No charges filed against 74-year-old woman who fatally shot burglar

Burglar, Occupied house, ‘clear the shooting was self defense’
Who would think it wasn’t?

LEAVENWORTH, KS (KCTV) — Leavenworth County will not file charges against a 74-year-old woman who shot and killed a man as he broke into her home.

The district attorney says it’s clear the shooting was self defense.

The 74-year-old woman is recovering from a heart attack she suffered right after Saturday night’s ordeal.

The family of the suspect says drugs are to blame.

“She was protecting herself, and I’m not mad at her at all. I would have done the same thing. I think anybody would,” said Elvis Byrd who wasn’t surprised to hear what happened to his big brother, Ralph Byrd Jr. on Saturday night. “I’ve been saying for quite a while now that Ralph was either going to get himself shot stealing from somebody or he was going to OD on heroin.”

Elvis Byrd says his brother struggled with addiction for years, and nothing his family did to try and help worked.