Defensive gun use in Oakland, Ca.

Apparently, there have been numerous defensive gun uses in this neighborhood recently:

OAKLAND — An armed East Oakland homeowner who tried to dissuade a burglary suspect with several warning shots ended up shooting the man in the leg Monday in the most recent in a string of incidents in which victims have shot suspects.
Neighbors of the home on the 2200 block of 100th Avenue said the house had been broken into before.

"The guy is exasperated because they target his house," said the shooter's next-door neighbor, who declined to give her name. "There's got to be somebody watching him, because the minute he leaves the house it's targeted to be broken into. It's between five and six times, quite a few attempts at it, no matter what he does."

Police said the 37-year-old homeowner, who has lived in the house most of his life, was home a little before 11 a.m. Monday when he saw someone walk toward his garage, then reappear and try to pry open a back window with a garden tool. The homeowner walked to his deck and fired warning shots with a pistol, which seemed to drive the man away.

But when the homeowner stepped out his front door, the suspect reappeared and began moving toward the house, as if determined to get in, according to a statement the man gave police. The homeowner fired two more warning shots into the ground, but the suspect kept coming forward, at which point the homeowner shot the suspect in the upper leg. . . .

Police identified the burglary suspect as Marcus Holoman, 51. He did not have a gun.
Officials said he has a criminal record that includes arrests and convictions for burglary. He was under police guard at Highland on Monday and was being detained on suspicion of burglary.

The homeowner's handgun is legally registered, and police did not arrest the homeowner or charge him with anything. . . .



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man! This homeowner was not only overly patient, but even foolish. Alabama isn't the most gun friendly state, but, I believe that here, I would have shot the intruder outright. None of this warning shot, shoot to wound nonsense! Rustynail in Birmingham

6/11/2008 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way to rid poor neighborghoods of dangerous crime is literally for responsible citizens at the neighborhood level to organize armed patrols.

An objective, professional police force is simply divorced from the reality on the ground and is often viewed as an occupying force and at best, can only function as a deterrent. With an objectively detached police presence that has too few officers, the most dangerous and daring of the criminals control the streets.

David Del Buono

6/12/2008 4:19 PM  

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