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.
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Asked by Anonymous at 7:23 PM on May. 26, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
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."
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.
Answer by Anonymous at 7:30 PM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by hazelnutx at 7:31 PM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 7:46 PM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:53 PM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 8:14 PM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by Soniam301 at 8:17 PM on May. 26, 2010
And I ment my response to mean, banning guns does not make us safe...in fact it seems to have the opposite affect.
Answer by Soniam301 at 8:19 PM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by iamcafemom83 at 8:31 PM on May. 26, 2010