80-year-old Chicago man shoots, kills armed home invader.

An elderly Chicago man shot and killed a home invader…

An elderly Chicago man shot and killed a home invader early Wednesday in the Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The man’s wife and great-grandson were sleeping inside and were not hurt.

At 5:22 a.m., an armed suspect entered a residence at 623 N. Sawyer Ave. — the home of a man and woman in their early 80s. Their 13-year-old great-grandson was sleeping inside.

When the suspect broke into the residence, he awakened the homeowner who then confronted the suspect, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said. The elderly man shot the suspect in the chest.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the death of a man from the Sawyer address but had no further information immediately.

The suspect was a man in his 30s, Mirabelli said. Two weapons were recovered from the scene, Mirabelli said.

On Wednesday, Drew Peterson’s lead attorney Joel Brodsky told a crime blog that he’d be happy to represent the homeowner for free, if the man is charged with violating Chicago’s gun ban.

“Self defense isn’t just a right, it’s a duty,” Brodsky told CrimeFileNews.com . “If this man is prosecuted for saving his own life it’s not just a travesty, its justice turned inside out.”

Source: My Fox Chicago

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  • Jeff

    Fox lists the deceased bad guy as Anthony Nelson, Inmate R16819 in the Illinois Dept Of Corrections website. Photo there as well. He has no less than 2 UUW cases prior to this, and a record that goes back more than a decade. He should never have been on the street to begin with!

  • TJ

    Should I say that you AREN’T worth anything if you don’t protect your family.

  • TJ

    I’m an ex-cop. My job was to respond AFTER people got shot. Your job, as a husband and father, is to protect your family. If you don’t protect your family, you are worth anything when it hits the fan. A gun in the hand of a criminal is a terrible thing. A gun in the hand of a law abiding citizen is a great thing for crime control.

  • Jeff

    News reports on WLS radio indicated that the dirtbag shot at the homeowner first, but missed. They also indicate that this is not the first home invasion/robbery at this address, to this man!
    Due to my job, I am intimately familiar with this area, and it is not a nice neighborhood. This case is a textbook example of why a law abiding person should be allowed to defend themselves regardless of King Richard Daley’s dictate that honest people must be disarmed while the courts do little or nothing to hinder the actions of career criminals in Cook County. You would not believe how difficult it is to get some Cook County Judges to lock up a suspect whose behavior is both criminal and dangerous! Da Mayor enjoys 24 hour armed security at his home and office, and everywhere he goes. Why?

    The States Atty s office has declined to prosecute the homeowner, primarily because they know no one would convict him! Once the supreme court (hopefully) overturns the Chicago handgun ban, what then King Richard?

    Only 2 states (IL and WI) have no concealed carry permit in their state, and Wisconsin is likely to change that within the year. Its been proven time and again that More guns equal less crime, and currently living in Chicago is more dangerous than serving in a combat unit in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since trying to ban guns has not worked, how about we try what works everywhere its been tried? How about a rational, shall-issue carry permit for honest law abiding citizens in Chicago and the rest of Illinois?