Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CO: Grandfather Killed Intruder In Self-Defense: "Denver prosecutors will not charge a 62-year-old grandfather initially arrested in a weekend killing, saying Filberto Alderete acted in self-defense when he shot a man trying to forcefully enter his home. It appears Alderete fired one or two warning shots before shooting 36-year-old Jesus Sifuentes Jr. during the confrontation on his porch early Sunday morning... The deadly shooting occurred as a group of people was involved in an altercation outside Alderete's duplex at 3436 West 18th Ave. about 12:35 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Neighbors told 7NEWS that Alderete, a Vietnam veteran, had been repeatedly harassed by neighborhood gang members. Kimbrough said the investigation showed that "Mr. Sifuentes was the only person who went up on the porch." "Mr. Sifuentes was in the process of unlawfully gaining entry into the home when he was shot and killed by the homeowner," Kimbrough said. Sifuentes died from a gunshot wound to the torso"

CA: Woman shoots intruders: "An official statement today from the Long Beach Police Department indicates that two males may have been fleeing from an assault when they ran onto the roof of a North Long Beach home, leading to a confrontation with the homeowners and gunshots that left one of the suspects dead. According to interviews with the woman who fired the weapon and her husband, detectives are now saying that both of them armed themselves with handguns when they heard noises on their roof and saw people drop down onto their fenced-in front lawn. The noises sounded like footsteps and the couple yelled through the window, demanding that the people on the roof leave. When they dropped down from the roof to the front lawn, the couple confronted them on the lawn with handguns. One of the suspects approached the woman, 57, and she fired two rounds into his upper torso. The victim died.... both residents of the home where the shooting occurred have been released"

NV: Elderly homeowner holds burglar for police: "A 70-year-old Reno man used a handgun to stop a would-be burglar at his home. Reno Police say Ron Stewart answered the door at his home on Locust St when police say 22-year-old Samuel Flores forced his way into the house. After a short struggle, Stewart grabbed his handgun (which he had in the house) and kept Flores at bay while the police were called. Reno police took Flores into custody where he will be charged with burglary and battery of an elderly person. Stewart was not injured in the altercation.”

North Carolina Man Holds Burglary Suspect At Gunpoint: "A Charlotte man caught a burglar in the act and held him at his home until officers arrived, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. The homeowner told police he returned to his Park Crossing home on Saturday and found a man attempting to steal his pickup truck. He said he pulled into his driveway, blocking the suspect, 19-year-old Terrell Webber, from backing out in the truck. “Right in his garage, in his pickup truck, and half-backing out of the garage,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Steve Whitesel said. The victim then got a shotgun and held Webber until police got to the home. “I’m not sure where the shotgun came from, but he retrieved it and held the guy there until we got there,” Whitesel said. Police said Webber had taken a TV, jewelry and other items from the home and had them in the truck."

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