Friday, October 17, 2008

Texas homeowner kills intruder: "A Southeast Side homeowner shot and killed a man early Thursday morning who was trying to break into his bedroom window. The man, believed to be in his 20s, was trying to get into a rear bedroom window of a house in the 1400 block of Greer and when the homeowner shot him, police said. The homeowner, a firearms instructor, was home alone and in the bedroom the burglar was attempting to enter. The homeowner, who teaches people how to shoot weapons, told police he awoke just after 3 a.m. to a see a man trying to climb in his bedroom window. Police say the homeowner got a handgun and fired at least three times. No charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner. Investigators are trying to determine if the dead man was linked to a nearby burglary 15 minutes before he was shot at the house on Greer."

Texas: Man shot after breaking into home: "Police believe a 21-year-old man entered a Dallas condominium early Thursday to steal a flat screen TV, but he was shot to death instead, police said. Gary Williams was taken to Baylor Medical Center following the shooting about 2 a.m. at the condo in the 6100 block of Tremont Street, southwest of Lakewood Country Club, said Sgt. Ray Beaudreault, a homicide detective. Williams was pronounced dead on arrival, having been shot multiple times by the homeowner who was armed with a 9mm handgun, Beaudreault said. The resident told police that he was sleeping, but his wife heard something downstairs. She awoke her husband who got his handgun and went to investigate. He told officers that he confronted a man, later identified as Williams, who, he said, was removing the TV from the wall, Beaudreault said. The robber "came at him," Beaudreault said, so he opened fire. "He fell down a brief time, then got up and jumped through the window that he came in from," the detective said of Williams. "He landed spread-eagle on the front porch and he was lifeless." Beaudreault said the case will be referred to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, and prosecutors will show the information to a grand jury. Beaudreault called that procedure routine. He indicated the man probably won't be indicted by the grand jury."

Arizona: Evidence at double-shooting consistent with self defense: "Evidence in the fatal shooting of two home invaders by a University of Arizona student appears to be consistent with his story that he was defending himself, police said. The 23-year-old student shot and killed Shontel R. Early, 30, and Wesley O. Fenstermacher, 29, after the two men attempted to invade his home early Thursday morning, said Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. The student was home alone in the 800 block of East Adams Street, near North Euclid Avenue and East Speedway. There was a knock at the door and one of the men asked for someone who did not live there. The student looked past the man he was speaking with and saw another man, who had his face covered and was armed with a gun. He retreated into his home and grabbed his own handgun, but the men made their way in. The student called police to report the shooting. When officers arrived they found the men two men dead just inside the doorway. The student was questioned and is cooperating with police. His name is not being released. There is no indication that the student is or has been involved in any criminal activity, police said." [Amusing: The newspaper has a picture of the dead white guy but no picture of the dead black guy]

California man shoots dog while under attack: "A man who shot a dog Thursday in Oildale was under attack at the time, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Elmer Walker, 72, was walking on the 700 block of the north alley of Woodrow Avenue when two pit bulls pushed open a gate where they lived and attacked the man, sheriff's officials said. Walker hit one of the dogs with a stick and shot the other dog with a .22 revolver he's permitted to carry, causing the dogs the retreat to their home. Walker wasn't hurt, and the condition of the dog who was shot in the jaw was unknown. The dog's owner, Arnold Coon II, said he feels the dog's were provoked, and he said the dogs don't have a history of violent behavior. Kern County Animal Control Services Department took custody of the dogs and is conducting an investigation.

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