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80-year-old homeowner shoots, kills ‘pregnant’ burglar; may face charges

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif. — Tom Greer says he fought back when he was attacked by intruders at his Southern California home. Then he got his gun and fired at them and they ran.

Gus Adams (left) and  Andrea Miller (right)

Gus Adams (left) and Andrea Miller (right)

The 80-year-old homeowner says one of the fleeing burglars, a woman, shouted, “I’m pregnant!” He shot her twice, killing her.

The woman was not pregnant, Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told CNN Friday.

The district attorney will decide whether Greer will face criminal charges.

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said Greer walked into his house Tuesday to find suspects Andrea Miller, 26, and Gus Adams, 28, ransacking it. According to McDonnell, Greer said this was the fourth time his house has been burglarized.

Police say the couple beat and threw the elderly man to the ground, causing injuries, which included a broken collarbone, cuts and bruises.

Despite his injuries, Greer managed to grab his gun and fire at the suspects, causing them to flee through the garage and into the alley, police said.

In an interview with KNBC, Greer said that as the suspects ran into the alley, Miller yelled, “‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant! I’m going to have a baby!’ and I shot her anyway.”

Miller died in the alley, the police chief said.

When asked by KNBC how he felt about the incident, Greer responded that he had no regrets.

“I had to do what I had to do.”

Adams, the alleged accomplice, fled the scene, according to Greer and Chief McDonnell. He was later arrested and charged Friday with five felony counts, including murder in Miller’s death, residential robbery , burglary, grand theft firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. He’s currently jailed on $1.25 million bond.

Adams was scheduled for arraignment on Friday, but his court appearance at Los Angeles Superior Court in Long Beach was postponed until August 11.


  • sheri

    I just wanted to let everyone know that this lady wasn’t pregnant afterall. She lied about it. You can never trust a psychopath, they have no feelings or emotions after they hurt or kill someone.

  • JT

    What scares me is the fact that most of the “He done the right thang, boy howdy!” comments come from people that (presumably) own guns, yet are not responsible (or literate) enough to read the statutes that outline the lawful use of deadly force. And they call themselves “responsible gun owners;” that’s just laughable (and downright scary).

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