76-Year-Old Burglary Victim Leon Winder Shoots Suspect Hiding in Closet

| by Courtney Nunes

When police officers were unable to locate a suspected home intruder in Hampton, Va., homeowner Leon Winder decided to take matters into his own hands.

According to a report from, 76-year-old Winder had phoned 911 around 2 a.m. Tuesday after he heard loud noises coming from inside his house. Police who arrived found a broken window at the back of the home, but they were reportedly unable to find anything missing or out of place.

After searching the man’s home inside and out, officers were unable to locate an intruder. According to The Virginia-Pilot, police officers left the home and continued the search outside around 2:40 a.m.

Winder, a former Army Airborne soldier, continued the search on his own.

After walking into the barbershop attached to his home, the elderly man noticed something out of place.

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

Winder quickly fired two gunshots, hitting the intruder once in the arm.

“He didn’t say nothing,” said Winder. “I was firing on him he couldn’t say nothing.”

The suspect reportedly jumped through another window in an attempt to escape, but was met in the yard by two officers who had heard the gunshots moments earlier.

The intruder, later identified as 37-year-old John Buck Fields, was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at a nearby hospital. According to Hampton Police, Fields faces a charge of burglary once he leaves the hospital.

Fields (pictured) is reportedly thought to be a homeless man.

Police add that Winder will not face any charges in the shooting.

Sources: Guns.comThe Virginia-PilotWVEC