Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Virginia: Householder kills intruder with shotgun: "Armed with a double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun, the resident of a Botetourt County home fatally shot an intruder Friday night, authorities said. A family living in the home heard someone yelling, cursing and pounding on their house about 10:40 p.m., according to a release Saturday from Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle. A man living there called 911 and secured his family members in a locked bedroom, then loaded the shotgun. The intruder used a wrought iron patio chair to break a glass sliding door and come into the house, and the male resident shot him. “From what I’m told, he showed some restraint,” Botetourt County Commonwealth’s Attorney Joel Branscom said about the shooter. “But it got to the point where he didn’t have much of a choice.”. Deputies arrived as the shots were fired, Sprinkle said. The wounded man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not been clearly established, Sprinkle said."

North Carolina: Resident pulls gun on intruder: Suspect flees: "A Broad Street man aimed up on a burglary suspect still inside his home Thursday morning. Armed with a revolver, according to a Shelby Police report, 63-year-old Roger Dale Ramsey told the thief to “freeze” before the suspect fled outdoors. The report states Ramsey returned home around midnight Thursday and heard noises for several minutes before investigating. “Roger advised he checked his rear bathroom window then the window on the west side of the house, then turned around in his dining room to see a suspect step out of his bedroom into the dining room,” read the report by Officer J.V. Patrick. Ramsey then pointed his gun, but the suspect didn’t halt as requested. “The suspect turned and leapt out the bedroom window on the east side and ran,”

Connecticut: Would-be robber shot in New Haven’s Wooster Square: "A 40-year-old man apparently picked the wrong person to try to rob at knife point Monday and ended up at the hospital with two gunshot wounds to the chest, police said. As the alleged would-be robber lay wounded, his intended victim called 911. The shooting victim, tentatively identified by a source as Hector Santiago, 40, is expected to recover, and was speaking to police. The shooter, who police said is 65 and from out of town, waited at the scene for officers to arrive and was brought to police headquarters to be interviewed. He was later released, police said. Police recovered a small knife at the scene, not far from the shooter’s discarded umbrella." ... Police spokesman Joe Avery added that the man brandished a knife, and that’s when his intended victim pulled out a gun. The shooter is licensed to carry the weapon, police said, and there was no information on any charges."

California: Man fires gun to scare off gang-banger burglars: "A man who heard banging outside his apartment confronted three suspected burglars and scared them off by firing a pistol, police said today. Officers arrested two of them a short while later. Police said the incident happened just before 10 p.m. Sunday near West Washington Street and Key Avenue. The resident told police he confronted three men outside his apartment building and as they advanced on him, he retreated and fired a semi-automatic pistol into the ground. The men backed off but stayed in the area. Police responding to the possible burglary report captured two of the men about two blocks away: Lamberto Godina, 18, of Ripon and Jose Mendoza, 19, of Salida. They were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of assault, trespassing, and creating a disturbance." The police department will ask the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office to review the case for possible charges against the victim for discharging a firearm within city limits" [!!!]

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