Sunday, August 19, 2007

Arkansas shopowner shoots black teen: "The owner of a Pine Bluff pawn shop told police he had shot someone trying to break into his business Thursday night and officers found a 15-year-old male dead at the scene. Chief Deputy Coroner Chad Kelley pronounced Taron Hopkins, 15, dead at the scene of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body at 12:15 a.m. Friday ... Smith reported that he was in a small living area at the back of the business lying down when he heard a noise at the back of the building and yanked open the back door. “He said he saw several individuals standing immediately in front of him,” Rawlinson quoted Smith as saying. “Mr. Smith said one of them had something in his hand, possible a tire iron.” Rawlinson said Smith reported firing several shots in the direction of that person with a .38-caliber revolver. “All the subjects fled out the back and into the fenced in area,” Rawlinson said. “At the location where the subjects were reportedly standing, along with other evidence, a tire iron was recovered.” Rawlinson said no arrests have been made in connection with the incident and the investigation is continuing. Smith was released after being interviewed by detectives"

Florida: 76-year-old man wrestles gun away from robber: "A 76-year-old Pensacola man wrestled a gun from a 64-year-old man trying to rob him Friday, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to reports of an armed robbery at Tall Oaks Campground about 11 a.m. and found Jay Robbins, 64, of Pensacola being held at gunpoint by Paul Ehler, 76. According to investigators, Ehler said he was sitting in his office chair when Roberts walked in and said he was going to rob Ehler. Ehler told investigators Roberts wanted him to sit in a chair to be bound. But when the suspect fumbled with the rope, Ehler came around the desk and attacked him, the report said. After a brief struggle, Ehler got the gun away from the suspect and held him until deputies arrived. Robbins was arrested for one count of armed robbery and taken to Escambia County Jail where he is being held on $50,000 bond.

New York: Intruder Fatally Shot During L.I. Home Invasion: A homeowner fatally shot one intruder and another escaped after a home invasion on Long Island on Thursday night. Police said two men broke into a home in Bay Shore around 10 p.m. and demanded cash and drugs from the homeowner. A struggle broke out and the homeowner shot one of the men and the other suspect fled the scene on foot, according to police. The intruder died at the scene. Police are searching for the second suspect of the home invasion, but they do not have a description. Police are also checking into the background of the homeowner.

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