Monday, December 28, 2009

Louisiana: One dead, one wounded in shooting at fireworks stand: "One person was killed and another seriously wounded Friday night as a fireworks stand operator shot at three suspects who attempted to rob him and another person. According to Capt. Matt Davis with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, two people – and man and a woman – were closing the Crooks’ Fireworks stand at the corner of South MacArthur and Jeff Davis drives around 6:20 p.m. when they were approached by three young adults. Davis said all three were armed with handguns. One of the two operators opened fire with their own weapon. One suspect was killed at the scene, another was wounded and the third escaped. The wounded suspect was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, and the third suspect was captured a short time later, said Davis. Davis said the injured suspect was in surgery, and his wounds were not believed to be life-threatening. Police still were on the scene late Saturday, and officials were not releasing any names yet. Officials also would not say late Saturday which stand operator had fired on the suspects."

Indiana: Pizza Hut employee shoots would-be robber: "A Pizza Hut delivery person shot a man who allegedly tried to rob the store Wednesday, according to police. A police report said Spencer Simmons, 44, attempted to rob the Pizza Hut on Broadway Street at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. The report said Simmons pointed a .25 Raven Arms semi-automatic handgun at the store’s cashier and demanded money. The cashier loaded about $720 into a small bag. Simmons wasn’t aware that a delivery man, Michael Shaker, had heard the commotion and snuck to the back as well, the report said. “Seconds later, Simmons left the register area, and walked to within six to seven feet of his location,” the report said. According to the report, Shaker gave Simmons a verbal warning but Simmons “lifted and swung his gun up towards” Shaker. Shaker fired one round from his personal 9mm Kel-Tec, hitting Simmons in the back of his head, the report said. Sgt. Bill Casey, a spokesman for the Anderson Police Department, said Simmons was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis but did not know the man’s condition Thursday. Charges have not been filed against Simmons, but he is in the custody of police at the hospital, Casey said. Casey added that Shaker was licensed to carry a handgun."

New Mexico: Alleged intruder shot and killed at apartment complex: "Las Cruces police say they are investigating a fatal shooting. Just before 8 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the Telshor Manor Apartments where two suspects attempted to break into an apartment. Investigators say a resident of the apartment was apparently startled awake, grabbed a handgun and opened fire at the intruders. At least one of the bullets struck one of the intruders as he was located outside on the west side of the apartment complex. Police say that man was pronounced dead at the scene but his identity has yet to be determined. They are still searching for the other intruder, who fled the scene."

Texas: Would-Be Burglar Shot, Killed: "Kirby police Tuesday said a man at home heard something unusual at his sliding glass door in the 2800 block of Von Braun Avenue around noon. “That caused him to go to investigate,” Kirby police Chief Kevin Bois said. “He saw at least two people trying to make entry into the home.” Bois said the man did not want to be a victim of burglary like he was two years ago, so he grabbed his 9 mm handgun. "(An) armed homeowner (was) ready to defend his property and that’s just what he did,” Bois said. “So unfortunately we had a tragic outcome.” Bois said the resident shot and killed an unidentified 17-year-old man. Another teen was also shot and underwent surgery at Brook Army Medical Center. Police apprehended the third teen who they say acted as a getaway driver."

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