A woman fired shots at three men attempting to break into her home, and one of the suspects was shot in the chest, police said.
Three suspects are now in custody including the man who was shot. He is in stable condition at a Kansas City area hospital.
Police say the three men attempted to burst into a home in the 106 block of Greenwood Road when shots were fired. The homeowner grabbed her weapon and fired at the suspects.
The suspects fired at least two shots back, but the woman was not injured.
"The way times are now, people kick in on you anytime," said Oscar Roberts, whose wife, Shirley, was shaken but is thankful to be OK. "You've got to protect yourself. If your life is threatened, you've got to retaliate."
He said he reassured his wife that she did the right thing.
He said his wife had a registered firearm. Oscar Roberts said the couple was robbed some years back, but this time they were prepared.
Kansas City police told KCTV5 that shortly after the woman called 911 that officers were dispatched three miles north to a home at 87th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard. The caller said her brother had been shot, possibly in the chest.
After the man was rushed to the hospital, police connected the man's gunshots to the attempted home invasion. All three men were arrested at the hospital.
During the investigation, police used a stun gun on someone who had created a disturbance at the scene.
Oscar Roberts said the suspects jiggled both the front and back doors. He said his wife saw one of the men put on blue rubber gloves, and she refused to open the door.
As one of crooks raised his foot to kick in the door, Shirley Roberts fired a single shot from her .38-caliber handgun.
One of the suspect's bullets pierced the home, but did not strike Shirley Roberts.
Police say Shirley Roberts acted appropriately.
"If you are in fear for your life, most definitely we want you to protect yourself so obviously she thought she was in fear for her life so she responded," Kansas City police Sgt. Marisa Barnes said. "I would consider her very lucky."
Oscar Roberts said he and his wife go to the shooting range and practice for this very type of situation. He said his wife wanted a gun that was small enough for her to handle in this very type of situation.
The Jackson County Prosecutor filed charges Friday afternoon.
Dshawn Marchbanks, 22, Desmond C. Moore, 21, and Ronald H. Brown, 23, were charged with attempted first-degree burglary and unlawful use of a weapon.
Marchbanks remains hospitalized for a gunshot wound.
Prosecutors are asking for bond of $75,000 each.
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