An 81-year-old man from Uniontown, Pennsylvania found himself and his bedridden sister in danger when an violent intruder made his way into their home. Forty six year old Franklin Schrout of Smithfield, rode up to the residence on his bicycle and before forcefully making his way into the elderly man’s house.
Schrout told the man to give him money and valuables. The man said he didn’t have anything to give the intruder. That was when Schrout began tearing the man’s house apart looking for some things of value. The homeowner tried to stop him but was attacked in the struggle. He managed to grab a handgun that hadn’t been used in 30 years to shoot Schrout at close range. Schrout escaped the home but collapsed a short distance from the house.
The homeowner’s bedridden sister made a call to 911 but by the time police arrived on the scene, the assailant was dead outside of the home. No charges will be filed against the elderly man, who police say acted in self defense. Uniontown police Lt. Tom Kolencik said, “The only thing the homeowner told us was that he had to protect himself. He also lived with an elderly sister, who is bedridden, so he just kept referring to protecting her, protecting himself.”
The homeowner admitted he had no choice but to shoot. He stated he was not physically strong enough to repel the intruder. That’s nothing to be ashamed about. He did what he had to do. Self-defense and personal protection are universal rights — they’re not something granted by courts and law.