ST. Louis police have identified the two teens who were shot and killed in a robbery attempt. Little did they know, the man they attack was elderly but no helpless.
Jonathan Warren, 18, of Florissant, and Lonnie Middlebrook, 20, of Ferguson, were shot and killed by a homeowner in the 4100 block of Taft, which is a few blocks from the old Bevo Mill Restaurant.
Police said Warren and Middlebrook entered the homeowner’s detached garage and attempted to rob him just before 4 p.m.
One of the suspects held a gun to the homeowner’s head and demanded that he back up, police said. The 73-year-old then grabbed his own gun and, fearing for his safety, fired it at the suspects, according to officials.
Police said the homeowner fired in an act of self-defense, killing both suspects.
The suspects’ guns and the homeowner’s gun were found at the scene. According to police, the gun recovered from Warren was reported stolen on Oct. 30 by the Florissant Police Department.
SO not only did the 73-year-old man draw his gun and defend himself, he OUTDREW the teens. It only took “5 shots or less’ according to people who heard the shots ring off.
Accounts suggest that the criminals took solid hits and didn’t even get out of the garage, and it is unclear if the criminals even managed to get a shot off.
The elderly man walked away without even a scratch. He is highly unlikely to face any charges considering the authorities believe it is a clear case of self-defense.
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