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A 74-year-old man living in Akron, Ohio, told police he shot a teenage boy multiple times after breaking into his home last week.
The owner, who asked to be identified by his nickname “Lurch,” told FOX 8 Cleveland the home invasion happened around 7:30 a.m. on March 29. He said he opened fire when the teenager collided with his glass door.
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The injured teenager descended the basement steps, where he reportedly grabbed a shovel.
“I shot him again,” Lurch said. He then kept an eye on the intruder until the police arrived. “As far as I know, I hit him three times.” The suspect is believed to be 16 years old.
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“Most would agree that within reason someone has a right to defend themselves, so to the extent that someone has broken into their home, to the extent that they are confronted by an unknown person with a motive unknown, all of these things will be taken into consideration,” Lt. Akron Police spokesman Michael Miller told WKYC.
The teenager was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital.
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Lurch thinks the teenager may have chosen his home because his truck is currently in the store, rather than in the driveway as usual.
“I tricked him, didn’t I?” Lurch asked with a laugh.
Lurch said he always kept a gun nearby because he had been shot several times in the past and his house had been broken into before.