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75-year-old man speaks about shooting, killing attempted robber

Posted at 7:48 AM, Dec 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-30 08:48:36-05

A Milwaukee man is out of jail after he shot and killed his accused attacker.

Henry Bell said he is thankful to be out from behind bars but is shaken up and torn about the robbery that occurred outside his home. The robbery happened Wednesday evening near 12th and Keefe. Bell said he just arrived home when three people with hoodies over his head demanded money and pulled out a gun.

" I heard a gun and I first threw my hands up and heard a snap," said Bell.

He said he continued to walk past the individual when they followed him to his front steps.

"Why would somebody follow me home to rob me and what little money I did have and then pull a gun on me? That really don't make sense." said Bell.

Bell said he feared for his safety and the safety of his family, that's when he grabbed a gun from his 95-year-old mother and fired 3 shots.

"I wasn't trying to hit nobody," said Bell.

Bell shot and killed 32-year-old Shaneka Goldsmith. He said he knew Goldsmith but didn't know it was her during the time of the robbery.

"I never dreamed of killing nobody in my life and when they come to my cell and told me the girl died, I didn't even know if it was a girl or a man I shot because they had on them hoodies. She was probably hiding her face because she knew I knew her... I still feel bad and tears come out of my eyes every time I think about it," said Bell.

Bell said this is not the first time he has been robbed. Each time before he had no means of protecting himself.

"You are going to give them what you got if you have any kind of sense you would because if they got some kind of nerve they would do this to you. "

So far no charges have been filled.