Leave it up to County County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and her cadre of gun-hating, self-defense eschewing underlings to charge a Chicago man on crutches following a home invasion where the homeowner used his gun to thwart a pair of gang-banger home intruders.
Two thugs broke in, but only one broke out. The one that got away was yelling gang slogans. The homeowner, on crutches, and his 18-year-old daughter were unharmed.
Police declined to arrest the man, but charges were later brought by prosecutors after the investigation determined the man’s FOID card had expired.
From the Chicago Tribune:
A 44-year-old man on crutches fatally shot one of two intruders who came charging at him Friday morning in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, according to police.
Mario Viramontes, 31, was declared dead on the scene in 2000 block of West 21st Street at 9:22 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office….
He did not see anyone at first, so he returned to his bedroom to get his gun. When he went back to the rear apartment, he saw two intruders “charging towards” him so he shot at them, according to the report.
Both burglars stopped, turned around and ran back towards the back door, but one of them collapsed and fell to the floor.
Two men were seen running away and yelling gang slogans and the 44-year-old told his daughter to call 911.
Responding officers found the back door of the rear apartment had been pried with a metal shovel and found shell casings on the kitchen floor, the report said.
During the course of the investigation, police learned the 44-year-old homeowner’s Firearm Owners Identification card was expired and he was charged with one count of possessing a firearm with an expired FOID card, a misdemeanor, police said.
Viramontes lived in the 2100 block of West Cermak Road, about two blocks from the break-in, officials said. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.
And Chicagoans wonder why their quality of life sucks.