Friday, January 30, 2009

Alabama man shoots druggie son: "An Oak Grove man shot his son late Wednesday after authorities say the son attacked his mother with a broomstick and then stabbed his girlfriend. Colter Roberts, 21, was in stable condition at UAB Hospital with two wounds from his father's 12-gauge shotgun, said Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Randy Christian. Deputies received a 911 hang-up call from a home on Camp Oliver Road just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The dispatcher tried to call the number but got no answer. While deputies were en route, someone called back, screaming that a father had to shoot his son who was attacking the family, Christian said. Investigators say Colter Roberts had first attacked his 48-year-old mother with his fists and then beat her with the broomstick. He then went after his 30-year-old girlfriend with a knife. Colter Roberts then ran from the kitchen into a hallway with a knife, screaming that he was going to kill everyone in the house. He also used the knife to slash the walls of the hallway and headed into the bedroom where his father was sleeping. Van Roberts, 48, tried to talk to his son, but told police his efforts were unsuccessful. He described his son as "a madman running at him with a knife, screaming," Christian said. Van Roberts grabbed his shotgun and warned his son, but the son failed to drop the knife. Van Roberts fired one shot, striking his son in the arm. Colter Roberts continued with the attack, and his father fired another shot, striking him in the torso, Christian said. Colter Roberts has a history of drug abuse and violence, Christian said."

California: Resident Spots Intruder, Fires Shot: "A Sacramento resident confronted an alleged burglar in a back yard and fired a gunshot, but the intruder fled and it was not clear if anyone was hurt, police said. A police report said a resident of 2600 block of Ensenada Way saw someone with a flashlight in the home's yard shortly after 1 a.m. Friday. The resident told police he believed someone was trying to break into a shed behind the residence. Authorities said the resident grabbed a handgun and went outside to confront the intruder. The intruder cut the resident in the face with an unknown weapon and the resident responded by firing one shot in self-defense. The intruder left. Police said it was not known if the intruder was injured, adding that no blood trail was found."

Ohio: Homeowner Strangles gunman: "Police are investigating a case involving a homeowner strangling a man to death on the city's southeast side. Officials said Johnathan Parson, 22, died while struggling with a homeowner of a residence on East 127th Street. Police said Parsons and another man entered the duplex at about 2 a.m. One of them had a gun. It's unclear which one, however. The homeowner who lived in the residence with his girlfriend and young child managed to get the shotgun and fight off one of the intruders. The homeowner said he found Parsons in a room assaulting his girlfriend. No charges have been filed.

Indiana: Robber dies in liquor store shooting: "Fort Wayne police are investigating a shooting at a liquor store that left a suspected robber dead and a store clerk wounded. The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at Belmont Beverage on the city's south side. Police spokesman Mike Joyner says the store employee was shot in the leg and was hospitalized in fair condition Wednesday night. Police say the robbery suspect entered the store and demanded money. When police arrived, they found him lying in the middle of the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Joyner says the shots were fired inside the building. He says the suspect was armed with a handgun, which was found at the scene."

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