Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Some Oklahoma history: 'King of bank robbers' nabbed by teen: "Badman Henry Starr, called the "king of the bank robbers," was captured by a teenage boy who shot the bandit after he and his gang had robbed two banks at Stroud. "I wouldn't have minded it so much if a man had shot me," Starr reportedly said after being wounded. The boy, Paul Curry, heard gunfire from the bandits as they marched several hostages from both banks toward the livery stable after the March 26, 1915, robbery. He borrowed a .44-caliber octagon-barreled rifle and ammunition and hid behind his father's grocery store, waiting for a good shot. As Starr, whose identity Curry didn't know but who appeared to be the leader, approached, the boy shot him in the hip. Starr fell, Curry ran up to him, pointed the rifle at him and ordered, "Drop your gun or I'll kill you." Starr followed the order. Curry was 19, although some newspapers listed his age as 17 or 18, but looked to be 14. He picked up Starr's gun and turned his attention to Lewis Estes, another bandit, who had mounted his horse and returned to help his fallen leader. Curry shot him in the neck but Estes was able to ride out of town, leaving a trail of blood and silver dollars, which he had stuffed into his pockets during the robbery. He was found leaning against a tree near the town cemetery."

Kentucky man Shoots and Kills Son-In-Law: "Police say a homeowner shot and killed a man, suspected of trying to break into his home. It happened in a trailer on Sinking Creek Road late Sunday night, just off west Highway 80. Kentucky State Police tell 27 NEWSFIRST 46-year-old Jesse Justice reportedly tried to enter the home, and that he was armed with a Machete. When police arrived, they found Justice dead at the scene, shot and killed by the homeowner, Paul Whitworth, the suspect's father-in-law. Police say that an active Domestic Violence Disorder was in effect at the time against Justice, taken out by his wife, Edna Whitworth, and her parents. No charges have been filed in the case.

Arizona Robbery Escalates Into 2 Gun Battles: "What began as an armed robbery at a South Phoenix jewelry store escalated into two gun battles on Monday, leaving two of the three robbers wounded, police said. The first gun battle erupted outside Luxor Jewelers between the robbers -- a woman and two men -- and store employees, police said. The two men jumped a block wall, officers said. Two jewelry employees chased them on foot, where a second gun battle broke out near the parking lot of a K-Mart store at 331 E. Baseline Road. Both men were hit by bullets, detectives said. One of them suffered life-threatening injuries, according to officers. The second robber was driven to a hospital by the woman, police said. Officers said they caught up with them there. One of the jewelry store employees was grazed by bullet and treated at the scene, police said."

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