Some people think that violent crime almost never happens in small towns. The reality is that horrific crimes do sometimes occur in sleepy, small towns, including the wholesale slaughter of entire families. While we read more about what happens in places like Philadelphia, Portland, Chicago and their endless parade of violent crime, bad things happen in small town America, too.
In the teeming metropolis of Elderon, Wisconsin (pop. 159), a 79-year-old man was accosted outside his home at 2:30 a.m. as he stepped out of his car. It seems his attacker followed him home intent on robbing the older man.
Unbeknownst to the attacker, the homeowner carried a pistol. Police say that Mr. Homeowner, after being stabbed in the face, shot Alexander T. Watters once in the chest.
Watters, 22, managed to wrest the gun away from the elderly man, but before he could turn it against his victim, Watters fell down and expired.
BREAKING: 22-year-old killed by homeowner during armed robbery home invasion identified as Alexander Watters of Wittenberg. https://t.co/RBoOi49iL5
— News 9 WAOW (@WAOW) January 4, 2023
From WAOW . . .
The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office has identified the 22-year-old suspect that was shot and killed by a homeowner during an armed robbery home invasion on Tuesday at a residence on Pike Lake Road in the Town of Elderon as 22-year-old Alexander T. Watters of Wittenberg.
According to the press release from Marathon County:
Based on the findings of the investigation, it is believed the suspect followed a 79-year-old man home from a local establishment and there is no threat to the community. Deputies from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched at approximately 2:37 am to a residence on Pike Lake Road in the Town of Elderon for a report of a man who was assaulted and stabbed as he exited his vehicle in his garage. The man was in possession of a firearm and fired one round that struck Watters prior to the firearm being wrestled away from him. Watters received a gunshot wound to the chest and died while fleeing the scene. The 79-year-old homeowner sustained non-life threatening injuries and is recovering at a local hospital.
The dead attacker’s friends dispute the old man’s story, despite the vicious knife wound to his face.
From the Wausau Pilot & Review . . .
Marathon County Sheriff’s investigators describe the incident as an “armed robbery home invasion.” But friends of Watters are questioning that conclusion, saying that he and the man who shot him knew one another and were seen drinking together in the hours leading up to the shooting.
Maybe they were seen together earlier. But most drinking buddies don’t follow the other one to their home and stab them in the face in their driveway.