Run down by own car? Not this time!

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  1. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

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    Robbery Suspect Dies After Being Shot By Property Owner
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:58:07 PM

    POLK COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- A Polk County man shot at two robbery suspects Tuesday morning when he thought they were going to run him down.

    One of the suspects was hit in the head and died, and the other is still at large.

    The incident happened near a citrus grove on Rifle Range Road in the Wahneta area of Winter Haven.

    Property owner Jamie Jones heard a commotion outside while working inside his shed just before dawn.

    Jones told detectives a man and woman were driving away in his Land Rover. He said after they saw him, they tried to run him over.

    Fearing for his life, Jones pulled the trigger.

    One of the bullets hit 21-year-old Nikki McCormick in the head. While she lay bleeding in the passenger seat, the male suspect fled on foot.

    McCormick was rushed to the hospital where she later died.

    Detectives aren't sure if the male suspect was hit. The property owner last saw him limping down a nearby street.

    The Polk County Sheriff's Office searched for him by air and ground for hours but did not locate him. The sheriff's office hasn't been able to identify him.

    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says Jones likely won't face charges, and he offers a warning to other would-be robbers.

    "The word to the criminal is first -- quit being a criminal, quit stealing," Judd said. "But if you're breaking into someone's house, the homeowner is very likely to shoot you."

    Information from Central Florida News 13's Bright House Networks affiliate
    Bay News 9 was used in this report.
     
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    Sometimes the good guys win one.:)
     

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  4. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the heads up, might as well post that story too. :)

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    MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Authorities do not plan to file charges against a Florida orange grove owner who fatally shot a 21-year-old woman, saying he is protected under the state's controversial "no retreat" law.
    Bullet holes pocked the windshield of the crashed SUV, and blood stained he passenger seat.

    But the woman's boyfriend faces second-degree murder charges in her death, because the woman was shot to death during an alleged felony -- the theft of an SUV.

    Tony Curtis Phillips, 29, didn't fire a single shot. He didn't even know his girlfriend, Nikki McCormick, was dead until police showed him an online news story.

    Police said McCormick accompanied Phillips as he attempted to steal the SUV from a barn in an orange grove near Wahneta, Florida, before daylight Tuesday.

    Grove owner Ladon "Jamie" Jones opened fire as the SUV approached him, according to an affidavit released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Phillips fled; McCormick was shot in the head and later died.

    Authorities said Jones is protected by Florida's "no retreat" law, which gives him the right to use lethal force if he reasonably believes his life is in danger. Phillips, however, faces charges because police allege he was committing felony grand theft auto at the time of McCormick's death.
    "Because his conduct caused her death, he gets charged with a felony," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

    Phillips was arrested late Tuesday in Polk County, near Lakeland, after a day on the run. Police said he didn't believe McCormick was dead at first, telling officers, "Of all the times you've questioned me, this is a nasty trick you're playing on me this time." He agreed to cooperate if detectives could prove she was dead.

    Judd said detectives called up the shooting story on the local newspaper's Web site and "let him read it online, and that's when he broke down and cried, and gave us a confession," Judd said.

    According to the affidavit, Jones heard his Toyota Land Cruiser, parked in the barn at his orange grove, start up before daylight Tuesday. Jones told police he grabbed his gun, a 9mm that he keeps with him while working at the grove. He said he could see two people in the SUV as it backed out of the barn, according to the affidavit. He said he saw the passenger's arm reach outside the vehicle, and believed that person might be holding a gun.

    The Land Cruiser stopped directly in front of him, Jones said in the affidavit. He said he raised his gun and pointed it at the occupants, shouting "Stop," but the vehicle appeared to be moving directly toward him.

    "Fearing for his life, he then fired what he thought to be six to eight rounds into the front windshield of the vehicle," the affidavit stated.
    The vehicle backed up at high speed, crashed through a fence and ended up in a ditch. Jones told police a man jumped out of the SUV and ran away.

    Sheriff's deputies found McCormick inside the vehicle with a bullet wound to her head. She was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where she died.

    Jones did not return a call from CNN seeking comment.
    Authorities will forward their information to prosecutors, Judd said, but are "not going to file any charges [against Jones] at this point, because we don't see any reason to arrest Mr. Jones," Judd said. "... It appears, at this point in the investigation, Mr. Jones was completely, legally justified in his actions."

    A Polk County judge on Thursday ordered Phillips held without bond. A public defender was appointed to his case.

    Polk County Public Defender J. Marion Moorman declined to comment on the charges to CNN. "We will, of course, be interviewing the client very soon, and will be undertaking his defense from there," he said.
    Phillips told police he assumed McCormick had also gotten out of the vehicle and run away, according to the affidavit. He said he was sorry for what happened "and said he knew he was partially responsible for her death," the affidavit said.

    Polk County State Attorney's Office spokesman Chip Thulberry said his office will review the case when the sheriff's investigation is completed.
    The Brady Campaign to prevent Gun Violence says Florida is one of 16 states that have enacted "no retreat" laws, which some call "shoot-first" laws. The laws extend the right to use deadly force beyond a person's home and into public places.

    "The shoot-first law is not needed," said Brian Malte of the Brady Campaign. "This person, regardless of the situation, may have done the right thing, but he cannot be prosecuted for doing something wrong if he hit an innocent bystander," he said.

    Other groups stand by the "no retreat" laws.
    "At the moment a crime occurs, victims don't have the luxury of time," said Andrew Arulanandam of the National Rifle Association. "They have seconds to decide on a course of action to protect their lives and their families. This law provides law-abiding people with options."

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/04/30/florida.shooting.law/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
     
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    This Phillips guy was a real prince. :rolleyes:

    Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 9:56 a.m.
    Last Modified: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 9:56 a.m.
    WAHNETA - The man who fled the scene of an attempted vehicle theft and a fatal shooting in Wahneta on Tuesday morning was apprehended late Tuesday night.

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    Tony Curtis Phillips, 29, of Winter Haven.
    Polk County Sheriff's Office
    Tony Curtis Phillips, 29, of 4210 Bent Yoke Court, Winter Haven, was charged with second-degree murder, burglary of a structure, burglary of a conveyance, grand theft auto, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer.

    Also wanted on an active warrant for violation of probation, Phillips was found at about 11:30 p.m. by Sheriff's Office detectives in a trailer at 1309B 13th Terrace in Wahneta.

    Phillips has been in the Polk County Jail on 11 prior occasions with charges such as grand theft auto, burglary of a structure, driving with a suspended or revoked license, fleeing to elude, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, petty theft, burglary of a conveyance, criminal mischief, grand theft, stealing in stolen property, loitering or prowling, resisting arrest and violation of probation.

    A woman identified as an acquaintance of Phillips, 21-year-old Nikki McCormick of Wahneta, died as a result of the attempted theft of a Toyota Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle from grove property in Wahneta at dawn Tuesday. McCormick, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the SUV as it was being driven away by a male accomplice, reportedly was struck in the head by a bullet when the vehicle's owner fired his gun at the theft suspects.

    McCormick was rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where she died at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.

    "It's worth mentioning that this suspect did not want to confess to his crimes until after detectives proved to him that his girlfriend, Nikki McCormick, had died as a result of this crime," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a released statement.

    The way detectives proved to Phillips that McCormick had died was by letting him see a local media Web site update Tuesday night.


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    another fine example of upstanding humanity:rolleyes: ELEVEN times in jain?! ELEVEN?!?!?! Why in the flaming turds of hell was this douchey douche of a douchebag walking free?!?! WHY?!?!?!
     
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    Our misleaders don't want to punish evildoers. They don't like people making judgements. That might be dangerous for them if people start calling evil evil. They keep turning criminals loose to prey on us and we keep relecting these same Judges, Prosecutors and law makers. That wouldn't happen if the press would do its job and point out who these people are instead of protecting them.
     
  8. Bruce FLinch

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    I hope the Insurance Co will fix the car!
     
  9. glocknut

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    Its called "professional courtesy".

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  10. Marlin T

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    LOL, excellent point!

    that should be made into a t-shirt. Maybe I will. :D