Sunday, June 24, 2012

14-year-old Phoenix boy shoots armed intruder:  "A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder who broke into his Phoenix home and pulled a gun on him while he was watching his three younger siblings, police said Saturday.  The teen and his siblings, ages 8, 10 and 12, were at home alone when a woman rang the doorbell Friday afternoon, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said.  The teen didn't open the door because he didn't recognize the woman.  Soon after, the teen heard a loud bang on the door, rushed his siblings upstairs and got a handgun from his parent's bedroom.  When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw a man break through the front door and point a gun at him.  The boy shot the 37-year-old man, who was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition and underwent surgery. The man was upgraded to critical condition and is expected to survive and be booked into jail within the week on counts of aggravated assault and burglary, Holmes said.  He said the suspect did not get a shot off. He declined to release his name until he is booked into jail. The woman who rang the home's doorbell got away."

Off-Duty Cop Nabs Would-Be Robber at  Gas Station:  "An off-duty Chicago Police officer subdued a man who was attempting to rob a gas station with a BB gun Friday night in the West Loop.  Donald K. Davis [above], 23, of the 7600 block of South Morgan Street, was charged with attempting to disarm a peace officer and attempted armed robbery, both felonies, police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said.  Davis, wearing a skull cap and a facial covering, entered a gas station in the 1100 block of West Van Buren Street at 9 p.m. and announced a robbery, Perez said.  He was holding a handgun when he ordered the 19-year-old male gas attendant to put money in a bag, Perez said.  An off-duty police officer that happened to be inside the gas station, told Davis he was an officer and attempted to arrest him, Perez said. Davis tried to escape and attempted to disarm the officer. With the help of the gas attendant, the officer maintained control of his gun and subdued Davis until arresting officers arrived."

KS: Homeowner shoots would-be robber in arm: "A Wichita man shot a would-be robber in an early morning home invasion, police say.  Wichita police Sgt. Jim Pinegar said a 64-year-old man walked into a house in the 3000 block of E. First Street, near Hillside, shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. The resident of the home fired two shots at the other man using a .45-caliber gun, Pinegar said. One shot hit his arm.  The man fled to a nearby Kwik Shop, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor. Within minutes, someone at the store called 911 to report a gunshot victim on scene.  The resident of the house — a 60-year-old man — also called police, the dispatcher said. Pinegar said he did not know the invader. The alleged burglar was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment. He sustained serious injuries, the dispatcher said."

Jumping the gun:  "Saying he's lost the trust of officials, a city manager fired a central Florida police chief who was criticized for his agency's initial investigation of Trayvon Martin's shooting death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer.  Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte says in a Wednesday statement that he relieved Chief Bill Lee of duty because he "determined the Police Chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community."  The initial lack of an arrest following the death of the unarmed black teenager by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February led to protests across the nation and spurred a debate about race and the laws of self-defense."

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