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Homeowner says burglar yelled, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant!’ He fires, kills her

A homeowner says he fought back when Gus Adams and Andrea Miller burglarized his home and attacked him.

A homeowner says he fought back when Gus Adams and Andrea Miller burglarized his home and attacked him.

(CNN) — Eighty-year-old Tom Greer says he fought back when he was attacked by intruders at his Southern California home. He got his gun and, as they ran away, one of them shouted, “Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant!” He fired anyway, killing her.

Turns out, the woman was not pregnant, Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told CNN on Friday.

The district attorney will decide whether Greer will face criminal charges.

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said Greer walked into his house Tuesday to find suspects Andrea Miller, 26, and Gus Adams, 28, ransacking it. According to McDonnell, Greer said this was the fourth time his house has been burglarized.

Police say the couple beat and threw the elderly man to the ground, causing injuries, which included a broken collarbone, cuts and bruises.

Despite his injuries, Greer managed to grab his gun and fire at the suspects, causing them to flee through the garage and into the alley, police said.

In an interview with KNBC, Greer said that as the suspects ran into the alley, Miller yelled, “‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant! I’m going to have a baby!’ and I shot her anyway.”

Miller died in the alley, the police chief said.

When asked by KNBC how he felt about the incident, Greer responded that he had no regrets.

“I had to do what I had to do.”

Adams, the alleged accomplice, fled the scene, according to Greer and Chief McDonnell. He was later arrested and charged Friday with five felony counts, including murder in Miller’s death, residential robbery , burglary, grand theft firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. He’s currently jailed on $1.25 million bond.

Adams was scheduled for arraignment on Friday, but his court appearance at Los Angeles Superior Court in Long Beach was postponed until Aug. 11.

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18 comments

    • Roy Goninan

      What part did you not read?
      (“Police say the couple beat and threw the elderly man to the ground, causing injuries, which included a broken collarbone, cuts and bruises. Despite his injuries, Greer managed to grab his gun and fire at the suspects, causing them to flee through the garage and into the alley, police said.”)

    • jade

      A person who just beat your ass up along with someone else after they got caught robbing you? Yea no. I’d let off a whole clip. Especially if I’ve been robbed 4 times

    • Bree

      No.. not right at all. I mean why should the 80 year old man who got beaten to the ground, his collarbone broken, and his home ransacked shoot the person doing it all. Damn him all to hell. -_-

      HELLO?!?! Don’t break into people’s homes if you don’t wanna be shot. Kind of a simple solution.

    • Cynthia Byron

      Beating an 80 something year old man in his own home while trying to steal from him is not right. Had they not gone there, she would be alive today.

      • seattlekate

        Unless someone else would have gotten her shortly thereafter, for something similar………….what do I always say about these types of people? “Shoulda stayed home and watched televison”.

  • C Williamson

    I am right down the middle on this. After being beaten, I would shoot if I were able. However, it isn’t a question of self defense, since they were leaving. One could argue he could have wounded the suspect, but really? In his condition? Did he have a legal right to shoot, I don’t think so. Did he have a moral right to shoot? Most definitely.

  • Lisa Z

    I would still say it was self-defense. He certainly had the right to fear they would come back again and kill him if they had already gotten away with beating him up. I would assume if someone was bold enough to break in to my home and hurt and rob me that they would not hesitate to come back and do it again. People should fear death if they choose to break in to someone’s home.

  • Joseph Blowhard

    Do not EVER speak to the police – or the media if you are a suspect.
    This is a perfect example… his own words (“I shot her anyway”) may hang him.
    Regardless, he should get off on castle doctrine

  • Jason

    what is bad are younger people beating up on older people, it is sad that these people put themselves into a position in which they could have killed somebody but ended up getting killed. The eighty year old had every right, most likely this man saved others lives that these thugs would have tried to prey upon because in their minds they are older and weaker, easier to control, beat, kill and take advantage of.

  • gll

    Burglarizing and beating someone up is a risky business and sometimes it doesn’t work out too well for the bad guys. That is fine with me. Maybe this will discourage others from trying to rip people off. I don’t blame the old guy for shooting the woman. As far as I am concerned, Good for Him!

  • jeff

    This man should be celebrated! Good for him for not falling for the lie from this waste of human flesh. It’s good he knew what to do with human trash.