Friday, October 24, 2008

Florida: No Charges In Bingo Shooting: "No charges will likely be filed against the manager of a Pensacola bingo hall who took the law into his own hands. Escambia County Sheriff's deputies say Chad England shot and killed an armed robber who stormed into Beachside Bingo on Jackson Street in Pensacola. Investigators say Alton Prewitt, 20, entered the bingo hall around 10pm Wednesday. According to witnesses, Prewitt demanded money and fired at least one shot in the ceiling before England grabbed his own gun and fired back. Prewitt was pronounced dead on the scene. No one else in the bingo hall was hurt. "It looks like a clear case of self defense," says Glenn Austin, spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. Austin says he believes England was within his rights to shoot the suspect. "He was defending himself and everyone else in the parlor," he says. Florida has a law that allows residents to protect themselves when they are attacked. The state's "Stand Your Ground Law" makes it legal to use deadly force against an intruder.

Texas: Pizza Delivery Man Shoots, Fends Off Would-Be Robbers: "A pizza delivery man who was taking an order to a house in East Texas pulled out a gun and opened fire on two would-be robbers, police said. One of the alleged robbers was hospitalized after getting shot in the back, Lufkin police said. The Papa John's pizza delivery man, who's licensed to carry a handgun, wasn't hurt. The shooting was Tuesday night, after the delivery man walked up to a house and rang a doorbell, Lufkin police said. It turned out the house was vacant and two armed men approached him from the side of the house, The Lufkin Daily News reported Thursday. The delivery man drew a .22 caliber Derringer and fired two shots, and the assailants ran away, police said. It appears unlikely the delivery man will face any charges since he "was defending himself at the time of the shooting," Lufkin Police Lt. David Young said. Police said Johnx R. Greer, 18, was arrested at a hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the back. He's been charged with aggravated robbery and was being held in the Angelina County Jail on a $100,000 bond"

North Carolina resident shot suspect during burglary: "Fayetteville police said that a resident shot and wounded a suspect during a home break-in Thursday afternoon. Two people forced their way into a residence in the 400 block of Acacia Circle around 2:30 p.m., officers said. The victim was at home and heard the burglars as they tried to take several items. Investigators said that the resident confronted the burglars with a firearm. The resident shot one person in the lower leg and detained him until police arrived. The second burglar fled the scene by unknown means, police said. The suspect was transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police said they plan to charge him with felony breaking-and-entering and felony larceny. Investigators have not been able to determine the man's identity."

Missouri: Burglary suspect stopped by armed homeowner: "Scott County deputies arrested a 35-year-old Sikeston man Wednesday in connection with an attempted burglary, according to a Scott County Sheriff's Department news release. Jason Roach allegedly approached a residence on County Highway 538 on Tuesday and rang the doorbell. Police say Roach turned the doorknob and would have gained entry, according to the homeowner, were it not for the safety latch on the door. Roach entered the home through a rear garage entrance where he was greeted by the homeowner, who held a handgun, according to the news release. Roach allegedly told the homeowner he was lost and asked for directions. Roach had recently been charged with another burglary and was currently out on bond. He is currently held at Scott County Jail on $5,000 cash-only bond."

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