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Woman, 72, fires gun to thwart home invasion

Published: Fri, March 29, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



A 26-year-old Youngstown man got a surprise when he broke into a South Side home, police said.

An elderly woman pulled out a gun when the man kicked in her window Wednesday and told him, “You broke into the wrong house,” she said. “I will kill you.”

Police took the man into custody, but city prosecutors had not filed any formal charges against him as of Thursday. Police continue their investigation. The man could be charged with aggravated burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The man purportedly kicked in the window of the elderly woman’s Ferndale Avenue home about 8 p.m.

The 72-year-old homeowner was armed with a handgun and fired a shot at the intruder.

When police arrived, they found the man face down on the woman’s kitchen floor bleeding and asking for assistance with the woman standing above him with pistol in hand. He was not shot, but did receive treatment for wounds suffered from the broken window.

Police said the man had a used crack pipe in his pocket.

The woman told police she heard her front door rattle and saw a shadow walk past the front window on her porch. She said she then heard the rattle of the front door and glass breaking in the window.

The woman told police she immediately went to her bedroom where she keeps a loaded handgun. After retrieving the firearm, the woman went back to the front of the house and told the intruder to leave her alone and leave her property.

The homeowner watched as the man pushed through a second window pane with his shoulder and fell through the window landing on the couch in her living room.

The intruder lay there for a moment and said someone was chasing him. He then got up and began to walk toward the woman in a threatening manner, police said.

Police reports also say she pulled the trigger once, but the gun misfired. She fired a second time discharging a bullet and making the intruder lie on the floor until police arrived.

Police said the woman was shaken up badly and too upset to deactivate her home burglar-alarm system. She calmed down after police arrived and reassured her that her actions were justified.


1Askmeificare(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow! Thank you to the elderly woman living on Ferndale for shooting that piece of trash. Hopefully the rest of the trash will now think twice before they commit a crime.

This piece of trash is lucky he isn't dead.

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2Billyc1943(21 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

And she didn't need at AR-15 with a 100 hundred round drum!

Reaction to "thundeboom": you hope that the gun was REGISTERED ???
Your ignorance is showing.

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3ytown67(22 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

In ohio we do not "register" our firearms. We are free to buy them and not have a government that sticks its nose into our business.

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4nonchalant(12 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

This young man was most fortunate that the woman was a bad shot. Several issues exist here. The young man was apparantly unarmed so the need to use deadly force is an issue. Breaking in may have been foolish but if he was being pursued then it may have been his only option. Since she wasn't law enforcement then holding him against his will is an issue. By allowing him to retreat and following up with a 911 call would have been the prudent thing to do. Vigilantism far too many times brings about retaliation and can be avoided by allowing the law to handle the situation.

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5kk80586(229 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Be Prepared...not scared. Good job homeowner.

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6kk80586(229 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

This made national! Youngstown is on the map again!!

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7Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

NOn - - -"By allowing him to retreat and following up with a 911 call would have been the prudent thing to do. " - - -

He was NOT retreating reread.She told him not to come in. He is the criminal and she is the hero. Is there something wrong with you ?If she called the police first he might have killed or harmed her when the cops were in route.

See police can't magically appear in a split second they have to drive cars to get to the residence. She called after she stopped the threat.Good for you lady I'm glad you weren't hurt or killed.

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