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Senior citizen shot and killed a home intruder

Originally ran here as:
"Big Timber intruder shot, killed"
By The Billings Gazette Staff
Updated: Wed Aug 15, 2001

BIG TIMBER, MONTANA – A coroner’s inquest will be held to determine whether a homeowner was justified in shooting a man who entered his home through an unlocked door, authorities said Tuesday.

The Sweetgrass County sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting death Sunday of a 37-year-old man at 32 McCloud St.

Sheriff Dan Tronrud said Tuesday that the homeowner, a 60-year-old man, has not been arrested.

Tronrud described the victim as a 37-year-old transient who was carrying identification from Arkansas. He declined to release the names of either man.

The shooting occurred at about 7 p.m. when the man walked into the home through an unlocked door, Tronrud said. The man was shot once with a handgun. He was taken to Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber, then flown to a hospital in Billings where he died a short time later.

Tronrud said authorities have not been able to find any of the man’s relatives.

The intruder was not armed, Tronrud said. He declined to say whether the two men spoke before the shooting or whether the homeowner was threatened.


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I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908 [by an Indian extremist opposed to Gandhi's agreement with Smuts], whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. Hence it was that I took part in the Boer War, the so-called Zulu Rebellion and [World War I]. Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor. — Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India, August 11, 1920 from Fischer, Louis ed.,The Essential Gandhi, 1962

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