Friday, December 17, 2010

KS: Fatal Home Invasion: "The Topeka Police Department responded to a home invasion and shooting at 514 SW Tyler that left one man dead. They say the man that was shot was the suspect in the case. It happened just before 7 pm at 514 SW Tyler. Topeka Police say they were called to a possible burglary at one of the apartments and discovered the suspect with a gunshot wound. Residents say a man broke in and demanded money. Officials say that man was Reuel Bridges, 28, of Topeka. The resident says he got his gun. Bridges tried to fight him, so he fired his weapon and called police. Bridges was pronounced dead at the hospital."

CA: Shootout at marijuana clinic: "Three armed men opened fire during a robbery at a marijuana dispensary in Northridge on Wednesday night, seriously injuring two people. Authorities said the suspects entered the clinic at Roscoe Boulevard and White Oak Avenue at 9:40 p.m. At least one of them was armed with a weapon. A gun battle occurred, as the clerks inside the facility also armed themselves. Two employees of the clinic were shot, and a pit bull was also shot and killed. Another dog was unharmed. The suspects fled the scene in a gold SUV in an unknown direction. Police are unsure if anything was taken from the marijuana clinic. The victims were rushed to a local hospital, where they remain in critical condition."

CA: Business owner acquitted in shooting after 17 months in jail: "Salvador Mercado Jimenez describes himself as an innocent man who acted in self-defense when he shot a man outside his business. A county prosecutor saw it differently, calling Jiminez an angry security guard who tried to kill an unarmed man as he walked away. Jurors acquitted Salvador Jimenez after he spent seventeen months and four days in jail for attempted murder. The night of the shooting, there was a private birthday party at the dance hall. A group of 10 to 15 men loitered outside. Some began drinking and using nitrous oxide, he said. Holding a flashlight, he came outside with another security guard and asked the group to leave. They cursed and threw glass beer bottles at the pair, he said. Two bottles hit Jimenez.. Jimenez was scared. Some men started grabbing at him, trying to take his gun. Jimenez took out his gun and pointed it to the floor. Rogelio Nolasco, one of the men in the group, grabbed the gun, which went off during the struggle, he said. Nolasco was shot in the back of his head. He's now partially paralyzed, and eyesight in his left eye is limited, according to prosecutors."

Texas store owner turns tables and kills 3 robbers: "When it was over, all three robbers were dead — and Castillo, though shot at least three times, was still standing, having successfully defended what was rightfully his. He remained in surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital late Thursday, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. He is expected to survive. The crime unfolded at 2:08 p.m. Thursday when two men posing as customers came into the store and asked the Castillos to show them some rings. As the husband and wife helped the two men, a third man walked into the store, pulled a pistol and announced he was robbing the business. The two men who had posed as customers also then pulled pistols on the Castillos, police said. The Castillos were ordered to the back of the store at gunpoint, where Eva Castillo was tied up. Castillo then pulled a pistol from his waistband, "obviously fearing for the safety of his wife and himself," said HPD spokesman Kese Smith. Castillo killed the robber who had tried to tie him up, then grabbed his shotgun from his office and killed the other two men."

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