Homeowner Defends Shooting Intruder

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An elderly homeowner took matters into his own hands when he opened fire on a would-be burglar.

The incident can be heard playing out in a 911 call:

Dispatch: "911 Police Ambulance and Fire."

Caller:  "A guy was breaking into my house and I got a shot off."

Ted Ziolkowski, 78, of Ashtabula, says he was in the process of fixing up a rental home when a teenage burglar tried to break in late Thursday night.

Recently, Ziolkowski says someone broke into the home and burglarized it.

"Every door in the house was busted. They went upstairs and tore out the brand new carpeting," said Ziolkowski.

So Thursday, Ziolkowski decided to put in new carpeting.

Because of that, he moved the couch from the living room to the kitchen. That move may have saved his life.

"I was sleeping on the couch when I heard someone outside the kitchen door. I pulled the hammer back on my gun, and there he was. He looked pretty darn big to me, and it was pretty dark, so I fired one shot and my gun jammed and that's all I could get off. But that's all I needed. He went down," said Ziolkowski.

Police say the teenage burglar was shot in the chest. They say he was armed.

"He had a gun on him! If I had missed, I wouldn't have been here right now," added Ziolkowski.

Meantime, neighbors are glad that Ziolkowski took matters into his own hands.

"Two other police cars came up because they had broken into this house across the street. And my neighbors say they had broken into their house over there. So I guess we are having a lot of break-ins around here," said Dwayne Bussey, next-door neighbor.

The teenager was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.

Ziolkowksi says he had a valid gun permit.