Thursday, August 23, 2007

Florida Homeowner Shoots At Home Invasion Suspect: "A Miami homeowner who is frustrated by two previous burglaries took matters into his hands the third time around, shooting at and chasing away a burglary suspect on Wednesday. According to Miami Police, 41-year-old Edson Morales broke into Eduard Escobar's duplex at 2197 NW 18th Street. Escobar says he bought a gun after his home was broken into the first two times, and this time he put it to use. Escobar chased Morales out of the house with a gun, running after him, while firing shots in his direction and up in the air, but Morales was not injured by gunfire. "If I wanted to shoot him, I would shoot him inside and I would kill, but I don't want to kill him because he's a human being like me," said Escobar. Wednesday afternoon the a City of Miami Fire Captain was in the area of Northwest 22nd Avenue and 18th Street when he allegedly witnessed the shooting, calling police for help. Once they arrived, police surrounded a perimeter in the neighborhood, looking for the suspect. Thanks to a police dog, officers found Morales hiding under a bush, bleeding from a cut to his left hand when he allegedly broke in through a glass window at the home. He also suffered a bite at the expense of the police K-9, which found him blocks away at an apartment complex... Police say they will not charge Escobar because he was acting in self-defense"

Georgia Homeowner Shoots Burglar: "According to police, a morning shooting in Columbus was a case of self defense. Around 9:30 Wednesday morning police say a man armed with a gun entered a home on Patch drive. Authorities say the homeowner pulled his own gun to defend himself. Sergeant Harvey Hatcher with the Columbus Police Department tells News Three this was a clear case of self defense. Hatcher says "right now the preliminary investigation shows the homeowner who lives here was confronted by a subject with a gun. The homeowner was able to retrieve his own weapon and fired shots at the suspect". Hatcher says the attacker was shot in the arm and was taken to The hospital. After the shooting the culprit ran one block away to Eddy street where he was taken into custody. The case is being handled as an attempted burglary. The homeowner was not charged."

Louisiana Woman Kills Intruder: "St. Charles Parish deputies said a 22-year-old woman shot back at two men who barged into her home early Wednesday morning, killing one and wounding the other. Jason Jammal Todd and Chris Avila approached Nathaniel Evans as he was leaving for work at about 4 a.m., officials said. At gunpoint, they forced Evans back inside and then approached his girlfriend. Avila forced her to lie on the floor, deputies said, and one of them shot Evans. The woman got a gun from her bedroom and fired at the two intruders, deputies said. Todd was pronounced dead at the scene. Avila was hit in the lower torso and was found in a nearby field. He's listed in guarded but stable condition. Evans, meanwhile, is in an intensive care unit in guarded but stable condition. Deputies said both Todd and Avila had previous arrest records.

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