Friday, December 12, 2008

South Carolina: Clerk shoots, kills masked man during holdup : "A liquor store clerk shot and killed an alleged armed robber in Worcester last night, firing at a masked man several times when he pulled a handgun during a holdup, police said. The alleged robber -- Evan Louis Rivera, 40 -- was pronounced dead at a hospital 45 minutes after the shooting. When the clerk opened fire, Rivera's accomplice ran and remains at large, police said. The clerk who shot the robber was interviewed by police and has not been charged. The two masked men entered Big Bob's Liquors on Richmond Avenue at 9:59 p.m., police said in a statement describing the shooting. One of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it "directly at one of the two store clerks then on duty," the statement says. One of the store clerks pulled his own gun and shot the alleged robber several times, police said. The clerk's name was not released because he has not been charged with a crime. Police said he was cooperative and is properly licensed to possess and carry firearms."

Arizona Homeowner Shot Intruder: "A man who police call a would-be burglar may be regretting kicking in the door of an east Valley homeowner early Tuesday morning, authorities said. Investigators said after Richard Lopez kicked in the door of a Gilbert home, the homeowner grabbed a gun and shot him twice -- once in the face and once in the torso. The driver of the alleged getaway vehicle, Mark Vega, took Lopez to the hospital, where they were met by officers, police said. The east Valley homeowner who shot Lopez will not be charged, Gilbert police Sgt. Mark Marino said. "In this particular case, the homeowner protected himself," Marino said."

Virginia: Man Shoots And Kills Alleged Intruder: "Arlington County Police tell 9NEWS NOW that a man shot and killed an alleged home intruder. Police say that they received a call at approximately 4 AM from a man who said that he had shot an intruder in his home and that the man could be dead. Police say that when they arrived at the home on the 2100 block of Arlington Ridge Road, they found one man dead and that the man who called turned himself in to them. Arlington Police are still investigating the incident and could not confirm any more details."

Massachusetts liquor store clerk disarms would-be robber: "Raul Gruezo said he got angry last night when a would-be robber walked into Garcia Liquors, pointed a loaded gun at him and demanded money. "I'm so mad, I'd like to hit him," the 59-year-old package store clerk said. Gruezo said he stared the man down, then grabbed hold of the gun with his right hand, and used his left hand to pull it away from the intruder, who then fled the store. "I look at him, like a cat, then take it away," Gruezo said, demonstrating how he snuck his right hand onto the weapon as he looked at the intruder. His left hand was injured and bandaged from the scuffle. "This is the first time in my life that somebody pointed a gun at me," he said. "But I don't scare. I'm not nervous. I'm just mad." Gruezo said he used his size advantage to pull the gunman toward him and push the gun so it pointed toward the ceiling instead of at his face. The robbery suspect, who is described as 5-foot-5, with a stocky build, fled the store after losing his gun. Police said they will review a store surveillance tape in an effort to identify the gunman."

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