Burglar Shot, Killed By Homeowner In Chicago Heights

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (CBS) — He heard a noise and then he grabbed his gun. An elderly Chicago Heights man was talking Wednesday about why he shot and killed a teenager who allegedly broke into the man’s home.

“My son was a victim of crime,” Latisha Rhodes – the mother of the teenager who was killed – said of her son’s walk down the path of crime.

As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports, it was a walk 18-year-old Anterrio Hall paid for with his life on Tuesday, when he was shot dead after breaking into a Chicago Heights home.

“Being in this area is, it’s just full of violence,” Rhodes said. “It’s too great.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Chicago Heights police said Hall threw a rock through the back window of a home in the 300 block of Boston Street at about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The homeowner was in his bathroom at the time and when he heard the sound of breaking glass, he grabbed his gun and went to the kitchen to find Hall standing on the kitchen table.

The man fired several shots at Hall, who jumped out the window and collapsed in the back yard. Hall was taken to Franciscan St. James Hospital and Health Care Centers in Olympia Fields, where he was pronounced dead later Tuesday morning.

The homeowner didn’t want to go on camera on Wednesday, but said he believes the teen was trying to burglarize his home. “Yeah, I guess he was,” the man said.

“If someone came into my home, a young child, I wouldn’t shoot him dead. That’s not justice,” Rhodes said.

Neighbor Ed Mahan said, “It’s very unfortunate; tragic.”

But Mahan said it wasn’t the first time his neighbor had been robbed.

“I know the old gentleman over there is sick. He has a nurse that comes in and goes to the hospital,” Mahan said. “I heard that his house has been broken into maybe three or four times.”

Police said it was the latest in a long line of neighborhood break-ins, most committed by young men.

Rhodes said she tried to get her son to move to Kentucky with her, but he refused.

“He’s gonna learn, but do he have to learn through death?” Rhodes said.

Police said they don’t expect any charges to be filed against the homeowner.

  • Just Axin

    Too bad CBS took down the original comments..not sure why they would do that. If this hero is prosecuted, we must turn out in large numbers to his court appearances to support him.

    • Shawntayontay

      I’ll be there, for sure! I also don’t get why CBS would do that with the comments.



  • Rick

    I’m well prepared if anyone feels compelled to take an uninvited walk into my house. My neighbors are prepared as well. It’s a shame we have to arm ourselves beca use of people such as these and their bleeding heart mothers. Where are the fathers and family values.


    It’s sad for way this turn out. This is why i stayed in my 2 sons as*es when they were coming up. They now are ages 23 & 25. My former wife use to ask me why i was soo hard on them. I simply explain to her. Thats my job as a father to keep them in order. That one day you will see why i kept my foot in their butts. Im talkin knee deep when needed. Now she tells me. “oh what fine young men we have”. You see. I expect nothing but the best. Nothing less. Keep your kids busy. Doing choirs, going to the parks. Playing sports, takeing them camping. Activities like. They won’t have time to get in trouble. Learn how to talk with them. Not to them. But with them. Put in that quality time with them. Then situations like this should not happen. The rewards are GREAT if we put that time in with our children. Then an only then you can say to yourselves. “JOB WELL DONE”. P.S. WE ARE NOT JUST PARENTS TIL THEY TURN 18 YRS OLD AN CUT THEM LOOSE. NO. WE ARE PARENTS FOR LIFE. Happy parenting. (SMILE)

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