Greg Hessel says late Friday night an acquaintance entered his home in the 4100 block of Bluebelle Way, pointed a gun at his cousin’s face and demanded money.
Hessel is calling his cousin a hero, because he says he lunged at the intruder, Casey Carlson, and tackled him to the ground.
Hessel heard the commotion, went in the room and helped his cousin keep Carlson subdued. Police say Carlson shot himself in the leg during the dispute and called police to turn himself in.
Hessel says Sunday his family is just thankful no one else was hurt during the attempted robbery.
“We are still reeling from it, like I said. You know, I think in time we can look back on it and know the decisions we made were right,” said Hessel.
He says even though he was in the room, he didn’t hear the gunshot but his cousin did.
Springfield Police are still investigating this case, so Carlson’s charges for the incident are still pending.