Skip to comments.78-year-old shoots teen trying to break into his Cleveland home(OH)
Posted on 02/25/2012 6:14:35 AM PST by marktwain
CLEVELAND - A 78-year-old man said he acted in self-defense Thursday night when he shot a teen trying to break into his Cleveland home.
Ted Ziolkowksi rents the house on the 7400 block of Clement Avenue. He said he was staying there last night because he was making some repairs to his place.
Around 11 p.m. Ziolkowski heard a knock on his back door, but didn't answer. Moments later, he heard someone trying to break in. He said he pushed the door open and shot the intruder.
"I just fired a shot at him. He was standing right there. I just fired one shot and my gun jammed, Ziolkowski said.
Officials told NewsChannel5 the intruder is a 17-year-old boy. Police reports said the teen was shot in his torso and when police responded, a hand gun, a pry bar and a head scarf were laying next him.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsnet5.com ...
“I just fired one shot and my gun jammed,
Proper gun maintenance is a must. Making sure your firearm will function with the ammo you use is a close second.
Get off my lawn.....
I can't blame him for packing and shooting.
Maybe 17-year-old burglars will NOT thing twice but maybe the slightly OLDER burglars will.
Get off MY LAWN!
a well oiled revolver will give you more maintenance free hours than a semi auto.....unless you shoot it all the time and know its whims...stick with that revolver....
I guarantee that the perp was one of “Holder’s People” and Cleveland is a cess-pool of tribal culture.
This story is obviously a cry to OUTLAW HEADSCARFS!!!!
Soon, only criminals will have headscarfs!
What sane person would doubt it? It wasn’t a 17 year old ‘boy’. They get mad when you call them that.
More information from a different article:
The ‘yute’ has been arrested for aggravated burglary.
“The yute remained in Metrohealth Medical Center under police guard. His mother said late Friday afternoon that “he’s fighting for his life.”
“She said her son had been in trouble with the law before. She also said he’d been shot before, when he was 14 and he caught a stray bullet in the leg during a gang shootout in which he was not involved.”
“This time he (the yute) “had a screwdriver and popped out the lock. When he pushed open the door I fired one shot,” Ziolkowski. The intruder slumped against the door, and the old man couldn’t open it so he called 911.
The 11 p.m. break-in was the second one of the day, he said. That morning someone had broken into the upstairs apartment “and the carpet had been cut out.”
Between the two burglaries, intruders “busted out three of my doors, the back door, one to the downstairs apartment and one to the upstairs. They’re the old type and you can’t buy them anymore. So I’ll get steel ones and steel jambs. They want a fortune for those.”
Ziolkowski used a .32 cal. Beretta pistol. “I never shot anybody before, not outside of a deer,” he said. “It was dark there and he looked awful big to me.”
The shooting will be reviewed by the city prosecutor, police said. Ziolkowski said he would drop off his weapon at the 4th District Police Station for ballistics tests as police requested. They promised to return it to him. was armed, according to police. They did not identify the weapon, but Ziolkowski said investigators told him it was an ancient chrome-plated .32 cal. Smith & Wesson semi-automatic.”
I had to hit the link to read at the end of the entire piece that the popped perp was only injured in the shooting.
I guess I'm just a doddering old dinosauer flailing about in the modern journalistic forest preserves of life.
They already made a movie about it!
Wait, don’t tell me..he was getting his life back on track and he was an aspiring rapper.
The police should have loaners to exchange for the duration and as collateral.
Soon, only criminals will have headscarfs!
Sounds like a good idea, criminals self-identifying with head scarfs.
It's one of the nicer crappy parts of town.
Ted, the shooter, said in the video, "If my gun hadn't jammed, I'd have emptied it on him." Way to go Ted! I would be very careful, though. All that face time on TV is not so good.
Also, the black guy neighbor didn't seem to have a problem with the shooting. Nice to see.
The S&W was on the perp.
Ted’s gun was the Beretta.
Thanks, missed that somehow.
When 0 gets through with America, there won’t be anything that’s safe.
When people have nothing they want ‘yours’.
They’ll steal everything that’s not bolted down.
0 wants us to be a third world country, and we see how they act.
I think that I made an error with the cut and paste from the article. But the article seemed to be confused as well, unless the shooter didn’t know what kind of gun he had, and the police identified it to him.
“My gun? It’s the kind that goes ‘bang’, and the thingys come out of this end.”
Beretta .32ACP Tomcat. I had one. You need a very firm grip when shooting them or they will jam. I never had a problem with it, but my wife was too limp wristed to shoot more than one round out of it.
I know it rarely happens but this is the reason that I keep a revolver in my night stand, I've never heard of a revolver jamming.
It's a .357 and capable of doing some serious damage. One down side is I believe it's the loudest gun I've ever owned, if it ever saves me and my family, maybe I won't notice how loud it is.
I "browsed" Cleveland in 1963 and didn't think it was particularly bad back then. Of course the only other cities of any size I had to compare it with at that time was St. Louis, Missouri and Washington, D.C.
I've seen people on this forum say there was a time when D.C. was "not that bad", all I can say is they must have been on this mortal coil longer than I have. In my experience it's always been a cess pool.............Probably gotten progressively worse over the years.
That neighborhood was pretty bad back when I was a meter reader, circa 1980. Not absolutely terrible, but definitely on the wrong side of the tracks.
He was going back to school and took care of his family.
It sounds like Ziolkowski left a crater in the perp.
If it were my script, the kid would be named “Moon.”
First thing I thought of when I read the headline.
Cleveland, today, is not as decrepit as Deetroit, but it's gaining rapidly. There is NO foot traffic to speak of in the night-time hours, except in well-lit, well-policed pockets such as the theatre District, the Flats area, and around the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From downtown to 100 blocks East, it's a warzone. Nearly ALL businesses have left, and the taxbase is nearly non-existent. Of course, this means it's a corrupt mecca of Democrat politico's, and Union thugs. That's typical of MOST major cities, today, where hard-working, self-dependent types have moved to suburbia and rural areas, leaving behind the socialit-Utopia parasites, who deal drugs, commit crime, and destroy the property (why not; it's never THEIR property, because they have none).
Washington D.C. is another area that you don't travel ALONE, at night, and today, even in the daytime.
Knock knock, who is there?
“As a journalism student way back in the olden days, we were taught to put as much of “who, what, why, when and where” as possible into the first paragraph of an article.”
I am not a journalist, but I do need those “who, what, why, when and where” in the first paragraph. If not, don’t read the article.
Also, this is why I don’t read Panamanian newspapers. They never get to the immediate point...Maybe way down halfway in the article.
Life is too short. I don’t have the patience.