Homeowner: I Feared For My Life - WRBL

Homeowner: I Feared For My Life

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THEODORE, Alabama -

Jackie Ruffin is all bandaged up in his Mobile Metro Jail mugshot. He entered a home in Theodore Thursday morning on Old Military Road and tried to steal a television.

"I went for my gun and fired a couple of shots at him," said the homeowner.

The thief wasn't prepared for what homeowner Aste Rogers would do. He became his own superhero, stopping the intruder before he could get away. Rogers grabbed his shotgun from a back room and knew he had to protect himself.

"I definitely believe that if anyone invades your home, which this was clearly a home invasion, and threatens your life or property you should be able to stand your ground at all times," said Rogers.

He says the entire ordeal lasted only seconds, but it seemed a lot longer as he feared for his life.

"I was just thinking stay alive, stay alive, stay alive. I just feared for my life I felt like I had to get him out right then, it was a life or death situation. I really wasn't thinking much of nothing it was just happening so fast I didn't have time to think," said Rogers.

But now, Rogers has caught his breath. He says he wishes he never had to pull a gun, but knows he did what he had to do.

"I wish it never would have happened, I wish he would have just stayed away from me, I was getting up to go to work and wanting to come home like a normal day, but I did what I had to do," said Rogers.

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