North Dakota man ends robbery in 3 seconds, has gunfight in his own living room
The peaceful town of Golden Valley North Dakota was the scene Monday of an attempted armed robbery in which three goons attempted to invade a 60-year old man's home. What happened next will amaze you.
Quiet Golden Valley, North Dakota is located in Mercer County, about in the middle of this border state. According to census records, this Old West boomtown has been growing smaller for the past seventy years or so, peaking at 400 in 1940. Today, there are but 182 residents in the city, one of whom is 60-year old Jeff Gegelman, who, along with his wife, runs the local florist.
Apparently, Jeff does not like unannounced house calls.
"You came to the wrong house today."
Gegelman was home on March 31st at about 3:30pm when he saw three men in a small car drive into his yard. The men, not known to him cane and knocked loudly on the door. Sitting in the house but not going to the door, he watched while the car backed up to the house and, two of the strangers pushed open his front door.
It was then that Gegelman, armed with a .22 pistol, pointed it at the two intruders and told them, "You came to the wrong house today."
Then like a Hollywood movie, a gunfight, according to Gegelman, started in his own living room, with the intruders firing first.
"I was watching the one who was shooting, watching his gun, the smoke and fire. I'm too damned old to be shooting at people," Gegelman said Monday.
The gunman, hit in the back by the homeowner, ran from the scene with his partners and jumped into the car.
Gegelman, wounded himself with two shots to the arm and one to the chest, followed the attempted robbers outside, taking down their license plate number on a scrap of paper. Then he calmly got in his car and drove 17 miles towards the nearest hospital before he came across a law enforcement officer. Airlifted to medical care, Gegelman recovered.
Police tracked the plates down and apprehended one Brett D. Knudson, age 20, while driving the getaway car, minus the other two suspects. Police found in a search of his home and car a .38 caliber revolver with spent shell casings, a loaded Ruger MkII rifle and a knife as well as some drug paraphernalia.
Knudson still carried one of Gegelman's rounds in his back apparently and was treated at a local hospital and released.
According to the Bismarck Tribune, Mercer County State's Attorney Jessica Binder said Knudson has requested a court-appointed attorney. She said a preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.
He is being held on a $500,000 cash bond and is charged with attempted murder and criminal trespass, both felonies, and misdemeanor charges of driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a previous conviction for disorderly conduct.
For Mr. Gegelman, he is happy to be back home with his wife, although he still has a bullet lodged inside him.
He also plans to get himself a bigger gun and more bullets.