Man, 80, kills home invader in East Garfield Park
'It's a good thing they had a gun,' says neighbor, 'or they might be dead'
May 26, 2010
By KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporter
An 80-year-old man shot and killed an armed man who’d broken in to the two-flat where he and his wife live in East Garfield Park early this morning, police said.
Neither the man nor his wife was hurt.
“It’s a good thing they had a gun, or they might be dead,” said Curtis Thompson, who lives next to the couple.
Thompson reflected on the break-in and added, “It could have been us.”
"I'd have done the same thing," said another neighbor, Audrey Williams, who has known the couple for more than 40 years. "They say we've got to give up our guns, but that's crazy."
The break-in happened at 5:22 a.m., according to police, when an armed man entered the home in the 600 block of North Sawyer Avenue on Chicago’s West Side, awakening the homeowner, who shot him.
The dead man was in his 30s, according to police.
Neighbors said the elderly couple are longtime residents of the block.
“They’re a nice, loving couple,” another neighbor, Shaquite Johnson, said of the elderly man and woman.
Relatives said the homeowner is an army veteran and that his wife was a nurse.
The couple are being questioned by police.
The body of the dead man lay for hours near the back door of the home but was taken away around 9:30 this morning.