Saturday, November 01, 2008

Alabama: Two men shot in robbery attempt: "A Mobile man shot at two would-be robbers, killing one of them, when "he was accosted" tonight in his driveway, a police spokesman said. Sgt. Marcus Young said the injured man was taken by ambulance to the University of South Alabama Medical Center, while the other man was pronounced dead at the scene, at 1050 W. Belvedere Circle off Halls Mill Road. A man living at the residence was pulling into his driveway when he was approached by the two men, one of whom had a handgun, Young said. The men demanded money from the resident, who retrieved a handgun and shot both robbers, Young said. The man taken to the hospital was critically wounded, said Sgt. William Reed, who responded to the scene. He said it did not appear that the alleged robbers returned fire, and the shooter was not injured."

Missouri woman shoots, kills would-be rapist at her home: "A Cape Girardeau woman shot and fatally wounded Ronnie W. Preyer, 47, a registered sex offender who had broken into her home early this morning with the intention of raping her a second time, Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said today. Swingle said he will not be charging the victim, an older woman who positively identified Preyer this morning as the man who raped her on Saturday.... the woman was at home watching television, when Preyer broke the same basement window and came in, getting the still-wet calking on his clothing as he did so, police reports said. He found a main fuse panel in the basement and shut off the electricity. The victim immediately tried to call 911, but the phone would not work because there was no electricity. Having recently purchased a shotgun, she grabbed the weapon and when Preyer began banging on the basement door, she was ready for him. When he crashed through the basement door into her kitchen, she shot him once in the chest and ran, heading for a neighbor's house, where she called the police. It only took officers 45 seconds to respond to the 911 call, Swingle said. When they arrived, they saw Preyer stumbling away from the home.. He was transported to Saint Francis Medical Center where he died several hours later."

Ohio Homeowner Shoots Break-in Suspect in Head: ""I woke up and heard the alarm and came out at 3:30 in the morning," Ivan Hurt said. Hurt lives alone in rural northern Gallia County. He has a shed full of equipment he values and fiercely protects it. That's why when two men broke into the building early Friday morning, Ivan was ready. "I saw him come, and he turned like this and he had a flashlight in one hand and something else in the other, so I shot," Hurt said. Mr. Hurt wasted no time, he was barely out of his house when he pulled the trigger from more than 30 yards away. "You see this spray pattern. That's what happens when you shoot from so far away. I didn't want to kill anyone, and it still makes me sick that I even had to wound someone. I've been robbed before and that's when I installed an alarm so I could be ready," Hurt said. And if there's any doubt about what the man was up to, Hurt said he left an incriminating piece of evidence behind. "This is a mask he was wearing, and you can even see the blood from where he was hit," said Hurt. Ronald J. Johnson was the suspect and shooting victim. He was in fair condition Friday evening at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington. The second suspect got away. Police are still searching for him. Both men will face charges. There was no word on whether Hurt will be charged with anything."

Florida: Dog bites man; man shoots at dog: "A Labrador mix had its tail nicked by a bullet after the dog attacked a man in a Plantation neighborhood on Wednesday, according to Plantation police. The man had a concealed weapons permit, said police spokesman Detective Robert Rettig. The confrontation happened shortly after 3 p.m. in the 10100 block of Southwest Third Street. The man was walking down a driveway to the street when the dog attacked him, Rettig said. So the man fired a shot at the dog, nicking its tail. The man suffered a minor dog bite. The dog had an injured tail. Both are expected to recover."

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