Homeowner shoots intruder


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. — It was still dark, before 4 a.m. Monday, but Jack Thompson, 78, was able to make out two figures in the night.

It was noise outside that had woken him up and the sight confirmed his fears. He reached under his pillow and grabbed his pistol.

Seconds later, there was a noise he described as a "thud." The two men had kicked in the door of his Brewers-area home and one was charging up the stairs to the Thompson's bedroom.

"He knew where he was going. He headed for me. He knew where I slept," he said of the possibility the intruders had previously cased his house.

The blood spattered on the tan walls upstairs tell the story of what happened next.

"I think I fired three rounds."

Startled, the man disappeared. But when he came back, Thompson was ready, firing off more rounds with a shotgun.

"I was scared," he said, hours after the fact.

"I am shaking just thinking about it," his daughter Jackie Sturman said.

She told Local 6 she was not surprised by her father's actions. He had slept with a pistol under his pillow for years.

"He's been ready all his life."

Jack Thompson said that is where his gun will be tonight but said he does not expect anymore trouble.

"I don't think he'll want what his friend got," he said of the suspect that got away.

Sheriff Kevin Byars said he is not sure if either of the intruders had guns. The man Thompson shot has been identified as Mitchell Saddoris, 22, of Kirksey, Kentucky. He denied having a gun, saying the man who fled the scene had been armed.

Charges have not been filed against Saddoris and are not expected for at least several weeks. If his condition improves, Sheriff's Deputies will head to Vanderbilt Medical Center to interview Saddoris Tuesday.

Deputies are still looking for a second suspect. He is described as a white man wearing a light-colored, possibly yellow shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (270) 527-3112.