Posts Tagged ‘ self-defense ’

WA: Tacoma homeowner opens fire on burglars

May 24, 2011
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NWCN News    

"Tacoma police are calling a fatal shooting self defense after a homeowner shot two burglars who were trying to break into his home, killing one burglar and wounding the other. ... Tacoma police said the homeowner was woken up by dogs barking. He had been a victim of burglaries recently and went outside to investigate." (05/23/11)

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FL: Gun-toting neighbor foils trailer park burglary

May 23, 2011
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Orlando Sentinel    

"The duo lost the getaway vehicle at one point, as it traveled along Taylor Road. But they quickly caught up with them and the suspects pulled over, police said. Still on the phone with the dispatcher, the witness told her that he'd tracked them down. 'Actually, they're right here. I got 'em,' the excited witness told the dispatcher. One of the suspects got of the vehicle and then walked toward the witness's car. That's when the witness got out of his car, pulled a pistol from his pocket and held it at his side for self defense, he said." (05/22/11)

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CO: Fatal shooting appears to be self-defense

May 23, 2011
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9 News    

"Authorities are investigating what led to an apparent self-defense shooting that killed one man on Saturday night. ... When they arrived, they found a 54-year-old man who had been shot. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. According to homicide detectives, there was an argument between the man and the suspect, who both lived at the house, before the shooting. They say the suspect shot the man in self-defense." (05/22/11)

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NJ: One robber shot, other flees

May 22, 2011
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Daily Record    

"Newark detectives on Friday were continuing their investigation into the attack on a retired Florham Park police officer, who was shot during a robbery and is recovering at University Hospital under police guard. Newark police have said they believe the former officer was targeted by assailants who laid in wait for him. The victim was carrying cash to fill an ATM at a bar on Elm Street when two males approached him, one from the front and one from the rear, police said. A shootout occurred, with the victim able to use his own handgun. One of the robbers was wounded in the leg. One suspect, who is still at large, fled on foot." (05/20/11)

 

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WA: Progressives cheer gun-toting neighbor who saved them from burglar

May 22, 2011
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Seattle Weekly    

"A terrifying burglar has been preying on Seattle's hippest 'hood lately. This person (or persons) apparently has no fear of entering people's homes while they sleep and stealing their shit before they wake up. Fortunately, at least one Capitol Hill resident packs heat." (05/19/11)

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Mexicans take up arms in self-defense

May 17, 2011
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New American
by James Heiser  

"Five years into President Felipe Calderon’s war with the drug cartels, a growing number of Mexicans are tired of shopworn excuses from a government which appears to be incapable of protecting the public from murderers and kidnappers. Life in a country which is increasingly being recognized as a 'failed state' is leading more and more citizens to the realization that self-defense is the right and responsibility of every human being. That realization is leading to more and more Mexicans procuring firearms, often despite the Mexican regime’s harsh laws regulating their ownership." (05/16/11)

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MN: Fearing for his life, beating victim fired shots

May 15, 2011
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Two days after firing at two men suspected in a recent string of violent south Minneapolis robberies, Edward Curtis, 61, wanted people to know he wasn't proud of what he'd done. But given the beating the men were giving him Tuesday night, he figured he had no choice but to use his handgun, he said. 'I had to do what I had to do,' he recalled Thursday. 'I thought they were going to kill me. They didn't get a chance to.' Curtis, blindsided outside his Pillsbury Avenue apartment building, was left with a broken nose and fractured right eye socket, he said. He said police have yet to find any evidence that Curtis' shots hit either of the suspects who fled Tuesday night." (05/12/11)

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MO: Owner thwarts attempt to rob pharmacy

May 15, 2011
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Columbia Daily Tribune    

"Columbia police still are searching for the man responsible for an attempted robbery yesterday at Flow’s Pharmacy. At 8 a.m. yesterday, a robbery attempt at the store, 1506 E. Broadway, Suite 118, was halted by owner Randy Flow and his pistol. The suspect entered the store displaying a 2- to 3-inch silver knife asking for drugs and approached the counter, but retreated toward the door when Flow approached him with a pistol. Flow followed the suspect until he exited the store." (05/14/11)

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GA: Woman kills attacker

May 12, 2011
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter told the AJC that the woman, who is in her early 50s, was getting out of the shower when the intruder, who she did not know, turned out the lights and attacked her. She fell back into the shower, injuring her back, and attempted to fight the man off with the shower rod, Ritter said. 'She was telling him that she has money and please don’t hurt her,' Ritter said. 'He forced her into her bedroom,' Ritter said. 'Once inside the bedroom, she retrieved a .22-caliber pistol and shot him several times.'" (05/12/11)

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TX: Burglar met with gunfire

May 10, 2011
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WOAI News    

"The suspected burglar broke into a home on Midnight Moon Drive late Monday morning. The owner pulled a gun on him and started shooting. Police say none of the shots fired by the homeowner actually hit the burglar, and he was able to speed off in his car. A police chopper helped track the burglar to his home on Quicksilver Drive -- only a couple miles away from the burglary. Police arrested the man and searched his home for evidence." (05/09/11)

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MI: Armed Walgreens worker foils robbery

May 10, 2011
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Southwest Michigan Herald Palladium    

"There was one thing two robbers didn't anticipate when they barged into a Benton Township Walgreens drug store early Sunday and tried to march the workers into the back room: A worker already in back carried a handgun and knew how to use it. Benton Township police Lt. Delmar Lange said the worker fired multiple shots at one of the bandits, forcing the men to flee. ... the worker was licensed to carry the concealed handgun. The robbers are each described as black males, about 6-feet tall, Lange said. One wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants." (05/09/11)

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OH: Homeowner shoots robbery suspect

May 5, 2011
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WCTN News    

"The homeowner said a man, a teenaged boy and a woman stormed into his house and tried to rob him. The elderly man says the three left only to return later to threaten him. One of the suspects reportedly went to take the homeowner's television set. That is when the homeowner says he opened fire, hitting a 20-year old suspect in the back. The three suspects fled." (04/30/11)

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TX: Burglary suspect runs from armed shop owner

May 5, 2011
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Denton Record-Chronicle    

"A gun-toting business owner caught a would-be burglar in the act Sunday, but the suspect risked being shot to get away before police arrived. ... The shop owner told police that the suspect started approaching him, so he raised a handgun he keeps with him at work and told the suspect to get on his knees and stay there. He then called 911 from a cellphone. The shop owner told police the suspect then started begging to leave, saying he was homeless, had a family and had already been to prison. When the shop owner said officers were coming, the suspect stood and said, 'You’re just going to have to shoot me' and ran away." (05/03/11)

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MI: Homeowner shoots would-be intruder

May 4, 2011
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Detroit Free Press    

"A 17-year-old is dead after he was shot by a Warren homeowner during an attempted break-in this morning. The homeowner grabbed his shotgun when he heard someone attempting to enter a rear window of the home ... said Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green. 'He confronted the intruder and fired a shot at him, and hit him in the groin, upper leg area,' Green said. The homeowner then called 911 and reported he’d shot an intruder. The shot appeared to have hit the femoral artery, Green said." (05/02/11)

 

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TX: Home invasion victim shoots two gang members dead

May 4, 2011
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The Monitor    

"Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said Monday he does not expect to file charges against an unidentified individual who reportedly shot two armed gang members during a home invasion Saturday. ... Investigators believe the brothers, armed with handguns, kicked in the front door and assaulted four residents, one of whom reportedly shot at them with a handgun kept on the premises for protection." (05/02/11)

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FL: Cabbie shoots 19-year-old man in self-defense

May 2, 2011
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Tampa Bay Online    

"A cab driver shot and injured a man who pulled a gun on him after an argument early Sunday, according to police. ... The cab driver got out of the vehicle and Myles followed him with the gun. About 3 a.m., the cab driver and Myles then exchange fire. Myles was struck at least three times." (05/01/11)

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NJ: Clerk kills would-be robber

May 2, 2011
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ABC 6 News    

"Police in Camden say a gas station clerk killed a man who tried to rob him. It happened at the 7-11 on Federal street and Marlton Pike around 3-am. Investigators say an unidentified man walked into the store with a baton and demanded money. The clerk then pulled out a knife. After a confrontation, police say the suspect was stabbed twice in the chest. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital." (04/30/11)

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IL: Store clerk saves the day for kidnapped couple

May 1, 2011
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"A couple in their 20s from Illinois told police they were on their way to Florissant to visit friends Wednesday night when they got off the interstate in St. Louis and got lost. They ended up at the 3900 block of Palm Avenue, where they say two teens who said they had a gun forced them to drive to ATMs for money. They ended up at a gas station at East Grand and North Broadway, where one of the victims got away from her captors long enough to tell a store clerk she was being robbed, she told police. One of the teen suspects then fired shots at the store clerk, a 33-year-old man who pulled a gun and returned fire. No one was hit. The robbers ran off unhurt." (04/30/11)

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OK: Governor signs gun rights law

April 27, 2011
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Paulis Valley Daily Democrat    

"This week, Fallin signed into law House Bill 1439, by Vaughan and co-authored by Ritze. The bill expands the right to use deadly force to business employees who have reason to fear death or great bodily harm. Previously, state law allowed individuals to use deadly force only in their homes; HB 1449 expands that right to include their place of business." (04/26/11)

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FL: Shooting in Palm Bay deemed “self-defense”

April 26, 2011
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Florida Today    

"An Easter Sunday shooting incident was determined to be an act of self defense, police said Monday. The victim, John Smith, 43, will face charges involving kidnapping, burglary and battery. He is in stable condition at a local hospital. Once Smith is medically cleared he will be arrested for the criminal charges following a domestic related confrontation that led to the shooting." (04/25/11)

 

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GA: Woman brings a gun to a knife fight

April 24, 2011
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WALB News    

"A domestic dispute at an Albany motel left two people wounded. Police say the boyfriend wouldn't let his girlfriend leave the motel. She says she shot him in self defense. Green tells police Curry got angry with her. He pulled out a knife and cut her chest just below her right breast and inside her right hand. Green said she got a handgun and shot Willie Curry in the right shoulder in self defense. She was able to get away. Officers did not arrest or charge anyone. Curry was treated and released from the hospital Friday night." (04/23/11)

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LA: Man opens fire, thwarts vehicle burglary

April 24, 2011
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"Two young men trying to burglarize a truck in Chalmette got the worst of it when one got his arm rolled over by the getaway driver and the other was shot at by the owner of the vehicle, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy James Pohlmann said. Both men escaped in a gray Dodge following the 7 p.m. incident Wednesday night in the 2300 block Corinne Drive. ... No charged were filed against the vehicle owner because he appeared to have acted in self defense, Pohlmann said." (04/22/11)

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PA: Pizza delivery drivers start packing

April 22, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Pittsburgh police are investigating three pizza delivery driver robberies in as many days, and it's a problem that goes beyond city borders. Mark Miller, who owns Double M's Pizza in Charleroi, told ... reporter Sheldon Ingram that he's giving his drivers the green light to arm themselves. 'If they do choose to carry a firearm, I am going to allow it, provided they have a carry permit and that they've gone through training,' Miller said." (04/20/11)

 

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WI: Tow operator won’t be charged for concealed carry, shootings

April 20, 2011
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    

"A tow truck driver who shot two men suspected of robbing him will not face charges for carrying a concealed weapon, the Milwaukee County district attorney's office announced Tuesday. The 28-year-old tow truck driver was called to the 9300 block of W. Silver Spring Drive on the city's northwest side to tow a car around 12:30 p.m. Friday when two men robbed him at knife point, police said. After handing over money, the driver struggled with the assailants, who cut him with a knife. The driver then took out a gun and shot both of the men, 18 and 22." (04/19/11)

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OK: Man killed in Medicine Park bar shootout

April 20, 2011
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News OK    

"Charles Timothy Taylor, 52, was escorted by Park Tavern employees out of the bar, 196 E Lake Dr., about midnight because several patrons had complained about his behavior, Brown said. Taylor then pulled out a knife and tried to stab bar employees and other patrons. ... Taylor shot at the owner and at a small crowd that had gathered, and fired inside the bar .... The bar's owner returned fire, fatally shooting Taylor, Brown said. 'I can’t imagine any self-respecting DA that would charge the bar owner for ventilating the perp.'" (04/18/11

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