of them in the chest. I didn’t want to have to kill ’em.”
The two men ran away and left the woman behind, but they couldn’t get too far because of their injuries. So they’ve eventually stopped at the Dollar General two miles away and waited for help. The suspects were first taken to a hospital and then to jail.
As for Irving, he is being considered a local hero for defending himself from the thugs. He was outgunned, outnumbered, and fighting a colon cancer. He says never mess with a retired Marine.
“I learned that in the Marine Corps – ‘react and do’ before you get scared,” he stated.
He was robbed few weeks before the incident of his cancer medication. Authorities think it was one of these same suspects.
After the robbery, Irving installed new Plexiglass on his door, which he considers having helped him save his life.
“Where the bullet hole is, you can see how thick that glass is and that’s what saved me, because it slowed down the buckshot enough.”
“If I hadn’t of moved just a little bit, it would have hit me in the chest and sternum and caught me in the heart.”
Only Gann and Heathcock have been in court and the judge denied them a bond. Heathcock and Dulabhan are charged with assault 2nd, robbery, and shooting into an occupied building. Genn is charged with robbery. Deputies say they are still looking for a fourth male suspect who may have been the getaway driver.
The suspects are 19-year-old Joseph Heathcock, 24-year-old Chasatie Dulabhan, and 29-year-old Casey Ray Gann. Dulabhan is still in the hospital recovering from the wounds.
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