Friday, July 03, 2009

Texas Man Shoots Intruder: "Residents are on alert tonight after a man tries to break into a Sugar Land home. The man was shot after trying to break into an apartment on Long Reach Drive near Lexington in Sugar Land. Going by his first name only, James, a computer technician, who works the graveyard shift was sleeping in his apartment when he was awaken by his barking dog around noon. "That alarmed me so I picked up my gun just to have it with me in case someone was there," said James. And there was; an unidentified intruder who apparently entered through a kitchen window. "I opened my bedroom door and saw the guy," said James. "It looked like he was running towards me with a weapon like a screwdriver and I was scared." The 33 year-old pulled the trigger striking the suspect in the upper body. James was dialing 911, when he says the suspect ran out through the front door. Police say the suspect walked to a nearby clinic, and was eventually taken to Ben Taub hospital. Police say when the suspect took himself to a clinic he actually claimed a robber had shot him. It's unclear his exact condition at this time, and whether charges have been filed against him."

Kentucky man shoots, kills intruder during home invasion, intruder turns out to be man's grandson: "Police say a grandfather shot and killed his own grandson, after the 20-year-old broke into his grandparents' house. But WHAS11 News has learned the grandfather didn't realize who he was shooting until it was too late. Metro Police say the grandson came in through a back window wearing a ski mask around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. His grandfather woke up and saw the figure with a mask and opened fire. The shots killed his grandson, James Michael Keen, 20, who has a record of repeated drug charges. We're also told had stolen from his grandfather in the past. Investigators say keen also fired at his grandfather, but they're not sure who shot first. We're told the gun keen had on him at the time was his grandfather's gun, previously stolen from his grandfather's car. It appears the motive of this morning's break-in was theft, but since it ended with Keen dead, WHAS11 asked police if his grandfather might face any charges. "The facts we have don't lead to that as far as I’m concerned-- for an arrest to be made. It seems to me to be a justified homicide, as far as self-defense, but that determination will come from the Commonwealth Attorney's Office,” said Lieutenant Barry Wilkerson, LMPD. However, Nicholas Joseph Spencer, 20, is under arrest. Police say he was waiting outside in the getaway car for Keen at the time of the shooting."

Texas Burglar Shot by Owner of Truck He Was Breaking Into: "A burglar is in jail tonight after he was shot by the owner of the truck he was breaking into and apprehended by police. After a series of attempted car break-ins management here at the woodlands apartment complex told residents to contact police if anything else was going on. The other night one resident did just that but not before shooting and detaining a would-be burglar. "Pow pow pow... just like that". Police say a resident fired two rounds at two would-be burglars... hitting one in the ankle... "They kind of deserve it for breaking into a car", said Ryan Dominey. "Would you just let them break in? I would end up shooting them too" added Ryan Dodd. Either way... it's legal under Texas Penal Code 9.42. "It authorizes a person to use deadly force to protect land or tangible, movable property during the night-time", says Cpl. Sherrie Carruth of the Odessa Police Dept.'

Packing and the friendly skies : “In 2002, privacy activist John Gilmore gained national press attention when he attempted to fly to Washington, DC without showing identification in the airport. It didn’t go well. He was prevented from boarding his aircraft, denied passage to our nation’s capital, and ultimately prevented from having a meeting with one of his Congressional representatives. Thus, in one instance, this successful businessman and noted critic of bureaucratic interference was denied the full extent of protections afforded to him under the 1st and 4th Amendments to our Constitution. In 2007, I began attempting to fly to various destinations while in possession of firearms. I have faired [sic] rather better than Mr. Gilmore in terms of my encounters with government functionaries and am pleased to say that while many of our freedoms have suffered unconscionable assaults in recent history, the right to keep and bear arms has proven rather resilient … even when exercised in an environment that most people incorrectly consider to be the pinnacle of a ‘gun free’ zone.”

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