Friday, August 08, 2008

California man shot with own gun while trying to rob bank: "A would-be bank robber was shot with his own gun this afternoon during a botched heist attempt in Van Nuys, police said. The gun-toting man walked into a branch of Wells Fargo bank in the 6800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. and tried to pull off a one-man caper, said Officer Kate Lopez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. A security guard confronted the man and "a struggle ensued," Lopez said. The robber, whose identity has not been released, was shot as the two wrestled for control of the weapon. No other details of the altercation were available and no bank patrons or employees were injured. The suspect was transported to a local hospital and his condition is not known. The guard suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention."

California intruder shot, killed: "One of several men who stormed a suburban home Friday was shot dead by one of the residents, who blasted the intruders as they entered, in an incident police were calling a home-invasion robbery attempt. Three or four men kicked in the door of the house in the 24300 block of Burbank Boulevard, setting off the gunfight, Los Angeles police said. Aside from the one intruder killed, no one was injured. "Obviously, these residents here do have a right to protect themselves," said Los Angeles police Lt. Steven Sambar. "Those people are extremely lucky." Police were searching for two or three other suspects, described as African-American men in their 20s. Gunfire and screams pierced the neighborhood's usual quiet about 2:45 p.m., after the men first knocked on the home's front door - then kicked it in, Los Angeles police Sgt. Jeff Nuttall said. Inside was a couple in their 60s and their two sons in their 20s. At least one of the sons was armed, and he opened fire, hitting one of the intruders. The man died in the doorway, clutching a revolver, Nuttall said. His identity was not immediately available. The intruders shot back, but didn't hit anyone, then fled."

Virginia: Trailer invader shot and killed: "A man was shot and killed early yesterday morning in central Goochland County after he allegedly entered an unlocked mobile home and tussled with the owner, authorities said. Adam Stone, the homeowner, called the Goochland Sheriff's Office just after 3 a.m. to report that he'd shot a man with a 12-gauge shotgun. Sheriff's deputies responded to the 2300 block of Grape Ridge Court off Dogtown Road, where Stone told investigators the intruder had entered the bedroom where he and his girlfriend were sleeping before the struggle took place. When deputies arrived, they found the body of Joseph Clifford Johnson, 36, of the 900 block of North 30th Street in Richmond, inside the bedroom with a fatal gunshot wound to the neck. No arrests or charges have been made in connection with the shooting as of last night."

Florida homeowner shoots intruder: "A suspected home intruder was taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning, after police say he was shot by a homeowner. Police say the homeowner awoke to noise coming from the garage of his home on Pennsylvania Avenue. The homeowner went to check it out, found the intruder and shot him. That man was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment. Police have not said how badly he was injured."

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