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Milford Man Shoots Naked Home Invasion Suspect [UPDATED]

The 67-year-old homeowner reportedly tried to fight off the suspect twice before shooting him in the chest.

Updated on July 23rd at 5:34 p.m.:

On Saturday evening, Gerald Mirto, of 66 Point Lookout, heard noises from the rear yard. He looked out a second story window and saw a man's head near the slider door.

Mirto went downstairs and saw that the screen window was broken and a suspect was standing outside.

The suspect was not wearing any clothing and Mirto yelled at the suspect to leave.

The suspect bit the homeowner on the arm several times and punched him on the right side of his head.

Mirto pushed the suspect out of the house, went upstairs, retrieved his gun, called 9-1-1, and saw that the suspect had entered his home.

The suspect rushed Mirto. Mirto fired one shot, striking the suspect in the chest.

A search was conducted for the suspect, Benjamin Prue, age 25 of 312 Scardiffe Court, Rolesville, North Carolina. 

Prue was allegedly found knee-deep in the water of the Long Island Sound.

Prue is still in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital. Charges are forthcoming.

Original Story:

A man who allegedly engaged in a home invasion in Milford Saturday night is in critical condition after the homeowner shot him in the chest.

The suspect, who police identified as Benjamin Prue, 25, of an unknown address, is listed in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital.

The 67-year-old Point Lookout homeowner was alerted to the intruder by a noise outside his home Saturday night, police said. Upon finding a screen to the home forced open, the homeowner was reportedly confronted by the intruder. After a struggle, the homeowner retreated to the second floor and grabbed his handgun, according to the police report, which was just released.

The homeowner returned to the first floor of his residence to find the intruder attempting to steal his television, police said. The homeowner pleaded with the man to leave, b ut the suspect reportedly engaged in a second physical altercation with the homeowner. That is when the homeowner shot the intruder in the chest, police said.

Milford Police responded to the home invasion complaint shortly after 10 p.m. and apprehended the alleged intruder in the water a short distance from the Point Lookout home.

During their investigation, police located a 2000 grey Volvo owned by Prue a short distance from the Point Lookout home. Police found evidence of crack cocaine and paraphernalia used to ingest it inside the vehicle, and the trunk was reportedly open.

The investigation remains open. Anyone with information about this incident or who may have seen the vehicle in the area is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chacon the Milford Police Detective Division at 203-877-1465.

C.S. July 24, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Finally the good guy wins.
Starla July 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM
The intruder confronted him, bit him, attacked him, tried to subdue him. I can only speak for myself, but that sounds like a life threatening situation to me. I can't imagine any jury convicting this homeowner of any trumped up criminal charge. It would be a huge waste of time and taxpayer funds.
Starla July 24, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Home invasions have almost become commonplace today. I am so glad my dad taught us all how to use a firearm.
Robert Jochim July 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Just a correction, Ron: the Connecticut "State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers" ("license" as you say), is for lawfully carrying a pistol or handgun, concealed or not. Nowhere does it say that the firearm must be concealed, so technically, "open carry" is also allowed. Obviously, the protected right to open carry needs to be exercised judiciously and responsibly. If you create a "public disturbance" by lawfully open carrying, you can be in for a real hassle. If anyone would like to join other folks who enjoy all forms of legally carrying, there is an upcoming Family Picnic, free and open to the public (no alcohol allowed), coming up on Sunday, August 19th in Stratford, hosted by the Connecticut Citizen's Defense League (CCDL). All firearms must remained holstered at all times during the event. Facebook details here: http://on.fb.me/NJn3Zu
Dave Gualtieri July 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Dave Gualtieri If you go to CT.gov and type in Castle Doctrine, you can see exactly what CT's position on this law is. Here's the way I see it. The intruder was 25 years old, The home owner was 67. He was told to leave the property and refused and attacted the owner, bitting him and punching him, He was shoved out the door and re-entered the property. The owner, was obviously in fear for his life. He retreated and got his handgun. The intruder attacked him once again. Can a 67 year old man defeat a 25 year on man in a violent altercation? I fear not. Also, while the man retrived his handgun he called 911. The intruder then asaulted the homeowner again, and during the altercation was shot. Have we learned nothing from the Petitt home invation that ended in the brutal killing of Dr Pettis wife and daughter? Should we all become victims? As a Master Firearms Instructor for over 30 years, I believe that the Milford homeowner did the right thing, and I would have done it exactly the same way. I do not believe in vigilantism but this was clearly a case of someone fighting for his life. This story could have ended a lot differently if this man was not armed...

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