Armed Marshall County homeowner repels would-be home invaders

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. -- A Marshall County couple said they are lucky to be alive after four masked intruders broke into their home on Wednesday night, and held them at gunpoint.

Eddie and Cindy Gilmore said they were sitting in their living room watching television, when all of the sudden they heard a loud noise behind them, and barely had time to turn around to see dark figures approaching, demanding they get down.

"Three people ran in and grabbed my wife," Eddie Gilmore said. "She stood up."

Eddie Gilmore says as his screaming wife was taken to a back room by a masked intruder who was holding a gun to her head, another intruder told him to get on the floor in the living room. "And I got over between the couch and the coffee table and when I did I went down and put my arm on the coffee table to kind of hide myself and I pulled the drawer open because I had a gun in there," Gilmore said.

That's when, Gilmore says, he started shooting in every direction he could, hitting two of the subjects. The suspects fired back, but neither Eddie or Cindy were hurt.

"They had a gun to her head," Eddie Gilmore said, "They could've killed her and come right in here and killed me if I hadn't had a gun."

Marshall County Undersheriff Danny Cryer said he thought Eddie Gilmore did what he had to do to protect himself and his wife.

Cryer said the suspects ran from the home onBell Creek Road, and once the intruders were gone, the Gillmores called 911.

"We were were able to detain three different persons this morning who were involved in that home invasion," Cryer said.

Cryer added investigators don't believe the suspects, Broderick Humphrey, Austin Braden, Meridann Awalt, and Freddy Cervantes knew the Gilmores. "Based on just statements from our suspects," Cryer said. "They claim they were out in a wooded area shooting their firearms and looking for a place to rob and i think just because of the secluded area of this house is why it was targeted."

Said Eddie Gilmore, "I had some re-loads in this one gun and they mis-fired...next time they won't misfire."

Cryer says Humphrey, Braden and Awalt, but they are still looking for Cervantes. The suspects could be going before a judge as soon as Friday.

As for Eddie Gilmore, he won't be facing any charges.