THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- A retiree in the Woodlands confronted two would be burglars in his backyard, and during a fight, ended up shooting one of them.

It happened around 11 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of Fairwind Trail. John Mood, who turns 64 on Saturday, was home watching television when his dog started barking.

The retired public transit worker saw an intruder in his backyard, put his .38 revolver in his pocket and went outside.

“I told him to freeze. He turned around stood there and smiled. He had a crowbar in his hand," Mood said. "I didn't see the other guy hiding behind the shade.I caught him out of the corner of my eye. He slashed me across the stomach. We wrestled on the ground. He knocked the gun out of my hand.”

Mood retrieved the gun and shot one suspect in the backside or leg. Mood said he said he just wanted to hold the men there until police came, but it quickly became either him or them.

Neighbors say Mood is something of a neighborhood watch captain and is not a guy to take lightly.

Mood has been a hunter for 20 years and is comfortable with firearms. Authorities are monitoring the local hospitals for anyone with a gunshot wound and a dog bite. The family dog also left her mark.

Officials describe the suspects as Hispanic males between 17 to 21 years old, both wearing dark clothing with one wearing a hoodie. One of the men has a distinctive scar on the right side of his face from his eye to his cheek, deputies say.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Montgomery County
Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (936)-760-8576 or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS. Crime Stoppers may offer a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to a felony arrest.