Friday, September 07, 2007

Kentucky burglar shot: "A Louisville man has been charged with burglary after being wounded by a homeowner earlier this week, police said. Paul E. Richardson, 33, of Little John Court, was charged with first-degree burglary, said Officer Phil Russell, spokesman for Louisville Metro Police. Richardson is accused of entering a building on a property off of Lena Lane in southeastern Jefferson County late Tuesday night. As Richardson attempted to leave the property, a couple who own the building tried to stop him until police arrived, Russell said. The man and woman were not identified by police. The woman tried to use a car to block the vehicle Richardson was driving, but he drove into the woman’s car, Russell said. At some point during the altercation, the man fired a shotgun and Richardson was wounded, Russell said. Richardson was taken to University Hospital for treatment. After he was released, Richardson was taken to Metro Corrections early this morning, according to Russell and jail records. The man and the woman had not been charged as of yesterday afternoon, Russell said. The Commonwealth Attorney’s office may review the case to make sure there will be no additional charges related to the incident, he said.

Texas: Clerk shoots, kills beer thief: "A Heights area store clerk shot and killed a man who allegedly ran out of his store with 18 beers Wednesday night. The shooting happened at a Conoco in the 600 block of Studewood at White Oak. The clerk said the man went into the store around 11:45 p.m. and walked out with a 12-pack and a six-pack of beer. The store clerk followed the suspect out to his car. The suspect allegedly reached for something, and that's when the clerk shot him once in the chest, fearing the man was reaching for a gun. Two witnesses tried to perform CPR on the suspect, but he died at the scene. Houston police haven't determined if the suspect had a weapon in his car. They will refer the case to a grand jury.

Defending the right to bear arms: ""I carry openly. I do this for political reasons -- the same reason I make it a point to sit in the smoking section at restaurants when I go out to eat by myself, even though I don't smoke. But that's another story. I carry openly, precisely because it invites comment (it shouldn't, but such is the sad state of our society). Some of the comments are good, a few are bad, and many more merely serve educational purposes."


Anonymous said...

I would like to shine some light on this post if I may. I am the nephew of the alledged beer thief. I have been chasing this story for nearly two days now tirelessly. I belive in the right to bear arms. I also believe in the right to use proper judgement. William Rast (The Deceased) is my uncle (by marraige) and a life long friend. He tried to "yahoo" beer late Wednesday night and the store clerk persued and shot and killed him. According to witnesses on the scene that the source you quoted DID NOT INTERVIEW (I did), there was no struggle, there was no indication that he was "going for a gun" He dropped the beer on the ground and was trying to flee. William did not even own a gun. He would have never resorted to violence for a crime that would have been a misdemeaner. He was intoxicated, yes true.He made a poor decision. Yes. He had left our house just 45 minutes before being shot and killed. But stealing beer doesn't consititute a death penalty. Murder does. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Awareness in this issue needs to be raised. The only time, if ever, was the store clerks life in danger, was when that store clerk made the decision to "go after" the suspect. According to the people I spoke with who were the very ones who tried to revive the deceased said, the guy looked like he was trying to get away, not fight. When something like this happens to your family, it makes you think long and hard who we are trying to protect here...Two Wrongs dont make a right...Eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

Bobby Ray,
Nephew of William Rast, deceased.

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jonjayray said...

It should be a useful lesson for any other parasite who thinks he can "yahoo" anything