Plastic Industries Inc. owner Jeff Beene was in critical condition Jan. 30 after being shot by a burglar at the injection molding firm in Athens, Tenn., police said.
Beene, 58, contacted police shortly after midnight and said he was holding a burglar at gunpoint inside the building, according to a news release from the Athens Police Department.
When police arrived, they found Beene at the site, lying on the floor with a gunshot wound.
He was flown by helicopter to an Erlanger Health System hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. A hospital spokeswoman declined to provide additional information.
Police and K-9 units searched the building and surrounding area but did not locate the burglar, according to the release.
Plastic Industries remained open Jan. 30. A telephone operator at the firm had no information about Beene's condition. Other company officials could not be reached at press time.
Beene was involved in a similar incident at the site last month, when he held a burglar at gunpoint until police arrived, according to a Jan. 30 story on the Chattanooga Times Free Press Web site.
Plastic Industries injection molds parts for numerous industries including furniture, pools and home and garden. The 57-year-old firm also does work in structural foam molding, vacuum forming and dielectric sealing.