Sunday, March 21, 2010

AZ: 82-year-old fights off attacker: "An 82-year-old woman takes matters into her own hands after she's attacked in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Sierra Vista. Police said the suspect Stephen Prickett beat the woman with her own cane until she grabbed her gun from her purse and started firing. She said she was just walking to her car with some groceries when she was approached by the suspect. She said, "In a very mild voice he said, 'this is your day. You are too old to be alive anyway.'" Moments later she said he grabbed her cane and started beating her and she's got the bruises to prove it. She eventually went for the gun in her purse and opened fire. She didn't hit him but said it still saved her life. She said, "In the long run I think it saved me because if I hadn't shot the thing no one would have known there was anything wrong and come running." Wal-Mart employees came to her rescue and police weren't far behind. The suspect was arrested shortly after the attack. He's facing multiple charges including attempted murder."

CA: Store clerk shoots and kills robber: "A liquor store clerk shot and killed one of two armed, masked men who tried to rob the shop on Tully Road late Friday night, Modesto police said today. Police arrived at the Super Liquors store in the 1600 block of Tully Road to find one of the robbery suspects with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital and died later in the night. This evening, police identified him as Kyle Johnson, 20, of Modesto. A second suspected robber fled the scene after struggling with a second clerk, police said. They said this evening that the suspect, a 17-year-old boy, had been arrested and will be booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of homicide and attempted robbery.

Florida: Burglar Shot, Hospitalized And Then Jailed: "A Marianna burglar was shot as was breaking into a home Friday night on Myles Street. He was apparently shot in the foot by a resident there and fled. Marianna Police a short while later arrested the suspect, Ben Thomas, who was found in front of a home on Old Cottondale Road. Hayes Baggett, Marianna Police Chief, told NewsChannel 7 that Thomas was taken to Jackson Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound and he was then taken to the Jackson County Jail. Baggett says Ben Thomas was jailed on charges of burglary of an occupied structure and battery."

Florida: Homeowner interrupts robbery attempt: "When Richard Zahn heard noises on his back patio, he opened his sliding glass door and grabbed his shotgun. Then he chased after two men who ran out his back gate toward a lake. And the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office gave chase in its own way — with a K9 unit and helicopter unit, according to an incident report from the Sheriff’s Office. Zahn, who lives in the Burlington Oaks subdivision of Heathrow, came home on Tuesday and discovered his month-old, 42-inch Samsung television had been moved and wasn’t working properly, the Sheriff’s Office said. That night, according to the Sheriff’s Office, two men moved some metal shelves beneath the TV out of the way. They also removed wine glasses and placed them on a nearby bench. The two men used a 12-foot ladder to remove the TV from its wall-mounted bracket, the Sheriff’s Office said. On their way out of the patio — about 2:30 a.m. — the men knocked over the metal shelves. Zahn told investigators he “heard a loud banging of metal on concrete” and discovered two men with his TV in their hands, the Sheriff’s Office said. Zahn told deputies the men were about 6 feet tall and wore dark jeans or sweatpants and dark, hooded sweatshirts, the Sheriff’s Office said. One of the men was white; the other could have been white. Zahn’s wife called 911 as he chased after the men, the Sheriff’s Office said. The two men remain at large, the Sheriff’s Office said."

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