CRITTENDEN, Ky. - A suspected robber is dead after breaking in to a Boone County home early Monday morning.
Three men broke into 92-year-old Earl Jones' home in the 15000 block of Violet Road in Verona at about 2:40 a.m. and Jones shot one of the men as he was coming up the stairs of his basement, according to Boone County spokesperson, Tom Scheben. Jones used his .22 caliber rifle to shoot one of the robbers, 24-year-old Lloyd Maxwell of Richmond, in the chest.
Maxwell fled the scene with the two other men allegedly involved in the robbery. The two men took their injured friend to a 2001 Chevrolet Impala on Courtney Road and called police. The pair fabricated a story about the man's injury to try and get Maxwell medical attention, Scheben said.
Maxwell later died from his injuries.
Police identified the other men as 22-year-old Ryan Dalton and 20-year-old Donnie Inabnit-- both of Dry Ridge. Both are charged with second degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence. Dalton and Inabnit were charged in July with receiving stolen property, according to the Kenton County Police Department.
Jones is not facing charges for the shooting. Jones told officials that Monday morning's incident was the third time his home has been robbed.
"Somebody got into the basement, this is a full basement and I was on the bed fixing to go to bed," Jones said. "And I'm very sensitive, I was in the military, you have to have good ears. And I heard something just as I sat down, 'clonk, clonk, clonk,' and I said well somebody is in the basement and he's going to come upstairs. So I heard him when he was coming up the steps, I had the gun so I was sitting there when he opened the door."
Jones told 9 News he got the gun from Walmart for $500. He said this incident should send a message to would-be robbers.
"I've been robbed so much in the past five weeks, I said it's going to have to be a message to the people. The only way you going to stop this is you [going to] have to leave one laying in the grass. That's the only way you're [going to] stop it," Jones said.
Police from Walton, Kenton County and Verona responded to the scene.
Officials have not released any additional information at this time.