From the Plain Dealer of September 23, 2008
East Side homeowner kills break-in suspect
A man was shot in the chest and killed about 2:45 this morning by a homeowner who said the man had broken into his house.
Police said it happened in the 13400 block of St. Clair Avenue.
Lawrence Hanson, 65, said he was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into the house. When the Hanson went downstairs to investigate, he saw signs that his house was being burglarized. He went back upstairs, got dressed and grabbed his gun.
Hanson said he had no intention to shoot and kill a burglar morning. Hanson confronted the man, whose name has not been released, and ordered the intruder to stop.
The man approached Hanson. The gun went off, and the man fell to the ground, Hanson said. "I can't believe I shot somebody," he said, standing next to his garage.
Hanson was not arrested, but police seized the gun. The case is under investigation.