Monday, May 05, 2008

California Man Shoots and Wounds Suspected Burglar: "A 51-year-old Oakland man shot and wounded a suspected burglar who was trying to break into the house he was renting in the 600 block of 59th Street about 8:15 a.m. today, according to Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren. Holmgren said the suspect, 31-year-old Nathan Cooper of Oakland, was on parole for previous narcotics convictions and has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and violating his parole. He said Cooper, who lives around the corner from the house where the shooting occurred, suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and was "touch and go" at one point but now is in stable condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Holmgren said the man who was living at the house told police he heard noises from the rear of his house and when he went to investigate he saw the silhouette of a man who appeared to be holding a gun. The resident told police that he feared for his life and fired two shots, according to Holmgren. An initial investigation concluded that the 51-year-old man was justified in shooting Cooper and there are no plans to arrest him, Holmgren said."

Ohio: Burglar Shot By Home Owner: "Police in Dayton said a suspected home burglar was shot overnight by the homeowner. The burglary happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday in the 1900 block of Emerson Avenue. Sgt. Scott Lawson said, “At this time, it looks like an aggravated burglary and that the homeowner defended his home. But it is still being investigated.” Officers said the suspect was hit in the neck by a bullet. He was taken to a local hospital and rushed into surgery. At this time, the name and condition of the suspected burglary has not been released."

Arizona homeowner shoots would-be invader: "Two people were rushed to the hospital after a home invasion turned violent in Avondale. According to police, a homeowner thought he heard somebody breaking into his home at 110th Avenue and Washington Street. The man went outside to check it out and reportedly saw at least one armed suspect. That suspect fired at the homeowner. The homeowner returned fire, police said. Both men were hit. The suspect reportedly was critically wounded. The homeowner suffered minor injuries.

LA: Committee approves guns on campus bill: “Legalizing permitted handguns on college campuses took its first major step toward approval Thursday after three hours of debate in a legislative committee.Gun advocates, faculty, students and college police chiefs lined up on all sides of the controversial issue that has arisen in the wake of campus shootings nationwide, including at LSU and Baton Rouge’s Louisiana Technical College.House Bill 199 by Rep. Ernest Wooten, R-Belle Chasse, was approved in an 11-3 vote in the House Criminal Justice Committee. HB199 next moves to debate in the full House.Wooten said allowing more responsible people to legally carry guns would serve as a deterrent to killers and not create the ‘wild, wild west.’”

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