It was the second time I ever shot the gun,” remarked Brent Dooley, the man who shot a father-son duo attempting to break into his Searcy home.
Searcy Police had responded to Dooley’s address for a shots fired call. Dooley admitted to police he had fired off four rounds at the two men who busted through the glass of his front door.
“I told him, I warned him – I said, ‘man I got a gun and I got a kid.’ I said I will shoot – might want to stop,” recounted Dooley.
The suspects apparently didn’t stop what they were doing. Dooley retrieved his 9 mm hand gun and ended up hitting James D. Hughes, 19 of Judsonia in the hand and chest. Hughes’ father, James A. Hughes, drove his son to the White County Medical Center to seek treatment. Investigators discovered the two at the hospital, along with a woman who had been with them during the whole ordeal.
“I didn’t want to shoot nobody,” said Dooley. “Nobody wants to shoot anybody, at least let’s hope not. But when it boils down to my life or your life – it’s going to be your life, not mine.”
Dooley said he was mostly scared for his five year-old daughter’s safety. She luckily was asleep in the other room and miraculously wasn’t awoken.
“My little girl, that’s it, that’s all I thought about,” said Dooley.
UPDATE (1:00 p.m.):
Searcy Police Sgt. Steve Hernandez says the homeowner and suspects knew each other.
According to investigators the homeowner, Brent Dooley, had loaned the Hugheses some money to pay bills and they had given Dooley a television set as collateral. Police say the Hughes never paid Dooley back on the loan, but say on Tuesday night the father-son duo came back for the television anyway.
A 19-year-old man was shot when police say he and his father attempted to break into a Searcy home.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Searcy police officers responded to a call of shots fired at a house on North Van. When police arrived, they were told the homeowner fired four shots at two men trying to break into his house.
Officers say one of the men, 19-year-old James D. Hughes of Judsonia, was shot in the hands and chest. Police say his father, 44-year-old James A. Hughes of Searcy, took him to a local hospital.
The son is currently in critical condition with non-life threatening injuries. The father was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated residential burglary. His bond was set at $75,000.
Police also arrested 31-year-old Jennifer Curington of Searcy. She is charged with attempted aggravated residential burglary. Her bond was also set at $75,000.
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