81-year-old Arkansas man shoots, kills suspected intruder, authorities say

An 81-year-old Arkansas homeowner fatally shot a suspected intruder Thursday, authorities say.

The Texarkana Gazette reported that Buddy Cates fired several shots at someone who had broken into his Genoa home at the intersection of Arkansas 196 and Miller County Road 290 about 1:30 p.m.

The individual later died at a Texarkana, Texas, hospital, the newspaper reported. The body will be sent to the medical examiner's office in Little Rock for identification and to determine cause of death, Miller County sheriff's office chief deputy Michael McQuerrey told the Gazette.

Cates was reportedly uninjured. He said he has been robbed at his home six times in the last 10 months, the newspaper reported.

McQuerrey told the Gazette that the sheriff's office is seeking possible witnesses and investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

No determination about justification and criminal charges has been made, he reportedly said.

It is the second case of an elderly Arkansan fatally shooting a suspected intruder in one week.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported that a Crittenden County woman "in her late 80s" who lives alone shot and killed an 18-year-old at her Marion home.

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