Monday, September 03, 2007

Pennsylvania Man Shoots, Kills Intruder: "Police continue their investigation today following a man’s death in Esplen overnight after officials say he broke into a home with a loaded weapon. The shooting happened just after 2:30am in the 500-block of Parson Street. Authorities have identified the man who died as 32-year-old Charles Long, of McKees Rocks. Police say it all started when Long began knocking on the door of West End resident, Terrence Triplett, 27, while he and his girlfriend were sleeping. Long then kicked in the front door and entered the home, officials report. According to investigators, Triplett confronted Long, disarmed him and fired several shots. Officials say when they arrived they found Long lying just inside the doorway. He was pronounced dead at the scene with gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Police say neither Triplett nor his girlfriend was injured. Investigators say Triplett has not been charged with any crime at this time, and is free on his own recognizance. Officials report that they will consult with the District Attorney’s Office to see if any charges are warranted."

Michigan: Shotgun scares off 2 robbers: "An Ypsilanti Township convenience store clerk grabbed a shotgun and scared off two would-be robbers, including one who crawled out of the store on his hands and knees to escape, police said. The clerk fired off a single shot after the two masked men got outside the Dairy Mart at 10131 Textile Road early Thursday morning, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Cmdr. Dave Egeler said. The blast blew out a window in the door but missed the fleeing robbers, Egeler said. Deputies responded to the Dairy Mart at 4:15 a.m. after receiving a call about a robbery attempt in which gunshots were fired, said Egeler. The convenience store clerk, a 31-year-old Ypsilanti Township man, told deputies he was behind the counter when heard something hitting the side of store shortly after 4 a.m. He went into an office, loaded a shotgun and as he exited the office heard the front door to the store open, Egeler said. The clerk told deputies he saw someone crouching in front of the counter and shouted as another man wearing a ski mask attempted to enter the store. Upon seeing the shotgun, the man by the entrance held the door open as the man by the counter crawled out, Egeler said. The clerk ran after them and fired one shot through the glass window of the front door. A tracking dog was unsuccessful in finding the robbers, who were dressed in all black and wore white gloves."

Florida: Neighbor shoots dog as it attacks puppies: "A man shot his neighbor's dog that he said was attacking his three puppies, the sheriff's office reports. In an early morning incident east of Bradenton, Willard Merchant, 18, said his neighbor's Rottweiler attacked his three puppies in his backyard, and so he injured the dog with a shotgun blast. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office report called the incident "shooting of a vicious dog." Merchant lives in the 5200 block of 47th Street East. The shooting took place at 7:45 a.m. today. An injured puppy died en route to a veterinarian, and the Rottweiler was treated and released, the sheriff's report said. The Rottweiler had previously been deemed aggresssive and Animal Control responded for follow up, the report said.

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