FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ind. -- A man who was shot in the leg during a struggle with a home invasion suspect is telling his story to FOX59.
Miles Vanjelgerhuis said he heard a noise inside his home on the morning of August 14. He saw the back door was peeled open and starting looking to see if someone was inside. Miles said he told his wife, Chantell, to grab their three young children and call 911.
"I just kept saying 'shh shh shh, come with me, come with me'," Chantell said.
Just a few moments later, after grabbing his shotgun, Miles said he came face to face with the intruder.
"It was like a deer in the headlights. I just pointed my gun at him and told him, 'hey get out of my house. Get out of my house now,'" Miles said.
Miles said the two struggled for a few moments. Then, the intruder grabbed hold of the gun and Miles was shot in the leg.
"I looked down, realized my leg was blown off," he said.
“For Miles to do that, it was just heroic of him to step up and put his life before our own," Chantell said.
Last Thursday, Miles and his wife made the decision to amputate his leg after doctors gave him very little hope of it ever being functional.
"Something that you wouldn’t have to deal with in life. Mentally, it’s rough. It really is," Miles said.
The family said they've never seen the suspect before and they don't know why he targeted them. They're hoping other families can use their story as a reminder to ensure all doors are locked and secure.
The family has started a fundraising page to help with medical costs. There's also a benefit planned Friday, October 7 at That Place Bar and Grill in Greenwood.