Monday, November 24, 2008

MS: Man shot trying to steal SUV: "Jackson police said the property owner who fatally shot a burglary suspect Saturday night had a right to pull the trigger under the Castle Doctrine. Brandon Lenard, 20, of Jackson was shot outside a row of townhouses on County Cork Road after he allegedly broke into a Cadillac Escalade parked in front, police said. Police spokesman Lt. Jeffery Scott said no charges will be filed against the owner of the SUV, whose name was not released. Just before 9 p.m. Saturday, Lenard allegedly broke into the Escalade while its owner was inside a townhouse just a few feet away, police said. "The owner heard something outside, so he stepped out of the house to see what it was. When he saw someone was in his vehicle, he went back inside to retrieve a weapon. He then went back outside to confront the suspect," Scott said. Scott said there was an exchange of words between Lenard and the vehicle's owner just before Lenard tried to run from the scene. Police said that as Lenard was leaving, he is believed to have put the SUV owner's life in danger. Scott would not say what he did.... Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said Sunday that Lenard did have a gun at the scene. Lenard was shot once with a shotgun, Grisham-Stewart said. She said the pellets entered the back and side of his head."

PA: Homeowner kills burglar : "The sleeping resident was woken around 1030pm last night after hearing a strange noise in the downstairs of his home in the 1900 block of Montrose Street in South Philadelphia. After finding an open window on the first floor of his two story row home, the resident started to search the rest of the property from top to bottom, and was startled to find a male hunched up in the corner of a spare bedroom. The resident pulled his gun and a violent struggle ensued between the robber and resident. During the struggle the robber was shot. The burglar, a male in his 30's, was taken to the hospital where he later died.The homeowner was not injured and will probably not face charges."

CA: Crazed Swordsman Attacks Scientology Guard Who Fires Back in Self Defense: "Never bring a knife to a gunfight. That's the lesson learned by a sword-wielding intruder who broke into the Scientology Celebrity Center in Hollywood and threatened a guard. In classic Hollywood style, the guard pulled a gun and shot the intruder dead. A surveillance tape backs up the self defense claim, reportedly showing that the guard only fired after being physically threatened by the swordsman. Regardless of what you think about Scientology, the group has been under a series of rather bizarre attacks over the last year, including organized hacking attempts, public protests and even an attempt by the nation of Germany to outlaw the group"

Would-be Obama appointees quizzed on guns : "President-elect Barack Obama's transition team is asking potential appointees detailed questions about gun ownership, and firearms advocates aren't happy about it. The National Rifle Association has denounced the move, which has already led one Republican senator to consider legislation aimed at ensuring a president can't use an applicant's gun ownership status to deny employment. It's just one question on a lengthy personnel form - No. 59 on a 63-question list - but the furor over the query is a vivid reminder of the intensity of support for Second Amendment rights and signals the scrutiny Obama is likely to receive from the ever-vigilant gun lobby."

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