Police: California Man Fatally Shoots Allegedly Pregnant Home Invader

Tom Greer, an 80-year-old man from Long Beach, California, told KNBC-TV this week that he fatally shot a woman in the back while she and a male accomplice ran away after attempting to rob his home. He reports that she said, "Don't shoot me! I'm pregnant!"

Update: Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said on Friday, July 25, that an autopsy determined that the woman was not pregnant.

Greer confirms with KNBC-TV multiple times that he has no regrets about shooting the woman, after catching her and a man attempting to break into the safe in his home in the upscale neighborhood Bixby Knolls. The man and woman reportedly tackled Greer, whose home has been burglarized before, but he was later able to grab his gun and chased them outside. You can watch him explain the whole event here. He describes the shooting:

"The lady didn't run as fast as the man so I shot her in the back twice—she's dead but he got away. ... She said, 'Don't shoot me! I'm pregnant! I'm going to have a baby!' and I shot her anyway."

After being asked if he was sure she was dead, Greer says, "She was dead. I shot her twice, she best be dead."

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that the Los Angeles County coroner was performing an autopsy that would confirm if the woman, whose name has not been released, was pregnant.

According to KCBS-TV, police are investigating whether or not the shooting was in self-defense.

[image via KNBC-TV]