FORESTVILLE, Calif. — A 74-year-old woman whose grocery store has been broken into 13 times shot and killed a would-be robber who wounded her husband, sheriff's deputies said.
"I let him have it in the belly," Lillian Speer said. "That's where I thought I shot. I was told later he was shot in the heart."
The dead man was identified as Benjamin V. San Jose, 47, an ex-convict with a record for robberies and narcotics offenses going back 20 years, said Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Nelson.
Lillian Speer's husband, Howard, 79, was wounded in the Sunday night shooting and was in critical but stable condition today.
Lillian Speer said Monday that she became suspicious when a stranger came to her house and told her she was needed at her grocery store. Before going outside, Lillian Speer and her husband grabbed handguns.