Woman, 72, Holds Burglar at Gunpoint


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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Police say a 72-year-old woman fired a shot at a man who broke into her home, and then held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

The suspect, Alex Melton, 26, of Youngstown, now faces a charge of burglary in the incident, according to Youngstown Municipal Court records.

According to police reports, the woman called police just after 8 p.m. Wednesday saying a man broke in and she had him at gunpoint.

When police arrived, they noticed a window on the front porch had been broken out.

When they went inside the home, they found Melton laying on the kitchen floor with blood on him. Police said it appeared he was under the influence of some type of narcotic, and they found a crack pipe in his pocket.

The woman was sitting on the living room couch with a revolver sitting next to her.

The woman told police she had heard her front door rattle and saw a shadow walk past the front window on the porch. She said she then heard banging on the window and glass break before seeing the suspect enter.

She went to her bedroom, got her gun and began to yell at the suspect to leave. She told police she yelled, “you broke into the wrong house” and “I will kill you.”

She said he began advancing toward her in a threatening manner, so she said she pulled the trigger and her gun misfired.

She said she pulled the trigger a second time, and the gun discharged. The suspect collapsed to the floor, and police arrived shortly after.

Police said it was ultimately determined that the suspect was not hit with gunfire and was bleeding due to injuries from the window.

Police told the woman “she was more than justified in using deadly force against (the suspect).”

Melton was arraigned Friday and issued a $25,000 bond.

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