MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A 73-year-old Hamblen County man was recovering Sunday night after getting shot twice while defending his property from two burglars.
The incident started around 11:40 p.m. Saturday night just off Long Creek Road.
Don Grubb was in bed Saturday night when his dog wouldn't stop barking.
"It was around midnight. My dog Toby was barking, and I got up and come outside and a car come by real slow," Grubb said.
The car, described as a light blue Crown Victoria, then drove right into his garden. The drivers took off to his granddaughter's house next door. That's when Grubb, a military veteran, grabbed his gun and jumped into action.
"I sat up there by their car and waited on them. I could hear them at the house. I heard it when they kicked the door down," Grubb said.
His granddaughter, Monica Tupper, was on vacation with her family, so no one was home at the time. But Grubb says he would do anything to protect his family's property, so he waited in the dark for the burglars to come outside.
"When they came out I told them I called 911 and the law was on the way. Just as soon as I said that they shot at me. It was dark and I couldn't see they had a gun," Grubb said.
He was hit in the face and shoulder. The bullets are still in his skin.
"It was dark, but I could feel the blood it was dripping. It was coming out so fast," Grubb said.
After getting shot, Grubb shot back.
"I shot back but they got behind a tree and it was dark and I couldn't see. They shot five times at me and I shot six times at them," Grubb said.
Then the burglars took off running and Grubb went back to his house to get more bullets. He then waited again by the suspects' car. He was able to grab one of them, identified as Clyde Webster, 21, pinning him to the ground until help arrived.
"I said you've done shot me, and I don't want to shoot you but I said if you don't lay there I will shoot you," Grubb said.
The other suspect, Tyler Trivett, 23, was arrested in Cocke County later that morning. Deputies say through a quick investigation they were able to determine where his vehicle was. Trivett was found hiding underneath a camper.
The family says four guns were stolen, including one Grubb gave to his granddaughter for protection- the same one used to shoot him.
"Shot me with my own gun and my own bullets," Grubb said.
"What was the purpose, for four guns? If you needed four guns that bad I would happily have given them to you. To trade them for my grandpa's life? Are you kidding that's my papaw. You don't just come in and destroy people's lives like that," Tupper said.
During an interview with the suspects, deputies learned that several hours prior, the two had burglarized a home in Cocke County. Deputies recovered two shotguns, a knife and a hatchet taken from Grubb's granddaughter's home as well as all of the property taken from the Cocke County home.
Deputies also learned that Webster knew Grubb's granddaughter's husband and knew they were away on vacation.
Trivett and Webster are being held at the Hamblen County jail on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and theft of property over $500.
Webster was also found to have marijuana in his vehicle and was charged with possession of schedule VI.