(WBIR – PETROS) No charges are expected to be filed against an elderly man who shot two people who were trying to break into his home.
Morgan County Chief Deputy Steve Cochran said the shooting happened early Tuesday in the Petros community.
The man's neighbors are supporting his act of self defense.
"I have to say that I would support that he defended himself," Petros librarian Carol Beene said. "Whenever a situation can be diffused by nonviolent means, I think that is better, but I also know that if I were home by myself in the middle of the night and someone came in, I would feel the need to protect myself."
Beene said the man is well known in their neighborhood.
"He's very well respected in the community," she said. "He loves to walk and visits people during the day."
Petros Volunteer Fire Chief Dennis Brock said the man is nearly 80 years old.
"He did say he hated to do it, but again, he's protecting himself," Brock said. "He is an elderly gentleman, so he had to take whatever means to protect himself."
The community hopes this can be a lesson to keep their homes safe in the future.
"I think we would all hope for a safe place to live," Beene said. "I would hope that this would deter other people from such actions."
Joseph Winde and a 17-year-old boy were taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center. Both suspects had surgery, and are in critical condition.
Charges are pending against the two suspects.