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The 92-year-old Boone County farmer walked eight paces to get his loaded .22-caliber rifle from behind the bedroom door. He unwrapped a beige cloth and returned to the living room, sitting in a chair with clear view -- and shot -- of the basement door, waiting with the gun across his lap.

Some 15 minutes later, when he heard footsteps moving closer up the stairs, he raised the rifle to his eye. The intruder kicked open the door. Jones fixed his aim on the center of the man's chest and fired a single shot.

The Boone County sheriff later announced the death of the intruder, Lloyd "Adam" Maxwell, 24, of Richmond, Ky.

"These people aren't worth any more to me than a groundhog," Jones told The Enquirer. "They have our country in havoc. We got so many damned crooked people walking around today."

Two men with Maxwell, Ryan Dalton, 22, and Donnie Inabnit, 20, both of Dry Ridge, Ky., were charged with second degree burglary and tampering with evidence. Police say they removed Maxwell's body from Jones' home.

The Boone County sheriff had no information Monday night on whether Jones would be charged, but he appeared clearly to act within Kentucky's legal definition of justifiable force in defense of his home and property. An investigation is ongoing. Police haven't said if the intruders were armed.

Kentucky, like at least two dozen states, has a "castle doctrine" enshrined in its laws. That's the right to defend one's home with deadly force.

Kentucky law allows the use of physical force if someone believes it's needed to prevent criminal trespass, robbery or burglary in his or her house.

Some states, including Kentucky, have expanded the castle doctrine in recent years, giving people the right to use deadly force outside of their homes. Called "no retreat" or "stand your ground" laws, they do not require an individual to retreat before using force and allow the individual to match force for force, including deadly force, in public places.

Florida's stand-your-ground law is at the core of the Feb. 26 shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin by crime-watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

The number of killings by private citizens nationally of a felon during the commission of a felony has increased in recent years, from 196 in 2005 to 278 in 2010, according to FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics.

In Earl Jones' mind, his actions are justified. He said he was completely within his rights to defend his life and ranch home on the 500-acre farm he has worked since 1955.

"I was hoping another one would come up -- I aimed right for his heart," said Jones, who served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1941 through '46. "I didn't go to war for nothing. I have the right to carry a gun. That's what I told the police this morning."

Not long after the shooting, Kenton County police responded to a call of a man who had been shot. There they found Maxwell's body and two uninjured men in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala who later, during questioning, would admit to being at Jones' home.

The break-in was the third Jones has experienced on his farm this year. In April, thieves stole 90 head of cattle from a field behind his house. In August, burglars took his television, a few thousand dollars cash and a personal check they unsuccessfully tried to cash, and they ripped his phone out of the wall.

"I can't leave the damn house to do my work outside," said Jones, removing his World War II veteran cap with his right hand and running his left through his thin white hair.

Jones has lived alone since his wife, Virginia Pearl, died in 2006. The couple had no children. Jones grew up hunting squirrels in Boone County and volunteered for the forerunner to the Air Force in 1941. He went through weapons training in the military.

He is not happy that police took the rifle used in the shooting.

"How am I going to protect myself if they come back looking for revenge?" he said.

Maxwell fell back seven steps onto a landing. Jones didn't pursue the intruders into the basement.

He called a neighbor and calmly said, "I need help. I just shot a man,' " Maxwell said.

At the same time, the two unhurt intruders, Dalton and Inabnit, fled Jones' property with Maxwell's body. Not long afterward, having driven across the county line, they called Kenton County police with a bogus story of how Maxwell had been shot.

When Boone County sheriff's deputies arrived at Jones' house, they found the basement door ajar and no one except Jones in the home.

Jones didn't like how deputies treated him.

"They stood down there with their guns on me, yelling, 'Get your hands up! Get your hands up!' " he said. "I told them, 'I'm not putting my damn hands up.' "

Finally, he did. Police approached up the long gravel driveway, flanked by a field of tobacco that Jones rents to another farmer, and questioned him.

"Was I scared? Was I mad? Hell, no," Jones said. "It was simple. That man was going to take my life. He was hunting me. I was protecting myself."

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(From USA today sorry if i didnt post it the proper way).

I absolutely LOVE this story and wish i could read more with an ending like this one. What a god damn American fuckin HERO bravo sir
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch: Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote. - Benjamin Franklin
A real American hero. I cannot Fucking believe they left him unarmed. If I lived closer, I'd gift him a gun.

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JustinHEMI;13439 Wrote:A real American hero. I cannot Fucking believe they left him unarmed. If I lived closer, I'd gift him a gun.


Agreed. Poor guy was robbed 3 times this year already and they take his gun? WTF
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch: Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote. - Benjamin Franklin
Unfortunately if you are good guy there is a price to pay even if you win. Glad he came out unscathed. It should be a criminal act to take a mans means of defense away from him. Seriously..... just because he beat the threat this time does not mean he won't be threaten again. The "we need the gun for evidence" excuse does not fly if he is murdered in his home during a future home invasion.
Everytime we look the other way when someone else loses rights we disagree with, we make it easier to lose the rights we support.

^^^^^^^ Absolutely true who will be held accountable for disarming him and stealing his rights to self defend. Also what a great shot. One round of .22 and he dropped him like a bag of steaming shit
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch: Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote. - Benjamin Franklin
I understand where you guys are coming from but there is a need for a complete and thorough investigation of the shooting especially in light of the "hokey" moving of the body and lying about what happened. Ballistic testing is an important part of the investigation. Once that is done there is no reason he should not get his gun back.

A "gun loan" program for crime victims is a neat idea.
steelcityk9cop, proud to be a member of since Sep 2012.
this guy is awesome, I just hope he has another gun to protect him self now.
Makes me think if I ever do save enough money and buy myself a $3000 1911 and end up using it in my home to defend my self, maybe I should keep a cheap 1911 close by to give to police for "evidence". I highly doubt they're going to run ballistics on it to match the bullet to the gun...

Edit: or maybe they do...^^^^^
6speed, proud to be a member of since Sep 2012.
Other than the OBVIOUS "morals of the story" in this great piece:

The moral of the story......Have more than 1 gunBig Grin

I am thankful this old Gent won this round.
Ladies of the Second Amendment

"I regard giving as necessary to right the balance" Hu Chung

Good for him, and chalk another win up for the amazing stopping power of the .22lr.
The rifle needs to be taken so that the police can ensure that the story lines up. I'd hate to be shot for no good reason and not have my killing be investigated because the story sounds good.

That said, the guy should get another gun or be loaned one until his rifle is returned if all checks out OK (and I'm sure it will).

Also, I'm sure that has already happened by someone.
Vampire pig man since September 2012

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