Police: Elderly man fatally shoots intruder

Pat McMahon Contributor

May 26, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — An alleged pre-dawn intruder was shot and killed Wednesday by a homeowner on the West Side.

The homeowner, his wife, son and grandson were in the home when the intruder broke in just after 5 a.m. in the 600-block of North Sawyer.

The homeowner is said to be shaken that he killed a man but confident he did the right thing. The armed intruder was on parole and has a history of drug arrests and gun convictions going back more than a decade.

Police believe the would-be robber rode his bicycle to the elderly couple's home and entered through a back window. Inside, he encountered an 80-year-old veteran of the Korean War, armed with the intent to protect his family.

“It’s gonna be them or us when you come into our house,” said Butch Gant, homeowner’s son.

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