When you come home and your dog lets you know that something is wrong, it’s time to pay attention. That’s what happened to an Erie, Pennsylvania apartment dweller when he returned home and his pit bull ran excitedly down the stairs. He then heard a strange noise coming from inside the home.
The householder took an ornamental sword (a Samurai sword perhaps?) off the wall and found 24 year old Delvon J. Crockett stealing his belongings. The unidentified apartment dweller was afraid of the burglar and stabbed the hapless Crockett in the chest with the sword. As Crockett dropped to the floor, the sword wielding resident ran from the room and called 911 from another room.
Police arrived in minutes when seconds count, and found Crockett dead on the floor. They also found a .380 pistol that belonged to Crockett.
A relative of Crockett acknowledged that he shouldn’t have been burglarizing the home, but said he was still somebody’s child. But, so was the householder. Mr. Crockett had a history of assault, firearms, and drug charges.
This is the second report in the United States of a homeowner slaying a burglar with a sword while being caught in the act of home invasion since the first of the year. The other incident involved a Johns Hopkins University student who killed home invader John Rice with an ornamental Samurai sword. Several Britons have defended their homes with swords with differing degrees of success.