Skip to comments.Man, 84, shoots home invasion suspect with Korean War gun(PA)
Posted on 05/10/2012 7:42:38 AM PDT by marktwain
ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa.
Police said they caught a home invasion suspect moments after he was shot while breaking into a home Tuesday morning.
According to police, Raymond Hills, 25, fled from the Elizabeth Township home just after 4:30 a.m. when 84-year-old Fred Ricciutti shot him with the German Luger he used in the Korean War.
"I said 'Halt, who's there?'" said Ricciutti. "I'm thinking, friend or foe, he shouldn't be there that time of day."
Ricciutti said he was awoken when he heard Hiles breaking in through an unlocked kitchen window. When he confronted the intruder standing in his doorway, Ricciutti fired.
The bullet grazed Hiles in the back of the neck, as well as a door and storm door window.
Ricciutti said he then called police, and Hiles was caught a few blocks away from Ricciutti's home.
According to police, Hiles had a screwdriver and stun gun on him when Elizabeth Township police arrested him.
Officials said Hiles was taken to jail Tuesday wearing a bandage on his neck from the bullet wound.
Authorities said they don't plan on filing any charges against Ricciutti.
Life imitates ...
A Luger in the Korean War? There is something strange about this claim.
"Get off my lawn".Good film...certainly not the best he's ever done but still good.The Cambodians were really good,so good that I would have strangled those young "punks" myself.
He should have said "Thunder" and fired when he did not get the appropriate response of "Flash."
Yeah that was my thought as well. Maybe it was a Lugar? Actually just kidding on that one.
Good one LD.
I bet there's a great story behind that ...
“The bullet grazed Hiles in the back of the neck, as well as a door and storm door window.”
I didn’t know doors and storm door windows had necks?!?!
I like it better when they say, "Stop, >>BANG<< >>BANG<< >>BANG<< >>BANG<< >>BANG<<, or I'll shoot..."
I'm feeling bad about the door and storm window.
Just a little...
Which “Elizabeth Twp”? Practically every county in Pennsylvania has one. I lived in one (Lancaster County) and near another (Allegheny County).
I’m guessing Allegheny County. The one in Lancaster County has no police force, as far as I know. Plus you’re more likely to run into a loaded rifle in Allegheny. A lot of Philly transplants live in northern Lancaster County.
Yes, this is at the far southern tip of Allegheny County.
Close to some former steel mill towns where civilization has basically collapsed (Clairton, Monessen, Donora....)
What I thought. Also, the Elizabeth Twp in Lancaster usually gets tagged “Lititz”, which is the nearest significant town.
The reporter said it was a German Luger. He may have simply meant ‘handgun’. You know how reporters are sticklers for those sorts of things.
Dang. I thought I would be the first to post it...:)
An american soldier would obviously not have used a German luger as a sidearm in the Korean War. However, the Soviet Union had huge stockpiles of captured German weapons from WWII that they in turn supplied many commnist forces around the world with.
Mr Ricciutti may have obtained the luger from a NORK or ChiCom that no longer had any use for it.
"Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have f****d with? That's me."
Hahaha, he must write his own scripts...
He may have simply meant handgun.
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Yeah....probably in his last story he referred to a Daisy BB Gun as an UZI, so he was just trying to be ‘safe’ here.
The one ‘story’ (in the comments) of the guy ‘finding’ a Luger on the battle field does sound plausible but don’t count on the ‘reporter’ thinking along these lines.
Getting like these murderous “SUV’s” on the highways attacking other motorists and running red lights.
It’s a shame he didn’t use an M1.
Or maybe he hasn't been briefed by the NYT reporters about the HellGlock.
Chinese troops early on had German equipment, bought in the 30s. Seen pictures of chinese troops in German Stahlhelms and feldgrau wermacht-style uniforms.
ChiComs could have had them, after they ran the Nationalist troops out.
He could have captured it from some ChiCom “volunteer”, or taken it off his corpse. I’ve also seen vintage C-96 Broomhandle Mausers that were issued to the Chinese.
Anything’s possible, I suppose...
The other possibility is that it was his own personal weapon that he took along with him.
Where he got it from is the story.
Korea, Viet Nam and I think (not sure) even Iraq and Afgan troops could use personal weapons.
The article says Lugar so it could have been an M1 Garand.
My old man was WWII airborne, and he brought back a Luger and a Walther P38 as well.
I’d think, though, that something of that nature, i.e., a war trophy, would be something that you’d NOT want to lose, though, or even expose to the possibility of losing, by taking it into another war zone.
At any rate, glad he put one in the perp. That’ll teach his ass to mess with one of “The Greatest Generation”...
After WWII there was a profusion of P08 Lugers in the US.
The Germans decided to phase them out, ending production in 1942, and switching to the Walther P38. So by the end of the war, there was a huge collection of P08’s that needed to be disposed of. Since many were in reasonably good condition, they were imported and sold in the US.
Since a lot of the Korean War soldiers had gone into the Reserves after WWII, they snapped up a lot of these Lugers as mementos. Then, when Korea happened, they brought them along with to have in addition to their rifle.
Good chance it was is personal side arm and it was the one he had.