TOLEDO (13abc Action News) – A 21 year-old Toledo man with a concealed carry permit turned the tables on an armed robbery suspect early Tuesday morning as he arrived home from work.
Police say the shooting appears to be in self-defense, but it remains under investigation.
This happened outside just after 4 a.m. in the one thousand block of Baker off of LaGrange.
Police say Terrance Reid shot armed robbery suspect Antonio Hadley once in the abdomen.
Police say Hadley is in the hospital and expected to survive.
The shooter’s family says Reid pulled the trigger to save his own life.
"It was unfortunate what happened, but he had to protect himself,” says Johnny Jackson, Reid’s grandfather.
Reid’s family says he fired his gun early Tuesday morning as he was arriving home from work after his shift as a welder at a plant in Perrysburg.
"I'm laying down on the couch and I hear a big boom!" says the shooter’s mother.
Reid’s mother is a nurse who does not want to show her face out of fear for her own safety.
She was the first one on the scene.
"My son said, 'Mom, I just shot somebody,’” says Reid’s mother. “I said, 'Why?' He was all shaken up. He said, 'He just tried to rob me.'"
"He was a little quicker on the draw and he shot the suspect,” says Lt. Joe Heffernan with the Toledo Police Department.
Heffernan says Reid has a concealed carry permit.
According to the report, Reid noticed something suspicious as he pulled up to his home. He told police a vehicle drove down his street and slowed down.
According to the report, Reid put his gun in his pocket and got out of his car.
However, the report says the suspect then ran up to the victim in the yard, pulled out a handgun and yelled, “Don’t move!”
Reid shot the man and called 9-1-1.
"We have no reason to believe that he did not fire in self-defense, so no charges have been filed as of yet,” says Heffernan.
The suspect fled before police arrived.
Police say he later checked into the emergency room. Police identify him as Antonio Hadley.
"It could've been … tables could've been turned … you know,” says Jackson.
Reid’s mother says her son bought a gun and got a permit this year after two break-ins at the family’s home on Baker.
"I have a very good kid,” says the shooter’s mother. “He doesn't bother no one. He's not in a gang. He's not into none of that. He's just trying to make an honest living."
Tye Willis supports his neighbor’s use of force. Willis says he has been jumped and robbed himself. He says he is in the process of getting his own CCW permit.
"The guy just came out of the blue thinking he can get away with robbing a guy not knowing he is well-protected and licensed to have a gun with him,” says Willis. “So I think he did the right thing."
The shooting remains under investigation and it remains up to the prosecutor’s office to take the case to a grand jury.