PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A Phoenix man who shot an intruder trying to break into his home is speaking out. Police say the suspected burglar is only 14-years-old, and he remains in the hospital in critical condition. It's not the first time the man shot an intruder on his property.
Stanley Ganes says he's been a lifetime members of the National Rifle Association, and that he always has something to protect himself. He intended to scare off the intruder, but when he felt threatened he did what he needed to do and fired his gun.
Ganes hasn't had the easiest life, but he says it has been an honest one.
"I'm six feet above breathing, I treated the man the same way," said Stanley Ganes.
That's why he said when someone tried to break into his home Tuesday morning he was ready to teach a lesson.
"Wrong house, truth, I don't hold back from the truth, wrong house," said Ganes.
After he had heard the breaking glass, Ganes says he grabbed his pistol, went to the window, and warned the intruder that he was armed.
"He tried violently to open it, and I hit the back of his knuckle with my pistol saying; hey, no way, get out of here," he said.
That's when Stanly said he felt threatened.
"Then he turned and reached behind his back with his other hand, and I'm sorry I thought it was a weapon. That's when I shot him," said Ganes.
The single shot went through the intruders right shoulder; the bullethole remains in Ganes' greenhouse door.
"He whipped around, ran over and jumped over the fence and went down the alley," he said.
He says the trespasser didn't say much to him, but he has some words of wisdom to share.
"Truth is in the heart, no matter somebody to you, or you to somebody, the only person that gets hurt from a lie is the person that is lying," said Ganes.
From start to finish, Stanley says the ordeal went on for eight minutes. When he learned that the suspect was only 14-years-old, he said it was unfortunate that someone so young was up to no good.