Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary and the 1 place that you can always feel safe, which is why it feels so terrifying and violating when someone breaks in, steals your hard-earned belongings, and threatens your life.
In March 2018, a Tennessee man came home to his worst nightmare when he realized his home was being broken into just weeks after it had already been robbed. This time, however, he made sure that the thieves didn’t get away so easily…
A Safe Neighborhood
43-year-old Brent and his wife always thought they lived in a safe neighborhood in Hermitage, which is just over a 20-minute drive outside of Nashville, Tennessee. So when his home in the 1100 block of Richard Lee Circle was broken into, the couple was shocked.
The Break In
On February 6, 2018, burglars broke into the home and stole some expensive items like their large flat screen television. The couple was shaken, but they were just thankful that everything stolen was replaceable and that no one was home at the time of the robbery…
Peace Of Mind
Brent and his wife also were comforted that the police were looking for the criminals who broke into their home and stole from them, and figured they were now safe since officers were regularly patrolling the quiet neighborhood, which is home to families with young kids and some older couples.
A Few Weeks Later
Not 2 months later, however, Brent’s heart dropped when he came home on the night of March 28, 2018. Brent had been away and was expecting to find his wife at home by the time he arrived at around 8:30 p.m. but what he found instead terrified him…
The Back Door
After parking in the driveway, Brent noticed that the back door to their home was wide open. Considering the home had just been broken into less than 2 months ago, he knew his wife would never have left the door open like that especially so late at night.
A Husband’s Worst Fear
Brent feared that the house had been broken into again, but this time his wife, whose car was parked in the driveway, was home during the burglary. Without hesitating, Brent ran inside the house through the back door, and immediately found out his fears had been correct…
After running through the door and into the kitchen, 1 of the burglars hit Brent in the head with a blunt object, which not only injured him but stunned him long enough for the robbers to grab him before he got the chance to fight them off or rescue his wife, who they had just hit in the face.
The robbers threatened both Brent and his wife, and demanded that the 43-year-old take them to their safe and give them whatever was inside. Brent didn’t want to do what the burglars were demanding, but he didn’t have much of a choice…
No Other Choice
Brent knew that both his and his wife’s lives were on the line if they didn’t open his safe and hand over the contents to the men, and he didn’t have any way to fight back against the men, who were armed with a hammer, a screwdriver, and a knife so he led the men to the safe.
Running For Help
During the confusion, Brent’s wife managed to get free from her attackers while they dealt with her husband and she ran off to a neighbor’s home so that she could call the police, who would hopefully arrive before the men escaped or managed to do her husband any harm…
Meanwhile, Brent was still inside the home leading the men to their safe, which held more than several long guns and a pistol. The robbers took the pistol and 3 of the long guns, left Brent without harming him further, and then left the home.
Brent was in pain from the hit in the head, but he wasn’t sure where his wife was or if she had actually made it to the neighbor’s home. Before he could call the cops to report what had happened, he had to look for his wife and make sure she was alright…
The Second Altercation
Brent ran into their bedroom, grabbed a pistol that he had hidden in case of emergencies such as this, and ran outside in the direction of the neighbor’s house that he hoped his wife had run to. Before he could even get off his property, however, he ran into the burglars again.
An altercation broke out again between Brent and the burglars, who assumed the 42-year-old homeowner was trying to come after them. During the fight, Brent pulled out his pistol and shot 1 of the men, which killed him shortly after. After witnessing his partner get shot, other thief dropped the guns they stole and ran off…
Police Arrive At The Scene
Brent ran off and found his wife, who was thankfully alright, and the police arrived at the scene sometime after to collect evidence and take statements from Brent, his wife, and the neighbors. “Your life is kind of flashing before your eyes a little bit,” a neighbor said.
A Family-Friendly Neighborhood
“There’s a lot of kids in this neighborhood, a lot of older people too. It’s usually a quiet neighborhood,” the neighbor said about the terrifying break-in. “There’s a lot of good people around here. This is not something you expect at 8:30 at night on a Wednesday…”
After getting statements from the homeowners, both Brent and his wife were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Doctors determined that Brent had sustained a fractured skull when the men hit him in the head, possibly with a hammer.
The Deceased Burglar
Police managed to identify the burglar that Brent had shot as 27-year-old Terry Adams, Jr. from Ashland City, Tennessee. According to police, Adams was a convicted felon with a long history of auto burglary, felony theft, aggravated assault, unlawful gun possession, and felony meth possession for resale…
A Convicted Criminal
“He was allowed to plead guilty last November to two misdemeanors in General Sessions Court and was placed on probation. At the time of Wednesday night’s home invasion, Adams was wanted on two probation violation warrants issued on March 20th,” the Nashville Police Department stated.
The Other Suspect
Within a few days, police identified the other robber as Devon Colvin and charged him with especially aggravated assault after Colvin told Adams’ father and girlfriend about how he died. Adams’ father then went to the police and identified Colvin in a photo lineup.