An 80-year-old Army veteran was arrested after he shot a burglar who had broken into his Chicago-area home.
Police have charged Homer Wright with one felony count of unlawful gun use. They charged the man who broke into Wright’s home, 19-year-old Anthony Robinson with felony burglary.
Wright, who owns a pub in Englewood, called his arrest “unjust.”
“I think it’s wrong and it’s unjust that I can’t protect me and my whatever, and that’s wrong,” Wright told The Chicago Sun-Times.
Police said Wright was arrested because he had two previous weapons convictions – in 1968 and 1994.
Wright told the Chicago Tribune that he was awakened. by his wife – who heard a noise. Wright found Robinson inside the house trying to steal liquor. So he grabbed a pistol and shot the burglar once in the leg.
Court records indicate the suspect had been arrested at least 13 times since 2009, the Sun-Times reported.
Wright’s arrest has infuriated his family and his neighborhood, many of whom called the elderly man a pillar in the community.
“If a man can’t defend himself from harm, what can he do,” Daryl Smith, a tow truck owner told the Chicago Tribune. “We’re outraged as a community and we’re calling for the state’s attorney’s office to drop the charges. This man has done nothing wrong.”
18th Ward Committeeman William Delay said Wright was just trying to protect his home – and besides – he didn’t kill the burglar.
“He only maimed this guy yet he has been arrested and is sitting in jail,” Delay told the Sun-Times. “Where is the justice in that?”
His grandson, Courtney Cook, had some advice for the burglar.
“If you want to rob somebody, you got to face the consequences,” he told the Sun-Times.