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Memphis is getting to be REAL dangerous for burglars...

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Drizzt, Jul 19, 2003.

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  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Moscow on the Colorado, TX
    Sixth home shooting bloodies thief
    N. Memphis woman gives $200, then 2 shots from .32

    By Bill Dries
    July 19, 2003

    A woman gave a home invasion robber $200 before dawn Friday, then pulled a gun from her china cabinet and shot at him twice when the robber demanded even more money.

    Police found a trail of blood inside and outside the house at 906 Meagher in North Memphis and were looking for a suspect at local hospitals Friday.

    The shooting is at least the sixth incident since June in which a Memphis homeowner or resident has shot or shot at attackers. Like the other incidents, it will be reviewed by state prosecutors.

    This is what happened about 2 a.m. Friday, according to a police report:

    The robber took a screen off a back room window of the house, raised the window and crawled inside. He confronted the homeowner, Estella Schaefer, 65, and demanded money. He apparently was not armed.

    It took Schaefer 15-20 minutes to look for money as he waited and she then gave him $200 in cash.

    The robber told Schaefer, "'I know you've got more money than that. Someone told me,'" the police report says.

    That's when Schaefer reached into her china cabinet and pulled a .32-caliber black revolver, shooting twice at the robber as he ran toward her to take the gun away from her.

    He failed to get the gun, but Schaefer was cut on her left knuckle during the struggle. She declined medical assistance.

    The robber ran out a side door and north on Meagher.

    Police found a trail of blood going out of the house and for about half a block on a sidewalk on Meagher. They believe the robber was wounded.

    Schaefer, who could not be reached by The Commercial Appeal for comment, told police that she didn't know if she hit the robber with either shot and had never seen him before.

    Police described him as a black man in his mid- to late 20s, standing 5-foot-7 and weighing about 200 pounds.

    A wave of shootings involving confrontations at people's homes began June 13 when David Ronald Washington, 44, was shot to death after breaking into a home at 3980 Wildwind Cove. He was the man police have identified as the East Memphis "cat burglar."

    That same day, Kevin Martrell Humphrey, 19, was shot to death and a second suspect was injured when they tried to force their way into a home at 2959 Lark.

    On July 9, William Ronnie Payne, 45, was shot and killed after trying to force his way into a home at 4212 Warbonnet.

    Ricky Ricardo Wilborn, 21, was killed and Ali R. Ford, 24, was critically wounded July 11 when a man police say they robbed at an East Memphis ATM shot them as they took him by force back to his house at 4555 Dunn to get more money.

    All of those shootings were ruled justified after a case-by-case review by the District Attorney General's Office.

    However, police on Tuesday charged Joseph Jones Jr., 22, with two counts of reckless endangerment after he fired six blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun at a man he caught breaking into his shed at 1427 Leflore Place.

    Jones didn't hit the burglar, but one of the shotgun blasts shattered a bedroom window at the house next door, narrowly missing two children who had been asleep in the room.

    Jones claimed the burglar was armed and that the burglar shot at him as he fled.

  2. Darrin

    Darrin Member

    Mar 27, 2003
    Music City, USA
    Note to self: Keep the shotgun closer at night.

    Do bad guys not watch/read the news? Will they ever learn?
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Who says, "No news is good news?"

    Now that's all good news and the type that should be broadcasted, posted over the internet and disseminated. The economics of crime is such that when the risks gets too high, the criminal is less likely to commit it. Look at the robber who pushed his luck. He got his $200 and then he got a farewell gift in the gut. It's nice he's manly enough not to go to the hospital and get himself arrested. The taxpayers will have to pick up the tab for the medical expenses. I hope he's watching Platoon today and hears those inspiring words of Sgt. Barnes: Take the pain! :D
  4. twoblink

    twoblink Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Houston, Texas
    Dumb-shmuck got an increase of iron in his diet. :D

    Good for her!

    Hey, stop mugging people. How's that for a grandiose idea?

    Here's a NOTE FOR THE CHILDREN: In-home invasion = 2 bullets in the gut.

  5. cobb

    cobb Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    S. MN.
    I really like all these stories with happy endings.:evil:
  6. Peter Gun

    Peter Gun Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    free carry VT
    This story is great ammo against anti-gun BS:
    #1-Five invasions in one week! Feel the odds getting more dangerous?
    #2 BS-"the gun will be taken from you and used against her"
    If a sixty five year old woman can stop a 200lb man who is trying to get her gun, with a relatively low power calibre, who is going to have their gun taken from them? Only those not prepared to pull the trigger.
  7. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    That's some of the most impressive detective work I've heard of in a long time! Wow!
  8. AZRickD

    AZRickD Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    Gun in a china cabinet.

    With the image of the bad guy going after the old lady's gun, I have to cast my vote for on-body carry, even at home. It's too easy, especially with a fanny pack.

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