It seems to be stiff upper lip week here at TTAG central command. We’ve had an outbreak of no nonsense gentlemen who’ve been around the block a few times, the kind who refuse to be victimized by criminals who apparently figure, “What’s the old codger gonna do?” The first two examples of bloodied attackers came from the Lone Star state. For our latest tale of a perforated perp, we go east to Vicksburg, Mississippi where 82-year-old Mr. Roosevelt Wilson refused to let an overly insistent Meals on Wheels woman into his home. “‘She tried to get in, but I wouldn’t let her in. ‘I’m so and so. I brought you some meals’, and I said put them down on the porch. She wouldn’t. She left and came back again for something else,’ said Wilson. Just before 10 Wednesday morning the woman wouldn’t take no for an answer” . . .
“She beat on the door. I heard her knocking you know. I wouldn’t let her in,” said the 82-year-old. “Well, I keep this 38 under my pillow you know. I was in the bed. So when this door opened, I made three shots up here and shot her yeah.”
He hit Betty Robertson in the leg and sent her scrambling back out the door along with her accomplice, dropping hemoglobin as she went. As it turns out, it wasn’t the first time he’d had problems with meal delivery personnel.
The retired Vicksburg Military Park employee said he was robbed previously this year by another woman who delivered meals to his home. He said Robertson knows her and thought she would also make Wilson her victim, but he had other plans.
As a wise man recently said, don’t mess with an old guy. Especially one who sleeps with a .38.