Sun-Times: Chatham man, 85, fends off robber

Edward Alexander, 85 - Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
This is the elderly gentleman who was shot while tending to his lawn on Thursday:
When in Chatham, don’t mess with Edward Alexander.

The guy is tough. Old school tough.

While Alexander was watering his front lawn at 82nd and Wabash Thursday, a would-be robber pointed a gun at the 85-year-old and told him to “give it up.” Alexander knocked away the pistol and punched the man in the face, hobbling the bad guy, who ran away — but not before the pistol went off and a bullet hit Alexander in the leg.

From his hospital bed Friday, the retired probation officer of 32 years says he has no regrets.

“You’ve got to make a stand one way or the other in life,” he said from his room at Advocate Trinity Hospital. “And if you don’t you’ll be run over.”

It happened in a flash.
It's a great story, in case you know very little about the victim. Glad to know that he's out of the hospital and WILL recover. Read the whole thing!


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