From the Great State of Texas comes this news:
A liquor store clerk in Leander, Texas, shot and fatally wounded a 22-year-old man allegedly stealing alcohol on Wednesday.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that police were called about a theft at the store, then a confrontation between the store clerk and one of the three alleged thieves led to shots being fired.
Twenty-two-year-old Johnny Cabrera was struck by the clerk’s gunfire.
FOX 7 Austin noted that police found Cabrera a mile and a half from the liquor store “suffering from gunshot wounds.” He died while being transported to the hospital.
…keyword: “wounds” (pl.)
The usual, please:
From one of my favorite small towns in America, Tuscaloosa AL comes this little bit of family protection:
Executive summary: Ex-boyfriend gets nasty, girl’s brother comes to her defense, and ex-boyfriend assumes room temperature soon thereafter. The details?
“[Ex-boyfriend] Giles had been in a previous relationship with the sister,” Kennedy said. “It was reported that Giles had been physically abusive to her in the past … The residents reported that during the day Saturday Giles made threats to come to the apartment. Giles later arrived at the apartment, broke down the door, entered, and began physically assaulting the sister. As this was occurring, her brother armed himself. The brother fired his weapon and Giles was struck, and did not survive.”
…and justice takes its course.
From NE Austin (TX) — not to be confused with the City of Austin — comes this cheery news:
According to the Austin Police Department, at around 5:31 a.m., officers responded to a call in the 7600 block of Bethune Avenue, where a female resident reported a man attempting to break into her home through the door and a window. The caller then stated that the male suspect had entered the home, followed by the sound of gunshots.
Upon arrival at the scene, the APD officers and EMS medics found the male suspect dead. APD says the preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect was shot by one of the residents in self-defense.
The interesting part of the story to me is that the dead goblin is not, as one might think, a teenage choirboy, but a sixty-something asshole. Whatever. Asshole is asshole, regardless of age, and dead is dead. (Thankee, Reader Brad for the alert.)
From Reader Mike L. comes this heartwarming tale.
Executive summary: Guy tracks his stolen truck with some tracking gizmo, confronts thief when he finds it, thief pulls a gun, whereupon lawful owner pulls his gun and sends thief off to his just reward.
Best part, though, is the handwringing response from the fuzz:
“If you are to get your vehicle stolen, I know that it’s frustrating, but please do not take matters into your own hands like this,” Soliz said. “ … it’s never safe to take matters into your own hands as you can see … by this incident.”
Not safe for the Choirboy, perhaps… but otherwise, a pretty decent outcome.
Executive summary: Goblin tries to hold up food truck; owner shoots him “multiple times” instead; choirboy assumes room temperature right there in the parking lot.
From St. Louis, no less:
An alleged carjacker was shot and killed by an armed driver around 6 a.m. Wednesday in St. Louis, Missouri.
…giving rise to the immortal line:
“Gimme yo’ mutherfucken car!”
“Nah… have a couple of my motherfucking bullets instead.”