He uses a walker to get around, needs oxygen from a tank to help him breathe, and sleeps in a recliner in the living room of his southeast Wichita home.
He also keeps a gun next to the recliner for protection.
That came in handy for the 66-year-old man when three men broke into his house early Tuesday morning, police said.
The man was awakened by a loud noise next to his patio door at about 3:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Lori Lane, which is northeast of Pawnee and Rock Road, Lt. Doug Nolte said. Using his walker, he went to where the noise was happening and was confronted by three robbers who had forced their way inside.
They told him they wouldn’t hurt him if he just stayed out of their way, Nolte said. They wanted to know where he kept his pain medications, and helped themselves to cash, a 42-inch Samsung flat-screen television and other small electronics.
The resident had returned to his chair, and when the robbers were distracted, he fired a shot at them. One of the robbers yelled that he had been hit, Nolte said, and they fled the house.
The resident feared for his safety, Nolte said.
Police investigating the case found blood stains on a curtain, Nolte said, but a check of local hospitals found no patients coming in with gunshot wounds. A police report stated the robber had been shot in the back.
The resident gave detailed descriptions of the suspects, Nolte said. All three were white men in their 20s or early 30s. One was between 6-foot-2 and 6-4 and weighed 240 pounds.
He had short red hair and slight facial hair. He wore a faded blue hooded jacket and blue jeans.
The second suspect is also between 6-2 and 6-4, weighed about 280 pounds and had short brown hair. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
The third suspect is also between 6-2 and 6-4, had blonde-brown wavy hair and weighs perhaps250 pounds. He wore a faded orange hooded jacket and blue jeans.
“We are interested in anyone that has information” about these suspects, Nolte said.
They should call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.