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Pensioner shoots dead teen intruder

The Local · 14 Dec 2010, 16:02

Published: 14 Dec 2010 16:02 GMT+01:00

The elderly man from the town of Sittensen was walking to a dog kennel in his garden around 10 pm on Monday when he was approached by the group, who forced him back inside his home, police spokesman Detlev Kaldinski said in a statement.

There they stole his wallet and moved on to search the rest of the house.

But when they set off an alarm trying to open a safe, the pensioner decided to defend himself.

“The retiree, who as a hunter is also a gun owner, was able to get a pistol, shooting one offender dead,” the statement said.

Police await confirmation, but believe he was a 16-year-old German-Albanian boy with a long record of criminal activity. An autopsy is pending.

The other four burglars fled.

The suspects are reportedly between 20 and 30-years-old and speak broken German. They were of average stature and wearing dark clothing.

Overnight authorities launched a widespread search for the suspects, sending some 30 officers out with scent dogs, infrared cameras and a helicopter.

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Witnesses in the area have been asked to report any suspicious activity in the area, particularly any speeding vehicles headed towards Appel.

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