Monday, December 17, 2007

Florida: Nursing Home Security Guard Shoots Armed Man: "A security guard shot a man in the parking lot of a St. Petersburg nursing home after the man retrieved a gun from his vehicle. Jacob Michaels, 33, drove his girlfriend and friend to their workplace, Bons Secours Maria Manor Nursing Home, 10300 4th St. N., around 11:30 p.m. Saturday so the friend could retrieve her car. Michaels waited in the car, according to a St. Petersburg Police press release. While he waited, he was approached by Richard Dunn, 41, the nursing home security guard. Michaels, who isn't an employee of the home, became angry and the pair argued. That's when Michaels retrieved a gun from his car and Dunn shot him, twice. The wounds are not life threatening, according to police. Charges haven't been filed since the shooting appears justified, the press release stated. The case is being reviewed by homicide detectives."

North Carolina: Store worker returns fire during attempted robbery: "A store worker returned fire after someone fired shots during an attempted robbery Saturday night, police said. The employee, who was not identified, was closing Andy's Pantry at 1301 Grove St. and was walking to his car when someone approached him from the south side of the business, according to Greensboro police. The employee told police the man opened fire at him with a handgun. The worker returned fire with his own handgun. The man then ran away. Police described him as black, 20 to 25 years old, medium to dark skin, and 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 7 inches tall. He had a slender build and was wearing a black bomber jacket with orange lining and a fur collar, black jeans and a black T-shirt. He had white Nike Air Force One tennis shoes. The employee was not injured. It's unknown whether the would-be robber was injured, police said."

Shooting at New Life Church: "A coment on a previous thread noted that the person whose shots stopped the mass killer at New Life Church was actually a church member with a CCW permit, not a hired guard, and that the media is spinning the story so as to make it appear she was the latter. I did a bit of checking, and that appears to be the case. This story from CNS news reports: "Many people are expressing relief that a volunteer security guard used her own gun to stop a man on a shooting spree Sunday. "She probably saved over 100 lives," the Brady Boyd, the pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, said on Monday. The female guard, a church member dressed in plain clothes, killed the gunman after he opened fire at the mega-church." UPDATE: Ahab has confirmed the lady who brought down the killer was not a church employee, and was carrying her personal gun. But the AP coverage describes her as "a member of the church's armed security staff" and "the security guard."

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