A Lakewood couple was attacked in their own backyard Monday afternoon by an intruder armed with a large iron pole.
Deputies responded to a burglary call on Barlin Avenue near Candlewood Street, an area known to be calm and quiet, at around 5 p.m.
The intruder passed the home’s fence and went into the backyard where he began attacking a man and a woman with an iron pole. One of the injured victims then grabbed a gun, fired off one round and hit the intruder.
Detectives collected evidence and found what seems to be a bullet lodged in one of the lawn chairs.
"Someone came into your backyard, you had a gun to defend yourself... you’re more within your rights," said neighbor Rodney Tidwell.
The attacker and one of the victims were transported to the hospital, but details about their conditions were not immediately available.