Thursday, July 05, 2007

Texas man wounds robber: "It was a phone call he says he'll never forget — his wife's voice on his cellphone pleading "there's nothing in my purse" to someone pointing a gun at her face. That's what a 56-year-old Fort Worth man, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, said he heard before he shot an armed robber late Tuesday at a grocery store... The Samaritan said he and his wife made a late stop at the store for yogurt and soda. He sat outside in the car while his wife went inside. He soon noticed two men crouching suspiciously in the parking lot. About 11:30 p.m., three men carrying semiautomatic weapons burst into Albertsons, 3525 Sycamore School Road, in an "invasion-style manner," said Lt. Dean Sullivan, a police spokesman. Outside, the Samaritan said he watched the robbers go in and dialed 911. He said he told the dispatcher he was worried about his wife and was going inside. "I was hoping she was still at the back of the store near the yogurt," he said. "But as I walking up, she called my cellphone. I heard her talking about her purse and then a heard a loud banging sound.".. The Samaritan said he entered the store and saw a man pointing a gun at him, so he raised his hands in the air. They both started to speak at the same time. Then, the Samaritan said, he sensed that the man was about to shoot him. “He has his finger on the trigger,” he said. So, he said, he drew his Berretta and fired first."

Georgia motorist fights back in robbery: "A Columbus motorist decided he wasn't going to take it after a robber took his wallet at gunpoint on Tennessee Drive Monday night, police said. Jerrod Towers was stopped in his 1996 Lincoln Town Car at Tennessee Drive and Matilda Lane about 11 p.m. when a man pulled up in a white Chevy Caprice, stepped from the vehicle, put a handgun to Towers' head and demanded money. Towers complied and put his wallet on the ground. The gunman demanded more. When Towers said he didn't have any more, the robber put one hand around Towers' neck. The victim took that opportunity to drive away from his attacker, who quickly fired two rounds, police said. Towers stopped his car, popped his trunk, pulled a shotgun out and fired a round at the robber who was at that time running back to his own vehicle, police said. The robber wasn't hit, and Towers escaped unharmed."

North Carolina oldster Shoots Intruder During Home Invasion: "An elderly man feared for his life and shot a 23-year-old man who broke into his home Tuesday night in Hickory. The 79-year-old man woke up to find that someone had broken into his home. His quick thinking may have saved his life and his wife’s. The man told his wife to go the neighbor’s house and be safe. Get out while she could. The man then grabbed his handgun that he had in the house and waited for the intruder. When the burglar walked into his bedroom, the elderly man shot him in the head. The elderly man said it was a split second decision and one that he doesn’t regret. Investigators said the man had a right to defend himself and his home. The 23-year-old intruder is in the hospital and is expected to survive. Investigators said that he would be arrested as soon as he is discharged from the hospital"

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