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Long Beach Burglar Shooting Update

 

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LONG BEACH (CNS) - The Long Beach Police Department today will likely  present its findings regarding the fatal shooting of a burglar to the District  Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to prosecute the 80-year-old man  who killed the thief.

Homeowner Tom Greer told NBC4 Wednesday night that he shot Andrea Miller  twice in the back as she was fleeing with a male accomplice, even though she  told him she was pregnant.

``She says, `Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant -- I'm going to have a baby.'  And I shot her anyway,'' Greer said. ``The lady didn't run as fast as the man  so I shot her in the back twice, she's dead ... but he got away.''

Long Beach Chief Jim McDonnell, who is the leading candidate to be  elected Los Angeles County sheriff, told reporters at an afternoon news  conference Thursday that there was no immediate confirmation of the pregnancy  but that the coroner's office planned to perform an autopsy on the Long Beach  woman.

Miller's suspected accomplice, Gus Adams, was arrested by detectives  Wednesday and booked on suspicion of murder -- that of his accomplice -- and  residential robbery. He is being held at Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of  $1.0255 million bail, authorities said.

According to McDonnell, Greer told investigators he arrived at his home  in the 3900 block of Country Club Drive in Bixby Knolls Tuesday night, parked  his car, went inside and was immediately assaulted by a man and a woman who  were in the process of burglarizing his house.

'`When I went in there, they tackled me,' Greer told NBC4. ``Both of  them jumped up on top of me.''

Greer was hit a number of times by the pair and thrown to the floor,  McDonnell said. Miller allegedly continued to beat him while Adams, 26, of Long  Beach, tried to break into Greer's safe. The 28-year-old Miller eventually  stopped hitting Greer and joined Adams in trying to break into the safe.

Meanwhile, Greer managed to go to another room and retrieve a gun. He  then confronted the robbers while they were still inside the home and opened  fire  but did not hit anyone. Miller and Adams then grabbed some items and fled  the home, McDonnell said.

Greer followed the pair outside and fired at them again. Miller was hit  by the gunfire, fell in the alley and died there, but Adams managed to escape.

McDonnell said Greer suffered a broken collarbone and cuts and bruises  to various parts of his body. The statements he made to NBC4 were also being  reviewed as part of the investigation.

Greer told detectives that he was the victim of two reported and one  unreported prior burglaries to his home, where cash and other personal property  was taken. Greer also said he believed Miller and Adams were responsible for  the earlier robberies and might return in the future.

Greer told NBC4 he regards what he did as self-defense, even though  Miller was running away.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation was asked to call  LBPD Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.

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