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Two Austin burglars hospitalized as victims fight back

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2 would-be burglars didn't quite finish their jobs this week.  Instead, they found themselves in the hospital.  All thanks to some Austinites who took matters into their own hands.
Suspect Jesse Silva probably didn't expect to have company when police say he decided to break into a storage shed at Texas Oaks Baptist Church on Bilbrook Place early Friday morning.

But the alarm went off and a church employee  who happens to be a CHL holder showed up.
According to a police affidavit, the employee warned Silva that he was armed.
The document says Silva got in his car and tried to run him down.  So the employee, fearing for his life...fired 8-10 shots.

Justin and Briana Wagner live right behind the church.  They say they heard everything.

"I woke up to the shots and when I saw he was awake, I asked him 'was that a gun?'  And he said, 'that was definitely a gun.'  By that time the lights at the church had come on, we looked outside and there was a parking lot full of police officers," Briana said.

Police say Silva's vehicle was found about a mile away from the church with blood in the drivers seat.

They say he showed up at a local hospital to see about that gunshot wound.  Now he's charged with Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle...a Second Degree Felony.

"Yeah I'm a gun owner.  So you know, if it was in my house and somebody was attacking me, I think that I would definitely do the same thing," Justin said.

In an unrelated incident, Saturday morning around 3:30, police responded to the Warehouse Saloon on Ben White where they say someone was trying to break into a car.

A waitress there tells FOX 7 she chased the guy down and so did her manager who ended up tackling him and detaining him until police got there.

Police tell us the suspect tripped over a median wall in the chase and hurt his head.  That's what sent him to the hospital.

The pastor of Texas Oaks didn't want to comment on the situation because of the pending investigation but he did want to thank Austin P.D.

He says their concern for the people of Austin is encouraging.

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