Elderly Mobile Woman Shoots Homeless Man in Her Laundry Room

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile police said an 81-year-old woman shot a homeless man Monday morning after finding him washing his clothes in her laundry room.

Police spokesman Officer Eric Gallichant told the Press-Register that Ethel Sanders told people she heard noises in her laundry room. When she went to investigate, she found a man standing in his underwear near the washing machine.

Gallichant said Sanders was carrying a handgun and shot the man when he came at her. He said Sanders fell to the ground and dropped the gun after firing.

Gallichant said the man grabbed the gun, pointed it at Sanders and took his clothes from the washing machine.

The man fled and Sanders called police just before 8 a.m. Officers caught the man at the nearby Plateau Community Center.

James Penn, who is 25, was taken to University of South Alabama Medical Center. Gallichant said he is expected to survive. Upon release from the hospital, Gallichant said, Penn will be charged with first-degree burglary.

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