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HOMEOWNER: 'She says don't shoot me I am pregnant...I shot her anyway'

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When asked what happened, the homeowner, 80-year-old Tom Greer told NBC, "When the time comes you have to defend yourself, you best do something." When asked what happened, the homeowner, 80-year-old Tom Greer told NBC, "When the time comes you have to defend yourself, you best do something."
LONG BEACH, Calif. - A Long Beach, California homeowner has no regrets after shooting and killing an unarmed woman,  who said she was pregnant.

The homeowner got into a confrontation with her and another man who were ransacking his home.

When asked what happened, the homeowner, 80-year-old Tom Greer told NBC, "When the time comes you have to defend yourself, you best do something."

"I walked in on them and they downed me, they jumped on me in the hallway."

Greer says he managed to get his .22 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. He says when that unarmed couple saw his gun they took off out the back door and he followed. 

"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," Greer told NBC. 

Before she was shot, the woman screamed she was pregnant.

"She says don't shoot me I am pregnant, I have a baby and I shot her anyway," Greer said.

Reaction to the shooting has been mixed. While some say they would have done exactly the same, others say gun owners don't have the right to shoot a robber outside of their home. 

NBC's legal Analyst Royal Oakes said detectives have a lot to consider. 

"On the one hand a frail man in his 80's is being attacked in his own home by intruders, he has a right to self-defense. On the other hand, he did shoot a person who was trying to get away, so he wasn't in imminent danger himself and the law says you can't shoot somebody under those circumstances." 

Tom Greer adds he has no regrets and has a warning for the alleged partner in crime still wanted: "I shot her so that's going to leave a message on his mind."

Long beach police said they are still investigating the incident. It was not clear whether any charges would be filed against Greer for the shooting.

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