Friday, November 18, 2005

North Carolina: Store owner turns gun on would-be thief: "Donald Ray Britt says, when he had to choose between his life and that of a masked gunman, he began firing. 'I knew he came back to kill me, so I guess I started shooting,' said Britt, who said he had been pistol-whipped moments before. The 58-year-old store owner shot Michael Breeden three times, striking him in the back, side and hand, according to sheriff's Detective Neil Tyner. After the shooting, Britt held Breeden at gunpoint until sheriff's investigators arrived."

Tennessee: Clerk shoots and kills robber: "Memphis Police say the owner of the Citgo convenience store on Getwell and American Way shot and killed a robbery suspect minutes after he held up his store. The shooting happened around 8:30 Thursday night. Police say the robber entered the store, put a gun to the neck of the store owner, told him to get on the floor and then took around $300 in cash. Investigators say the store owner got up from the floor and pulled out .357 Magnum. Officer say when the robber ... pointed his weapon at the store owner the store owner fired one shot at the robber. The robbery suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say it appears the store owner acted responsibly and say if that's the case this is the 21st justified shooting this year."

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