Sunday, May 31, 2009

NM: Shot man was wielding ax: "A man armed with an ax was shot to death Saturday afternoon in Carnuel, N.M. The shooter may have fired his weapon in self defense, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called out to Herrera Road off of Old Highway 66 just after 2:30 p.m. There they found a man dead from a gunshot wound. The dead man is believed to be a transient or a squatter who trespassed on private property armed with an ax, according to a BSCO spokesperson. The suspected gunman is a relative of the property owner. Investigators believe the gun was shot in self defense, but the investigation is ongoing.

South Carolina: Woman intruder shot: "A 29-year-old woman who broke windows at a house behind Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia was shot in the head by the homeowner, a Richland County sheriff’s spokesman said. The bullet grazed the woman, who was slightly injured, the spokesman said Tuesday. The woman who broke the windows at the house at 618 Hatrick Road was trying to get in and will face charges, the spokesman said. The homeowner will not face charges, the spokesman said. Officials did not disclose the names since no charges had been filed."

IN: Gunshot scares off intruder: "A Richmond woman thwarted a break-in early Friday by firing a warning shot from a gun. "She confronted him at the door," Richmond Police Chief Kris Wolski said Friday. "She fired one shot to scare the person off." Wolski doesn't think the incident is linked to a series of home invasions and sexual assaults of women that have plagued Richmond for about two years. The 41-year-old female resident in the 200 block of North 21st Street heard a noise and rushed to get the semiautomatic gun, he said. Wolski said her possession and use of the gun was lawful. Police were called to the scene at 1 a.m. The suspect was wearing a baseball cap under a hoodie, but that's about all the victim could see, Wolski said. At least eight attacks have been attributed to a man who stands about 5 feet 5 inches and strikes in the early morning hours while wearing a mask and dark hoodie."

Ohio burglar cops lead: "A wannabe burglar may be walking around with a lead reminder of a Friday break-in. Lima Police believe the man who reportedly broke into a home in the 800 block of West Wayne Street early Friday morning may have been shot by the home's owner. The incident occurred just before 4 a.m. Friday, according to Lima Police Detective Kent Miller. The home's owner was sitting in his living room, just about an hour after coming home from working third shift, when he heard a bang from the next room. He walked in and saw a man in his house by the front door. The homeowner turned around and grabbed his .22 revolver and yelled at the intruder, who then rushed at him, Miller said. He fired one shot before the would-be burglar fled. Police believe the bullet may have struck the intruder, but found no blood or other evidence of injury at the scene. "We think he hit him mainly because of the distance between them. He was just three or four feet away, but we didn't find any blood," Miller said. Police have notified hospitals around the region to keep an eye out for a man seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. Miller said he believes if the man is wounded he may try to treat himself or ask friends for help.

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