January 6, 2009

Ohio Man, 93, Shoots Alleged Intruder

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, Jan. 6--From the Springfield News Sun:

Police are investigating a weekend shooting of an alleged intruder by a 93-year-old homeowner.

Mark Leon Applin, 32, address unknown, was taken by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries from the shooting that occurred about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, according to police reports. The hospital was unable to release information on Applin's condition Monday.

According to police reports, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of West Southern Avenue following a report of a man trying to gain entry into a home.

When police arrived, a woman was standing outside her home pointing to Applin who was lying on the sidewalk. She identified him as a man who was trying to get into her home. She said she did not know how he ended up on the sidewalk or how he was injured.

At that time, another officer observed an elderly man in the house next door holding a gun in his hand. Police secured the gun from the man who said he shot the younger man, identified as Applin, after he broke into his home.

The man told officers that Applin, whom he did not know, kept knocking on his door and he told him to leave several times. Applin then allegedly entered through an unlocked back door and walked to the front door and ripped down the curtains. The homeowner said he then retrieved a gun from a box in the living room. He warned Applin he would shoot him if he didn't leave. Applin reportedly kept walking toward the homeowner, who said he fired one shot. Applin fell on the floor, then got up and ran out the front door, ending up on the sidewalk, the man said.

No charges have been filed, pending an investigation.


Comments (14)

No charges have been filed, pending an investigation????? Whats the problem... There was either blood in the old mans house or there wasn't. If there was the only misfortune is that the old man stopped shooting too soon.

Posted by: donba27 | January 11, 2009 12:55 PM    Report this comment

John Steinbach reportedly said "Never pick a fight on an old man. If he feels he can't fight you, he'll just kill you" Too bad the punk is still contaminating our world.

Posted by: Ralph De La Huerta | January 8, 2009 6:20 PM    Report this comment

Based on the news posted above, it appears we are averaging 1 reported shooting per week where an honest law abiding citizen has to take control of a dire situation. We need to hear more of these stories to help persuade anti-gun activists to focus on the dwindling frog population instead of denying us of our second ammendment. Lets hope there is a trail of blood leading from the interior of the Ohio residence so the ederly gentlemen can avoid any charges. Considering his age, we couldn't expect him to drag the criminal back into the home.

Posted by: JWallace | January 8, 2009 3:06 PM    Report this comment

Good Shooting. A 93 year old is still equal to a young punk thanks to the 2nd Amendment. We cannot let the new administration make us into sheep waiting for the slaughter.

Posted by: TBILL | January 8, 2009 2:03 PM    Report this comment

God bless you.

Posted by: little two | January 8, 2009 1:10 PM    Report this comment

I hope you shot him with factory ammo and not reloads which some pitiful attorney will claim were designed to handicap or maim.

Posted by: Goldbug | January 8, 2009 12:37 PM    Report this comment

Another example of the Second Amendment donig its' job. And the old Gentleman doing his. God bless old partner.

Posted by: Tim C | January 8, 2009 10:38 AM    Report this comment

I don't know how my comment got repeated seven additional times. However, I just hope that I am as able to hit my target when I am 93 years of age, God willing that I live that long.

Posted by: Ralph De La Huerta | January 8, 2009 10:34 AM    Report this comment

It's good to see an older person still with the ability and means to defend himself.

Posted by: William D | January 8, 2009 10:27 AM    Report this comment

dead men can't sue, right on old man, your life is more valuable than the scumbag trying to break in, the scum would have kille him to get his miserable ass out alive.

Posted by: Ralph De La Huerta | January 8, 2009 10:23 AM    Report this comment

The deal outcome is when there is only one person for the police to interview.

Posted by: 97th Signalman | January 8, 2009 10:04 AM    Report this comment

I'm with you August. I can't believe they wasted a helicopter ride on this guy. They should have used a slow moving ambulance to save the tax payers some money.

Posted by: Robert J | January 8, 2009 9:28 AM    Report this comment

Yeah if someone points a gun at me and gives me the option to leave, I'll choose leaving. Good for the ole man.

Posted by: August | January 8, 2009 9:20 AM    Report this comment

Should have shot him TWICE!

Posted by: LFTIGER | January 8, 2009 9:02 AM    Report this comment

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