Man shoots grandson for breaking in

Break-ins had been happening during church
May. 14, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

Havard Oliver’s home off Indian Grave Road had been broken into more than once on Sunday mornings while he and his wife were in the nearby Indian Hills Baptist Church. He wanted to catch the intruder in the act the next time it happened.

“I told my wife I’m not going to church, I felt like something’s going to happen,” Oliver, 72, said.

On Sunday, Oliver lay in wait with a .22-caliber pistol. Between 11 and 11:30 a.m., someone entered his house. Oliver fired the gun and struck the intruder, his grandson, Cody Greene, 28, who lives in the area.

“I knew it was him,” Oliver said.

Oliver called 911. Greene was shot once in the torso, Capt. Brian Bennett of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said. Greene was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, then flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he is recovering from what officials called non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation will be turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine what charges should be filed.

“I really hate it happened,” Oliver said.

Maleah Story, 38, who has lived next door to Oliver her entire life, said she was shocked such a thing could occur so close to her home.

“We do not have crime in this area. Most people wave as they go by,” she said. “It’s very, very tragic. I hope we can find answers.”