Crowder was at home with his family when several men tried to force their way into his apartment. The armed criminals forced the door open and sent Crowder and his wife running. Upon noticing the couple, the robbers opened fire on them. Crowder instinctively reached for his own firearm and returned bullets back at the shooters.

Thankfully, the intruders fled the area when Crowder fought back. Crowder suffered multiple bullet wounds in his leg, and he was taken to the hospital to be treated for his wounds. When the couple called law enforcement to report the incident, they were shocked at what happened next.

Officers arrived at the couple’s home and received their statements. Police determined that Crowder was a registered felon who had admitted to owning and discharging a firearm. They decided to arrest the homeowner and charge him with unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon.

Crowder has since hired an attorney to fight the gun charges. There is a legal precedence in place that prevents homeowners from being charged with murder while defending their home, but there are no protections for felons who discharge illegal weapons in self-defense.

The shocked homeowner has reached out to multiple news outlets with his story. He asks journalists, “What was I supposed to do? Let them kill [us]?”