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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003
    Atlanta GA

    GA - 83 yo rescues family from armed intruder - assailant at large!


    A quick-thinking 83-year-old Mableton man foiled a home invader’s plans when he escaped bondage and shot the bandit.

    John Parrish, 83, rescued his wife, son-in-law, and a 10-year-old girl when a would-be armed robber broke into his home Tuesday. Parrish escaped bondage and shot three times at the intruder.

    Meanwhile, the intruder found a 10-year-old girl in the first-floor living room waiting to continue her tennis lessons with Carlson.

    “He grabbed her and asked if anyone else was in the house,” said Carlson’s son, Chad, who came home from North Carolina on Wednesday after the incident.

    The girl led the intruder to Danny Carlson’s office on the second floor of the house.

    Parrish had found his gun, loaded it, and sneaked upstairs.

    “I shot three times and heard him groan,” Parrish said.

    The intruder fired back twice, hitting Carlson once in the back of his right calf, and just missing Parrish.

    “He ran past me and down the stairs out of the house,” Parrish said. “That shot came pretty close.”

    Police say the suspect, described as a 6-foot-tall, roughly 250-pound black man in his 40s or 50s, is still at large, despite a lengthy search of the woods and nearby Silver Comet Trail near Carlson’s home.

    Police say the intruder may have been wounded in the shootout.

    Carlson said Parrish shot three times, “but we couldn’t find the bullets, so they must be in the intruder.”

    “The worst thing in the whole scenario is that the little girl had to witness all the gunfire,” Carlson said.

  2. #2
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    Dec 2003
    Cajun Country, Louisiana
    Go, grandpa! What a hero this family has to look up to!

  3. #3
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    Jul 2004
    Go Grandpa! And thank goodness the intruder didn't manage to get off any better aimed shots. LOL, though it sounds like Grandpa managed to keep him busy.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2006
    Woo hoo. LOVE hearing this stuff

  5. #5
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    Jul 2008
    Great, grandpa! Good for him!
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    I also have to add a "Way to Go Grandpa". Thank goodness for Mr. Parrish's quick thinking or this could have had a horrible ending. I hope they catch this POS soon!

    All kinds of hugs!


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