Break out the violins, folks. An aspiring home invader got the invasion part down when it comes to victimizing innocent people. He neglected to consider that the homeowner gets a vote in the matter too. In this case, Damon Swanigan, Jr., 22, lost control of his gun. The homeowner picked it up and shot him with it.
Damon managed to stumble outside onto the porch where he collapsed. At about the same time, a fusillade of rounds struck the front of the house (and maybe Damon too?) as Damon’s fellow companions opened fire.
The homeowner escaped unshot. At this point, homeowner Brent Smith better be watching his back. Because Damon’s fellow gang buddies will be lookin’ for some payback.
Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a neighborhood on the city’s east side after a homeowner reported a masked man forced his way into the home during an attempted robbery.
That homeowner, Brent Smith, spoke with Nexstar’s WXIN shortly after being released from custody without charges.
“He smacked me in the head with a gun and told me I knew what it was and then I yelled out he’s trying to rob me,” Smith explained, recounting the incident.
“It was like a movie, me and him wrestling over the gun,” said Smith.
During that struggle, Smith admits he shot the intruder with the suspect’s own gun.