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78-Year-Old Man Shoots Would-Be Robbers Trying to Enter His Home

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A 78-year-old homeowner in Chicago made some would-be robbers regret the day they’d attempt to take advantage of the elderly.

Three men approached the man Monday afternoon requesting permission to fix his concrete steps and sidewalk. The elderly man, who asked to remain anonymous, told WBBM-TV he became suspicious of them after the men wanted to enter his home.

“The first time he came was afternoon, about 4:30, 5 o’clock, and he said ‘I want to fix your cement, but I’ve got to get in the house to get water.’ When I heard that, I said 'No.' He wants to get in the house to get at me, you know, attack me, and I said ‘I don’t want nobody in the house,’” he said. 

Later in the evening, the homeowner says he went to investigate a noise he heard at his front door, what he found was a crowbar-wielding man attempting to smash his window.

“I was in fear for my life,” the homeowner said.

Such fear drove the man to draw his weapon, and he didn’t hold back. The 78-year-old shot the would-be robber through the storm door and police said that sent the man away limping. 

“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 said. “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.”

Two other would-be robbers fled the scene in a red Dodge Caravan and the homeowner doesn’t think it’s a coincidence there were three men attempting to break into his home at night and three men who attempted to get into his home — in a more “respectful” manner — during the day.

“He should have never came back,” he said.

When asked if he thought the trio would return to his home again, the 78-year-old responded, “I doubt it. Not when he knows that he’s got trouble on his hands, too.”

Thus far no suspects have been arrested, according to WBBM-TV, but detectives are still investigating.

H/T: The Blaze

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