Thursday, May 28, 2009

Texas pharmacist shoots robber: "Just before walking into Babcock Square Pharmacy, the gunman lurked suspiciously around the parking lot Wednesday morning — even moving his car several times before making his move... The stranger who had been loitering in the parking lot had walked into the pharmacy carrying a black revolver and a note demanding the narcotic drug OxyContin and some money, according to authorities. Once inside, the gunman handed the note to a clerk behind the counter, Police Chief William McManus said. The clerk was one of three people inside the pharmacy at the time of the robbery attempt. The others were the pharmacy owner, 62-year-old Bill Wynn, and his wife. The details about what happened next are unclear, but McManus said the clerk was able to inform the pharmacy owner of the attempted robbery. Wynn, who had been robbed before, somehow managed to arm himself with a gun. That's when McManus said the robber uttered his last words: “Let's get it on.” Police said Wynn reacted quickly, shooting the gunman in the chest. Police arrived to find the gunman, whose identity wasn't released Wednesday, lying on his back in a pool of blood. In his right hand was a cocked revolver. McManus said Wynn wouldn't face any charges in connection with the shooting. “He was in fear (for) his life,” the chief said. “He has a right and state law allows him to defend himself.” The dead man wasn't immediately identified"

Oklahoma woman shoots intruder: "Police identified a man fatally shot Tuesday inside an Oklahoma City man’s home as Ronald Penn, 29. Penn and another person had broken into the house of Scott Henson, 41, in the 2200 block of SW 57 when Henson came home for his lunch break about 11:30 a.m., police said. Henson, whose wife has a concealed weapons permit, pulled out a handgun and shot Penn to death. The second person inside the home ran away, police said."

IN: Burglar shot by resident: "A burglary suspect is in police custody at the hospital after being shot by the resident, police said. It happened about 12:45 this morning during a residential break-in at 106 Harrison Blvd. The suspect, Arnett B. Baines, is being treated at Deaconess Hospital for at least one gunshot wound, police said. Baines, who was listed in good condition there late this morning, will face charges of burglary, robbery and battery. Police say two men donning ski masks kicked in the back door of the home and began scuffling with 21-year-old resident Alex B. Grisham during an apparent robbery attempt. Fellow resident Travis J. Coulter, 21, then shot one of the robbers with a .22 revolver the roommates kept in the living room. Both robbers then fled the scene. Officers later found Baines behind the privacy fence of the house suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Speaking outside his residence later Wednesday morning, Coulter said he was pleased to have prevented a situation that could of turned much worse. His roommate, Grisham, broke his nose in seven places during the scuffle. "If I had not have had that gun, those guys would not have left," Coulter said. After police located Baines, Coulter said he recognized him as an acquaintance who had been over to the house a couple times previously. He said he's still unsure why he and the other man targeted the home... The second man was not immediately located. Evansville Police Department spokesman Steve Green said officers believe he may be Shawn Jackson, a black man about 20 years old with a stocky build."

SC: No murder charge: sheriff says shooting was self-defense: "Six men faced a judge Tuesday in connection with what police say was a drug deal that turned violent, leaving one man dead. Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers said he does not expect authorities to bring a charge of murder against Charles Stephen Day, 20, of Pelion, who, authorities believe, fatally shot 22-year-old Christopher Donell Robinson. “It has been determined by investigators that the deceased, Christopher Donell Robinson, was armed with a .22-caliber rifle when he was shot in self-defense by another man who Robinson and others were attempting to rob,” Summers said. Robinson died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, Summers said. First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said he agrees with the decision not to charge Day with murder. “They called me Sunday afternoon and with the facts they gave me, this was self-defense,” Pascoe said. “The key here is the perpetrator initiated the first action and implied the intent to commit a robbery.” Summers said investigators believe the shooting was the result of a planned robbery of suspected drug dealers early Sunday. Day allegedly had a weapon on him, Summers said. Day is alleged to have returned fire when the buyers opened up, “striking Christopher Robinson and wounding Angel Torres,” Summers said. Day also sustained at least two gunshot wounds, one to the shoulder and another to the stomach. Day’s and Torres’ wounds are not believed to be life-threatening."

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