Elderly homeowner shoots and kills two home invasion suspects

SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (WCMH) — Police say the 73-year-old man shot and killed the suspects when they entered his garage and tried to rob him.

Media General affiliate WCMH, reports Jonathan Warren, 18, and Lonnie Middlebrook, 20, entered the man’s home and put a gun to the victim’s head, demanding he back up.

Police said that’s when the homeowner grabbed his own gun and fired it at the suspects. Both were killed.

Neighbors said that the homeowner, whose name hasn’t been released by police, and his wife are well liked in the community.

“They were very nice. You just kind of see them come and go they would speak, when the weather was nice, they were out. They are nice people,” said neighbor Kim Bryant.

Police continue to investigate but said the gun Warren was using had been reported stolen on October 30.

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