84-Year-Old Man Shoots Intruder to Protect Sick Wife
Bert Atkinson Jr. | On 10, May 2012
Fox News reports that an 84-year-old man in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania used a gun to shoot a man who had broken into his house.
Police said Raymond Hiles, 25, was captured Tuesday not long after trying to break into Fred Ricciutti’s Elizabeth Township home, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh.
“My wife and I were asleep. We were staying downstairs because my wife is ill,” Ricciutti told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Ricciutti said he heard a noise at about 4:30 a.m. and could see someone coming into the room. He pulled a gun out of a drawer, yelled a warning at Hiles and then fired once, hitting him in the neck.
The awesome part is that the family of the suspect came to apologize from across the street from where they live, and Riccuitti forgave them, saying, “I know the family. They’re good people.”
Hiles was arrested blocks away carrying a screwdriver and a stun gun.
Riccuitti, a veteran of the Korean War, said he “experienced a lot of bad things” in the war, but had “never experienced that” in his own house.
Fox reported there was no expectation of authorities bringing charges against Ricciutti for standing his ground.
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