Charges were dropped Monday against an 81-year-old Englewood man charged with shooting an alleged attempted burglar.
Homer Wright, of the 6400 block of South Morgan Street, was arrested a week earlier after he allegedly shot Anthony Robinson, 19, of the 6600 block of South Wood Street, in the leg.
Police said Robinson broke into Wright's home-business about 6:30 a.m. last Monday on the 6400 block of South Morgan Street to steal liquor. Wright, who owns a business next door, then allegedly shot Robinson.
Police later discovered Wright is a former felon and is not allowed to possess a gun. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, and Robinson was charged with burglary.
"I knew I was not supposed to have a handgun in the city but I did and got caught up with it. But I still think should have it," Wright said Monday through the backdoor of his bar.
Wright said he'll buy what he calls a "clean" gun if someone has one to sell and said he'll take action to protect his business, even it it means getting arrested again.
"If someone's going to be breaking in here, I'm going to use it," he said.
Robinson was ordered held on $150,000 bond. Wright was released Tuesday, but some Englewood community members said they were still outraged over his arrest.
"We're calling for the State's Attorney to drop the charges against Homer," said Darryl Smith, a member of the Englewood Political Taskforce, last week. "He did what any citizen would have done"
"As a senior citizen we need to do whatever we need to do to protect ourselves,” said Englewood block club president Anita Dominique.