Amarillo home invasion has 65-year-old homeowner fighting back

Amarillo home invasion has 65-year-old homeowner fighting back

AMARILLO- An Amarillo man says he's lucky to be alive after coming face to face with a gunman while working in the garage of his home on the west side of town just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A 65-year-old man was surprised to see the barrel of a gun pointed right at him.

However, the gunman may have been more surprised when the homeowner decided to take action.

"He told me that he was going to shoot me in the head," the homeowner who wishes to remain anonymous said. "I was at the back of the garage pulling some trim off a door because I was going to put a bigger door in there so I could get my lawn mower in the storage room and when I went to turn around, this guy was right there with a gun in his hand."

We're told a black male wearing a hoodie ordered the man to the ground.

In a split second decision, the homeowner decided to take a chance and fight.

"This would be the one I had in my hand because it had nails at the bottom," the homeowner said as he showed us a piece of wood he used to swing at the gunman.

"Situations like this can go from just losing money to a homicide," Corporal Jerry Neufeld with the Amarillo Police Department said. "You really have to decide on what you feel like you need to do."

The homeowner scared off the gunman who fled on foot.

Police have no idea what the man was after or why the home in the 4400 block of I-40 was targeted.

"I'm ready to move," the homeowner said. "I went and slept in the back of my truck at my farm last night because I was so scared I didn't come back here."

No valuables were taken.

However, the homeowner says the gunman did escape with his garage door opener.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Amarillo Police at 378-3038.