North Dakota Man Shoots Intruder After Being Shot 3 Times Himself

| by Allison Geller

A North Dakota homeowner managed to shoot at a home intruder—despite being shot three times himself.

Jeff Gegelman lives in a rural community in Golden Valley. Home alone around 3:30 p.m., three men drove up to the house and knocked on his door, the Bismarck Tribune reports. Suspicious, Gegelman decided to keep quiet. The men left—but after making a U-turn in his yard, two got back out and approached the door again.

Gegelman prepared himself by grabbng his .22 handgun. As he did, the men knocked on the door, then pushed it open and shouted.

“You came to the wrong house today,” the 60-year-old said, pointing his gun.

One of the men immediately starting shooting, Gegelman said. He turned fire and made contact—though he had been shot three times himself, twice in the arm and once in the chest.

“I was watching the one who was shooting, watching his gun, the smoke and fire,” Gegelman told reporters.

“I’m too damned old to be shooting at people,” he added.

Gegelman put the shooter’s age at about 20.

Gegelman was airlifted to a Bismarck hospital and has since been released. He was lucky—two bullets just grazed his arm, while one had ricocheted off one of his ribs and lodged in fatty chest tissue.

“It’s a miracle, an honest-to-God miracle,” said Gegelman’s wife, Connie.

The shooter, whose identity was revealed as 20-year-old Brett Daniel Knudson was picked up by police while driving himself to the hospital. He has been charged with felony attempted murder and trespassing, as well as driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia, two misdemeanor charges. He is being held in county jail on $500,000 cash bond.

Sources: Bismarck Tribune, Dickinson Press