Sunday, December 17, 2006

Indiana homeowner a better shot than invader: "A homeowner who police say shot and killed an intruder on the Westside early Monday was the victim of a home invasion robbery six weeks ago. In October, Eric Williams, 36, was robbed by two armed intruders. On Monday, police say, Williams fired a .40-caliber handgun and killed an intruder who busted through his door. "Right now, it's going to be treated as a home invasion, a property owner defending himself and his property," Indianapolis Police Department spokesman Sgt. Matthew Mount said. "Every homeowner has the right to protect himself in his home." ... Williams told police he heard someone breaking into the home he shares with his sister in the 200 block of Tremont Street about 2 a.m. Williams grabbed his handgun, which police say he legally owns, and confronted the invader. Williams fired several shots, police said, and the intruder returned fire from a 9 mm handgun. Williams hit the suspect while the suspect's shot hit a door casing, police said. The suspect fled. Police found him in an alley about a half-block north of the home. Mark D. Yant, 22, 600 block of North Exeter Avenue, was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital, where he died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Marion County coroner's office. Police records show Yant was arrested in September for disorderly conduct and impersonating a public servant."

NM: Nutcase home invader shot dead: "A La Madera man may not face charges after deputies say he shot and killed a man who was invading his home in the East Mountains. Christopher Mack, 23, was killed Thursday night. Deputies say Mack broke into a La Madera home around 8 p.m. Thursday. The homeowner called deputies, but by the time they got there, Mack was dead. Deputies say the homeowner shot the man in self-defense, so the homeowner may not face charges. Mack’s mother, Patti Scherer, told Eyewitness News 4 he was diagnosed with schizophrenia three years ago. She says she’s been trying to get him help ever since. “He may have been confused, trying to find his way home,” she said. “Maybe he assumed he was in his house, and this man was a stranger in his house.”

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