During an early morning break-in at his Western Pennsylvania home on Tuesday, an 84-year-old Korean War veteran blasted a burglar in the neck with a German Luger he had carried in battle, police said.
In a scene that appeared to be pulled from the pages of the Clint Eastwood film "Gran Torino," grizzled war hero Fred Ricciutti grabbed his battlefield sidearm after he heard someone bust through a kitchen door of his Elizabeth Township house at around 4:30 a.m.
"I said, 'Halt, who's there?' " Ricciutti told Pittsburgh station WPXI.
"I'm thinking, friend or foe, he shouldn't be there that time of day."
Ricciutti fired once, hitting suspect Raymond Hiles, 25, in the neck.
Hills took off, but was arrested a few blocks away after Ricciutti called 911.
Cops said the wounded would-be robber had a screwdriver and a stun gun on him, the station reported.
He was charged with criminal trespass and burglary and was being held on $10,000 bond.
Ricciutti said the man used to live across the street from his house, which he shares with is ailing wife.
When asked if he thought Hiles messed with the wrong guy, Ricciutti told WPXI, "I think he probably found that out."
Cops said they don't plan on charging Ricciutti.