TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A burglary attempt in Tyler Tuesday morning ended when the homeowner fired his shotgun at the suspects. Authorities say three suspects ran into the woods, prompting a manhunt by the Smith County Sheriff's Department.
Burglars kicked down the front door of Cornelius Jones's home. They were greeted on the other side by Jones and his 12-gauge shotgun. The door must be fixed, but Jones says the rest of his property is intact.
Jones says he was inside his house when a green Oldsmobile drove into his driveway. A young man knocked on his door, but Jones did not answer.
"By that time I had my shotgun and I clicked it and asked him why in the hell he kicked my door down," said Jones. "He took off running...I made one shot at him. I didn't really want to hit him so I just shot close to him."
After Jones shot towards the suspects, he said they took off running. They went into the woods and circled the house. The homeowner says they came out of the woods and asked for their car back.
"I told them no," he said. "I didn't have anything to discuss with them. I had already called the police."
Jones says the suspects sprinted back into the woods. The Smith County Sheriff's Department arrived and secured the perimeter around the area. K-9 units were called in, but did not find any trace of the suspects. The suspects have not yet been captured.
"He had dread locks and blue jeans and a white T-shirt," said Jones, describing one of the suspects.
It is a description Jones says he will remember for a long time, and it is one authorities are using to track down the burglars who escaped his fire.
Authorities say there have been several burglaries in this area in the past few weeks. If you have any information, contact The Smith County Sheriff's Department.