Clayton County, GA – Security cameras captured a terrifying gun battle between would-be home invaders and a homeowner in a front yard near Jonesboro early on Monday morning (video).
Whitfield Smith told WAGA that he noticed several young men in front of his house on his Ring camera on July 11.
“I’m noticing a young man running from the neighbor’s yard across my yard and into the street to meet up with two other gentlemen,” Smith explained.
“He sprints up my driveway. I can see from the camera he’s hunched down wearing a gray hoodie, and he has a firearm in his hand. He tries to get into the BMW in the driveway. The door’s locked,” Smith described.
The security video clearly showed the armed man crouched by the vehicle in the driveway.
Wearing only pajama pants and flips flops, “I grab my rifle and I head outside,” Smith told WAGA.
The Afghanistan war veteran said that when he walked outside with his AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle, he didn’t expect what happened next.
“My first thought was to protect my house and protect my property. I just wanted to get the intruders away,” Whitfield Smith said.
Smith said the gunmen in the yard opened fire on him, WAGA reported.
The homeowner returned fire and security video captured the wild gunfight that ensued.
“There was one gentleman on the other side of the trees and the main one was right here using my truck as a shield,” Smith told WAGA.
The video showed that Smith backed away toward his house, stepping out of his shoes in the process, and went back inside and got dressed.
Then he went back outside with his gun to see if the would-be intruders were still there, WAGA reported.
“This was coordinated. They were working together as a team to get this done,” Smith said.
He said he would likely be dead if his BWM hadn’t shielded him from nearly two dozen rounds of ammunition fired at him by the suspects, WAGA reported.
“I don’t want to die at home. I survived Afghanistan and everywhere else. To die at home? In my own yard?” the angry homeowner ranted.
Police said the suspects were able to steal a gun that was inside Smith’s truck, WAGA reported.
No arrests have yet been made and police said the incident was under investigation.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: