Hero of the Day: 84-Year-Old Korean War Vet Shoots Home Invader

Posted by on May 09, 2012 at 11:11 am

The idiot he shot lives across the street.

Police said they caught a home invasion suspect moments after he was shot while breaking into a home Tuesday morning.

According to police, Raymond Hills, 25, fled from the Elizabeth Township home just after 4:30 a.m. when 84-year-old Fred Ricciutti shot him with the German Luger he used in the Korean War.

“I said ‘Halt, who’s there?'” said Ricciutti. “I’m thinking, friend or foe, he shouldn’t be there that time of day.”

Ricciutti said he was awoken when he heard Hiles breaking in through an unlocked kitchen window. When he confronted the intruder standing in his doorway, Ricciutti fired.

The bullet grazed Hiles in the back of the neck, as well as a door and storm door window.

Ricciutti said he then called police, and Hiles was caught a few blocks away from Ricciutti’s home.

According to police, Hiles had a screwdriver and stun gun on him when Elizabeth Township police arrested him.

Members of the Hills family visited to apologize.

Ricciutti tells the AP that he accepted an apology from the suspect’s family, who live across the street and came over in tears to apologize.

2 Responses to “Hero of the Day: 84-Year-Old Korean War Vet Shoots Home Invader”

  1. LaZrtx on 9/09/12 at 3:39 pm

    He was caught with Skittles and Arizona Tea. It only looked like a screwdriver and stun gun.