Elderly Ohio woman uses firearm to defend husband during home invasion

Cleveland.com reported recently that a 69 year-old woman used a firearm to defend her husband during a late-night home invasion.

Form the article:

A North Olmsted resident fatally shot a woman who broke into her home late Sunday, police said.

A 21-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen and chest just after 10:50 p.m. at a home on Mastick Road, North Olmsted police said in a news release. Paramedics transferred her to Fairview Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.


Officers learned the 21-year old woman broke into the home and fought with a 72-year-old resident. The 69-year-old resident then shot the 21-year-old woman, police said.

The homeowners said they do not know the 21-year-old woman, whose name has not been released.

Detectives are still investigating the case as they try to figure out why the woman was in home, police said.

The woman who was forced to fire her gun has not been charged.

Under Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters or attempts to enter an occupied home or temporary habitation, or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.

Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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