Friday, March 21, 2008

Arizona Homeowner Shoots Intruder: "A Peoria homeowner shot an intruder Thursday morning. Peoria Police Public Information Officer Mike Tellef said the 62-year-old man heard someone breaking into his house near 85th and Olive avenues. Armed with a handgun, he went to investigate. "He told us that he told the subject to stop," Tellef said. "The subject kept approaching on him, he felt in fear of his life, that's why he fired the single shot that he fired." The 18-year-old suspect, Jason Rodriguez, a Glendale resident, was shot in the shoulder, and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries where he was treated and released to police. Rodriquez was booked into 4th Avenue Jail and charged with burglary and aggravated assault.

Texas: Shotgun fire chases off intruder: "A Frisco man received minor injuries after being shot in the arm by an intruder after arriving home from work Thursday afternoon. Steven Geddie, 24, told police that he grabbed a 12 gauge shotgun when he heard someone breaking into the rear door of his home after arriving home from work in the 8400 block of Hickory Street shortly after 6 p.m. "Initial reports show that he and another subject exchanged gunshots," Frisco police Sgt. Gerald Meadors said. Police said that the intruder used a small caliber pistol to fire two rounds at Geddie, who then fired one round at the intruder. Geddie suffered a minor injury to the left arm but refused to be transported to the hospital. Police said Geddie described the suspect as a Hispanic or Oriental male wearing a blue Dallas Cowboys cap, grey and white jacket, jeans, and a red bandana over his face."

CA: Off duty cop shoots attackers: "After an off-duty Costa Mesa police officer shot and killed a Temecula man during a fight in Old Town earlier this month, he told homicide investigators he believed his life was in danger and was acting in self-defense. Homicide investigators say that witnesses who were not involved in the March 8 fight in Old Town told them the off-duty officer was sitting in a chair on Main Street when, unprovoked, he was suddenly hit from behind with a metal chair and then attacked. According to investigators, witnesses also said the off-duty officer identified himself as a police officer, but the attack continued. It was then that he pulled his weapon and fired five shots. Shaun Adam Vilan, 30, died after being shot in the chest and arm. A man with Vilan that night, Taylor Willis, 22, of Temecula, was shot in the thigh and survived. The off-duty officer, whose identity has not been released by Costa Mesa police, was hospitalized and received about a half-dozen staples in his head, authorities said." While the investigation by the Riverside County sheriff's Central Homicide Unit is still under way, statements from uninvolved witnesses at this point appear to support the officer's self-defense contention."

Tyranny of a "reasonable" gun ban: "Do Americans really have a right to bear arms? That's the central question at the heart of District of Columbia v. Heller, the biggest gun-control case before the Supreme Court in decades. When justices hear oral arguments Tuesday, you might expect lots of technical debate over specific gun-restriction measures and the Second Amendment's text. Yet when it's all said and done, the court's ruling is likely to hinge on a much more philosophical point: the 'reasonable person' standard. In constitutional law, a reasonable person is a judge or legislator who, as a legal fiction, pretends to see through the eyes of another and, in view of the facts of a particular situation, endeavors to remove every unnecessary human trait and unworkable idea, as a balancing test."

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