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Septuagenarian Kills Intruder with Shotgun

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Washington DC - -(  A 77-year-old Phoenix, Arizona resident realized someone was in his house in the early morning hours of January 17, retrieved his shotgun, and killed the intruder.

It was the second time in as many days that his home had been targeted by a burglar.

According to Phoenix’s ABC15, police were called to the home at 3:20 a.m., and upon arriving, found 30-year-old William Thomas Mackey dead at the scene. The elderly homeowner said he was awakened by the sounds of Mackey in the home and “he feared for his life.”

The homeowner said he fired one shot and Mackey fell to ground.

According to CBS5, a neighbor knew something had happened because she heard a “boom…then all the dogs just started barking.” 

Police do not know if Mackey was the same burglar that targeted the 77-year-old’s residence the day before.

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  • 5 User comments to “Septuagenarian Kills Intruder with Shotgun”

    1. Well that is one bad guy that is not going to be bothering people anymore, too bad he turned to a life of crime when he could have been out looking for honest work. He could have been out mowing lawns or just about anything else, but he had to turn to a life of crime.

    2. Leo Smith on January 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM said:

      Good job old man. Keep up the diligence that our Government has so freely given a way.

    3. Problem solved. A perfect example of an individual taking personal responsibility for his own safety. I fully expect Eric Holder to start investigating this man for “hate crimes”.

    4. My bad – from the title, I expected to read a story how an old man had disarmed/killed an intruder armed with a shotgun. Turns out the old man had the shotgun and the bad guy had a really bad day!

    5. sharon f. on January 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM said:

      To arms! Protect your family & yourself!

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