Sunday, November 04, 2007

Florida victim pulls own gun, kills would-be robber: "For the second time in two days in South Florida, victims have opened fire on armed robbers. And both gunmen ended up dead. In the latest incident overnight, a man sitting in a car alongside a woman was confronted by a man dressed all in black, wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun. He demanded money -- and to see the woman strip naked, Miami police said. The man in the car, a security guard from a nearby Food Giant, pulled his own gun and exchanged gunfire with the man in the mask. The robber ran, threw his gun down in the mud and collapsed. The intended victims were unharmed. The would-be robber was dead."

California: Cops shoot fruitcake robber: "The young Sacramento cops charged through the drugstore's front door and into chaos. Customers were screaming, baskets and boxes of medicine littered the aisles and a pharmacist lay on the ground, bleeding. Then things really got tense. In the rear of the store, one of the cops – with just four years on the force – was confronted by an outraged man holding a large knife to a young woman's neck, police said. The officer had just seconds to think. He drew his .40-caliber handgun and fired, striking the alleged hostage-taker in the face and freeing the young woman. "Pure heroism," is how the officer's supervisor, Sgt. Eric Forbeck, described it Thursday. "People take it for granted every day, but when things like this come up, these officers step up to the plate and take care of business." ... The suspect, identified by Sacramento police as 24-year-old Sacramento resident Matthew Q. Rosatelli, could face charges including attempted robbery, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He was in serious condition at UC Davis Medical Center on Thursday night and is expected to survive. Rosatelli's father, Jim, told The Bee his son's actions were "hard to comprehend." His son has battled depression and is taking medication, Rosatelli said."

Texas burglar chased off by gunfire: "Bridge City police continued their search Thursday for a man who reportedly tried to burglarize a home with the homeowner still inside. Meanwhile, the homeowner is recuperating from surgery after accidentally shooting himself in the foot; an injury he received while trying to keep the burglar from entering the home. The quiet town of Bridge City is not known for such residential burglaries and BCPD Chief Steve Faircloth said he cannot remember the last time the city had a home robbery. Police received the call of a residential burglary in progress at about 12:51 a.m. Oct. 30 in the 300 block of Rachel. According to a press release, the suspect forced open the front door of the home and the homeowner fired several shots at the suspect with a semi-automatic pistol. The suspect then left the scene on foot and has not been identified. There is no indication the suspect was shot during the incident. “This continues to be investigated thoroughly and vigorously,” Faircloth said. Faircloth said nothing was taken during the crime. The suspect is described as a white male with thin build and a long goatee. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket and jeans."

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