A man was shot while reportedly breaking into homes in a west Columbus neighborhood.
It happened Thursday around 5 a.m. on North Guilford Avenue.
Columbus Police at the scene tell 10TV a widow heard someone breaking in, grabbed her gun and shot the intruder. Police believe the suspect also broke into neighboring homes.
“She was armed and apparently fired multiple shots at him,” said Sgt. Dave Sicilia.
The woman’s son says he bought the gun for her a week ago to keep her safe now that she is living alone, but he never thought she would actually have to use it.
Nearby residents heard the shot. “I got up and looked into my kids’ room and made sure they were all right,” said one person.
The burglary suspect was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly before 7:00 a.m.
Columbus Police have identified that burglary suspect as 28-year-old Christopher Lee Willis. Homicide is now investigating the incident.
No doubt the burglar was a good boy who’d just fallen on hard times and was stealing to feed his five kids, all from different mamas and unemployed.
Kudos to the son for arming his mother and to her for not needing more target practice. Not to speak ill of the dead, but the father should have already provided such protection long ago.