Thursday, May 27, 2010

And another one Bites the Dust......

......Retired Army Veteran----1......Gremlin------0

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.

Their neighbor, Shaquite Johnson, told MyFoxChicago that the two are "heroes" for fighting off the attacker — and that the shooting means there is "one less criminal" walking the streets.
"They don't bother no one, so why would anyone do that to them?" she said.

Relatives of the couple told the Sun Times that the man is an Army veteran, his wife a former nurse. Police said neither the man nor the woman was injured in the attack.

The assailant, who was described by police as being in his 30s, was found slumped on the back doorstep of the couple's house, removed four hours after the shooting, the Sun Times reported.

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."

.....And a big YAY for you Mr. Brodsky.
That's the News.


aA said...

Great story, great outcome, and for once, a great lawyer.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

...A vet and his nurse wife, in their 80s, late night break-in by a perp with a gun and the couple both walk with canes?

Can you ASK for a better example of why guns rock?

Anonymous said...

From: Second City Cop blogspot
(your inside info on Chicago, Crook County and the CPD)

Dead Felon Avoided Gun Charge

-- officers in 013 picked up the shithead that the first "armed and dangerous 80-year old" killed as he was burglarizing the vet's home. Seems they caught him breaking into a car near a building housing senior citizens and in the car with him was gun.

The ASAs REFUSED to let the officers charge him with UUW because the gun wasn't actually in his possession.

So, depending on how you look at what ended up happening to the shithead, ASAs either fucked up again or inadvertantly ridded the world of another criminal parasite.
Maybe the ASA's are in on a plot to keep violent felons on the street where they might run into a few armed citizens and come to a fitting end? That would take a lot of coordination though. Can't argue with the results though.