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Don’t mess with this Senior Citizen in Chicago

Posted on: October 1, 2010

Ms. Margaret Matthews is a 68-year-old widow who became fed up with the unending harassment from a local 12-year-old boy. For almost a year, this boy and his friend had maliciously harassed her. Some of the things he did would make anyone want to stop the harassment. He had previously set fire to a rug and thrown it on her grill, broke windows at Matthew’s home and when he recently stood on a small shed in her yard, shouted at her and threw rocks at her, Matthew’s said enough was enough.

She called police and then went outside to tell the boys to leave. The boys began throwing rocks and stones at her. Several of the stones hit Matthews in the chest and knee. That is when she got her late-husband’s handgun from the house and started firing three or four shots “to scare them.”  The twelve-year old boy was hit in the shoulder and tried to run home. However, some of the neighbors stopped the boy to try to help him and to hold him until the police came.

When the police arrived they took away Matthews gun because she didn’t have a firearm owner’s identification care. But they won’t be charging her with any type of crime. The police said that she was justified in using force that’s likely to kill someone because she “reasonably believed that such force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm” to herself — or prevent the commission of a “forcible felony.” This is in the language in the Illinois statute pertaining to self-defense.

As for the boy, he was treated at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital for a bullet wound to his shoulder and spent Wednesday recovering at his home a block from Matthews’ house. He has been charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault to a senior citizen, as well as his 13-year-old friend who was unhurt in the incident. They are also in big trouble with their mothers.

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