Kirsters Baish| An interesting story took place this week in Theodore, Alabama, which is one of the most right wing leaning states in our country. This past Thursday afternoon, a 62-year-old Marine Corps veteran who is suffering from colon cancer heard a knock from his front door. He had no idea that answering it he would be faced with the struggle of a lifetime. Three low-life thugs were trying to rob him. They shot the veteran through the door window. They were using a 12 gauge shotgun which is normally used to hunt deer. Luckily, the kind of ammo in the gun isn’t as deadly to people as other kinds of ammo could be.
The retired Marine, Michael Irving, reached for his own gun once he realized he was shot. He quickly administered one shot to the shooter, but as Irving lay on the ground he realized there were two other thugs and one was reaching for the shotgun. He shot that punk too. The second criminal that was shot begged the retired Marine not to shoot again. When Irving demanded the suspect drop the gun, she would not comply, so Irving was forced to fire again. When he saw a third intruder trying to shoot him with a handgun, he shot her as well.
Fox 10 reported that Irving escaped the burglary gone awry with his life. They explained that 62-year-old Irving sat down with Fox News 10 reporter Devan Coffaro when he got home from the hospital on Friday. Irving stated, “I didn’t even know them.” He went on to question, “Why me? Why shoot me?”
Irving was still in shock when he came back home. There was blood all over the ground and built hole in his door. The entire encounter was unreal for Irving. He explained, “I walked right here to open the door, and that’s when he shot me right there. They cut loose on me, and that’s when I went to the cabinet here and back behind the coffee was an old time pistol. I opened the door and smoked ’em.”
Mobile County Sheriff’s deputies explained that the thugs trying to rob Irving were identified as Chasatie Dulabhan, Casey Ray Gann, and Joseph Heathcock. They picked the wrong house to try and rob, because Irving was successful at shooting and injuring all three of the suspects.
Two of the three suspects fled the scene, leaving one female behind. They didn’t make it far before they had to stop for help at the Dollar General which was two miles from Irving’s home. They were desperate for help. All three of the thugs were taken to the hospital to be treated for their gunshot wounds before they were taken into custody.
Irving is being called a local hero for using his Second Amendment right and defending himself. The man was outnumbered and has been suffering from the effects of colon cancer for two years. He explained that you should never mess with a retired Marine.
The retired Marine was also robbed a few weeks back. The thief was looking for his cancer medication, and deputies are confident that the robbery was committed by at least one of the same three who attempted to rob him this time. Following the first incident, Irving had put in a new Plexiglass door, which he believes saved his life.
Irving believes someone was watching over him from up above.
Metro Jail is housing all three of the suspects.
As of right now, Heathcock (19) and Gann (29) have been to court and a judge denied bond for both. Heathcock is being charged with robbery, assault 2nd, and shooting into an occupied building. Gain is being charged as well with robbery. Dulabhan (24) is being charged with burglary, robbery, assault 2nd, and shooting into an occupied building.
Authorities are looking for a fourth male subject who is believed to have been the getaway car driver.
The moral of the story is don’t mess with a Marine.