Man saves mother's life by holding intruder at gunpoint

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A man accused of trying to rob an elderly Seymour woman, only to have the victim's son hold a gun to his head, has been charged.

Colin Patrick Lynch, 29, of Knoxville, is charged with especially aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated assault.

Bond amounts and the court date have not yet been set.


Kenny Guffey said he was driving home from work around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday when he called is 83-year-old mother, Christine Guffey.

"We were talking probably ten minutes and then all of the sudden her voice panicked and she said, 'What are you doing in my house, oh no, he's got a knife. What are you doing with the knife?'" said Guffey.

Luckily, Guffey was only two minutes away from her Balsam Road home. When he got there, he went inside with his gun drawn.

"I went through the door and he was standing over her with the shovel, I didn't see the knife, it was dark in there," said Guffey.

Guffey said the intruder used the shovel to knock his gun out of his hand. He said he then tackled the man and got his gun back while his mother called 911.

"I sat on top of him and held him down and was able to grab my gun and put it to his head and told him not to move. And I looked down saw the knife," said Guffey.

Bount County deputies arrived shortly afterwards and took the man into custody.

Guffey said he's always been comfortable with guns because he grew up around them, but he never carried one with him until about a year ago, when his entire family got their carry permits.

"At that time, I specifically remember my dad saying that we probably would never had to use it, but it would be good to have in case we ever had to. But more than likely it would just be to have for peace of mind," said Nathan Guffey, Guffey's son.

The Guffeys said they're grateful they took that class because things could have turned out much differently otherwise.

"God just worked this out and put me that close to her house. Because that's the only way we're both alive - we could have both been hurt bad," said Guffey.

Guffey's mother had a heart attack after it all happened. He said she's recovering at the hospital and is doing okay. Luckily, Guffey managed to escape with just a few scratches and bruises.

The armed suspect is in police custody, but so far he hasn't been officially charged. Once that happens, we'll find out his name.


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