74-year-old Kansas woman shoots burglar, has heart attack

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -

Authorities say a 74-year-old Kansas woman shot and killed an intruder while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher and then had a heart attack.

The Kansas City Star reports that Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said Thursday that the woman is recovering and is expected to be OK. He says she "obviously" won't face charges over the death of 41-year-old Ralph Byrd Jr., who broke into her Leavenworth home early Saturday.

Thompson said she had reported an attempted burglary of her home about a week before. After that, she obtained a .22-caliber handgun that she took with her to bed at night.

Leavenworth Police Major Dan Nicodemus says the case was "pretty cut and dried." Court records show Byrd had been convicted in 2017 of an attempted home burglary.


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Leavenworth police say a 74-year-old woman fatally shot a man who she thought was trying to burglarize her home.

Police Chief Pat Kitchens says when officers responded to the woman's call early Saturday they found the 41-year-old suspect, Ralph Byrd Jr., of Leavenworth suffering from a gunshot wound.

The Leavenworth Times reports Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kitchens says the woman suffered a "medical event" after the shooting and was taken to a hospital but was expected to survive.

Kitchens says the focus of the investigation will be to determine if Byrd was committing a burglary when he was shot.

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