Canarsien Who Shot Intruder To Speak At Civic Meeting Tuesday
By Charles Rogers
A Canarsie resident who is under fire from the Kings County district attorney for allegedly using an unregistered gun to shoot an intruder in his two-year-old son’s bedroom will be the speaker at next Tuesday’s meeting of the United Canarsie South Civic Association.
Ronald Dixon, 27, of Schenck Street has become somewhat of an anti-establishment hero to some because, after the December 14, 2002, incident, he was arrested on a gun charge, which the D.A. is pressing.
The alleged burglar, Ivan Thompson, 40, was critically wounded, having been shot twice.
Dixon, meanwhile, was taken to the 69th Precinct and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a .9mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun.
Thompson, who has a prior record of more than 31 arrests, according to Detective David Miller of the local detective squad, was charged with burglary and criminal trespass.
District Attorney Charles Hynes has offered Dixon a plea bargain that would require four weekends on Rikers Island, but the Canarsie resident has rejected the offer, telling reporters and others he bought the gun
in Florida and was in the process of obtaining a New York license when the shooting occurred. Hynes has been tough on gun laws since he took office 12 years ago, being quoted many times as saying, "If you’re caught with a gun, you’re going to do jail time."
Dixon told police that he and his wife, Tricia, were awakened from sleep on that Saturday at about 8 a.m. when they heard a noise in their son’s room. The homeowner grabbed the gun from a closet, told his wife to call 911 and confronted the suspect.
Thompson allegedly lunged at him and Dixon fired two shots, hitting the burglar once in the chest and once in the stomach. The intruder fled out the front door of the house but collapsed on the lawn.
Lenny Fogel, vice president of the civic association said Tuesday’s meeting will be held at the Hebrew Educational Society, 9502 East 95 Street at 7 p.m.
"Mr. Dixon lived out a homeowner’s nightmare when he came face to face with an intruder," Fogel said. "What happened next changed his life forever. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say."