Police: Elderly man shoots, kills 75-year-old intruder

HAMILTON, OH An 84-year-old Hamilton man called 911 Tuesday morning and told police that he shot and killed an intruder.

Hamilton Police say officers got a call at around 10 a.m. from a resident in the 2700 block of Hilda Avenue saying that he had shot a male inside his house.

In the 911 call, the man identified himself as Charles Foster and told the dispatcher that he "had a dead man in the basement."

When the dispatcher asked how the man died, Foster replied, "I shot him."

Police arrived and found Ed T. Stevens, 75, dead in the basement.

Police say Foster was watching TV when he heard a loud crash and found that Stevens had driven his car into the garage. Stevens then came to the front door, and when Foster answered, Stevens forced his way into the home, hit Foster and kicked his cat.

Stevens then proceeded to the basement of the home, and Foster said he heard a lot of crashing, so he loaded his gun and went downstairs to find Stevens with a wooded board with nails. Stevens attacked Foster with the board, causing Foster to shoot him twice.

Foster suffered cuts to his hands and arms and was treated at the scene.

Stevens' family says he has a history of dementia and Alzheimer's, which may be a factor in the case. His sister-in-law lived next door to Foster.

No charges are pending at this time. The Butler County Prosecutor's Office will present the case to the grand jury.

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