Man Says He Shot Burglar In Self Defense

LITTLE ROCK, AR — A man witnessing criminals breaking into his neighbor’s home takes matters into his own hands and ends up shooting one of the burglars. The incident happened this afternoon in the 6700 Block of Wakefield Drive in Southwest Little Rock.

Police identified the burglars as Termaine Braxton and Anthony Roberts. Charles Dorsey held them at gunpoint, waiting on officers, but before they got there things took a dangerous twist.

Dorsey said, “Yeah she’s like a sister to us. We’ve known her for 36 years or better.”

He’s referring to his neighbor who he says is elderly and wheelchair bound. Dorsey thought she was in the home when he saw the two men breaking in.

He said, “I was more in fear for her than anything.”

Turns out she wasn’t there, but since Dorsey went to help, that put him right in the middle of a crime in progress.

Dorsey asked his sister to call 911 while he held the men at gunpoint. But, when he felt threatened, he says he fired and hit one suspect in the arm.

The reporter asked him, “Would you change it now knowing what happened?” He responded, “I don’t know, I really don’t know.”

Witnesses told us before Dorsey interrupted the burglary, the suspects got away with some items from the home.

One woman, who didn’t want to be identified, said, “They were grabbing anything they could get their hands on. They took her TV and other stuff.”

Other people living in the area, say crime is common there and they’re sick of it.

One woman told us, “Don’t mess with us because we will get you.”

The two burglars — Termaine Braxton and Anthony Roberts — face charges of theft and burglary. Dorsey will not be charged with anything.

The woman who lived at the home, but wasn’t there at the time of the burglary, was too shaken up to talk with us today.

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