Friday, July 17, 2009

Utah man shoots at intruder, chases him away: "Tense moments in Lehi Tuesday after police set up a perimeter looking for a suspect in a home-invasion robbery. The all clear has been given, but there are a lot of worried neighbors. They saw dozens of police cars in the street and officers with weapons and K-9s looking for a man who tried to stab someone inside his home. Around 2 p.m. a 23-year-old man reported to police that someone broke inside his home near 2400 North and 800 West. He said the man tried to stab him, so he grabbed a gun and fired a shot at the intruder and chased him away through the back door. Greg Neer, with the Lehi Police Department, said, "We do not have a suspect in custody. We have a description of him. He's wearing ... he's described as wearing a black tank top with cammo shorts, some Nike running shoes and his hair was light brown, has a little bit spiky in the front." Police are still unsure if the suspect was hit, and at this point aren't giving any more information about what happened."

SC: Woman shoots home intruder : “Two [black] men kicked in the front door of a North Charleston mobile home Wednesday morning. As they started going through the home, a woman who lived there grabbed her gun and shot one of them, police said. Authorities said she later identified the man she shot as her boyfriend's brother. After the 5:15 a.m. shooting on Ott Street, the intruders fled the Trailwood mobile home park in a vehicle, which crashed shortly afterward at Dorchester and Meeting Street roads, said Spencer Pryor, police public information officer. Pryor said the passenger in the vehicle was 24-year-old Myron Maurice Jenkins. He said Jenkins suffered a serious gunshot wound and was unconscious. Later in the day, Jenkins was at Medical University Hospital clinging to life, his family said. The family said the former Middleton High School student's chance for survival was not good, and if he pulled through, he might never walk again. Brandon LeVar Johnson, 22, of Charleston, is charged with first-degree burglary. Police also accused him of driving the getaway vehicle. He was scheduled to have a bond hearing this morning. Jenkins, of West Ashley, also will face a first-degree burglary charge, Pryor said. The resident of the mobile home told officers she fired the gun because she was afraid the intruders were going to hurt her, police said. Police did not identify her, and she was not charged with any crime."

Texas teen fatally shoots intruder: "A teenager shot and killed an armed intruder who broke into a Spring Branch home where the youngster was sleeping early Thursday, police said. Houston police said they believe the shooting was a case of self-defense. The incident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday at a house that was being remodeled in the 9000 block of Kerrwood, northwest of Hammerly and Bingle.... The teenager had been spending the night at the house to protect the residence and was asleep when the intruder, armed with a pistol, kicked in the back door, said Sgt. Bobby Roberts of the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division. The teenager fled to another part of the house where a gun was kept and stayed there, Roberts said. When the armed intruder entered the room, the teenager fired at him. The wounded intruder then made his way back through the house, collapsing and dying inside the residence, Roberts said."

AZ: Modified self-defense law retroactive: “Self-defense. Senate Bill 1449 directly impacts the case of Harold Fish, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2004 shooting of a hiker near Payson. Fish claimed the shooting was self-defense. During Fish’s 2006 trial, the state changed its self-defense law to shift the burden of proof from the defendant (the person claiming to fire in self-defense) to the prosecution. The new law allows the modified self-defense law to be applied retroactively to Fish’s case, as well as to any others filed after April 24, 2006, as long as the defendant did not plead guilty or no contest.”

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