Around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Lourdes Geise said she was inside her Pleasant View Home with her husband, Richard, when someone started banging on the front door.
Instead, outside their home was a 19-year-old man they did not know.
"Rich told him we had a gun. Rich told him the police were on the way. It didn't matter. He just kept coming," she said.
According to Shelby County Detective Daniel Crafton, the suspect said, "open, open, open up. (He) called the homeowner some foul names."
Crafton said the homeowner grabbed his handgun and asked the teenager to go away.
"The main entry door of the residence has a wooden panel. The suspect forced open (a) piece of that wooden panel and was actually reaching in the house, trying to open the door from the inside," Crafton said.
The couple's call went to Marion County dispatchers from a Verizon Wireless phone. IMPD officers had gone to a home near 82nd Street and Meridian Street. Indianapolis has a Sycamore Road, which is where the couple lives. They live in Shelby County, not Marion County, though. The call was then immediately directed to dispatchers with Shelby County.
"He broke down the door. He was coming in. It seemed like 10 minutes we sat there and waited and waited and kept hoping police would get there before the guy broke in," Geise said.
After the 19-year-old man was shot one time, detectives said he went to the back of the home.
"The suspect then walked around the house, was banging on another (part) of the house after being shot. The homeowner again said go away...go away," Crafton said.
"After he was shot he went and tried to get in the back door and that's just not a normal response," Geise said.
According to Crafton, there were back and forth comments the entire time, between the homeowner and the teenager. Detectives said the homeowner told the teenager to sit down and that is when help arrived.
"You hate to have hurt anybody, but he was in our house," Geise said.
The homeowner will not be charged, Crafton said.
"The homeowner gave him every opportunity to go away and in fact he wished he would have," Crafton said.
The identity of the 19-year-old man has not been released. He has not been charged. Detectives believe there may have been a mix up, adding the man may have had the wrong house. They continue to investigate. According to Crafton, they do not believe the suspect had a weapon.
"We're hoping that he's okay and you hate for anybody to get hurt and we hope he gets the help he needs (and this) doesn't happen again or (to) anybody else," Geise said.