I happened across these two local news stories of recent shootings by homeowners. I have no idea about the accuracy or ultimate outcome of either. I would consider this first story barely a "success". I wasn't there so I really can't say. The second story is apparently a tragic failure on the homeowners part. I post these here as an informative learning tool.
Homeowner kills suspected burglar
A homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar this morning after finding him breaking into a car and a storage shed in his townhouse development.
Police said the homeowner tried to hold the burglar at bay until officers arrived, but the burglar tried to attack him.
The 49-year-old homeowner was questioned by police and released with no charges filed. The case will be sent to the district attorney for a decision on whether charges should be filed.
The shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. on Carlsbad Drive in far southeast Shreveport.
Killed was Jonathan Sternitzky, 19, who lived on nearby Monet Drive in the same development.
The homeowner said he saw the break-ins in progress, got a gun and went outside. He told police he tried to hold Sternitzky until officers got there but Sternitzky tried to attack him.
Police said the homeowner fired one shot, hitting Sternitzky in the chest.
Police said the mortally wounded man ran around the corner of the building before he collapsed and died.
Authorities did not release the name of the homeowner.
Clay Carroll backed his neighbor's action.
"Let people know that this ain't gonna be an area where it's tolerated," Carroll said. "We need to keep the crime out."
Man irritated by rock throwing shoots 9-year-old boy
A man aggravated by children throwing rocks at his house shot and killed a 9-year-old boy in El Dorado, Ark., police said.
The man has been arrested and formal charges are pending.
Police were called shortly before 5 p.m. Monday and found Demotric Moore shot in the neck. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Inside the home, officers saw 50-year-old Jonathan Watts. They ordered him to the ground and arrested him.
El Dorado police spokesman Capt. David Smith said Watts told officers, "I've had it with these kids and the rock throwing."
Smith said police had been called to the home on East Street on several occasion and that Watts had once thrown a brick at a small child.
Watts is held pending a formal charge to be decided by prosecutors.