Archive for October, 2008

Ohio: Pet Shop Owner Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect

October 28, 2008

Cleveland, Ohio

From MyFoxCleveland of October 27, 2008

Pet Shop Owner Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect

Cleveland Police believe a shop owner who shot a robbery suspect Monday acted in self-defense.

Police were called to the Cleveland Aviary on Bosworth Avenue in Cleveland (see Google map below ) Monday afternoon. According to Lt. Thomas Stacho, the suspect was dead on the front step of the pet shop when the first officers arrived.

According to police, the 86-year-old shop owner, whose name police did not release, was in the back room of the shop when the robber entered. Police said there was one clerk working in the front of the shop.

“The robber set upon him, immediately put a knife to his throat and ordered him to open the cash register,” Stacho said.

Police said the shop owner came out the back room with a gun and asked the robber to leave.

“He ordered the robber to leave; the robber did not; he approached him in a menacing manner and the second man fired one round striking the man in the chest killing him,” Stacho said.

The shop owner’s daughter, Maria Oviero, said the shop had been the target of thieves before. She said her father got a gun after a couple of failed robbery attempts. She hoped he would never have to use the gun.

“It’s sad that he has to use that kind of force. It’s sad, but he had to do what he had to do. I’m just glad he is OK,” Oviero said.

Police did not release the name of the suspect.

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Texas: Pawn shop clerk shoots, kills would-be robber

October 27, 2008

Harris County, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of October 25, 2008

Pawn shop clerk shoots, kills would-be robber

A pawn shop clerk shot and fatally injured an armed man allegedly attempting to rob the northwest Harris County business Saturday evening, authorities said.

The gunman entered Gulf Coast Pawn and Jewelry store in the 9400 block of Louetta Road and attempted to rob the business at 5:56 p.m. when he was shot by one of the store clerks, authorities said.

He was taken to Willowbrook Methodist Hospital where he later died, authorities said.

Florida: Hillsborough teacher shoots and kills intruder

October 24, 2008

Tampa, Florida

From Tampa Bay 10 of October 24, 2008

Hillsborough teacher shoots and kills intruder

A Hillsborough County middle school teacher shot and killed a burglar who burst into her home Friday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say 62-year-old Juanita Enzor was in her bedroom around 5 a.m. when a man kicked in the front door. Detectives say when the man confronted Enzor, she grabbed her gun and fired, shooting the man in the chest.

The bleeding, injured suspect then started attacking Enzor, but she managed to escape and run from her home.

Deputies arrived at the scene on Kirkland Drive and found the suspect dead inside.

Enzor was slightly injured in the attack. She is a 6th grade teacher at Memorial Middle School in Tampa.

The suspect has been identified as 40-year-old Mark C. Johnson.

Kentucky: Deer Hunter In Harlan County Shoots Bear

October 24, 2008

Harlan County, Kentucky

From WKYT of October 23, 2008

Deer Hunter In Harlan County Shoots Bear

A deer hunter in Harlan County fatally shot a black bear with his muzzleloader after the animal came too close to his hunting blind last Saturday morning.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Shane Amburgey determined the hunter, 30-year-old Bobby Koger of Cumberland, acted in self-defense due to the proximity of the bear. “He said the bear came right to his blind and almost stuck his head inside when he shot it,” Amburgey said. “We found blood from the bear within a foot of the blind.”

A blind is a type of camouflaged tent used by hunters to conceal themselves from game.
No charges were filed in the case. Another hunter at the scene, 31-year-old James Forester of Cumberland, shot the bear a second time, in an attempt to protect his friend. Investigators found the dead 250-pound male black bear approximately 700-800 yards away. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. Oct. 18 on Black Mountain, located near Gap Branch in northeastern Harlan County.

Wildlife Biologist Steven Dobey, black bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said bears rarely approach people in such a direct manner unless they smell food. Amburgey said Koger did not have food inside the blind with him.

“It is likely this bear was investigating the blind out of pure curiosity,” Dobey said.
Koger told investigators that he initially saw two bears in the clearing that he was hunting. Koger said one of the bears started trotting toward him when he started yelling at Forester, who was asleep at a gas well approximately 50 yards away, according to Koger’s statement.

Koger said he started yelling at the bear, but it did not stop coming. Koger told investigators he shot the bear from 3 feet away. Forester told Amburgey that the bear came back to its feet after the shot and tried to get inside the blind. Forester said he shot the bear and it ran away. The second bear did not approach the hunters.

“The fact that yelling did not deter the bear from approaching the blind suggests it likely did not recognize the concealed hunter as a person,” Dobey said. “Given the location of the incident, however, it is also possible this bear had lost its fear of people.”

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North Carolina: Resident shot suspect during burglary

October 24, 2008

Fayetteville, North Carolina

From WRAL of October 23, 2008

Fayetteville police: Resident shot suspect during burglary

Fayetteville police said that a resident shot and wounded a suspect during a home break-in Thursday afternoon.

Two people forced their way into a residence in the 400 block of Acacia Circle around 2:30 p.m., officers said. The victim was at home and heard the burglars as they tried to take several items.

Investigators said that the resident confronted the burglars with a firearm. The resident shot one person in the lower leg and detained him until police arrived.

The second burglar fled the scene by unknown means, police said.

The suspect was transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said they plan to charge him with felony breaking-and-entering and felony larceny. Investigators have not been able to determine the man’s identity.

Detectives remained at the crime scene late Thursday afternoon.

Missouri: Police say Scott County burglary suspect stopped by armed homeowner

October 24, 2008

Benton, Missouri

From the Southeast Missourian of October 23, 2008

Police say Scott County burglary suspect stopped by armed homeowner

Scott County deputies arrested a 35-year-old Sikeston man Wednesday in connection with an attempted burglary, according to a Scott County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Jason Roach allegedly approached a residence on County Highway 538 on Tuesday and rang the doorbell. Police say Roach turned the doorknob and would have gained entry, according to the homeowner, were it not for the safety latch on the door.

Roach entered the home through a rear garage entrance where he was greeted by the homeowner, who held a handgun, according to the news release.

Roach allegedly told the homeowner he was lost and asked for directions.

Roach had recently been charged with another burglary and was currently out on bond. He is currently held at Scott County Jail on $5,000 cash-only bond.

Florida: No Charges In Bingo Shooting

October 24, 2008

Pensacola, Florida

From the WKRG of October 23, 2008

No Charges In Bingo Shooting

No charges will likely be filed against the manager of a Pensacola bingo hall who took the law into his own hands.

Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies say Chad England shot and killed an armed robber who stormed into Beachside Bingo on Jackson Street in Pensacola.

Investigators say Alton Prewitt, 20, entered the bingo hall around 10pm Wednesday. According to witnesses, Prewitt demanded money and fired at least one shot in the ceiling before England grabbed his own gun and fired back.

Prewitt was pronounced dead on the scene. No one else in the bingo hall was hurt.

“It looks like a clear case of self defense,” says Glenn Austin, spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Austin says he believes England was within his rights to shoot the suspect. “He was defending himself and everyone else in the parlor,” he says.

Florida has a law that allows residents to protect themselves when they are attacked. The state’s “Stand Your Ground Law” makes it legal to use deadly force against an intruder.

Texas: Pizza Delivery Man Shoots, Fends Off Would-Be Robbers

October 23, 2008

Lufkin, Texas

From Fox News of October 23, 2008

Pizza Delivery Man Shoots, Fends Off Would-Be Robbers

A pizza delivery man who was taking an order to a house in East Texas pulled out a gun and opened fire on two would-be robbers, police said.

One of the alleged robbers was hospitalized after getting shot in the back, Lufkin police said. The Papa John’s pizza delivery man, who’s licensed to carry a handgun, wasn’t hurt.

The shooting was Tuesday night, after the delivery man walked up to a house and rang a doorbell, Lufkin police said. It turned out the house was vacant and two armed men approached him from the side of the house, The Lufkin Daily News reported Thursday. The delivery man drew a .22 caliber Derringer and fired two shots, and the assailants ran away, police said.

It appears unlikely the delivery man will face any charges since he “was defending himself at the time of the shooting,” Lufkin Police Lt. David Young said.

A call placed to the restaurant and a call to the chain’s corporate headquarters in Louisville, Ky., weren’t immediately returned Thursday.

Police said Johnx R. Greer, 18, was arrested at a hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the back. He’s been charged with aggravated robbery and was being held in the Angelina County Jail on a $100,000 bond. His attorney, John Tunnell, did not return a call Thursday.

Wyoming: Man shoots mountain lion in self defense

October 22, 2008

Cokeville, Wyoming

From Local 8 News of October 20, 2008

Man shoots mountain lion in self defense

An Afton hunter killed a mountain lion earlier this month while hunting deer with his father in western Wyoming.

The state Game and Fish Department determined the killing was self defense.

Adam Lancaster told Warden Todd Graham that he killed the mountain lion on Oct. 7 as it approached the hunters while they were field dressing and boning a buck mule deer they had killed.

The encounter occurred in the north end of Wyoming lion hunt Area 14 in the Coal Creek drainage, about four miles south of U.S. 89 on Salt Pass. No one was injured.

They reported the incident immediately.

Kansas: Homeowner thwarts home robbery attempt

October 22, 2008

Wichita, Kansas

From the Wichita Eagle of October 21, 2008

Homeowner thwarts home robbery attempt

Wichita police are looking for three suspects involved in an attempted residential robbery early Monday morning.

A 54-year-old man said a man kicked open the front door of his house in the 2000 block of South Madison at about 12:40 a.m. Monday and pointed a gun at him and his 21-year-old daughter.

The man told police he grabbed the gun and forced the suspect to the front lawn, where he saw two others.

One of the other suspects fired a shotgun at the victim, and the suspects ran north from the yard. As the suspects drove away from the area, the victim said, one of them fired a handgun at the house.

No injuries were reported.