Saturday, January 05, 2008

South Carolina: Man won't face charges for shooting roommate: "Prosecutors have decided not to charge a man who shot his roommate three times. Authorities say 25-year-old Joseph Harriott threw 24-year-old Brian Sessoms out of his Summerville home New Year's Day after Sessoms hit his 16-year-old girlfriend, then warned him he would shoot if he broke back in the home. Police say Sessoms climbed back into the house through a window on the second floor, and Harriott shot him as he came down the stairs. Prosecutors say Harriott then tried to treat Sessoms' wound to the stomach, but Sessoms kept fighting. Harriott shot his roommate two more times. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says she decided not to charge Harriott because state law for self-defense says if the first shot is justified, a person can keep shooting until a threat is eliminated."

Tennessee homeowner holds dog-door burglar at gunpoint: "According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, a resident of Ambrosia Drive was awakened about 4 a.m. Tuesday by his dog's barking. When the homeowner went to investigate, armed with a gun, he found a man going through items in his utility room. He held the burglar at gunpoint until officers arrived. Jacob D. Brehm, 25, 314 Sonnett Court, is charged with aggravated burglary, held at the Sullivan County Correctional Facility. Police say Brehm entered the Ambrosia Drive home through a dog-door."

California man shoots mountain lion: "A man shot a mountain lion Thursday evening after the animal attacked his dogs. San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies said the resident at the corner of Playground Road and Summit Drive fired at the lion about 10 p.m., causing the lion to flee from the man's fenced back yard. Sheriff's deputies searched the area but could not find the mountain lion. They notified officials with the Department of Fish and Game about the incident. Sheriff's officials advised residents to use caution when outside and notify authorities when a mountain lion is spotted in the area."

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