A hero apartment maintenance worker managed to turn the tables during an armed robbery in Illinois.
The 20-year-old worker was shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday, according to police.
However, the worker, who was not identified by authorities, fought back against the robber who had shot him.
He was able to wrestle the gun from the armed attacker and shoot the thug back.
After a report of a shooting, Waukegan police officers responded around 10:45 a.m. to Beechwood at the Preserve Apartments in the 3000 block of 8th Street, the Lake & McHenry County Scanner reported.
The outlet reported that arriving officers learned that two individuals had been shot.
Authorities found a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his thigh in an apartment.
Citing a police report, the outlet noted that an officer applied a tourniquet to the teen’s leg before paramedics arrived.
Authorities also found a 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his thigh on the ground by a dumpster, according to police.
An officer provided first aid to him before paramedics arrived, the outlet added.
The 20-year-old man was working maintenance for the apartment building.
He told officers that the 17-year-old male tried to rob him with a gun.
However, he revealed that he fought the teen, the police report said.
The maintenance worker was able to take the gun from the thug and shoot him with it, the outlet noted.
In addition, the police report noted that a witness corroborated the maintenance worker’s account.
Paramedics took the teen and the maintenance worker to a hospital.
The outlet added that officers recovered a gun and ammunition from the area where the incident reportedly took place.
A second gun was also found in the alleged robber’s apartment.
Police are continuing to investigate, the outlet also said.