73-year-old Ohioan catches burglar inside home, detains him at gunpoint until police arrive

73-year-old Ohioan catches burglar inside home, detains him at gunpoint until police arrive
Daniel McGown (left), Thomas Gaffney (Images: Left—provided, right—police photo)

[Ed. – Another good guy with a gun]

A man suspected of breaking into a house Tuesday morning in Akron was arrested after the 73-year-old resident confronted him with a gun and held him until police arrived.

Thomas Gaffney, 51, of Akron, has been charged with burglary, a second-degree felony.

The incident happened just after 5:15 a.m. in the 600 block of Crosby Street.

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The resident, Daniel McGown, told officers that he heard someone ring his doorbell several times and shortly thereafter heard someone yelling from inside his house.

McGown, a retired attorney, responded to the commotion by grabbing his 9mm pistol from under his pillow in a second floor bedroom. He brought the loaded gun to the living room, where he confronted the suspect.

“I pointed the pistol at him and said, ‘If you don’t move, I won’t shoot you.’ He said, ‘Don’t shoot me,'” McGown told News 5.

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