From the Press-Register of October 12, 2009
81-year-old man shoots Escambia County home invader to death
An 81-year-old man shot and killed a masked gunman during a home invasion early this morning at a residence north of Brewton, Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said.
The sheriff said the robber had been released from a Nebraska jail just two days before he was killed.
Smith declined to identify the homeowner, but said the man and his wife were in bed in their home along U.S. 31 north of town about 3 a.m. when the intruder kicked in the door to the home and entered their bedroom, demanding money.
Smith said the homeowner managed to retrieve a pistol from the bedside table and pointed it at the robber, who told the homeowner to drop the weapon.
Instead, Smith said, the homeowner fired the gun, striking the intruder in the forehead, killing him instantly.
Smith identified the intruder as Jeremy Paul McCall, believed to be 35 years old. Smith said McCall had a prior record, and had been released from a Nebraska jail about 48 hours before he was killed.
Smith said McCall's body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Mobile for autopsy.
The shooting will be presented to the grand jury, Smith said, but the sheriff said he doubted the homeowner would face any charges.
"The man was in his home, in bed with his wife, and he acted in self-defense," Smith said. "And as far as the wife, she had armed herself with a shotgun by the time I got there."