87-Year-Old Woman Kills Intruder After Second Break-In

87-Year-Old Woman Kills Intruder After Second Break-In

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    By Randy Jackson

    KSDK-Detectives converged on the home 87-year-old Jacksie King has lived in since she was 8 years old.

    About 2 a.m. Tuesday, say police, an intruder cut her phone lines and removed security bars from a window, climbing inside the porch.

    King, standing on the other side of her locked door, made a 38-caliber decision.

    "She fired a pistol through the door to prevent the entry of this unknown person, struck him, and he died at the scene," said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. James Morrisey.

    Illinois State Police identified the suspect as 49 year-old Larry D. Tillman, of East St. Louis.

    He has a criminal history of robbery and residential burglaries.

    Family members say King spent most of the night locked in her home until her daughter showed up to check on her mother.

    "When I walked in, she informed me there was a gun laying on the table. I asked her why. She said, 'We had guests last night.' She said, 'Go to the front door and see,'" said Pamela Paulette-Clark, King's daughter.

    Last December, an intruder broke into King's home by removing the same security bars and cutting the same phone lines. King's daughter says her mother wasn't about to sustain the same injuries she did last time.

    "She had some internal bleeding, she had a lot of bruises and very severe black eyes, a swollen face," said Paulette-King.

    And it was her daughter who taught the 87 year-old how to defend herself.

    "She had a .25 caliber, I brought a .38 caliber over and loaded it with hollow points and gave her instructions on how to use it, because my husband and I are both St. Clair County reserve deputies," said Paulette-Clark.

    While investigators want to find out if Tillman is the same man who broke in, robbed, and beat King 2 months ago, her family is relieved she was able to protect herself.

    "We hate it for the victim and his family, but I'm glad my mother is OK," said King's daughter.

    Prosecutors were reviewing the case, but officials said charges were not expected.
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    "While investigators want to find out if Tillman is the same man who broke in, robbed, and beat King 2 months ago, her family is relieved she was able to protect herself."

    He cut the same phone lines and removed the same bars ... I think DUH! about covers it. Seems firing through the door might give prosecutors cause for a closer look but hopefully they'll consider the previous buglarly/assault and her advanced age then do the right thing.
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    "We hate it for the victim and his family, but I'm glad my mother is OK," said King's daughter."

    Since when is someone trying to break into your home a "victim"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCurry1
    "We hate it for the victim and his family, but I'm glad my mother is OK," said King's daughter."

    Since when is someone trying to break into your home a "victim"?
    Since we got so blankety-blank PC! I'm really starting to think we are a nation of idiots!
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    Only thing I wonder is whether there was any verbal exchange - it is not mentioned. Whether she gave a warning of any sort or received a verbal threat - or both.

    Glad she is OK and seems after the fact it was a good shoot - but slight nagging thoughts re reliable ID of a BG. The write-up does not cover some aspects I'd like to know about. Could be she was totally aware of who was other side of door and so no problem.
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    Let's hope her FOID card was up to date. Otherwise she's facing a felony charge.

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    hmmmmmmmm.......east St. Louie is a nasty place. Guys just reward...
    I never want to go back through there again.

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    About 2 a.m. Tuesday, say police, an intruder cut her phone lines and removed security bars from a window, climbing inside the porch.
    She should be alright, legal-wise, since the bad guy made entry by removing security bars from the window - even if it only got him as far as the porch.
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