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Teen Home Invader Shot By 74-Year-Old Homeowner

Akron, OH – A 74-year-old man shot a 16-year-old home invader multiple times after the boy broke into his house early on Tuesday morning.

The Akron Police Department said the incident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. on March 29 at a residence on Johnston Street in Akron, WOIO reported.

Responding officers arrived at the home to find the teenage suspect in the basement suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Detectives said that the homeowner – who told WOIO he goes by the name “Lurch” – told police that he shot the teen after he forced entry to the man’s home while he was sleeping.

Lurch said he was asleep on his couch when the home invasion occurred.

He said he sleeps with his .380 caliber Lugar pistol at the ready, WOIO reported.

“I heard this hellacious crash and he comes running right through my front door,” Lurch explained.

The homeowner said he fired at the man who had broken into his home three times and thought he hit the suspect all three times, according to WOIO.

“He dives down the basement, and I put lead in him going down the steps,” Lurch said.

He said he didn’t know if the suspect was armed when he broke in, WOIO reported.

“I didn’t know if he mighta had [a gun] or not, I mighta been laying here shot,” Lurch said.

“He was down there yelling… I didn’t ever go down in the basement,” he explained that he waited upstairs until responding officers arrived, WOIO reported.

He said the wounded teen yelled at him from the basement while they were waiting for police to get there.

“Something like ’Don’t shoot me again. And I said ‘well, don’t move,” the homeowner recalled.

Lurch told WOIO he was okay with what he had to do to protect himself.

“He didn’t die,” he said.

Akron police said the 16-year-old home invader was in stable condition at Akron Children’s Hospital.

The homeowner said he didn’t think he would be charged with shooting at the boy, WOIO reported.

“I better not,” Lurch said. “I’m in my own home. And he breaks into it.

“Those shots were good,” Lurch added. “I don’t like people breaking into my home.”

Akron police said the teen would face charges when he was released from the hospital, WOIO reported.

The incident is still under investigation.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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