A former soldier in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, known for fighting both the Nazis and the Soviets for a free and independent Ukraine in World War 2 made the news recently in New York, stopping an intruder from breaking into his home:
Pulteney, NY — The unidentified man who broke into the residence of Stephen and Pauline Boyechko Friday night apparently didn’t know who he was dealing with.
Confronted with the sight of a man halfway through a bathroom window, Stephen Boyechko, 80, simply retrieved his .32 PPK/Walther and went back to confront the intruder. The man rushed Boyechko, who then shot him, reportedly in the abdomen and groin.
“I think I just surprised him,” Boyechko said. “I didn’t fire to kill him. I just shot, maybe a little low.”
Boyechko isn’t the kind of man to get easily rattled.
A veteran of World War II, he didn’t fight with the Americans troops, he said.
“I was in the Ukrainian underground,” he said. “I was 14. We fought the Germans and the Russians.”
The break-in occurred after someone knocked on the door of the couple’s ranch-style home at 8016 Brown Road, Boyechko said.
However, Boyechko thought it was a member of a religious group and didn’t answer the door, he said. A short while later, the couple heard the sound of breaking glass from the bathroom and he went to investigate.
Boyechko said upon seeing the man wriggling through the bathroom window “I asked him ‘Why you break my window?’ But I guess he didn’t hear me. So I went to get my gun.”
After the would-be intruder was shot, the two men waited in silence for police to respond to Boyechko’s 911 call.
They didn’t have anything to say, Boyechko recalled.
“He didn’t talk to me,” he said. “He told the police he heard children screaming in the house, is why he tried to get in. But there are no kids here; just two old people.”
“Oh it was nothing,” Boyechko said. “Just high blood pressure went a little higher is all.”
No charges are expected to be filed against Boyechko. The investigation into the break-in is continuing.