Don’t Mess With The Old Guy


JayG has already added this to his “Dead Goblin Count”, but I’m still going to post it because it’s such a good story. Good in the sense that the bad guy is dead and the good guy isn’t injured. That the good guy is a 92 year old World War II veteran just makes it better.

92-year-old Verona man shoots intruder at home

VERONAEarl Jones had just turned off his new TV shortly after 2 a.m. Monday when he heard a bang in the basement.

The 92-year-old Boone County farmer walked eight paces to get his loaded .22 caliber rifle from behind the bedroom door. He unwrapped a beige cloth and returned to the living room, sitting in a chair with clear view – and shot – of the basement door, waiting with the gun across his lap.

Some 15 minutes later, when he heard footsteps moving closer up the stairs, he raised the rifle to his eye. The intruder kicked open the door. Jones fixed his aim on the center of the man’s chest and fired a single shot. The Boone County Sheriff later announced the death of the intruder, Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell, 24, of Richmond, Ky.

There’s no indication of when Mr. Jones called 9-1-1, but does it matter? It sounds like he lives in a pretty rural place and given the previous break ins, it’s pretty obvious that there is no deterrent effect either.

He is not happy that police took the rifle used in the shooting.

“How am I going to protect myself if they come back looking for revenge?” he said.

Maybe his neighbors can hold a fund raiser for a new rifle for him. And no, I’m not kidding.

The only investigation the police should be conducting is what to charge the late, unlamented, Goblin’s accomplices with.


  1. I gotta tell you, I don’t which is most impressive: how he calmly unwrapped the .22 with a blanket in his lap and waited, or the fact that he’s 92, or that he managed a single shot kill with a .22.

    The police (county? city?) should be giving him a couple of thousand bucks for saving the expense of processing the goblin and return his rifle.

    • .22 bullets are fully capable of killing people, it’s just that they generally don’t have much stopping power. In this case I’d guess that the dead goblin was hit in a major blood vessel and bled out. If he had gotten to a decent hospital, chances are he might have lived. Not that I’m particularly saddened by his death, a lot of future aggravation for a lot of people was probably avoided.

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