Threatened with rape by a ransacking intruder, 85-year-old Alberta Nicles thought fast and fired faster Thursday, riddling the man with bullets from a gun her late husband had hidden in the closet.
“I shot him and he’s lying on the floor dead in the closet right next to my bedroom,” Nicles said later in a 911 call from a neighbor’s house. “I shot him all over.”
Nicles told police she was awakened about 4 a.m. Thursday by the intruder, who apparently had cut the phone line and was ransacking the house.
“He took her around the house looking for money. They ended up back in her bedroom,” said police Sgt. Jeff Felinski.
Nicles told police the man removed her pajama pants. Then she remembered her late husband’s handgun, which was in a holster hidden under blankets in a closet.
She told the intruder there was money in the closet. She grabbed the gun, stuck it in his stomach and began firing.
The slain man was identified as Michael Moore, 32, who had assault convictions and was awaiting trial on a home-invasion charge. Prosecutors said Nicles paid him $5 last week to shovel snow from her walkway.
Authorities said no criminal charges would be filed.
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