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Kingsport, Tennessee Burglar Shot By Neighbor

August 15, 2009

Kingsport, Tennessee

From the August 4, 2009 Kingsport Times-News:

KINGSPORT — Police are investigating after a burglary suspect was shot by the alleged victim’s neighbor.

Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson said the incident occurred about 2:25 p.m. Monday.

Police said Dustin Eads, 29, was shot by Dennis McClanahan, 52, 2670 Pratt Road, Kingsport, after Eads allegedly attempted to steal something from McClanahan’s neighbor, Lisa Berry, 2644 Pratt Road, Kingsport.

McClanahan said he heard what sounded like glass breaking at his neighbor’s residence. He retrieved a .45-caliber handgun and went outside to check it out, said Anderson.

“He felt someone was trying to break in,” Anderson said.

Eads came outside carrying something in his hands, and a scuffle ensued when McClanahan confronted him, the sheriff said. Eads broke free, and McClanahan fired several shots as he jumped into a black Honda and drove away, Anderson said.


Harris County Homeowner Shoots Tire Iron Wielding Burglar

July 30, 2009

Harris County, Texas

From the July 28, 2009 Houston Chronicle:

A homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar who came at him with a tire iron Tuesday after breaking into a storage shed on the man’s property in east Harris County, officals said.

Although the shooting will be referred to a Harris County grand jury, investigators said it appears to be self-defense.

“He has the right to protect himself and his property,” said Sgt. Felipe Rivera, with the Harris County sheriff’s homicide division.

Investigators later Tuesday had not released the names of the homeowner or of the dead man.

Investigators suspect the incident was related to a burglary reported Monday at the same address. In that incident, the homeowner reported that a pair of hunting crossbows had been stolen.

On Tuesday, the homeowner saw a car about 3:30 p.m. as it pulled into the driveway leading to the home in the 100 block of Cedar Lane in Channelview.

After checking with his father-in-law, who lives in another home on the same property, the man took his .45-caliber pistol and went outside to confront the man he had seen in the car, investigators said.

The man was carrying empty cases used to hold crossbows when the homeowner confronted him in the driveway.

“He pulled out his gun and ordered the suspect to stop,” Rivera said. “The suspect threw the cases down and produced the tire iron.”

The homeowner fired once with the pistol. He fired a second time when the man continued moving toward him.

The man got into his car then began grabbing for the pistol, Rivera said.

“They struggled for the gun and he (the homeowner) fires two or three more shots,” Rivera said.

The man tried to drive away, but struck a support column for a large covered car port, causing it to partially collapse.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Rivera said.

Plainfield, Connecticut Man Scares Off Burglar With Shotgun

July 30, 2009

Plainfield, Connecticut

From the July 21, 2009 Stamford (Conn.) Advocate:

PLAINFIELD, Conn.—Plainfield and state police are looking for an intruder who apparently was scared off when a homeowner fired his shotgun.

Police say John Gold heard noises inside his home late Monday night and got out of bed to investigate and saw the movement of a flashlight.

Police say when Gold couldn’t immediately find his cell phone to call 911, he grabbed his shotgun and began loading it when the intruder confronted him.

Gold told police he fired one shot and the intruder, who apparently was not injured, took off.

Unbelievable Excuses From Burglars in Alaska

July 22, 2009

Soldotna, Alaska

From the July 22, 2009 Anchorage Daily News:

Daniel Ames reckons he dealt one for the good guys on Saturday night near Soldotna when he came home, found two burglars in his house, wrestled with them over a pistol, then took them down, telling them he was going to blow off their knees if they didn’t start following his orders.

One of the two 21-year-olds charged with the burglary turned out to be Ames’ next-door neighbor, according to a report from the Alaska State Troopers. The young man registered a blood alcohol content of .418, which is more than five times the legal limit to drive.

Ames called the young men bandits.

The 49-year-old construction worker was returning home from work on Saturday around 9 p.m. when a neighbor told him some kids were wandering around near his home, which was being remodeled.

He rushed home to find his neighbor, Chance Tallman, and Joshua Simons trying to walk out of his house with a $125 ceiling fan, he said.

Ames said he wasn’t going to let those guys get away with burglary.

“What are you two buttheads doing in my house?” he said.

To that, apparently, one of the young men said, “Who are you calling buttheads?” and began to pull out a Glock pistol.

Ames grabbed for it and began wrestling, thrashing Tallman’s hand against wall studs to loosen his grip. The gun broke loose and then, according to Ames, the men looked ready to carry on with their fists. That’s when he pulled out his own concealed weapon, also a Glock. He shot into the ground to let the burglars know he was serious, he said.

He told the men to get down on their knees. If they didn’t, he was going to blow off their kneecaps.

He had them. Drama over. Good guy wins. Or so he says.

Tallman told troopers a different story. He was merely trespassing, picked up the fan to admire it, thinking his mother would like it, and then Ames barged in the door, put him in a chokehold, then recklessly shot the gun into the floor.

As for the Glock, that was his mother’s, Tallman told the troopers. She showed up on the scene afterward and confirmed it was hers, troopers said.

Simons admitted to troopers that he was trespassing but said he was only admiring the construction work.

Troopers charged Tallman with burglary, theft, assault and misconduct with a weapon. Simons faces burglary and theft charges.

Trooper Sgt. James Truesdell, who investigated the case, said that when he arrived Ames had both men on the ground in the front yard. A Glock 23 was on the ground with a round in the chamber. Ames told the trooper that he had taken the pistol from Tallman, Truesdell wrote in his report.

The trooper said he didn’t charge Ames with any crime but the district attorney may feel differently after reading the report. When asked what he meant, he read Alaska statutes on what constitutes legal defense of life and property.

Anderson, California Man Shoots Thief

July 16, 2009

Anderson, California

From the July 13, 2009 Redding (Cal.) Record-Searchlight:

An Anderson man shot and killed a 33-year-old Burney man early Sunday after he allegedly caught him trying to steal property from his Tranquil Lane home, investigators said.

Jerry Kirk called 911 about 3:40 a.m. saying he’d just shot a man in his front yard, Shasta County sheriff’s Capt. Dave Compomizzo said.

Curtis Evin Ingalls died from his wounds on the property, Compomizzo said. The home sits behind a gate at the end of a quiet street surrounded by walnut orchards and horse pastures.

Compomizzo declined to say how many times Ingalls had been shot with Kirk’s handgun or where he had been hit.

The two men knew each other, Compomizzo said.

Kirk went to confront Ingalls after he caught him trying to take tools and other equipment from the property, Compomizzo said.

“He didn’t assault Kirk, but he went after him,” Compomizzo said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Crime scene investigators remained at the property throughout the morning, and investigators continued interviewing witnesses and family members throughout the day, Compomizzo said.

Ingalls has a lengthy criminal history in Shasta County. On Wednesday, he pleaded no contest to obstructing an executive officer, a felony, according to electronic Shasta County Superior Court records.

He was to be sentenced Aug. 5.

In January, Ingalls pleaded no contest to obstructing a police officer and injuring a police dog. He was sentenced to 63 days in Shasta County jail, court records show.

Blountville homeowner holds burglary suspect at gunpoint

June 20, 2009

Blountville, Tennessee

From the June 17, 2009 Kingsport, Tenn. Times-News:

A Blountville homeowner held an intruder at gunpoint when he spotted him going into his travel camper Tuesday morning.

The Reedy Creek Lane resident told Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies he first thought a relative had entered his camper, which was parked in his driveway.

When he discovered the man was a stranger, he went to get his gun.

He returned with his pistol to find the man inside his car, which was parked next to the camper, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.

The homeowner held the man at gunpoint until deputies arrived to arrest him.

Utah: Concealed weapons permit holder stops would-be robbers

June 18, 2009

Midvale, Utah

From KSL of June 17, 2009

Concealed weapons permit holder stops would-be robbers

A man with a concealed weapons permit stopped two would-be Midvale robbers from making off with his friend’s stuff.

Police say the men were coming home from an errand around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning when they spotted the suspects with their things. The suspects took off on foot.

One of the men being robbed grabbed a gun from his truck and started running after them.

Midvale police Detective Sgt. John Salazar said, “Grabs a loaded .40-caliber handgun and chases with the gun, shooting rounds either into the air or into the ground as they were chasing.”

The gunfire stopped the suspects dead in their tracks. The men held the robbers at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested them.

No one was hurt.

Oklahoma: Intruder shot dead at southside Oklahoma City house

June 11, 2009

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

From the The Oklahoman of May 27, 2009

Intruder shot dead at southside Oklahoma City house

An Oklahoma City homeowner on Tuesday shot and killed an intruder he found inside his house during his lunch break, police said.

Scott Henson saw a blue pickup in his driveway at 2200 SW 57 when he made his daily trip home for lunch, said his wife, Delores Henson.

“Apparently, there was someone inside the house,” Delores Henson said. “So he (Scott) shot and killed him. … I don’t know if he had to defend himself or what.”

Scott Henson pulled out a handgun and shot the intruder about 11:30 a.m., police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. Knight and Delores Henson said they didn’t know if the intruder, whose identity was not released, had a weapon.

Delores Henson said her husband has a license to carry a concealed weapon. She was at work when Scott Henson called.

“He just called and said he had shot somebody, that was it,” she said.

A neighbor, Daryl Kindrick, said he has lived in the neighborhood 20 years and there have been a number of home burglaries over the years.

“I’ve been robbed twice,” Kindrick said. “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s a shame someone got hurt.”

Ripon, Wisconsin Burglar Caught At Gunpoint

June 10, 2009

Ripon, Wisconsin

From June 1, 2009 Chicago channel 7:

This Town of Ripon homeowner was craftier than the armed burglar trying to rob his house.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department officials say the homeowner held a 23-year-old man attempting to steal cash, firearms and other items by gunpoint until police arrived around 1:20 a.m. Friday.

Lt. Bill Flood says the homeowner saw lights on in his house, crept into his driveway, retrieved a handgun and waited for the burglar to come out.

Ripon police and sheriff’s deputies arrested the victim’s 24-year-old girlfriend in a nearby vehicle. Officials say she dropped him off.

Lima, Ohio Burglar Shot

May 31, 2009

Lima, Ohio

From the May 8, 2009

LIMA – A wannabe burglar may be walking around with a lead reminder of a Friday break-in.

Lima Police believe the man who reportedly broke into a home in the 800 block of West Wayne Street early Friday morning may have been shot by the home’s owner.

The incident occurred just before 4 a.m. Friday, according to Lima Police Detective Kent Miller. The home’s owner was sitting in his living room, just about an hour after coming home from working third shift, when he heard a bang from the next room. He walked in and saw a man in his house by the front door. The homeowner turned around and grabbed his .22 revolver and yelled at the intruder, who then rushed at him, Miller said. He fired one shot before the would-be burglar fled.

Police believe the bullet may have struck the intruder, but found no blood or other evidence of injury at the scene.

“We think he hit him mainly because of the distance between them. He was just three or four feet away, but we didn’t find any blood,” Miller said.

Police have notified hospitals around the region to keep an eye out for a man seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. Miller said he believes if the man is wounded he may try to treat himself or ask friends for help.