Tuesday, July 13, 2010

KY: Man shot during apparent home invasion: "A nightmare came true for a downtown Louisville resident and his family, as they awoke to a burglar alarm and a pair of apparent crooks trying to break in; but it was the thieves who got the bigger surprise. LMPD spokeswoman Officer Carey Klain says a man living in the home called 911, after he told them he was awakened by the sound of two men breaking into his home. "He advised he was home with his kids and heard the alarm go off," Klain said. "So he gotup to check and was confronted by at least one male subject who ended up being shot this morning." Klain said gunfire was exchanged. The other suspect ran away and police are still looking for him. The suspect who was shot is described as a black male in his late teens. He was shot in the head and was taken to University Hospital where he was listed in serious condition. Although the homeowner who shot the suspect was taken to the police station to be interviewed, police say they do not expect to file any charges against him.

WA: Deadly shooting was self-defense, say detectives: "The Lewis County Sheriff's Office says a man who shot and killed a suspected burglar in April was acting in self-defense and will not be arrested. Thomas McKenzie, 56, was shot and killed the night of April 19 by the owner of the home, which was still under construction. Detectives believe McKenzie and his wife burglarized the home earlier in the afternoon. The owner decided to stay there for the night to watch over it. Later that night, detectives say the owner heard someone outside. He fired several shots at the tires of a suspect vehicle to disable it. The owner then suddenly had two lights shining in his face. Detectives say the owner "instinctively" fired his gun toward the lights in an attempt to protect himself from what he believed was a threat. Investigators say the owner considered himself in danger because the suspects did not retreat after he shot at their vehicle. As a result, the sheriff's office says it won't take the homeowner into custody.

Minnesota bouncer shot knife-wielding attacker: "Minneapolis police say they believe the city's 28th homicide was committed in self-defense. Police say a bouncer with a permit to carry a concealed handgun shot and killed a man after the man attacked the bouncer with a knife outside Grumpy's bar early Sunday morning. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the dead man as Tirso Gomez. Sgt. William Palmer said the bouncer suffered cuts in the scuffle before he pulled his gun and shot Gomez, Palmer said. He was not arrested. He was only detained for questioning," Palmer said. "The bouncer did make attempts to disarm the suspect - or in this case, the deceased - and he was unable to do that. While the deceased continued to attack him with the knife, at which point the bouncer who is -- legally holds a concealed permit -- did use that firearm to end that confrontation."

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