Man shoots intruder during intense home invasion

Posted at 10:36 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 22:36:08-04

It was a harrowing encounter on Detroit’s west side, when a homeowner shot the intruder who was holding him and his wife at gun point.

It happened before 6:00 Monday night at a home off Beaverland Rd. near Eaton.

Detroit police said two men ordered the homeowner and his wife into their house and then into the basement.

Daniel McNamara is the homeowner. He told his incredible story only to 7 Action News.

"He kept telling us to turn around, I said 'No, I'm not going to turn around,' I said 'You've got to kill me face to face',” said McNamara.

He said the suspects wanted him and his wife to turn around so they wouldn’t rememebr their faces.

During the home invasion, the suspects took both of the McNamara’s wedding rings, her purse, cash and cell phones.

"He kept pointing the gun at my head and said, 'You don't think I'll kill you face to face?' I said 'I don't know, but you're going to have to because I'm not turning around',” said McNamara.

He said he happened to have a gun stashed in the same area the suspects were holding the pair at gun point.

"All I could think about, how can I get that gun,” said McNamara.

He took his opportunity when one of the suspects said he would be right back and turned around and headed toward the stairs.

"Of course I was scared, who wouldn't be? Some goon has a gun to your head and tells you he's going to shoot you because you've seen his face,” said McNamara.

He fired off two shots and hit one of the suspects once.

Both of the suspect’s ran away very fast, McNamara believes there was likely a car waiting. 

One of the suspects turned up at the hospital and the second suspect is still on the run.

"The Lord looked out for us today,” said McNamara.

Police continued to search the neighborhood for hours, but came up empty handed.

If you have any information about the second suspect, call Crime Stoppers 1 (800) SPEAK-UP.