Disabled Maine Retiree Buys Gun, Uses It To Stop Burglary That Night

posted on September 3, 2015

A retiree whose apartment had been robbed five times in six years bought a gun on Monday, and that same night used it to stop a man who’d allegedly broken in and said, “I’m here to rob you like everybody else.”

Harvey Lembo, 67, of Rockland, Maine, is hard of hearing, uses a motorized wheelchair, and is prescribed morphine and oxycodone—all of which make him a target for robbers. So on Monday, he bought a revolver for protection. That night he awoke to find a man had broken into his home—again.

Lembo pulled the revolver, pointed it at the intruder and called the police station, which was just two blocks away. When the intruder made a wrong move, Lembo shot him in the shoulder. Police arrested Christopher Wildhaber, 45—who had served time for drug trafficking and domestic violence—and charged him with burglary and violating probation.

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