Wednesday, July 29, 2009

TX: Homeowner fatally shoots burglary suspect: "A homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar who came at him with a tire iron Tuesday after breaking into a storage shed on the man’s property in east Harris County, officals said. Although the shooting will be referred to a Harris County grand jury, investigators said it appears to be self-defense. "He has the right to protect himself and his property," said Sgt. Felipe Rivera, with the Harris County sheriff’s homicide division. Investigators later Tuesday had not released the names of the homeowner or of the dead man. On Tuesday, the homeowner saw a car about 3:30 p.m. as it pulled into the driveway leading to the home in the 100 block of Cedar Lane in Channelview. After checking with his father-in-law, who lives in another home on the same property, the man took his .45-caliber pistol and went outside to confront the man he had seen in the car, investigators said. The man was carrying empty cases used to hold crossbows when the homeowner confronted him in the driveway. "He pulled out his gun and ordered the suspect to stop," Rivera said. "The suspect threw the cases down and produced the tire iron." The homeowner fired once with the pistol. He fired a second time when the man continued moving toward him. The man got into his car then began grabbing for the pistol, Rivera said. "They struggled for the gun and he (the homeowner) fires two or three more shots," Rivera said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Rivera said.

Oregon man grabs shotgun, kills invading bear: "An Oregon family has learned the hazards of leaving a window open in summer time. That's after a bear ripped off the window screen and broke into their house over the weekend. Everett Skinner's daughter was the first to spot the bear after awakening to a strange shuffling sound. She quickly retreated to her parents' room to get help. Skinner grabbed his shotgun and found the bear in the den. He says the animal stood up and headed toward him, so he fired. It took four shots to kill the bear. Skinner is still not sure what made the bear decide to visit."

GA man shot girlfriend's ex in self defense: "Police say a man who shot and killed his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend was acting in self defense. The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. Monday. Atlanta police Maj. Renee Propes said the shooting victim waited outside his ex-girlfriend's apartment until her new boyfriend came home. Propes said the man attacked the new boyfriend and the fight continued into the apartment, where the new boyfriend shot and killed the ex-boyfriend. Propes said charges aren't likely to be filed. Police didn't release the names or ages of the men but said the man killed had recently gotten out of jail.

NY: Cuomo takes aim at toy guns: “Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today announced that he sent cease-and-desist letters to over 100 companies who are selling imitation toy guns, saying state law prohibits their sale of without specifically indicating that they are toys. ‘Realistic toy guns are a tragedy waiting to happen,’ Cuomo said in a statement. ‘Every day, these imitation weapons put the lives of both law enforcement and civilians at risk. This is a public safety matter, plain and simple, and we will not permit these companies to profit by making our streets more dangerous.’ Letters were sent to manufacturers, distributors, and … over 100 local retailers who purchased illegal toy guns from Rhode Island Novelty Co.”

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