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Sep 10 08 11:27 PM
A neighbor who provided refuge for the resident and his family after the attack recounted what the man told him. The resident heard scuffling and banging
on his door, said Robert Jerome, the neighbor. Looking through a peephole, the resident saw a man holding a .22 caliber pump-action rifle, Jerome said. By
the time the man got his shotgun, the intruders had partially opened the door, the resident told Jerome and police. The resident fired once through the gap
in the doorway, striking a 19-year-old Sacramento man, police said. The other suspect or suspects fled, but the 19-year-old, dropped the gun from his hand,
staggered into the cul de sac before collapsing dead, the resident told the neighbor and police.
After the shooting, the resident frantically ran up and down his street, yelling for someone to call 911, neighbors said. "He said, 'I shot
someone.' He was crying and hysterical. I've never seen a grown man jumping up and down in tears like that," Jerome said. Jerome said he saw the
body of the attacker in the street and he was wearing a beanie and gloves. The resident appears to have been acting in self-defense and feared for his
safety, said Sacramento Police Officer Konrad Von Schoech. As of Tuesday afternoon, police said they didn't anticipate charging the resident.
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3 die in brawl over penis size
11/09/2008 14:13 - (SA)
Durban - Three men were shot dead and two others critically wounded in a Durban tavern following an argument
over the size of male genitals, police said on Thursday.
Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said the shooting took place at the Merseyside Restaurant and Bar at the
Queensmead Mall in Durban's Umbilo suburb on Wednesday night.
Five people were arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning. Two of those arrested were found in
possession of firearms, which police believe were the weapons used in the shooting. All five were residents of the Phoenix area.
The argument apparently began when a patron of Indian descent made a comment about the size of a white
patron's genitals while both were at the tavern's urinals.
An officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "The white man went to the toilet and an Indian
guy followed him. While in the urinal, the Indian man told the white man that his penis was bigger than his (that of the white man).
"The white man left the urinal and told his friends about what had happened and this is when the argument
Vulgarities were exchanged and then a group of five Indian men left the restaurant and all five returned with
Mngomezulu said: "The men opened fire and three victims aged between 30 and 55 years died on the spot.
Another two were rushed to St Augustine's Hospital in a critical condition."
Mngomezulu said he believed that as the argument had developed between the two groups, it had possibly become
However, a senior staff member at restaurant, confirming the shooting said that the initial argument had been
"That's what initiated it (the argument) and it obviously got out of hand. That's all I'm
prepared to say," he said speaking on condition of anonymity.
None of the staff members or suspects were injured in the shooting.
Sep 18 08 12:23 AM
SAN PABLO, Calif. (KCBS) -- The owner of A&L Posters had been the
victim of several violent robberies at his store, and reached for a gun beneath the counter when two would-be thieves tried to take over his business
on Tuesday night. Two armed men burst into the store around 5 p.m. and the owner, whose name was withheld by police, fired at the one who vaulted over
the counter, according to Lt. Mark Foisie. The intruder, still not identified, died at the scene. His accomplice fled. The one customer in the store at
the time was not hurt. Foisie said the store had been robbed several times, and on one occasion the owner was shot at and beaten.
Sep 18 08 12:32 AM
Noel Nagi says he was ready to give the gun-toting would-be robber the cash - about $150. "Just don't do anything crazy. There's
a baby." Around the counter-top corner, Nagi's 7-month-old grandson was perched on his father's knee. His mother, Nagi's daughter, stood
nearby. "I don't give a f-," Nagi recalls the man saying as he pivoted and leveled the gun at the boy. Then a customer pulled open the A1A
Discount Beverage door. In a heartbeat, the gunman was distracted. The father, Yamen Abdelfattah, handed off the infant to its mother. She rushed him to the
closed office in two steps. The gunman's attention and weapon then returned to Nagi, the store's owner. And the babe's father, a gun-carrying
veteran of the check-cashing business, pulled his weapon, rounded the corner and fired. He said someone asked why he fired so many shots. He shrugged,
"How many shots does it take to kill someone? I don't know." But he said, "It's family first."
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Gonzalez, a wiry, graying 63-year-old, had endured several break-ins at his trailer in a hard-scrabble community east of town when four boys, ranging in age
from 11 to 15, broke into his trailer to rummage for chips and soda in July 2007. Gonzalez was in a nearby building at the time. Gonzalez went into the trailer
and confronted the boys with a 16-gauge shotgun. The boys, who were unarmed, were forced to their knees, attorneys on both sides say. The boys claim they were
begging for forgiveness when Gonzalez hit them with the barrel of the shotgun and kicked them repeatedly. Then, the medical examiner testified, 13-year-old
Francisco Anguiano was shot in the back at point-blank range. Two mashed Twinkies and some cookies were stuffed in the pockets of his shorts. Another boy,
Jesus Soto Jr., now 16, testified that Gonzalez ordered them at gunpoint to take Francisco's body outside. But folks in this border city scarred by drug
violence across the Rio Grande defend Gonzalez's actions.
Sep 27 08 12:53 PM
LEAD: When a teen-age burglar tried to flee through the front door of a house recently, the owner of the house shot him in the back of the head, killing
When a teen-age burglar tried to flee through the front door of a house recently, the owner of the house shot him in the back of the head, killing
In most states, the homeowner might have faced charges for the use of deadly force, since his life was not threatened at the time of the shooting.
But no charges were filed against the man, Francis Boutcher, 69 years old, because the case came under an unusual Colorado statute that protects people
from any criminal charge or civil suit if they use force -including deadly force - against an invader of the home. It is commonly called the ''make
my day'' law.
The law stipulates that the ''uninvited entry'' must have occurred for criminal purposes like burglary, or that the resident had a
reasonable belief that the intruder's motives were criminal.
The law's nickname comes from the 1983 movie ''Sudden Impact,'' in which Clint Eastwood, as Detective Harry Callahan, holds a gun on a
criminal suspect and says, ''Go ahead, make my day,'' daring the suspect to give him an excuse to shoot.
In the most recent application of the law, prosecutors cleared Mr. Boutcher in the killing of Laureano Jacobo Grieigo Jr., 18. The young man lived a few
blocks from Mr. Boutcher in Longmont, near Boulder. The killing took place on May 13 and prosecutors made their determination a few days later.
''This case fit squarely in our so-called make my day law,'' said Assistant District Attorney William C. Wise of Boulder.
''It's a perfect example of applying a law in the manner that the Legislature intended.''
The Colorado law differs from the traditional legal notion of self-defense in several ways. A person need not feel threatened to invoke force. In fact,
the law provides that property crimes, not just violent crimes, are grounds for use of force.
The law also protects the person who uses force from going through a trial, in contrast to self-defense, which must be asserted in a courtroom. It has
been used only a handful of times since it was enacted in 1985, Colorado prosecutors said. No other state is believed to have such a law.
Westerners have a long history of stringently enforcing property laws, Tom Smith, an official with the American Bar Association, pointed out.
''Keep in mind, horse thievery was a hanging offense out there,'' he said. ''That was the death penalty for a property crime. It
would be like executing someone for stealing a car.''
Dr. William Wilbanks, a criminologist at Florida International University, said that in some cases, the law had been used as a shield for criminal
''The law can protect drug dealers, people in love triangles, those who assault police officers,'' said Dr. Wilbanks, who has written a
book, ''The Make My Day Law: Colorado's Experiment in Home Protection.''
''The danger is not that this kind of law will be abandoned, but that it will be extended even more, '' said Dr. Wilbanks. ''The
public sentiment is clearly behind this kind of law.''
The law explicitly covers homes alone; it does not cover actions outside the home and does not cover businesses. Phillip Connaghan was unable to make a
''make my day'' claim after a booby trap he rigged in his Denver repair shop to shoot intruders killed a 19-year-old burglar in April.
Moreover, the law forbids using spring-activated weapons ''when not attended by a competent person,'' and the booby trap was
spring-activated. Mr. Connaghan was not in the building when the burglar was killed.
''So the only person around was the burglar,'' said Deputy District Attorney Lamar Sims of Denver, ''and the law would hardly
consider him competent.''
Mr. Connaghan, whose shop had been broken into repeatedly, found wide support for his actions among Denver residents. He was convicted of manslaughter,
but prosecutors have said they will not ask that he do time in prison.
In the Boulder County case, the intruder made enough noise to awaken the homeowner. Mr. Boutcher has been praised by some people here as a hero, but he
was badly shaken.
He told reporters: ''There is no glory in it. God did not put us on this earth to take other people's lives. A young man has lost his life on
Mother's Day. It's a tragedy. It's too much.''
Mr. Wise, the prosecutor in Boulder, said that while the law worked in that case, he still had his reservations about it. ''What about the man who
gets kicked out of his house, goes back to get his clothes, and gets drilled in the back by his wife?'' he asked. ''Should she be protected
under this law?''
While some legal experts express misgivings, the law has been popular among politicians. ''How can you not come out in favor of somebody defending
his home?'' Mr. Sims said.
Sep 28 08 2:48 AM
A bad seed was plucked and the rest of the crop was saved.
A Texas jury acquitted a man accused of killing a boy who broke into his home looking for a snack - a case that sparked outrage in this border city, where many
thought the man should not have even been charged. It took the jury of eight men and four women three hours Friday to find Jose Luis Gonzalez, 63, not guilty of murdering Francisco Anguiano, who was 13 when he and three friends broke into Gonzalez's
trailer to rummage for snacks and soda one night in July 2007. Gonzalez said he was sorry for Anguiano's death, but "it was a situation in which I
feared for my life." Many people in Laredo - a town just across the Rio Grande from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where drug violence runs rampant - defended Gonzalez's actions. In online responses to
articles published by the Morning Times, comments included statements such as "The kid got what he deserved" and calls to "stop the unfair
Sep 29 08 2:08 AM
Sep 29 08 2:38 AM
Indianapolis - Metro Police say a father killed an intruder in his daughter's bedroom in an apparent act of self-defense. According to police,
52-year-old David Meyers broke into a home in the 3500 block of West 79th Street early Sunday morning and entered the bedroom of a 17-year-old girl. He was
carrying condoms, a rope and a knife, wearing nothing but a mask and a pair of latex gloves. "He had come in, apparently, with the objective of raping
her," IMPD Sgt. Matt Mount said. She was screaming as her father ran into the bedroom and fought off the attacker. When police arrived, the father had his
arm around the intruder's throat and was holding him. "The father was able to get his arm around this guy's neck and throat and has him down on
the ground. The mother calls 911, the police get there," Sgt. Mount described. "They tell the guy, 'Okay, you can let go of him now, we're
here, we'll take care of this.' As he then releases his hold on him and putting the cuffs on him they realize he's unresponsive." Meyers was
pronounced dead a short time later at the scene. Police say Meyers was a convicted sex offender, released from jail after serving half of his 20-year sentence.
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In the Southwest Philadelphia killing, a man in his 20s was fatally shot twice in the chest shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday in the 5100 block of Warrington
Street near South 52d Street. Police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien said the man and a 17-year-old male accomplice were trying to rob two other men on the
street, who shot them, O'Brien said. The teen was shot twice in the left arm and was in custody in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania last night.
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