72-Year-Old Man Kills Burglar, Goes Back to Bed: Police

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When a Dallas 72-year-old suspected someone was breaking into his home, he took matters into his own hands.

James Michael Meyer told police he woke up around 5 a.m. Thursday by a noise outside his house, according to the Dallas Morning News. When he investigated the racket, police say, Meyer saw someone trying to break into his storage shed with a pickax. 

According to police, Meyer grabbed his hand gun and went outside, yelling at the suspected burglar not to come closer — or he'd shoot.

After the person stepped toward Meyer, police say, he fired his gun. The person dropped the pickax and began running away, and Meyer fired again "into the night," police say.

Not knowing whether he hit the suspected burglar, Meyer said, he went back to bed. Later, as daylight broke, he again looked outside and saw the man lying face down in the park, he said. His wife called a lawyer for advice, and then Meyer called authorities, according to police.

Meyer was charged with murder and jailed, with bail set at $150,000 as of Friday.

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