An elderly Belgrade, Missouri man was lucky he had a gun nearby on Wednesday as he ate lunch while staying at his friend’s house. The homeowner was not home at 2:30PM when the friend witnessed a red truck pull up right next to the house.
Washington County Sheriff’s Department Captain Zach Jacobsen gave an account of the incident which took place in broad daylight:
There was a single shot fired and what we have determined so far was the resident in the home, who was an elderly male, was sitting down at the dining room table to eat lunch when he saw a truck pull up really close to the house in the yard. He thought it was odd the person pulled up so close and he had a weapon on the table next to him, for reasons yet to be determined.
He got up and went to the door and the suspects immediately started kicking or hitting the door. That’s when the man ran back to the dining room table just a few feet away and grabbed his pistol.
He had a safety chain that was securing the door shut and the door came open a little ways with the security chain catching it. At that point he has the firearm in his hand and he points it and fires a shot, which he describes as a warning shot. That’s when he saw two male figures flee from the front porch and he thought they were going to the rear of the home so he ran into the kitchen and locks the rear door.
“When we arrived, we found the man deceased on the front porch,” Jacobson said. “There was an aluminum baseball bat near the man’s body and he was wearing gloves.”
The suspect, a white male in his 30’s, was found shot in the head on the front porch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Maybe we should send this article to our friend Noah at Gawker because this elderly gentleman was neither too old or weak to use a gun to protect himself from a baseball bat wielding home intruder.