Video: Kentucky WWII Vet Earl Jones, 92, Shoots 1 of 3 Intruders Dead – No Charges: “I have the right to carry a gun”
Ninety-two year-old World War II veteran Earl Jones of Kentucky served in the Air Force and worked on the Enola Gay at one point.
Jones told The Kentucky Enquirer he heard a noise in his basement around 2 a.m. Monday and grabbed his .22-caliber rifle. He sat in a chair with a clear view of the door, saying he fired when the intruder burst in.
“I aimed right for his heart,” said Jones, who served in the military from 1941 through 1946. “I didn’t go to war for nothing. I have the right to carry a gun. That’s what I told the police.”
Jones said he had no fear as he waited for the intruder.
“Was I scared? Was I mad? Hell, no,” Jones said. “It was simple. That man was going to take my life. He was hunting me. I was protecting myself.”
Police identified the slain man as 24-year-old Lloyd “Adam” Maxwell of Richmond.
There’s a more detailed local account here. Also, a news video report below.
In World War II, Earl Jones defended his country. On Monday night the 92-year-old veteran had to defend his own home. “I heard ‘tack, tack’ down in the basement,” said Jones, whose farm has been the target of multiple burglaries. “I said ‘somebody’s down there,’ so I got my gun. I was sitting right here and I heard him on the steps.”
Jones waited with his .22-caliber rifle until the intruders were just on the other side of his basement door. “He kicked the door and as soon as he got inside it was all over,” Jones said.
Jones fired a single round and hit 24-year-old Lloyd Maxwell in the chest. Police say Maxwell was carried off by two other intruders. They put him in a car and took off, stopping down a country road to call 911.
Kirk Schneider lives along the road and said he saw the group near his neighbor’s yard after they stopped. “My neighbor was checking on the other kid in the car that I guess got shot. He took his pulse and said he’s dead,” Schneider said.
Prosecutors say Jones will not face charges in Maxwell’s death. The other men involved in the break-in have been charged with burglary and tampering with evidence.