Newport News homeowner shot by intruder: ‘No way will I not feel safe in my own home’

Posted at 4:52 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 18:32:19-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A Moyer Road homeowner is back home recovering after he was shot by two intruders.

William Bryant says he woken up by a noise around 2:30 in the morning on Oct. 21.

After looking around his home he says he realized that a light was on in his basement. Bryant says he thought he left a light on accidentally, but he grabbed his gun just in case.

After making it down the stairs, Bryant says he came face to face with an intruder who was running out the door.

"When I saw the first person running out of the door it startled me, I was scared," said Bryant.

Though his fear quickly escalated when he realized there was another person hiding in his basement, and that man was armed with a gun.

Bryant was shot in the leg, but that didn't keep the man from shooting several more times. Bryant says he shot back, but only after he was hit.

"That is the thing that upsets me the most they didn't have to shoot me. I feel in my mind and in my heart I had the opportunity to shoot them in the back but I couldn't do it," explained Bryant.

At this time, police do not know if Bryant shot any of the suspects. Nearly two weeks after the home invasion turned shoot out, the men are still on the loose.

"I don't feel safe," said Bryant. "I couldn't sleep for a week after that not only because of the pain but because I was jumpy at every little noise."

Bryant says he refuses to let the men take away his sense of security so he and his wife have agreed to offer a $1,000 reward in addition to the reward offered by the Crime Line.

If you have information that can lead to an arrest call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or the detective on the case at 757-928-4217.