Monday, December 18, 2006

CA: Aggressive intruder shot and killed: "A Sonoma County man shot an intruder who smashed a window and entered his house early this morning in unincorporated Sonoma County near Cloverdale, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department reported today. The victims, 53-year-old Gerald Steckmyer and 48-year-old Carla Steckmyer, told deputies that they were awakened by a man jumping up and down on the hood of their car shortly before 3 a.m. Gerald Steckmyer opened a window and told the man to stop jumping on the car. The suspect then got off the car and walked toward the house. The Steckmyers called 911 and remained on the phone as the suspect tried to open the front door. When he failed to open the door, the suspect broke out a front window of the home with a five-gallon water bottle and entered the home carrying the bottle, the sheriff's department reported. The suspect was walking through the house toward the Steckmyers, who were in the master bedroom, when Gerald Steckmyer grabbed a handgun and fired at the suspect, stopping him just outside the bedroom door, the sheriff's department reported. The suspect, whose name is being withheld pending identification and notification of his family, was described as a man in his 20s. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Sonoma County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Satterwhite said the shooting appears to be a ``justifiable homicide.''

TX: Store clerk fights back: "The clerk was undeterred by the masked assailant he spotted in his store's surveillance camera. Grabbing his own gun, the 37-year-old met him outside, and the two fired shots at each other."It's like the old West again," a detective said.Police made the shooting on the 1000 block of Culebra Road minutes later, at around 10 p.m.The clerk was shot in the leg and taken to an unknown hospital in good condition.The assailant, however, fled. Police don't have a good description of his get-away car. But some vindication remained from the ordeal: He also left penniless."

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