A female homeowner in Autauga County, AL was home with her niece earlier this month when a man armed with a knife, identified as 18 year old Mikel Steven Smith, tried to force his way into the home.
The homeowner, who was armed, opened fire on the suspect, who was found collapsed outside of the front door of the home.
According to WSFA,
According to Autauga County Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger, Smith was armed with a knife when he tried to break into the home on County Road 81. Sedinger said the female homeowner feared for her safety, and for that of her niece, when she fired several shots at the intruder.
“He knocked on the door and tried to gain entrance by saying he needed help that he was broke down,” Sedinger explained. “When she came to the door, he pushed the door open. She said when he came in her house with the knife, she shot him.”
Authorities say that it appeared someone had attempted to move the body and initiated a search for a second suspect.
A short time later 32-year-old James Bryan Vance was arrested and charged with first degree robbery.