Elderly Woman Holds Intruder at Gunpoint

A 72-year-old woman shot at an intruder at her Youngstown home and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Youngstown police said Alex Melton, 25, of Ferndale Avenue, tried to break into the woman’s home in the 400 block of Ferndale Avenue around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The elderly woman shot at him and missed, but held Melton at gunpoint until police arrived. Melton was arrested on charges of aggravated burglary and possessing drug paraphernalia. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

No charges will be filed against the woman. Officers noted Melton appeared to have taken drugs and they found a used steel crack pipe in his pocket, reports said. He told police he was being chased by someone who was trying to kill him.

“Officers reassured (the woman) that she was more than justified in using deadly force against Melton considering the circumstances,” reports said.

Reports said the woman heard her front door rattling and saw a shadow walk past her window. She heard someone strike the window and glass breaking.

The woman told police she retrieved her .22-caliber revolver and yelled “Leave me alone,” and “Get out of here.” Melton, reports said, then broke through the glass and fell onto her couch.

The woman said she told Melton “You broke into the wrong house” and “I will kill you.”

Reports said Melton stood up and walked through the room until the woman ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. She said she pulled the trigger when Melton started walking towards her. The first shot misfired, but the second discharged, she said, causing Melton to drop to the ground.

The woman held him there at gunpoint until police arrived.

Melton was not hit by a bullet but was bleeding when police arrived from smashing through the window, reports said.

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