CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - ?
A Wells family is recovering after a harrowing home invasion incident early Monday morning in which a man fought to protect his pregnant wife and young son from two suspects.
Kevin Budro shot at one of the men and then received a cut from a second suspect when he went outside to chase the first man.
"I never want to use a gun on anyone, but in this situation, I think I did the right thing," Budro said. "I will do anything to protect my family."
Cherokee County authorities are still searching for the two suspects, and one of them may have suffered a gunshot wound. Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell said their dispatch received a 911 call about someone trying to break into a house off of FM 1247 at about 3:25 a.m. Monday.
East Texas News spoke to Budro Tuesday. He said as soon as the break-in occurred, his mind went to getting his pregnant wife and young son to safety.
"The first thing I wanted to do was get my son out of his room and get him with my wife and get them locked up in a bedroom while they're were on the phone with 911," Budro said.
When Budro saw the intruder, he got his gun and started to shoot.
"My son's room was right there 10 feet from where the intruder was standing," Budro said. I had no mercy at all. I did not care. If I had gotten my hands on him, I don't know what would have happened."
At that point, the suspect ran out the back door and into the woods behind the home. After Budro followed him, he realized that there was a second suspect who wanted to do him harm.
"I just felt, you know, like a boom, in the back of my head," Budro said. "It was just like … it was indescribable. Everything was black."
Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies determined that the second suspect tried to slit Budro's throat open, but the home owner defended himself with his arms.
"I still have not really slept since this happened," Budro said. I have nightmares. I think I did the right thing because I knew that I had to protect my family."
Although Budro was still experiencing some distress over what happened Monday morning, he received some good news Tuesday.
"My wife and I are expecting a baby, and we found out today that it is a little girl," Budro said. "I actually did want a baby girl, believe it or not."
Campbell said they believe the two suspects may have fled the area in a vehicle. Based on what Budro told them, he said they also believe one of the suspects may have been shot.
"We've put out a notice to hospitals in the area," Campbell said .Campbell said, right now, they have very few leads in the case. Anyone with possible information about the home invasion should call the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at (903) 683-2271.