Tom Greer, an 80-year-old home and gun owner, shot and killed a pregnant intruder fleeing his home after a bungled burglary attempt. The intruders were in the process of ransacking his home, and they threw Greer to the ground when he approached them. They were not aware that when he approached them, he was also armed with his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.
Greer explained his decision to shoot the pregnant intruder to NBC Los Angeles.
The woman who was shot and killed was in the process of fleeing.
“I come back and they see me with a gun, and they run,” he said. “The lady, she didn’t run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back, twice.”
The man escaped, but the woman fell when shot 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.”
Greer said he hoped that the man who was with the intruder had learned a lesson. “I shot her so that’s going to leave a message on his mind for the rest of his life,” Greer said.
Long Beach police said they were investigating the incident. It is possible that charges will be filed because Mr. Greer wasn’t in any imminent danger from the suspect, as she was fleeing the scene when she was shot twice. Both intruders were unarmed and fleeing the scene when Greer decided to shoot at them.