Kentucky veteran, 92, kills intruder

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VERONA, KY. — A 92-year-old farmer and World War II veteran who fatally shot an intruder in his Kentucky home said in an interview that he had no fear of the man and aimed “right for his heart.”

Earl Jones, a 92-year-old Kentucky farmer who shot and killed a burglar in his home, sits in the chair from which he fired the fatal shot with his rifle.   PATRICK REDDY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
PATRICK REDDY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Earl Jones, a 92-year-old Kentucky farmer who shot and killed a burglar in his home, sits in the chair from which he fired the fatal shot with his rifle.

Earl Jones said he shot a man who came up the stairs early Monday and kicked open the basement door to his home in northern Kentucky’s Boone County. Jones said he heard a noise in his basement about 2 a.m. and grabbed his .22-caliber rifle. He said he sat in a chair with a clear view of the door and fired when the intruder burst in.

“I aimed right for his heart,” said Jones, who served in the military from 1941 through 1946. “I didn’t go to war for nothing. I have the right to carry a gun. That’s what I told the police.”

Jones said he had no fear as he waited for the intruder.

“Was I scared? Was I mad? Hell, no,” Jones said. “It was simple. That man was going to take my life. He was hunting me. I was protecting myself.”

Police identified the slain man as 24-year-old Lloyd “Adam” Maxwell, of Richmond.

Police say two men with Maxwell – Ryan Dalton, 22, and Donnie Inabnit, 20, both of Dry Ridge – removed the body from Jones’ home after the shooting. Authorities said the men made up a story about how Maxwell was killed, but later acknowledged being present at Jones’ home during a burglary.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Depart­ment said Dalton and Inabnit have been charged with burglary and evidence-tamp­ering. The sheriff’s department said the break-in was the third Jones has experienced on his farm this year.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting. Kentucky law allows the use of physical force if someone believes it’s needed to prevent criminal trespass, robbery or burglary in their house.

Authorities said they determined that one of the men crawled through a doggie door to enter Jones’ basement, then let the others in.

Jones has lived alone since his wife died in 2006.

– Associated Press

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tanbaby
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tanbaby 09/05/12 - 03:05 am
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good for you !!!!!! another
Unpublished

good for you !!!!!! another piece of trash off the streets of America !!!

wildman
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wildman 09/05/12 - 03:20 am
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Thankful

Thankful that a great American was not hurt. I would proudly salute him for his service to our country.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/05/12 - 04:29 am
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Surprise surprise

He did what he had to do.....I see more & more of this in the news locally too.....

justputtin
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justputtin 09/05/12 - 05:09 am
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A growing trend

This is an alarming trend that is taking young men's lives too soon! Are you listening young men? I'm glad this man isn't going to lose sleep over this.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/05/12 - 05:22 am
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No other choice

When jails don't work this is what will happen...ya better listen to Sheriff Arpaio..

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dichotomy 09/05/12 - 06:17 am
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"This is an alarming

"This is an alarming trend"

Nothing alarming about this trend. This trend is being mandated by the judges and the legislatures. The American people are tired of punks and thugs stealing their stuff and putting their lives in danger....and it's about time. The judges have been putting these criminals back on the streets with little or no punishment for years and now we even have state legislatures, like GA's, passing these "no jail time for anything" type laws. The American people are tiired of being served up to the criminals like a roast pig at a banquet. They are correctly deducing that if the police can't stop them, and judges won't punish them, and the legislatures make laws against locking criminals up, then there is nothing left to do but kill them. There is nothing alarming about this trend. It is simply a matter of the instinct for survival taking it's course when the protection system and the judicial system have failed. Don't be alarmed. It's the first encouraging crime statistic I have seen in a long time.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/05/12 - 06:17 am
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Truckchix

Great article & video....

stillamazed
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stillamazed 09/05/12 - 06:32 am
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Great Story

Although it is sad that a family lost a son, I am proud of this man....he defended his life and his property which he has every right to do. Perhaps this will send out a message that when you target an elderly person thinking they will be easy targets, you may get fooled and end up dead. People have the right to defend what is theirs and I for one am happy to see that more and more people are doing it. Criminals are out of control and need to be stopped.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/05/12 - 06:39 am
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About those dog doors

Humans can get through the things......soo ya better be careful when you install a dog door.....animals can get through too....like raccoons-possums--deer...

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seenitB4 09/05/12 - 06:43 am
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Salida, CO - Fox31 KDVR

Salida, CO - Fox31 KDVR reports of a dramatic mountain lion encounter on Thursday afternoon in Chaffee County.

Around 4 pm, a malnourished mountain lion chased a small dog into the home of Michele Bese and her two young children. The lion entered the home through a doggie door leading to the outside yard.

When the lion first entered the home, Michele was unable to tell if it was a coyote or a mountain lion. She made the mountain lion determination after one of her 5 dogs confronted the animal.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/05/12 - 06:49 am
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Wrong thread

Wrong thread

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 09/05/12 - 07:16 am
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Not a great story/article but

Not a great story/article but a great outcome. A great story would be how this guy lived all of his life and never had to deal with crime.

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rmwardsr 09/05/12 - 07:20 am
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One question: How were the

One question: How were the other two perps able to remove the body?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/05/12 - 07:48 am
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I'm glad this fellow had a

I'm glad this fellow had a steady aim; it would have been much safer for him had he been wielding a shotgun with 00 buck.

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Jane18 09/05/12 - 09:02 am
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Armed Burglars

Good kill shot, Mr.Jones! I hate to think what could have happened if you were not the good shot you are, and if your sweet wife had still been alive....................

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pommom38 09/05/12 - 09:23 am
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Good ?

I dunno, guess the old man allowed them to drag his body out? That doesn't make sense now that you asked it..
Surprised no reporters asked him!

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GaStang22 09/05/12 - 09:31 am
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Good Question, I thought that too.
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Would have been nice for the reporter to ask, but I'm guessing after the first shot, the other 2 were pleading for their lives and the old man was nice enough to let them live since they had the message breaking in his home isn't worth it in the future! lol

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allhans 09/05/12 - 09:32 am
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A person should never be put

A person should never be put in the position of taking a life.
If we can't be safe in our homes, then we too are victims.

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KSL 09/05/12 - 10:33 am
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I wish he had taken out all 3

I wish he had taken out all 3 of them.

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InChristLove 09/05/12 - 01:07 pm
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Only speculating, but read

Only speculating, but read first part of article again. He said they came up the stairs from the basement. One came through the animal door and let the others in. When the suspect came up the stairs and burst in, he was waiting for him. I would assume when he was shot, this would knock him back down the stairs where the other two would drag him out the way they came in.

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Sargebaby 09/05/12 - 02:12 pm
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Salute to the WWII Veteran

Salute to the WWII Veteran for defending his life and home. I would expect nothing less from any American citizen, than to do the same. Perhaps, his story will slow down some of the craziness!

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dstewartsr 09/05/12 - 04:16 pm
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I smell

... a wrongful death suit! How dare this geezer shoot down this poor child in his youthful prime!

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dstewartsr 09/05/12 - 04:22 pm
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Looking at the picture

... if I'm not mistaken, that's a single-shot H&R, and from the apparent barrel length, probably a .22 Hornet (.22 rimfire barrels are much shorter).

Not the kind of weapon with which to go chasing the other two perps.

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gargoyle 09/05/12 - 07:42 pm
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Make Em Scatter Gun

Looks like the shotgun barrel is on it for the pic?

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