LONG BEACH, CA (WFLX) - A Long Beach, California homeowner says he has no regrets after shooting and killing an unarmed woman who said she was pregnant. This after he got into a confrontation with her and another man who were ransacking his home.
The 80-year-old homeowner, Tom Greer, who confronted two robbers, says they jumped him in the hallway. But Greer says he managed to get his .22 caliber Smith and Wesson Revolver.
He says when that unarmed couple saw his gun, they took off out the back door, and he followed. "The lady didn't run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back twice. She's dead... but he got away. She says, 'Don't shoot me. I am pregnant; I have a baby', and I shot her anyway."
Since then, there has been a swift and almost split reaction on social media sites. While some say they would have done exactly the same others say gun owners don't have the right to shoot a robber outside of their home.
NBC legal analyst Royal Oakes believes Long Beach detectives have much to consider. "On the one hand, a frail man in his 80s is being attacked in his own home by intruders. He has a right to self-defense. On the other hand, he did shoot a person who was trying to get away, so he wasn't in imminent danger himself, and the law says you can't shoot somebody under those circumstances."
Greer adds he has no regrets.