COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A man was shot during an alleged home invasion Saturday night.
The shooter has not been arrested and talked exclusively to KRDO NEWSCHANNEL 13?s Laurie Cipriano about why he pulled the trigger.
?He basically tried to force his way in here with a gun,? said the 30-year-old shooter, who asked to remain anonymous. ?He put it to my head. I just happened to have one too.?
According to police, they did not observe any obvious forceful entry into the apartment. But the shooter insisted the man he shot was trying to steal from him.
The shooter said it started when he heard someone banging on his sliding glass patio door Saturday night.
He lives in the apartment with his wife and three children, ages two, three and six. During the incident, the whole family was inside, getting ready for bed.
The man walked around from the patio door to the front door.
"I did not want him coming in here with what he had," said the shooter. "There's no telling what he would have done to my family after what he would have done to me."
?We?d do anything we had to do to protect them,? said his wife, who also asked to remain anonymous. ?They are my world.?
Her husband made a split second decision.
?I shot him,? he said.
Police arrived at the Country Mountain Estates apartment complex to find a 20-year old man who had been shot in the head.
?He was lying in the hallway in front of the apartment,? said Larry Herbert, with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
According to the shooter, he did not know the alleged intruder. ?I had never seen him in my life,? said the shooter. ?He was probably trying to get some marijuana."
KRDO asked the shooter how the alleged intruder would have known there was marijuana in the apartment. "It?s not hard to know who smokes weed in the hood. I mean, everybody talks." he said.
According to the couple, they are both licensed medical marijuana users. They were questioned and released by police.
The father of three insisted he did nothing wrong. ?Any man would do the same thing I did if they were in my position," he said.
Police are still trying to determine exactly what happened.
?We?d like to talk to the person who was shot, if he?s able to recover enough to tell us his version of events,? said Herbert.
?We?ll consider all of the facts and make a decision as to whether or not it's appropriate to file any criminal charges,? said Larry Herbert, with the Colorado Springs Police Department. ?We?ll have to consult with the district attorney?s office.?
The man who was shot is in critical condition at a local hospital.