An 84-year-old Korean War veteran is crediting the Lord Jesus Christ with his shot to the chest of a home intruder on Friday morning that left the intruder dead.
Early Friday morning, two would-be robbers broke into Korean War veteran Don Lutz’s home in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
Lutz recounted that he woke up Friday morning at about 1:15 a.m.
However, no sooner had they entered the house than they were met by Lutz and a handgun that he normally keeps under his pillow.
Lutz says that he fired a shot in the dark and he and one of the men got into a scuffle. That’s when he shot him point blank in the chest, killing him.
“Two guys tried to rob me, and I killed one of them,” Don Lutz said, according to WTAE-TV. “Maybe the other one, the bullet hit him, too. I hope so.”
“I just fired one (shot). It was in the dark, and he attacked me, and we were close and I shot him,” Lutz said. “I scuffled with them on the floor, and the one guy rolled over dead, and the other guy, he jumped up and he ran out the front door.”
It turns out the man who was shot was a distant relative of Lutz.
Ellwood City police said 49-year-old Dennis Mercadante, of Mercer, was identified through facial recognition and fingerprints, and he turned out to be a nephew-in-law of Lutz.
Lutz, an Army veteran, says he is a little sore from the scuffle, but is OK and credited God and the Lord Jesus Christ for his protection.
“I’ve never been afraid in my life,” Lutz said. “God has always been with me, and I’m a hard believer in God and Jesus Christ, and God was with me tonight.”
Lutz is not facing any charges and Ellwood police are calling the shooting justified.
The second suspect has not been identified, according to reports.