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92-Year-Old WWII Vet Shoots And Kills Home Intruder: ‘As Soon As He Got Inside, It Was All Over’

Earl Jones

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by Jason Howerton

A 92-year-old World War II veteran shot and killed a suspected robber who attempted to break into his Kentucky home Monday morning. Two other men believed to be involved in the botched home invasion are lucky to have escaped with their lives and are now behind bars, WLWT reports.

According to police, 24-year-old Lloyd Maxwell broke into the elderly man’s basement after 2 a.m. and tried to enter the first floor of the home in Verona, Ky. The homeowner, identified as Earl Jones, said he was startled awake by the noise coming from his basement and grabbed his .22 caliber rifle and steadied his aim on the basement door as he heard the sound of footsteps creeping up the basement stairs.

When the intruder kicked in the door, Jones fired one fatal shot into Maxwell’s chest, police said. After firing the single shot, the homeowner called his neighbor, who then contacted the police.

By the time police arrived, the burglary suspect had gotten away. However, soon after arriving at Jones’ home, law enforcement in a nearby county received a call about a man who had been shot close by. Kenton County police responded to the call and found Maxwell dead inside a 2011 Chevrolet Impala with two other unharmed men.

The other two men were brought in for questioning by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. During the interrogation, police say both men admitted to being involved in the bungled burglary at Jones’ home.

Ryan Dalton, 22 and Donnie Inabnit, 20, both of Dry Ridge, Ky., are charged with second-degree burglary (complicity) and tampering with physical evidence, WLWT reports.

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  1. Ditto! If you did not do what you did, you may have suffered the same fate. Vaya con Dios.

  2. Lesson:
    Don’t mess with old guys. Especially VETERAN old guys.
    They have gotten to be “old guys” for a good Reason.
    “They have been there. Done that. Are still standing.”
    Us young guys have NOT made it that far…and might NOT.

    You are your best protection. YOU are the militia.
    An armed man protects Family, Home, Country, his own Life.
    Anyone trying to TAKE your guns,
    likely has future plans to TAKE Family, Home, Country, your Life.

    Thugs prefer unarmed sheep to steal from.
    Politicians prefer unarmed sheep to STEAL from.
    Do Not Obey ANY Registration. Non Compliance.

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