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78-Year-Old Woman Kills Man Breaking Into Home

October 28, 1985

DETROIT (AP) _ A 78-year-old woman killed a young intruder with a shotgun blast as he climbed through a kitchen window of her home, police said.

Francis Hallifield told police she heard glass breaking about 2:25 a.m. Sunday and saw a youth climbing through the window, said homicide Lt. Barbara Weide.

The woman, who said she has had many break-ins at her home, then shot the intruder in the head, Weide said. He was dead at the scene, and police had not been able to identify him, the investigator said.

Weide said the shooting appeared to be justified. A decision on what legal action to take will be made by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Weide said.