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An 84-year-old man shot one intruder to death and fought off a second one at his Lawrence County home early Friday morning, police said.
"Two guys tried to rob me, and I killed one of them," Don Lutz said. "Maybe the other one, the bullet hit him, too. I hope so."
Police later released an intruder shot and killed by Lutz turned out to be a relative.
Ellwood City police said 49-year-old Dennis Mercadante, of Mercer, was identified through facial recognition and fingerprints, and he turned out to be a nephew-in-law of Lutz.
Lutz, a Korean War veteran, said that he was asleep at his home on Jamison Avenue when he heard the sound of someone breaking in the front door. He said he grabbed a gun that was underneath his pillow and encountered two men in the hallway.
"I just fired one (shot). It was in the dark, and he attacked me, and we were close and I shot him," Lutz said. "I scuffled with them on the floor, and the one guy rolled over dead, and the other guy, he jumped up and he ran out the front door."
Lutz said the pair didn't say anything, and he's not sure why he was targeted.
The Army veteran said he's a little sore, but otherwise OK, and that his faith got him through it.
"I've never been afraid in my life," Lutz said. "God has always been with me, and I'm a hard believer in God and Jesus Christ, and God was with me tonight."
Ellwood City police have called it a justified shooting and said Lutz is not facing charges. However, all evidence will be turned over to the Lawrence County District Attorney's Office for further review.
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