Police: 72-year-old man comes home from breakfast, shoots and kills intruder in his own home.


NASHVILLE, TN – Police say that a that a 72-year-old shot and killed an alleged home invader after he’d come back home from getting breakfast in the early morning on July 1st. Investigators are said to currently be treating the case as that of a justifiable homicide.

The incident reportedly happened at around 5:30 a.m. on July 1st, when homeowner Henry Schuster had made his way inside of his home after going out for a meal.

When Schuster was inside of his home, he told police that he noticed that the screen from the kitchen window had been removed, which raised some concerns with him. Thinking that someone may have entered his home, Schuster produced a handgun and conducted a sweep of each room inside of the house.

Upon looking into one of the bathrooms, he encountered 27-year-old Taylor Lowery, and the suspect was alleged to have lunged toward Schuster in an effort to gain control of the weapon.

In response, the 72-year-old shot and killed Lowery inside of the home. The District Attorney’s Office is said to be reviewing the case at this time.

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Roughly a month earlier over in The Sunshine State, Law Enforcement Today had reported on another elderly individual who managed to fatally shoot a home invasion suspect. 

According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, a man said to be in his 70’s encountered an intruder in his home, said to be attacking his wife. In response to the alleged incident, the man shot and killed the 31-year-old intruder.

Deputies from the BCSO arrived at a home said to be the scene of a home invasion at approximately 6:05 a.m. on May 26thUpon the arrival of the deputies, they saw the body of Nathan Jerrell Edwards on the ground, with a handgun placed on the counter.

The sheriff’s office stated that the man in his 70’s was standing outside of his home when Edwards allegedly approached him in a threatening manner.

Witnesses to the incident said that the Edwards was “acting erratically,” while swearing and screaming at the elderly gentleman at the front porch.

The elderly man was said to have entered his home in order to get away from Edwards, but Edwards reportedly followed the man and pounded on his front door. Deputies say that’s when Edwards shattered the glass panel on the door, and forced his way inside of the home.

Edwards apparently then knocked the man’s wife to the floor and started beating her. That’s when the elderly man went to retrieve his gun, and shot the suspect.

The BCSO stated the following about the final moments of the encounter:

“The husband stated he felt he could not physically stop the intruder, so he went upstairs to get his firearm. He shot the firearm multiple times, ending the threat.”

Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s wife was said to have been transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.

The deceased was noted as being a resident at a nearby short-term rental property, where there has been reports of four people being arrested at the residence when police were investigating the case related to the home invasion. 

BCSO deputies arrested 42-year-old Ellecia Bryant, 19-year-old Ashayla Lewis, 26-year-old Ourania Moore and 35-year-old Khary Johnson under suspicion of various drug charges and child neglect.

Apparently the four arrested, along with the now-deceased Edwards from the home invasion, were part of a group visiting from Georgia. 

Deputies allege that they found narcotics in plain view when they responded to the residence where Edwards has been staying at prior to the home invasion. A subsequent warrant that was obtained also revealed the likes of cocaine, LSD, and some THC resin. 

Several children were found to be inside of the residence, where there was also an unsecured firearm discovered during the search. 

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