Sunday, June 15, 2008

Michigan: Would-be robber dies after being shot by Flint store owner: "A man has died after police say he was shot by a Clio Road store owner Friday evening in what was believed to be an attempted robbery. A male entered LT's Clothing & Accessories, 3014 Clio Road, shortly after 9 p.m. Friday and pulled a handgun on the store's owner. The two grabbed at each other and the owner took his own gun and shot the man, a news release said. That man was pronounced dead at Hurley Medical Center and police today hadn't yet identified him. The case will be sent to the Gensee County prosecutor's office for review, police said.

Arizona: Intruders, homeowner trade gunfire: "Four people forced their way into a Mesa home early Thursday and got into a gun fight with somebody inside, police said. The incident occurred in the 2400 block of East Diamond Avenue, near Gilbert and Broadway roads around 2 a.m. The victim was armed when the intruders entered the home and both sides traded gun fire, police said. Police found a blood trail at the home, apparently from one of the intruders. A K-9 unit was brought to the scene but the intruders were not found. Police said the homeowner appeared to be targeted incident and that the attack was not random."

Arizona: Security officer shoots, kills local man: "Metro police responded to the Sierra Point Apartments located on Sierra Vista Avenue and Cambridge Thursday night, following a report that an individual had been shot. When police arrived, they found the deceased 34-year-old Roberto Simmon lying on the ground outside of his apartment. Police say that a security officer responded to a complaint of loud music at Simmon's apartment. According to witnesses, when the security officer knocked on the door, Simmon attacked the officer and tried to wrestle his gun away from him. Neighbors say it was an uneven match between the two men, and that Simmon was physically much larger than the security guard. As a result of the struggle, the security officer fired one shot at the man and killed him. Neighbors say Simmon got along with most people at the Sierra Point apartments where he lived. They say he often hosted community barbecues in the courtyard in front of his home."

Gun owners pleased about new Ohio law: "Criminals could be in the crosshairs under a new law signed Wednesday by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, reports News 11's Tim Miller. Under the current law, you have to prove your life was at risk if you kill someone who tried to force their way into your home. When the new law goes into effect in September, you'll be free to fire away. Gun owners across Ohio are fired up about the new law, called the "Castle Doctrine." You'll no longer have to prove someone breaking in is out to do you bodily harm. It will be assumed that anyone who kills or injures an intruder will have acted in self-defense. Some folks in the area are pleased about the new law. "Sure, I understand stealing a TV set is not as valuable as a life, but you don't know that's all that person is in there to do and you've got that right to defend your castle," says Tom Urbanski, who runs Ski's Firearms Training in Oregon. He's also pleased the new law protects homeowners from civil suits by an intruder who survived being shot and that it extends to someone attacking you in your car. Urbanski believes the new law will contribute to a decrease in the crime rate."

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