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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
A burglar got more than he bargained for when he targeted the wrong house in Jefferson County.
The woman he was trying to steal from fought back and shot him.
"I was awakened with a gun in my face hollering 'give me all yo money and give me all yo jewelry' and I screamed 'I don't have any money and I don't have any jewelry,'" the victim, who does not want to be identified, said. "That didn't satisfy [him]. Then he asked me about everyone in my house during this time I'm fumbling to get my gun. He pushed me down. I got up fought back."
Deputy Chief Randy Christian from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the suspect had an air rifle, similar to a BB gun.
"She didn't know that at the time, she thought it was loaded. He knew it though. Sometime during the struggle, he put that down took out a keyhole saw. He cut her a few times superficially with that," Christian said.
The victim was cut on her stomach and on her arm.
"Kept on fighting and another person in the house got up to see what the dogs were barking at and that distracted him. When that distracted him I finally got to my pistol and fired a round," the victim said.
The suspect was found at UAB Medical West hospital. Deputies found him by calling the hospital and asking if they had a patient with a gunshot wound. When they arrived and interviewed the suspect, they say he had an interesting explanation for his injury.
"Tried to make up a story that he was at a party and shot himself on a dare," Christian said.
"He felt like it was going to be easy especially when he saw me on oxygen and a woman. I can take her down, sorry," the victim said.
The suspects name has not been released because charges are still pending. The suspect's injury was very serious and at one point he was described as "touch and go." Now deputies believe he will survive and he will be charged with armed burglary and assault.