‘It’s You or Him:’ 78-Year-Old Shoots Would-Be Robber During Attempted Home Invasion

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
April 11, 2019US News
‘It’s You or Him:’ 78-Year-Old Shoots Would-Be Robber During Attempted Home Invasion
File photo showing police tape at night. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A 78-year-old Chicago homeowner said that he shot a would-be robber who was one of three people trying to break into his house.

The trio first kept knocking on the door asking to be let in, posing as repairmen. When the homeowner refused to let them in, they left. Several hours later, they were back with a crowbar and tried harder to get in.

One man raised the crowbar to smash glass around the door, prompting the elderly man to shoot.

“That was a tough decision. It’s not like going hunting. It’s hard to shoot a human and not think about it. It’s going to stay with me the rest of my life, what happened. You hate to do something like that, but like the police said, it’s you or him,” the homeowner told CBS Chicago.

“I didn’t feel good doing that, but he would have gotten me with that crowbar. If I get hit with something like a baseball bat, or a crowbar, you ain’t gonna make it.”

“I was in fear for my life,” the man added.

Police said the homeowner has a valid firearm owner’s identification card.

The would-be robbers have not been arrested as of yet.

Another home invasion situation took place on April 4 when a 43-year-old man tried to fight off intruders and was shot and killed, reported CBS Chicago. The death happened in the Longwood Manor neighborhood.

Some 33 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, including several children. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that he was as “sick as everyone else in this city, sick and tired.”

“You have nothing but a bunch of gang bangers thinking our streets are their firing range,” he said.

Police tape in a file photo.
Police tape in a file photo. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

Son Grabs Gun, Shoots Robber Dead

A man shot a person in the head who broke into his house while two others who broke in got away, police said.

The situation unfolded late on April 9 and into April 10.

The Houston Police Department told KHOU that three suspects pistol-whipped a father as he arrived at the house on Quail Meadow Drive, forcing him to let them inside.

As the man’s two daughters hid in a closet, the trio ransacked the home.

The girls, one 21 and one a minor, hit a panic alarm during the home invasion.

The suspects eventually found the girls.

Soon after, the family’s son arrived at the home with his mother. He noticed something was wrong and grabbed his gun. He fired at the trio as they were leaving the property, hitting onein the head, who was armed.

The other two jumped on top of the hood of the mother’s car while she and another juvenile were still inside; she quickly reversed and drove away, locating a police officer at a nearby Whataburger, reported KPRC.

The remaining suspects then stole the father’s vehicle, a gray minivan, and fled the scene.

According to KHOU, citing the police, none of the three suspects fired a shot, but Fox 26 reported that the son exchanged gunfire with the suspect he ultimately hit.

The suspect who was shot in the head was taken to the hospital but later died from the wound. The father was also taken to the hospital for treatment for his injuries.

Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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