Sunday, June 24, 2007

Florida intruders: One shot and killed: "Polk County Deputies spent the early morning hours on the scene of a deadly home invasion in the Lakeland area. Deputies tell us around 9 p.m. Friday evening two gunman broke into an apartment on 534 Timberlane demanding jewelry and money. The man who lives in the apartment shot one of the suspects. James McArthur Johnson, Jr., who has a long criminal record, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other suspect who fled was identified as Elvin Tolliver. Deputies say Tolliver turned himself in this evening after seeing his face on news reports. He's charged with murder".

Pennsylvania: Dying ranger kills assailant: "Shot once in the chest during an argument at his sister's North Side home early yesterday, a former Army Ranger pulled his own gun and killed his assailant before dying of his wound, police said. "You've got a murder and a justifiable homicide, is what it looks like," said Lt. Dan Hermann of the major crimes unit. Killed in the exchange of gunfire were Gregory Grabowski, 29, a former Ranger from the North Side, and Timothy Beaman, 23, of Woods Run. Police responding to a report of shots fired at 2:39 a.m. at 25311/2 N. Charles St. found a bloody scene, with Mr. Grabowski lying just inside the front door and Mr. Beaman on the sidewalk at the bottom of the steps leading to the house. The two lay mortally wounded about eight feet from each other, remnants of their blood stains still visible after attempts to clean it up. The fight was apparently over noise after Mr. Beaman, along with two friends, showed up at the house, which is rented to Mr. Grabowski's sister. Mr. Beaman is the father of the tenant's child, police said. Mr. Beaman is also the father of another child whose mother lives in the row house. Angered by noise, Mr. Grabowski confronted the men in the kitchen, saying he had to get up for work in the morning, said Lt. Hermann. When Mr. Grabowski asked them to leave, an argument broke out, according to three witnesses. Mr. Beaman pulled a gun and shot Mr. Grabowski once in the chest. Although wounded, Mr. Grabowski pulled a .357-caliber pistol and shot Mr. Beaman twice in the chest. Mr. Beaman and his two friends ran for the door with Mr. Grabowski in pursuit until he collapsed at the front door. According to Allegheny County court records, both men were awaiting trial in separate cases. Mr. Grabowski was charged May 19 with forgery, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and acquisition by misrepresentation after being accused of passing a forged prescription at Giant Eagle. Mr. Beaman was awaiting trial on charges of illegal gun possession, receiving stolen property and other counts."

Guns, tears, tragedy and change: "He said he saw the men coming up the stairs with guns in hand but he couldn't do anything to stop them. So he quickly gathered his family and locked them in the master bedroom. He said they found them hiding there in less than a minute. ... [T]hey all were immediately tied up. Then they started leisurely burglarizing the home, seemingly in no hurry whatsoever. After they bagged-up everything they deemed worthwhile, things really got bad. They took turns raping both daughters in front of him and his wife. ... The father kept repeating that he just couldn't do anything to help them. Nervously he asked, 'Officer, please tell me, if I would have had a gun do you think I could have helped my family?'"

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