Recent Self-Defense Gun Cases

December 28, 2005 Lexington, KY
According to police, two citizens helped catch a bank robber Wednesday in Harlan. When police arrived at the Home Federal Bank, two citizens were holding the suspect at gunpoint.

December 28, 2005 Denver, CO.
. . . The homeowner -- whose name hasn't been released -- said a noise woke him up and when he went to check it out, he saw someone downstairs. He grabbed his rifle and ran after the man. "The suspect ran from the house. The homeowner pursued him outside the residence. The homeowner fired a shot into the ground in an attempt to keep the person here," said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson. While trying to run away, the suspect fell twice. Gibson struck his head on the floor while running down the stairs in the house and fell again on an icy driveway outside the house. He left a bloody trail and was found lying down in a field a short distance away. Gibson was treated and released from the hospital and jailed for investigation of burglary and theft charges. . . .

December 27, 2005 Memphis, TN
Police in Collierville say a homeowner shot and killed one of several people who broke into his house over the weekend.
Police Lieutenant Greg Flint says homeowner Brian Harper was awakened by his burglar alarm early Saturday and fired at the intruders with a .45-caliber handgun, striking one of them. Flint says the others scattered and Harper doesn't know if the several other shots he fired hit anyone else. Police say none of the home invaders fired a weapon, but investigators don't know if any of them had one. Police identified the dead intruder from fingerprints and say he was 28-year-old Lakim Duffy. His police record shows arrests since 1998 for violations including criminal trespass, especially aggravated robbery and cocaine possession.

December 20, 2005 CARRBORO, NC
Two men were hospitalized -- one with critical injuries, the other with a serious wound -- after a home invasion led to a double shooting late Monday night. A woman, her two young children, her boyfriend and her boyfriend's brother were in the apartment when two men entered the residence, according to Carrboro Police Capt. Joel Booker. . . . He added that if self-defense was the motive, as it appears, then the man who shot the intruder would not face charges.

December 19, 2005 Far-Eastside, Indiana
An off-duty Indiana State Police trooper shot and killed a suspected burglar at his Far-Eastside home this morning. According to state police investigators, the suspect first knocked at the home's front door and then attempted to kick it in. Trooper Joel Wilson, a 6-year veteran, fired two shots through the door, striking the suspect, according to state police spokesman First Sgt. Dave Bursten. The shooting occurred at 11:40 a.m. and the suspect was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:11 p.m. Bursten said Wilson's home near 21st Street and German Church Road had been burglarized about a month earlier. His service revolver was stolen then and Wilson used his replacement gun in today's shooting, Bursten said.

December 17, 2005 Conway, AR
A Conway man who shot two Faulkner County deputies was shot to death by a resident of the home he broke into early Friday morning.

December 5, 2005 Milwaukee, WI
Police treating shooting at club as self-defense . . . The bar owner was trying to clear the bar when Hester pulled out a gun, fired into the ceiling and pointed the gun at the bartender and other people in the bar, Schwartz said. The bartender, 36, who was not identified, drew a gun from his holster and shot Hester in the back of the head, she said.

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