Do you remember Tom Greer, the California man who delivered a coup de grace to a wounded female burglar during a botched burglary turned robbery after she claimed was pregnant?

Tom Greer shot and killed a woman that was part of a couple that was robbing his home.
Tom Greer shot and killed Andrea Miller, a woman who was part of a couple that was robbing his home. Miller’s accomplice Gus Adams was charged with her murder under California’s implementation of the felony murder rule, which holds criminals responsible for any death resulting from felony activity.

Bearing Arms reported yesterday on the story of Tom Greer, the 80-year-old Long Beach man attacked by burglars in his home. Greer unwisely told a media outlet how he shot and killed one of the two retreating burglars:

“I come back and they see me with a gun, and they run,” he said.

The man escaped, but the woman fell after being struck by Greer’s gunfire in an alley behind the house.

“She says, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant! I’m going to have a baby!’ And I shot her anyway,” Greer said.

When asked what he saw happen to the woman after he fired shots, Greer responded: “She was dead. I shot her twice, she best be dead … (The man) had run off and left her.”

“I’ve never in my life shot anybody, killed anybody,” Greer said.

Greer was being treated at the hospital Wednesday for a severe shoulder and collarbone injury, but he hoped to send a warning to the man who got away.

“I shot her so that’s going to leave a message on his mind for the rest of his life,” Greer said.

Prosecutors have charged her boyfriend/fellow robber Gus Adams with her death under the felony murder rule, but have now announced that they have declined to press charges against Greer for the admitted execution of Andrea Miller:

Prosecutors have declined to charge an 80-year-old California man in the killing of a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Monday it will not charge Tom Greer in the shooting of the woman who asked him not to fire.

In most instances, the admitted execution of a wounded and unarmed robber would swiftly result in criminal charges for the shooter, and that is what most people seemed to expect for Greer once he said what he did on camera.

Andrea Miller was fleeing, was unarmed, and was begging for her life when Mr. Greer shot and killed her… a clear criminal homicide.

There was no reason given for the decision not to press charges, but it is likely that the prosecutors determined that there simply wasn’t much point in prosecuting an 80-year-old man whose remaining time on this earth is likely limited anyway.