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Intruder Shot To Death By 80-Year-Old Homeowner After Pleading For Her Life Identified
Police have identified the woman shot by an 80-year-old man just outside his home in Long Beach this week. She and an accomplice allegedly attacked him when he interrupted their attempt to burglarize his home.Andrea Miller, 28, of Long Beach was identified as the woman who homeowner Tom Greer shot in the back twice with a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver Tuesday night. Her alleged accomplice Gus Adams, 26, of Long Beach was arrested and booked into jail on charges of robbery as well as a Miller's murder, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
At a press conference yesterday, Long Beach Chief Jim McDonnell said they didn't have confirmation that Miller was pregnant—Greer said she claimed to have been in her final moments as she begged for her life—but authorities plan to perform an autopsy on Miller today.
Greer gave an unfiltered TV interview expressing few regrets about killing an intruder, which he considered self-defense. He told NBC, "She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant! I'm going to have a baby!' And I shot her anyway."
Long Beach police are investigating whether Greer will also be charged in the case, and they will be taking into consideration Greer's statements to the TV station. Greer said that he shot Miller in the back twice in an alley as she was fleeing. McDonnell told reporters that the case will come down not to where Miller was shot but whether Greer felt that he was in danger at the time.
Police offered more details about Greer's story. He said both intruders jumped on top of him and attacked him the moment he walked into his home. Adams stopped attacking Greer so that he could open the safe, while Miller continued attacking. Adams struggled with the safe, so Miller stopped Greer to help her accomplice crack it open. It was during that time that Greer was able to get his gun. He came back out and fired at the pair in his house, prompting the pair to flee with loot from his home. He followed the pair outside and continued firing, which is when he struck Miller twice. Adams escaped before police later caught up to him later.
Greer told police that he has been the victim of three burglaries, and he believed the pair who targeted him this week were the culprits. NBC Los Angeles caught up with his estranged wife Dorothy who confirmed that their home had been burglarized—including once while she was at home. Dorothy wouldn't comment on whether she thought Greer should be charged, but she said she was shocked the burglary turned violent: "It's scary. Either way it goes, it's scary. It was just a bad situation, all the way around."
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. An autopsy has confirmed Andrea Miller wasn’t pregnant, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter told CBS Los Angeles.