79-year-old man shoots, kills home invader

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WCMH) — When armed men burst into John Croft’s home he was ready for them.

Croft, who will turn 80 in less than a month, told WBRC that he has been a victim of repeated burglaries recently. “I been a prisoner in my house.”

In less than a year, his house has been burglarized 13 times. But on Wednesday, when the two men entered his home, he fought back; shooting one of the suspects and chasing the other away.

“He heard the bed squeak. I was getting my gun. He said ‘Don’t move’ and he used the “N” word and I shot. I hate that boy dead, but I don’t hate I shot him,” Croft told WBRC.

Croft said he now wrestles with the emotions of having to kill someone. “I just hate to meet his mother because it was a teen. And there’s nothing as precious to a mom as a son.”

Police haven’t identified the dead suspect, and are still searching for the others involved in the burglary. Croft won’t face charges for the fatal shooting because police said he was within his rights to defend himself and his property.

NBC4i.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s