Monday, January 29, 2007

Feisty Nebraska homeowner: "An Omaha man said his instincts took over when he saw four people trying to knock down his door early Thursday morning. Jon Cowdin said he heard someone trying to break in and when he went to the door, he said he encountered a group of burglars. "He tried shoving in a gun at me through the door, and I took the gun out of his hands before he got the chance to fully point it at me," Cowdin said. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said it was called to the area of 103rd and Ida streets for shots fired at the Park Meadows Estates mobile home park. Cowdin said he felt the adrenaline pumping and fought back, shooting through the door with the crooks' gun. "I turned the shotgun back around, and I shot him in the head, unfortunately. I wish I would have missed him and they would've run, but I hit one," Cowdin said. "I hope he's OK, but he shouldn't have been doing what he was doing." Blocks away, deputies stopped the four people. A 16-year-old in the car had been grazed in the head by a gunshot. He was treated and released at Creighton University Medical Center then was taken into police custody, deputies said. Also arrested were Jacobee Knave, 21, and Jerrett Jackson, 18, and another unnamed juvenile.... Cowdin said his girlfriend and her 5-year-old son were also home at the time. "I had to do what I had to do to protect myself, this house, and my family," Cowdin said. Authorities said they recovered three firearms from the vehicle, and the people arrested will likely face burglary and weapons charges."

SC: Wife says she killed husband in self defense: "A domestic dispute left one dead and another seriously injured in Newberry County Friday night. The wife says she shot her husband to protect herself. "If it happened the way I have been told it happened, he needed what he got," says neighbor Talmadge Ellisor. Ellisor is talking about his next door neighbor, 63-year old Dennis Franklin. He was found shot to death inside his Newberry home Friday night. Investigators say his wife, 59-year-old Cynthia Franklin, fired the shots that killed him. When officers responded to the home, they found her suffering serious wounds to her head, face, and upper body. She had been hit several times with a large stick similar to a handle on a wooden tool. "Her husband was a good-sized man. Cynthia had heart problems, and as far as I know she had to do it in self defense," Ellisor told News 10. Residents on Pine Hill Circle are upset by what happened last night, but they're not surprised. That's because this is not the first time law enforcement has been called to the home of Cynthia and Dennis Franklin."

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