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Intruder Killed In Shootout May Have Been Planning Kidnapping

October 14, 1986

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) _ An intruder killed in a shootout when he was surprised inside a house had been acquainted with the homeowner when they were children and may have intended to kidnap him, police said.

″Right now they are calling it a justifiable homicide,″ said Laclede County Sheriff Lawrence Rifenburg.

Frederick Ross Jr., 44, of Holden, Mo., was killed in a gunbattle with Milton Young, 36, and Young’s 14-year-old son, Rifenburg said. Young was reported in fair condition today at a Springfield hospital.

Ross, a truck driver visiting relatives in Lebanon, was surprised inside Young’s house outside the town in southwest Missouri late Saturday by Young, his wife and two sons.

Ross was disguised in a wig, artificial sideburns, a mustache and had an earring glued to one ear. Rifenburg said Ross and Young had known each other when they were children.

Sgt. James Thomson said Rifenburg planned to interview Young in the hospital today and one of the things he would try to determine is whether Young recognized Ross during the confrontation. ″We don’t know at this point,″ Thompson said today.

Ross was not carrying any identification. He was identified by a brother who filed a missing person report Monday, police said.

Ross was not plundering the Young home but may have intended to kidnap Young, Rifenburg said.

″Our contention at this point is he was going to take (Young) with him,″ Rifenburg said.

Young, owner of a skating rink, offered Ross the night receipts from his business and a car ″but he turned it down,″ Rifenburg said.

Ross grabbed one of Young’s sons and ordered other family members to lie on the floor, Rifenburg said.

Ross then ordered Young’s wife to handcuff Young. As she knelt in front of her husband, obscuring the intruder’s view, Young pulled a .38-caliber revolver, Rifenburg said.

Shooting began and the 14-year-old ran into a bedroom, picked up a 12-gauge shotgun and shot Ross once in the head, Rifenburg said.

Young had a permit to carry a revolver because he often carried large sums of money, said Deputy Ken Stidham.

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