Friday, August 29, 2008

FL: girlfriend of car owner shoots thief: " A car owner, angry that his car was being burglarized for the second time in a month, confronted three men overnight outside a northwest Miami-Dade home. Danny Llerena got into a confrontation with the three burglars around 1:30 a.m. after he said he caught them taking stereo equipment out of his Dodge Charger. Llerena's girlfriend came outside with a gun to back him up. The owner of the home at on NW 172nd Terrace, Iliana Lopez, said, "When they came out they said they had a gun, they were firing, his girlfriend came out and started firing back." The girlfriend had run back inside the home to get her gun, which she has a concealed permit to carry. She rushed back to Llerena's defense, shooting and critically injuring one of the burglars. Police say that's when the three suspects jumped into their getaway car and drove away. Police say the getaway car was stolen in Opa-locka. An alert Miami-Dade officer spotted the car and pulled them over at 183rd and 47th avenue. Two suspects were arrested and the injured suspect was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police say charges are pending against the three burglars. Police said the woman, who acted in self-defense, is not likely to face any charge.

Seattle detective charged in South Dakota biker shooting: "A grand jury indicted a Seattle police detective and a Hells Angels member whom the detective shot and wounded in a bar fight at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. The detective, Ron Smith, 43, was charged with aggravated assault, perjury and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. The Hells Angel, Joseph McGuire, 33, of Imperial Beach, Calif., was charged with aggravated assault, the Meade County state's attorney reported Thursday. The shooting happened about 1 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Loud American Roadhouse, a crowded bar in Sturgis. The detective, a member of the Iron Pigs motorcycle club, said several Hells Angels jumped him and that he fired in self-defense after being beaten. The South Dakota grand jury met Wednesday to hear from 10 more witnesses before the indictments were issued. It was the grand jury's second hearing since 25 witnesses, including Smith and other officers, appeared on Aug. 10. McGuire was shot twice, with one round striking his abdomen and another shattering his femur. He spent several days in intensive care after making the trip to the rally from the San Diego area. His brother said it was McGuire's first trip to Sturgis. Smith has been disciplined twice before for unprofessional behavior."

Pennsylvania: Alleged teen robber shot by Wal-Mart shopper: "Police say Joshua Eastman, 28, of East Stroudsburg was unloading groceries at his car shortly before 12:45 a.m. today when Reneau Jean Jacques [above], 17, of 77 Symphony Circle, East Stroudsburg, pointed a handgun at him and demanded that he hand over his money. Eastman looked around for help or someone to yell to. The alleged robber continued to demand money. Eastman replied that he did not have any money - that he used a debit card to pay for his purchases. Jacques became more threatening, pointing the gun and using a more menacing tone of voice. Eastman then took out his wallet and pushed the door of his truck more open to put it between himself and the suspect. Jacques pointed his gun at Eastman's face. Eastman dropped his wallet and started ducking down. Jacques fired a shot that went through the window of the door almost striking Eastman and causing flying glass from the car window to cut his face. Eastman pulled out a handgun he was carrying and fell to the ground. He returned fire under the truck's door with his pistol while the teen continued to fire his weapon. Eastman shot Jacques in the lower leg and foot. Then Eastman ran back toward the store as the teen fled towards Friendly's restaurant.... Jacques was taken to Pocono Medical Center for treatment. Police detained two other youths for questioning. They were in a car, trying to flee the scene, according to witnesses and police."

NJ Homeowner shoots intruder: "As the intruder attempted to make his way farther into the Ponce Inlet house, Kenneth Nunnelley -- a senior assistant attorney general -- feared for the lives of his wife and children and shot the stranger in the stomach, police said Wednesday. Nunnelley, the lead prosecutor in the Florida Supreme Court for death penalty appeal cases including local murderers Troy Victorino, Jerone Hunter and Anthony Joseph Farina, was armed with a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun when 43-year-old Roman Nowak pushed his way into the house. No one in Nunnelley's family was hurt, police said, but Nowak was listed in critical condition at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach on Wednesday.... a police report shows the 50-year-old prosecutor for Attorney General Bill McCollum warned Nowak several times to leave his house, or he would shoot. It was about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when Nunnelley, already in bed for the night, heard a knock at the front door of his house on Jennifer Circle. When Nunnelley looked through the peephole, he saw no one outside. Nunnelley told investigators he had his weapon at the ready just behind his right leg. At that moment, Nowak pushed the front door and made it inside the house. Again, Nunnelley ordered the stranger to leave, to no avail. He yelled for his wife, Cecilia Nunnelley, to call 9-1-1. He then shot Nowak, the report states."

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