Thursday, August 10, 2006

OH: Man shot by thief in his home: "An Elyria man was shot Tuesday night after firing at an intruder in what was the second burglary attempt in his home in less than a year, police said yesterday. Phillip Benko, owner of Benko's Driving Range, exchanged gunfire with a burglar inside the home he shares with his 85-year-old mother and was shot in the stomach, according to a report. ... Benko, 56, told police he was sleeping on a couch in his living room when he heard a voice say, 'Where's the money at?' 'I reached over and grabbed my gun and cocked the trigger and told the guy to get out,' Benko told police. 'I fired one shot at the bastard. I don't know if I hit him or not.'''

FL: Homeowner fires on two burglars: "Two burglary suspects got an unexpected surprise when a Charlotte County homeowner opened fire on them. According to the Sheriff's Office, Eric Theen and a friend armed themselves yesterday with shotguns when two men pounded on a door and tried to crawl in through a window. Deputies say the suspects fled in a car, but had to return when they reached a dead end. Theen said the car swerved and grazed him, so he fired into the passenger door. A shotgun pellet grazed one man's back and went through the other's shirt. A short time later, the two suspects -- William Schork and Jacob Jenkins -- called authorities to report two men screaming and firing a shotgun at them. ... Deputies charged Schork and Jenkins with burglary. The men said they went to the house to see a friend, not to burglarize it."

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