Monday, September 13, 2010

MO: Dead burglar had been on crime spree, police say: "The burglar who was shot and killed by a shop owner likely sneaked onto the property through a hole in a chain link fence that is topped by barbed wire, authorities said Friday. Frank Justice, the 72-year-old owner of Justice Auto Sales, was sleeping inside his business and heard the prowler, said Sgt. Perry Tindall of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Justice grabbed his revolver when he heard the door rattle and glass break about 2:15 a.m. Friday at the used car lot at 5821 U.S. Highway 61/67, Tindall said. The owner confronted the burglar at the door, then fired two shots. The burglar staggered back and fell in the parking area outside, Tindall said. He died at the scene. Tindall said the shop owner called police and was cooperating with investigators. He was not in custody."

GA: Armed cabbie stops robber: "‘I picked him up and he said, ‘take me to the ATM first,” Mehdi told 11 Alive News. ‘However when he got out of the cab, he went directly inside the bank,’ said APD Sgt. Tommie Collins. ‘He went inside with a paper bag. So that tipped me off,’ said Mehdi. The cab driver says his passenger went into the bank and returned within seconds. Brandishing a pistol, the cabdriver says the passenger forced his way back into the cab. But the cabdriver had a weapon of his own. Imran Mehdi says the passenger-turned-bank robber pointed a gun at him and told him to drive. But Mehdi pulled his Ruger P-89 semi-automatic pistol, and the passenger made an abrupt exit from the cab. "So I shot one in the air, then I looked at him and I started shooting at him, a few more shots," said Mehdi. The robber ran off. A motorcycle cop showed up, and Mehdi pointed out the suspect. Police say they relieved him of a paper bag full of stolen money and locked him into the back of an Atlanta police car. "And later, I found out it was a damned plastic gun," said Mehdi ruefully."

Australia: Intruder shot in neck as he attempted to break into house: "Police are investigating a possible case of vigilante justice after a man was shot in the neck while trying to break into a house at Rockhampton in central Queensland. Just after 7pm yesterday, police were called to the house in Bolsover Street where they found a 39-year-old man in a critical condition with a gunshot wound to the neck. Police said there were residents in the house at the time of the alleged break-in but they disappeared a short time later. They are now being sought by detectives to assist with their inquiries."

TX: Gun dealer imprisoned for selling to an illegal with a valid license: “Gun rights advocates are up in arms that a Texas gun dealer was sentenced to six months in prison for selling a firearm to an illegal immigrant, but a ‘middle-man’ who bought the gun for the immigrant — and who was in the U.S. illegally himself, but had a valid driver’s license — was never arrested, charged or deported in the case.”

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