In Indianapolis, an east side resident encountered a dangerous situation when an individual wearing a mask tried to forcefully enter his home. The incident, which occurred near 38th and Post, escalated quickly when the intruder, armed with a gun, attacked homeowner Brent Smith.
Smith recounted the harrowing experience, describing a struggle that resembled a scene from a movie. The confrontation led to Smith shooting the intruder, 22-year-old Damon Swanigan Junior, with the intruder’s own gun.
“He smacked me in the head with a gun and told me I knew what it was and then I yelled out he’s trying to rob me,” Smith said.
“It was like a movie, me and him wrestling over the gun.”
The situation intensified when additional suspects outside the home opened fire, riddling Smith’s home and car with bullets. Smith, in a desperate bid for survival, grabbed the gun and returned fire before the assailants fled, leaving a scene of chaos.
“When the gun went off I heard thousands of gunshots. It was a lot of gunfire man, a lot of gunfire. I didn’t even think them or me. I was just basically trying to survive myself man,” said Smith.
Junior lost his life on the front step of a house. Despite the traumatic experience and the emotional toll of taking a life, Smith was released without charges as the law permits the use of deadly force in self-defense and home protection.
“That doesn’t make no sense man. I didn’t want to do that. I don’t know his intention, but I didn’t want to be shot. That’s just all there is to it,” Smith explained.
The police are still investigating and seeking information on the suspects who escaped.