'She was a better shot' - Granma kills robber


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Malone LaVeigh
October 18, 2006, 09:06 AM
'She was a better shot'
Saucier woman kills robber in yard
By ROBIN FITZGERALD
rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

GULFPORT - A Saucier woman who shot an armed robber in self-defense has not been charged in the man's death, said authorities, who confirmed the case will be presented to a grand jury as a routine matter.

Bobby Earl Hardy, 31, was shot several times after he assaulted the woman's husband and fired shots at the couple in their yard on Bell Lane, said Sheriff George H. Payne Jr. The woman told investigators she grabbed her personal weapon and fired back.

"She was a better shot than the robber," Payne said.

Payne described the woman as a 73-year-old grandmother of four with two great-grandchildren.

Neighbors identified her as Beth Greer. She was not available for comment.

The case is believed to be the first of its type in the region since the state's deadly-force law became effective July 1.

The new law clarified what constitutes justifiable or excusable homicide, but self-defense cases in the past have been "a common sense" issue, said District Attorney Cono Carana.

The law allows the use of deadly force for protection on one's property, including at a home or business or in a vehicle. It doesn't apply to the use of deadly force against a law enforcement officer.

"I want people to know you have the right to protect yourself, especially from a robber that's shooting at you," Payne said.

Hardy had been out of prison since May after serving two years for an armed robbery in Gulfport, according to state prison records. That robbery was in 2003 at the Lyman Quick Stop. Hardy also had served time for aggravated assault.

Investigators believe Hardy approached the couple around 11 p.m. Monday after they arrived home from their Gulfport business.

"It appears he either followed them or was waiting on them to get out of their vehicle," Payne said. "He attempted to rob them, shot at both the husband and the wife and struck the husband upside the head with a gun. He was coming at the female in her garage after he'd shot at the husband."

Hardy fled, Payne said, but turned up at a hospital, where he died. Greer drove her husband to a different hospital; he was treated and released.

It wasn't clear Tuesday if an accomplice was involved in the botched robbery or how Hardy got to the hospital.

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/15785046.htm

Except for the first line of the story. this was pretty good coverage, if you ask me.

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Manedwolf
October 18, 2006, 09:15 AM
Go grandma!

I love happy endings like that. Wonder what she used?

LaEscopeta
October 18, 2006, 09:47 AM
...struck the husband upside the head with a gun.I wonder if the Sun Herald style book includes this usage of the word "upside."

jeepmor
October 18, 2006, 10:13 AM
There's always a soft spot in everyone's heart for a grandma. Glad to hear one go the right way. Reading this article is going to make me push my wife to attain her CCW permit soon. As the man in the incident, I realize I will be the primary target of any surprise assault or gunfire long before my wife.

However, I'm going to have to get a lot of ammo for her to practice. She can't hit a target 50% of the time at 20 feet.

jeepmor

gwine
October 18, 2006, 10:21 AM
I wonder if the Sun Herald style book includes this usage of the word "upside."
Where I came from (northern Indiana) we would have said 'alongside the head'. But I like 'upside the head'. It has a nice ring to it. :)

AirForceShooter
October 18, 2006, 10:21 AM
NEVER, EVER mess with a Great Grandma.

AFS

Malone LaVeigh
October 18, 2006, 10:52 AM
I wonder if the Sun Herald style book includes this usage of the word "upside."

Oops. That one fooled me, too and I almost wrote the editor. It was a quote.

lucky_fool
October 18, 2006, 12:38 PM
"I want people to know you have the right to protect yourself, especially from a robber that's shooting at you," Payne said.

Where do I sign up to work on that sheriff's re-election campaign?

#shooter
October 18, 2006, 01:09 PM
Retracted MLA quote, thanks Malone.

Good job Grandma! That what you get for picking on little ol' ladies. :D

Malone LaVeigh
October 18, 2006, 03:02 PM
Where do I sign up to work on that sheriff's re-election campaign?

He's in pretty deep doo-doo for his jailors' unfortunate habits of beating prisoners to death.

It is MLA style.

Again, read the story. It's a quote. Or are you guys making a statement on the reading comprehension in your necks of the woods? J/K, as I said, I almost fell for it also.

Believe me, I don't like defending the Herald.

Legionnaire
October 18, 2006, 03:22 PM
Malone, I'm missing something. I've read the first line a couple of times and don't see what is objectionable about it. Enlighten me?

sm
October 18, 2006, 03:32 PM
I am sorry this couple had to go through this, and I am grateful they survived.

Only hits counts.

I suggest folks read again the account.
Pay close attention to not only how the perp was out of prison for armed robbery, meaning he is not supposed to have a firearm but did. The mention of an accomplance.

Watched or followed home from a business - means this couple was cased.
The mindset of this couple, especially the lady to have a personal weapon also the mindset, the knowledge of legal factors in the use of firearm to defend her husband and self.

There is more to responsible firearm ownership than firearms - me

Think like a criminal , plan and train accordingly.

Steve

Standing Wolf
October 18, 2006, 05:58 PM
Hardy had been out of prison since May after serving two years for an armed robbery in Gulfport, according to state prison records.

I think I've spotted the problem.

White Horseradish
October 18, 2006, 06:02 PM
And once again, we are reminded - do not mess with old people. They win every time. :neener:

CW-op
October 18, 2006, 06:11 PM
Around here, the comment " he fetched him one upside the head" would not be noticed as unusual.

SoCalShooter
October 18, 2006, 06:17 PM
2 years for armed robbery? WHAT THE HELL? I would have given him 10 or better if I were a judge.

LaEscopeta
October 18, 2006, 08:42 PM
I wonder if the Sun Herald style book includes this usage of the word "upside." It was a quote.Sorry, my mistake.

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