Sunday, October 01, 2006

IN: Store owner shoots robber: "A robbery ended in gunfire at an east side jewelry store, in the 5400 block of East Washington. It happened around 10:30 this morning at the Rosco Jewelry Store. In the process of the attempted robbery the owner took out a handgun and shots were exchanged. One of the suspects was hit and died at the scene. Police say the second suspect tried to escape by running upstairs in the building, but is now in police custody. "

GA: Store owner fights back against burglar: "A close call with a burglar's bullet a few months ago prepared Jimmy Washington to defend himself and his Southside Foods store in Thomasville. Over the weekend, a burglar struck again, but this time he didn't get away. ... Washington who spoke with us off camera said he was watching TV inside his home, which is connected to the store, around 3:00AM Sunday, when he heard a noise. Washington called police then decided to check his store. 'He actually heard something happening, like glass breaking, so he goes to investigate. He had his gun [a pistol] with him and he goes to the store,' said Thomasville Police Sgt. Ricky Singletary. It was in the tiny area near the store's front door that the intruder brushed Washington's right leg that's when he fired. 'He was shot in the leg, the liver, and one of the bullets is in his lung,' said Singletary. ... Georgia law allows you to defend your property, so Singletary said that no charges will be levied against Washington."

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