82-Year-Old Shoots Burglar During North St. Louis Home Invasion

An octogenarian shot a burglar early Sunday morning in north St. Louis, police say. - PHOTO VIA KEN / FLICKR
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An octogenarian shot a burglar early Sunday morning in north St. Louis, police say.

When a burglar tried to break into his home early Sunday morning, an 82-year-old man pulled out a gun and shot him, police say.

The suspected prowler is 37 years old and was seriously wounded. Police say he was taken from the scene by ambulance and was listed in critical/unstable condition.

The confrontation began about 2:40 a.m. when police received a call of someone trying to break into the house in the 900 block of Laurel Street, which is in the West End neighborhood about six blocks north of the Delmar Loop.

By the time police arrived, the 82-year-old had already shot the alleged intruder. He and a 59-year-old man who also lives in the house told officers the invader had forced his way inside before the older man fired on him.

The wounded burglar was hit in the arm and and torso, police say. His name had not been released as of Monday morning, and no charges had been filed.

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