An 80-year-old man came back to his Long Beach, California home Tuesday night to find a man and a woman ransacking the house while committing a burglary. The couple attacked homeowner Tom Greer, and continued their robbery when they thought the frail senior citizen was beaten. Unfortunately for them, Greer wasn’t quite done. He had retrieved a .22-caliber revolver and the couple attempted to beat a hasty retreat, fleeing towards the alley behind the home.

The story should have ended at that point as just one of hundreds of successful defensive gun uses that occur every day across the United States where the mere presence of a firearm sends criminals fleeing.

But unfortunately, the incident didn’t end there.

“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.

But here’s the thing: the print story  doesn’t exactly match the series of events as told by Greer in the NBC-4 video (at the link).

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