Saturday, August 04, 2007

Missouri property owner shoots, kills intruder: "People in one south Kansas City neighborhood are supporting the actions of a homeowner who police said defended himself after he caught a man burglarizing his home. Police believe the man who was shot and killed broke into the house to steal valuables inside. The armed owner prevented that from happening. Police said the home is vacant, but Veal was there Thursday night to check on the house and heard a noise in the basement. When he went downstairs he told police the burglar lunged at him. Police said Veal had a gun with him when he went to investigate the noise, and he shot the burglar to protect himself. Neighbors said property owners taking their safety and security into their own hands should send a message to criminals. Veal has been questioned by police and released. Although break-ins haven't been a big problem on the block, neighbors said Veal's actions have made them think twice about how they would defend themselves and protect their property. Police have not yet released the name of the man who was killed.

Florida resident shoots man he thought was breaking in: "A man is dead after a resident shot at him with a handgun because he thought the man was trying to break into his house. Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to a call about a burglary in progress at the home of James and Sabrina Fantin, according to a news release. They found Paul Mantwill of Tequesta lying injured outside the home at 198 Golfview Drive. Mantwill, 41, was flown to St. Mary's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at about 8 a.m. that same morning. The preliminary investigation indicates that 41-year-old James Fantin thought Mantwill was trying to break into his house, and Fantin fired two shots from a handgun. Allen said Friday that it was inconclusive whether Mantwill was struck by the shots, and that police are waiting on the medical examiner's ruling for a cause of death. An autopsy on Mantwill was being done Friday."

Georgia: No charges for man who shot intruder: "Oconee County Sheriff's deputies don't plan to charge a 30-year-old Bishop man who says he shot an armed burglar Sunday afternoon. The Railroad Street man told deputies that he was acting in self-defense when he shot an intruder in the left forearm. Deputies said the man was awakened shortly before noon by the sound of someone prying open a side door, which had been screwed shut because of a previous break-in. The man told deputies the burglar walked into the living room and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at him, but he grabbed a .38-caliber handgun from a nearby coffee table and fired. The burglar, identified as Joseph Lee Austin, 29, of 4140 Bowers Pointe Drive, Lilburn, ran from the house and left the area in a pickup truck driven by another man, deputies said. Austin called deputies minutes later from Jack's Food Mart on Greensboro Highway, four miles away in Watkinsville, to report the shooting. Deputies who responded to the convenience store said they found an empty pistol holster on the floor truck. Austin, who was unarmed when deputies arrived, was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment... Cool said the truck driver, Kenneth Wayne Bramlett, 25, of 1550 Salem Road, Farmington, knows the homeowner. Austin was charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and pointing a gun at another person. Bramlett was arrested and charged with armed robbery and making false statements to law enforcement and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime."

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