Officials: Columbia Twp. homeowner shoots 2 intruders

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Columbia Township homeowner shot two men who broke into his home early Saturday morning, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.

Deputies say the the homeowner, Gary Gross, and his family were startled by the intruders who entered their Kenoak Lane home at around 3:15 a.m.

He said his wife and 14-month-old baby were in a back room.

Gross grabbed a hammer and confronted both men, according to a release. A struggle ensued and the homeowner retrieved a gun and shot both men.

"The only thing going through my mind is if they do something to me there's nobody life to protect my wife and my son," he said.

Deputies said both men fled the home and drove away.

"I was shooting in the streets yelling, 'call the police... call the police,'" Gross said.

The suspects were located a short distance away in the City of Cincinnati.

Both men were taken to University Hospital.

One man is in stable condition and the other is in critical condition, officials said.

Gross said he would do it all again, but he hopes he never has to.

"This is a nice street. I want my son to be be able to come out and play. I don't want to worry about guys breaking into peoples houses," he said.

Their names are being withheld pending an investigation and notifications to family members.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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