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1 suspect killed, 1 charged in Hattiesburg home invasion

One man was killed and another arrested Sunday night during a home invasion in Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg police responded to the home invasion around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Orange Street.

The homeowners said two men rushed into their home, displayed a hand gun and demanded money, Hattiesburg police spokeswoman Lt. LaTosha Myers-Mitchell said.

One of the suspects, Justin Woodland, 17, of Hattiesburg was shot by the homeowner. He was transported to Forrest General Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

The second suspect, Anton Smith, 29, of Hattiesburg was charged with burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and leaving the scene an accident. He was booked into Forrest County Jail.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner, but the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to call Hattiesburg police at (601) 544-7900 or Metro Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

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Authorities identify suspected intruder who was fatally shot during apparent home invasion

DOWNEY — Authorities have identified the suspected intruder who was killed by a homeowner during an apparent home invasion early Friday morning in this southern Bannock County town.

Joseph Lloyd, 34, of Pocatello, was fatally shot by the homeowner around 4 a.m. Friday while forcing his way through the door of the residence on Barnes Lane off Highway 40 just west of Downey city limits, according to the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said no charges are pending against the man who killed Lloyd because all indications are that the man opened fire in defense of himself and other family members who were at home at the time.

Lloyd was struck by the gunfire and died at the scene — prior to the arrival of responding sheriff’s deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy is being performed on Lloyd to determine how many times he was shot.

Authorities said based on their findings thus far in the investigation all indications are that Lloyd was invading the home when he was killed.

The Sheriff’s Office is not yet commenting on what type of gun was used to kill Lloyd or whether Lloyd was armed as well.

Lloyd has a criminal record and was released from the Bannock County Jail about two weeks ago after being arrested on a felony drug charge, authorities said.

The name of the man who killed Lloyd is not going to be released, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office does want to make it clear that it appears Lloyd was acting alone and “there is no evidence indicating any further threat” to public safety as a result of the apparent home invasion.

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13-Year-Old Boy Home Alone, Shoots Intruders

A 13-year-old South Carolina boy used his mother’s gun to fend off two home intruders while he was home alone.

According to The Post and Courier, one man was shot and killed by the 13-year-old, while the other was later caught and arrested.

Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, of Summerville, South Carolina, was pronounced dead at a medical center after suffering gunshot wounds in the burglary. Brown was dropped off at the hospital by the other suspect, Ira Bennett, 28, of North Charleston, after the pair fled the Ladson home where the shooting took place.

Bennett was later arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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60-year-old woman shoots, kills home invasion suspect

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK/CNN) – A 60-year-old Texas woman shot and killed an intruder during a home invasion, authorities said.

Harris County deputies said two men entered the house through an open garage door and tried to rob the woman, who was at home alone. Both suspects were reportedly armed with pistols.

The woman grabbed her gun and fired multiple shots at the duo, deputies said.

One of the men died from his injuries. The other suspect jumped a fence and ran away.

The homeowner told investigators she did not know the men.

Investigators are trying to determine if this was a crime of opportunity, or if the two men targeted her home specifically.

Some neighbors were upset about the shooting, while others, like Catherine Hanks, applauded her for fighting back.

“In the state of Texas, if you’re gonna get on somebody’s property, you’re gonna get shot,” Hanks said. “That’s just the way we are, that’s Texas.”

Police have not yet tracked down that second suspect.

It’s unclear if he sustained any injuries when the homeowner fired her gun at him.

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Homeowner shoots 2 men after home invasion in Columbia Township

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies say they responded to the 3500 block of Kenoak Lane in Columbia Township at approximately 3:15 a.m., Saturday morning after a homeowner and his family were startled by two intruders who broke into their home.

Police say the homeowner first retrieved a hammer and confronted both men. After a struggle ensued, police say the homeowner then retrieved a gun and shot both men.

The men fled in a vehicle but were located a short distance away in Cincinnati. Both were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where one is listed in critical condition and the other in stable condition.

Police have not released the names of anyone involved.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Section is investigating and ask the public with any information to call 513-851-6000 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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Armed With Her Dad’s Gun, This 17-Year-Old Girl Fended Off A Wanted Man Who Broke Into Her Home

A 17-year-old girl defended herself with her dad’s gun from a wanted car thief who broke into her home while she slept Monday morning.

When Kimber Wood of Spokane County, Washington awoke, it was to the sound of someone breaking into her home. Luckily, her parents had warned her there was a suspected car thief on the loose in their area, so she had slept with her dad’s gun under her pillow, KHQ reports.

Police say they initially saw a stolen car early Monday morning, but that the suspect evaded authorities and fled on foot. KHQ reported the incident on “The Wake Up Show,” which Kimber’s parents saw before they left for work.

With the gun in hand, the teen hid behind her makeup vanity, waiting for the intruder to come closer. When the man approached her, she pointed the gun at him and demanded that he leave.

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Neighbors call gun toting mom a hero

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – A Clearwater man is behind bars and a woman has her neighbor to thank for saving her life.

Neighbors at Pine Ridge at Lake Tarpon are in awe of how one mom stepped in to help her neighbor, even risking her own safety.

31-year-old Brittany Cheek didn’t hesitate for a single second. When she heard her neighbor screaming, she grabbed her gun, and took action. Carolyn Lubecki says that makes her a hero, “Just an amazing act of bravery.”

Lubecki called 911 when she heard screams. She explained, “You kind of panic in situations and thank god Brittany Cheek didn’t. She didn’t think twice.”

Pinellas County deputies say 18-year-old Daniel Morley, wearing only his boxers, started pounding on the door of the condo at 1344 Pine Ridge Circle East around 4 a.m. on Saturday.

Susan Bass noticed the man was bleeding and opened her door to help. Instead, Morley attacked her. That’s when Bass’ neighbor across the hall grabbed her gun and shot Morley in the leg. Cheek’s 3-year-old son was just a few feet away.

Tammy Harrison, the owner of a female-oriented gun shop called Girls Gun Wild in Largo, says more women are packing heat to stay safe.

“We’re all in that boat right now. It can happen to any of us at any time.”

Harrison’s business has doubled in the past two years with women now arming themselves with handguns.

“It sort of pushes you over the fence to hear of crimes like this. Like hey, she protected her 3-year-old, that could have been me,” she said enthusiastically.

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Oklahoma home invasion shooting: No charges against man who killed 3 intruders

An Oklahoma prosecutor said Monday no charges will be filed against a 23-year-old man who fatally shot three teenage intruders in his home, but that the woman who drove them there is being charged with first-degree murder.

Authorities say Zachary Peters was home alone when he shot Maxwell Cook, Jacob Redfern and Jakob Woodruff with an AR-15 rifle on March 27 at his home just outside the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.

“It is the opinion of this office that Zachary Peters acted justifiably … when he used deadly force to defend his home,” said Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp. “It was clear he operated completely within the law when he used deadly force,” Thorp later told The Associated Press.

The spellings of the names and the ages of the teens differ in some public records, but Wagoner County Deputy Nick Mahoney said the latest information is that Cook and Redfern were 18 and Woodruff was 15.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott said he supports the decision not to charge Peters.

“We support the right of our citizens, the right to bear arms and to defend their homes,” Elliott said. “In this such case, we feel strongly that’s what took place here.”

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79-year-old Jeffco homeowner shoots, kills home invader with gun he kept by his bed

A suspected burglar was killed early this morning when a 79-year-old man shot him during a home invasion in eastern Jefferson County.

One of the burglars returned fire and struck the homeowner in the ankle, but he is expected to be OK. Authorities have not identified the dead man.

The ordeal began about 1:15 a.m. at a home on Ormond Drive in Center Point.

Jefferson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian said deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the home. They arrived to find the elderly  homeowner sitting on the front porch of the home.

He was suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Inside the home deputies found the adult male suspect suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The homeowner had been asleep when he was awakened by a noise from his basement, Christian said. Two suspects had forced open a basement window and entered the house.

The suspects continued upstairs and confronted the victim who was still in his bed. One of the suspects ordered him not to move. The victim then grabbed a gun that he kept by his bed and began firing at the suspects.

One suspect fell and the other fled. The victim chased the fleeing suspect out of the house. As the suspect ran across the yard he fired a shot that struck the victim in the leg. He then got into a waiting vehicle driven by a third suspect and fled the scene.

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Serial Felon Killed After Victim Escapes And Gets Her Gun

Serial felon Willie Franklin Stith III must have been laying in wait for the female victim to return to her apartment home from work last night around 11:00 PM in Wilmington, NC.

He forced her inside, tied her up, and you can guess what he might have had in store for her next.

She, however, had other plans.

Police say a woman shot and killed a man who broke into her home Monday night and tied her up.

Willie Franklin Stith, III, 35, was killed in the reported home invasion in the 5000 block of Hunt Club Road, off New Centre Drive, according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley. In a news release, Rawley wrote that a woman got home from work around 11 p.m. Monday when Stith forced her inside, beat her and bound her.

The woman was able to free herself and retrieved her gun, shooting Stith once. Rawley wrote that police found Stith near the front door of the home. No charges have been filed in the incident.

Records from the N.C. Department Of Public Safety show Stith racked up more than a dozen convictions between 1998 and 2002 in New Hanover and Cumberland counties, including second-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, larceny, breaking and entering vehicles and assault on a public official.

Stith was featured in a 2008 StarNews story about local authorities using federal sentencing guidelines to keep armed offenders off the streets. After police searched Stith’s home in 2003 and found heroin, a pistol and a shotgun, Stith pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Stith only served 39 months of his 10 year sentence, and was released in September of 2006.

He may not have been able to keep himself out of trouble for the past decade, but the serial felon with a record of gun crimes at least avoided any arrests and convictions.

Last night, his life of violent crime came to an end, permanently.

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Son convinces mother to buy a gun and learn to shoot. Alleged burglars obviously missed that memo.

Bruce Haddix told WDRB-TV that he talked his mother into buying a gun and learning how to shoot it about a year and a half ago — and he’s relieved she listened.

Haddix, the station reported, said his mother initially noticed a suspicious car parked across the street from her Louisville, Kentucky, home Friday afternoon — and then heard the front door rattling and sounds coming from a back window.

“They busted the back window out, and that’s when she stepped out of the hallway and let one shot go and hit somebody,” Haddix told the station, “and obviously she got him.”

Police found Eric Gathwright, 23, dead from a gunshot wound just outside the house, WDRB reported.

Aaron McDuffie, 23, was arrested later and charged with burglary and murder, the station added.

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Deputies: Armed robber shot to death during Rosharon home invasion

A home invasion robbery in a quiet Rosharon neighborhood turned deadly Tuesday, Nov. 15, after a family member who came to protect the homeowner fatally shot one of the suspects, sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 5100 block of Apollo Ln around 8:40 a.m. to investigate reports of a robbery in progress, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Varon Snelgrove said.

“The homeowner told deputies that two men wearing masks with guns kicked in the back door and demanded money,” Snelgrove said.

“As it happens, at the time of the break-in, the homeowner was on the phone with her son in-law who lives across the street, and when he heard what was happening he came to the house to protect her.”

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3 arrested after senior thwarts home invasion

Three would-be burglars are now in jail after one gun-toting grandma chased them from her home, authorities said Monday.

On Friday afternoon, a 78-year old Sabra Elaine Stiehl was getting ready to take a nap when she heard a noise coming from the front of her house on 252 Mt. Carmel Road. Stiehl grabbed her Browning high power pistol, loaded it, and stepped into the hallway where she was greeted by two strange men, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

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81-year-old fatally shoots home invasion suspect, says gun had never been used in 30 years

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – A home invasion suspect was fatally shot early Friday morning in Uniontown when the 81-year-old homeowner pulled out a gun, according to investigators.

Police said 46-year-old Franklin Schrout, of Smithfield, rode a bike to the house with tools to break in, then ransacked the home and assaulted the 81-year-old man.

“Once the actor came into his bedroom, the actor was demanding to know where money was. He told them he didn’t have any money or anything of value in the home,” Uniontown police Lt. Tom Kolencik said.

The 81-year-old was able to grab a .22-caliber gun during a struggle with Schrout and fired one shot, police said.

Schrout ran out of the house and the 81-year-old’s bedridden sister called 911, police said.

When police arrived at the home, they found Schrout dead outside.

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Elderly homeowner shoots and kills two home invasion suspects

SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (WCMH) — Police say the 73-year-old man shot and killed the suspects when they entered his garage and tried to rob him.

According to KMOV, Jonathan Warren, 18, and Lonnie Middlebrook, 20, entered the man’s home and put a gun to the victim’s head, demanding he back up.

Police said that’s when the homeowner grabbed his own gun and fired it at the suspects. Both were killed.

Neighbors tell KMOV that the homeowner, whose name hasn’t been released by police, and his wife are well liked in the community. “They were very nice. You just kind of see them come and go they would speak, when the weather was nice, they were out. They are nice people,” said neighbor Kim Bryant.

Police continue to investigate but said the gun Warren was using had been reported stolen on October 30.

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Woman turns tables on vicious home intruder by pulling gun on him

She said a man followed her into her home, fought with her, and threw her down on the bed. But she turned the tables on him when she picked up her husband’s gun.

Jackie Alexander’s been a registered nurse for two decades, so she’s pretty tough. And though she’s still scared, she lived to tell the story.

“For eight years I’ve felt safe enough to walk out my front door at 2 a.m. if need be,” said Alexander, “That sense of safety is gone.”

Alexander took her dog Chloe out to use the bathroom around midnight. Her husband was at work, and she was home alone. She said she saw a man walking down the sidewalk, and then he came into her yard.

“I put my hand up and said, stop, excuse me. He did not stop,” she said.

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Armed veteran fights off attacker during violent home invasion

A 66-year-old Army veteran shot a man who tried to force his way inside his house in Akron, Ohio, on Monday.

Craig Noggle said his neighbor, Daniel Givens, showed up at his door, knocked and then ran away. But when Givens returned for a second time, he knew something wasn’t right and then he found Givens trying to force his way inside.

“You try to come in through this door, I’m gonna shoot you,” Noggle told reporters, describing the incident. “He said, ‘Yeah, where’s the gun?’ and I picked it up. I said, ‘This is the gun and you’re gonna get shot.’”

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An Atlanta-area woman opened fire on three armed intruders early last Friday morning who were breaking into her home.

The dramatic home invasion shootout at 4 a.m., during which the woman defended herself from the men after a very rude and scary awakening, was recorded by surveillance video (see embedded footage below) as drywall debris flew everywhere from the gunfire.

As depicted in the footage, the burglars entered the home in Gwinnett County, Georgia, with their guns drawn.

The woman came running out of her bedroom in the Atlanta suburb and fired her gun at the intruders who apparently had kicked in the front door. All three suspects fled the scene, with one shown crashing through a glass door.

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