76-year-old shoots burglary suspect after finding him hiding in closet


by 13News Now


Posted on December 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 7:24 PM

HAMPTON -- A burglary suspect, who was shot by an elderly Hampton man after he was found hiding in a closet, remains hospitalized Tuesday.

Police say 76-year-old Leon Winder says he called 911 after he heard loud noises at his home on Patterson Ave. around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers searched the home, saw a broken window but didn't find anyone.

It was shortly after that, while officers searched the area, that Winder, a former Army Airborne soldier, went into his barbershop attached to his home.

“I saw a coat on the floor and I looked to pick the coat up. I looked to my left to get the coat up and the guy was standing in the closet,” Winder recalled.

Winder said fired twice and hit the man in the arm.

“He didn't say nothing. I was firing on him he couldn't say nothing," he said.

That's when the suspect, identified by police as 37-year-old John Buck Fields, ran out and was caught by police.

Fields faces a charge of burglary once he is released from the hospital, Hampton Police said.

Police say Winder won't face charges.