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80-Year-Old Chicago Man Kills Armed Home Invader

An 80-year-old Chicago man shot and killed an armed man who broke into his two-story house in a pre-dawn home invasion Wednesday on the city's West Side.

At about 5:20 a.m., the homeowner and his wife, also in her 80s, discovered the intruder entering their home through a back door. The homeowner, who had a gun, confronted and killed the burglar on the doorstep, police said. Cops said the intruder also fired his gun during the struggle.

"It's a good thing they had a gun, or they might be dead," said Curtis Thompson, who lives next door to the couple, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Neighbors described the elderly couple, who both walk with canes, as pillars of the community in Garfield Park, where home invasions have been all too frequent.

More of story and link to follow.

Opinions?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:23 PM on May. 26, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (20)
  • GOOD FOR HIM!!! We have a RIGHT to protect our home and family!!!
    RutterMama

    Answer by RutterMama at 8:18 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • No charges have been filed against the homeowner, but Chicago currently has a statute outlawing the possession of handguns. Its legality is currently being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.


    A high-profile Chicago attorney has already stepped forward offering to represent the man pro bono if he faces charges for possessing a weapon.


    "Self-defense isn't just a right, it's a duty," said attorney Joel Brodsky. "If this man is prosecuted for saving his own life it's not just a travesty, it's justice turned inside out."


    80-Year-Old Chicago Man Kills Home Invader

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:24 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • He should have drug the intruder into his home. The porch doesn't count. Thankfully, neither the man nor his wife were injured. Exchanging gunfire with the criminal element is risky business. This couple was lucky. I hope the man's trial proceeds just as favorably. Living West of Western in the city of Chicago can be dangerous.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:30 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • I commend the old man for protecting him and his.
    hazelnutx

    Answer by hazelnutx at 7:31 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • There is no need for a trial, the case should be closed. This 80 year old man was protecting himself, his wife and his home. He has every right to do what it takes to do this.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:46 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • I notice the "anti-gun" brigade is ducking this question! LOL
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:53 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • He should have drug the intruder into his home. The porch doesn't count.

    Yes it does. curtaledge is considered part and parcel.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:14 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • Did you know gun crimes have gone UP in Chicage since the gun ban was implemented...interesting...

    Soniam301

    Answer by Soniam301 at 8:17 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • *Chicago


    And I ment my response to mean, banning guns does not make us safe...in fact it seems to have the opposite affect.

    Soniam301

    Answer by Soniam301 at 8:19 PM on May. 26, 2010

  • pretty amazing story. btw i had no idea chi town had a gun ban?? isnt that unconstutional or something?
    iamcafemom83

    Answer by iamcafemom83 at 8:31 PM on May. 26, 2010