Monday, February 27, 2012

NC: Motel manager shoots invader: "A Charlotte motel manager told Eyewitness News he acted in self-defense when he shot a man outside his motel Sunday morning. Police are still investigating what happened, but the manager said he was afraid for his life after being assaulted by two people trying to break into the lobby. Manager Ricki Patel didn't want Eyewitness News to record the surveillance video because police haven't yet returned to pick up a copy. But he agreed to show the video to reporter Jeff Smith. It showed two men pushing and shoving Patel, even after he took out his gun. "He just kept attacking me,” Patel said. “I just felt fear for my life, like I had no choice.” He fired one time, and hit his attacker in the shoulder. He said police told him the men will be charged with assault, breaking and entering, and communicating threats."

CO: Business owner fights back: "When two armed robbery suspects ambushed and pepper sprayed a Lakewood business owner Saturday night, he pulled out a gun and opened fire - sending one of them to the hospital. Lakewood police Public Information Officer Andrea Joo say two men tried robbing the Cambio de Cheque Check Cashing and Money Service at Colfax Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard around 6:40 p.m. Saturday. The store owner told police that two men approached him as he was closing for the evening. They sprayed him with pepper spray and tried to take the money he was carrying. The store owner fired a handgun at the suspects and wounded one of his attackers. The second suspect got away and Lakewood police are searching for him. Police say the store owner was defending himself and is not facing any charges."

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