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Elderly Man Kills Burglar in His Home in Greece

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The elderly citizen who killed the burglar was arrested and now faces charges of murder and illegal weapon possession, as stated by the police. Credit: Maxim Reniţa / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 4.0

An elderly man killed a burglar that attempted to rob him in Northern Greece. The 71-year-old man fatally foiled an attempted robbery in Ioannina by shooting dead a 35-year-old intruder in his home. The incident occurred in the village of Hinka, part of the municipality of Zitsa in the prefecture of Ioannina.

A masked 35-year-old Greek man entered the house of an elderly local resident who permanently lives abroad but spends the summer in the village. A confrontation quickly followed between the two men, armed with a metal rod and a dagger. Despite the elderly man’s repeated requests for the intruder to leave the house, the 35-year-old man hit him with a metal rod. The elderly resident took an old firearm from the home and shot him in the chest.

The wounded man was first transported to Voutsaras Hospital. The incident was reported, prompting the Emergency Medical Service Mobile Unit from Ioannina to quickly arrive and provide treatment at Hatzikosta Hospital. Despite the doctors’ best efforts, he passed away.

Police arrests elderly man that shot and killed the burglar in Ioannina, Greece

The incident prompted a swift response from local police, resulting in the arrest of the elderly man. A preliminary investigation is underway in this case. According to a police statement, the elderly man was detained and charged with murder and illegal weapons possession.

In the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized a Wesson & Harrington brand revolver with a 0.32 mm caliber, four cartridges, a metal rod, knife, hood, and a pair of work gloves.

The community is now awaiting the results of the ongoing investigation to shed more light on the circumstances surrounding the event.

Another Murder of a Burglar by an Elderly Person

This is not the first time that an elderly person has shot and killed a robber. In 2021, an 87-year-old Greek grandmother, residing in the town of Pyrgos in the Peloponnese, faced trial for shooting a burglar who broke into her home. Frustrated by repeated burglaries in the past, she used an airgun to wound the intruder after he entered her residence through an unlocked entrance. As it was reported, the intruder aimed to reach the woman’s handbag but noticed her presence and assaulted her with a stick, causing an injury to her right eye.

Facing charges of causing grave bodily harm, she insisted that she did not intend to kill the burglar but rather sought to protect herself. The grandmother, who has endured multiple break-ins and thefts, alleged that the culprits were two Roma brothers in her area.

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