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Shooting of robber shocks neighbors
myfoxtampabay ^ | May 19, 2010 | Gloria Gomez

Posted on 05/21/2010 2:14:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog

BRADENTON - The 74-year-old man who shot and killed a would-be robber Monday night was targeted by the suspect earlier in the day, according to detectives.

Manatee Sheriff's investigators say the suspect, Lee Andrew Johnson, spotted his elderly victim at a local ATM withdrawing money and followed him home. The violence that followed is still hard to believe for those who live in the neighborhood.

Neighbor Gwen Carnegie says Johnson was her lawn man of several years.

"When I got the phone call I said no, it can't be him, he cuts my yard and he doesn't even seem like that type of guy," Carnegie told FOX 13.

Investigators say Johnson broke into the home of 74-year-old Hosie Harris and demanded money around 11 p.m. Monday.

"[Johnson] was assaulting [Harris], hitting him over the head, and there was a confrontation and the bad guy picks up a gun that was laying by the victims bed," said Sheriff's spokesperson Dave Bristow.

The suspect, deputies say, grabbed the loaded .22 caliber rifle and tried to shoot Harris, but the gun's lock was on.

"He was not able to operate it so he put it back down and turned to do something else," said Bristow, "and the victim picks up the gun and shot the bad guy."

Johnson was shot dead and police say Harris made it to a neighbor's house for help.

Investigators say the 74-year-old suffered minor injuries during the scuffle but is expected to okay.

That brings a smile to Gwen Carnegie's face. She says Harris is well known in the neighborhood and liked by everyone.

"Everybody knows Mr. Hosie. Actually we always call him 'Tex' because he always wears a cowboy hat," said Carnegie. "Hopefully he'll be all right."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 22lr; armedcitizen; banglist

1 posted on 05/21/2010 2:14:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

So that’s why it’s called a safety.


2 posted on 05/21/2010 2:16:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: smokingfrog

The suspect, deputies say, grabbed the loaded .22 caliber rifle and tried to shoot Harris, but the gun’s lock was on.

“He was not able to operate it so he put it back down and turned to do something else,” said Bristow, “and the victim picks up the gun and shot the bad guy.”


Stories like this have a big effect on my psyche. I haven’t been this happy in days.


3 posted on 05/21/2010 2:17:10 PM PDT by Grunthor (Faster than the speed of smell.)
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To: smokingfrog

That is some really bad writing.


4 posted on 05/21/2010 2:17:34 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: smokingfrog

What part of town was this in? The East Side? Some nasty areas there.


5 posted on 05/21/2010 2:18:30 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Paladin2

Very good, but in this instance it sure turned out that way.

The home owner would be dead if he didn’t have the lock on there.

I won’t be putting those on the weapon I use in that type of a situation. A better alarm is called for here, so the owner wakes up sooner.


6 posted on 05/21/2010 2:19:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: smokingfrog
Not only was he such a good boy but he was ready to turn his life around after just a few more lawns.
7 posted on 05/21/2010 2:19:33 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: smokingfrog

So how soon before Hosie is drummed up by the DA on weapons charges?


8 posted on 05/21/2010 2:20:02 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: smokingfrog
"When I got the phone call I said no, it can't be him, he cuts my yard and he doesn't even seem like that type of guy," Carnegie told FOX 13.

So, lady, you'd prefer him dead or beaten?

9 posted on 05/21/2010 2:20:38 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: smokingfrog

Scratch one more turd.


10 posted on 05/21/2010 2:20:48 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: smokingfrog

So the law-abiding gun owner knew how to safely operate a firearm, but the criminal did not. Imagine THAT, boys and girls....


11 posted on 05/21/2010 2:22:23 PM PDT by craig_eddy (Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome)
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To: smokingfrog

“...we always call him ‘Tex’ because he always wears a cowboy hat,”

— — —

If the wonderful little lad only knew to never f*** with a guy wearing a cowboy hat, he would be alive today.


12 posted on 05/21/2010 2:24:46 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: smokingfrog
The suspect...grabbed the loaded .22 caliber rifle and tried to shoot Harris, but the gun's lock was on. "He was not able to operate it so he put it back down and turned to do something else," said Bristow, "and the victim picks up the gun and shot the bad guy."

Somewhere Darwin must be smiling.

13 posted on 05/21/2010 2:25:31 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

West Bradenton, I think.


14 posted on 05/21/2010 2:27:13 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: P-Marlowe
That is some really bad writing.

And wonderful of Fox that the only photo they thought to publish was that of the victim's mailbox with his address clearly displayed.

Guess they wanted to make it easy for the dead robber's friends and family to stop by for payback should they so be inclined.

15 posted on 05/21/2010 2:27:31 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Noumenon

She was talking about the bad guy.


16 posted on 05/21/2010 2:29:45 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: smokingfrog

One down...


17 posted on 05/21/2010 2:30:29 PM PDT by ronnyquest (There's a communist living in the White House! Now, what are you going to do about it?)
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To: COBOL2Java
So how soon before Hosie is drummed up by the DA on weapons charges?

Not likely, Manatee County isn't a bastion of moon bat lunacy.

Hell, he night even get a commendation.

18 posted on 05/21/2010 2:31:29 PM PDT by Popman (Balsa wood: Obama Presidential timber)
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To: smokingfrog
The Perp:


19 posted on 05/21/2010 2:31:59 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: smokingfrog
The suspect, deputies say, grabbed the loaded .22 caliber rifle and tried to shoot Harris, but the gun’s lock was on.

“He was not able to operate it so he put it back down and turned to do something else,” said Bristow, “and the victim picks up the gun and shot the bad guy.”

Another idiot predator out of the gene pool. Nature has a way of weeding out stupid people.

20 posted on 05/21/2010 2:36:46 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I doubt it was actually a gun lock, I would bet that the safety was on and the criminal didn’t know how to ready to weapon to discharge.


21 posted on 05/21/2010 2:37:54 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: HighWheeler

The DEAD perp


22 posted on 05/21/2010 2:38:15 PM PDT by pennboricua
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To: P-Marlowe
That is some really bad writing... with a really good ending. ;0)
23 posted on 05/21/2010 2:38:41 PM PDT by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: smokingfrog

“He was not able to operate it so he put it back down and turned to do something else,” said Bristow, “and the victim picks up the gun and shot the bad guy.”

Johnson was shot dead and police say Harris made it to a neighbor’s house for help.

____________________

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Colonel, USAFR


24 posted on 05/21/2010 2:39:58 PM PDT by jagusafr (Don't make deals with pirates)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I agree. That does make more sense in the context of the description provided.


25 posted on 05/21/2010 2:41:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: Grunthor

The old man might have said...I’ll show you how it works.

One less perp to take up jail space.

Sad but that’s how it is.


26 posted on 05/21/2010 2:46:50 PM PDT by 99Floyd (zero/empty suit=deception, division and disaster)
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To: pennboricua

Beat me to it.


27 posted on 05/21/2010 2:51:01 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: craig_eddy

“but the criminal did not. Imagine THAT, boys and girls....”

His first shooting lesson was his last....;)


28 posted on 05/21/2010 2:56:11 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: smokingfrog

Don’t mess with a old man that can drop & kill you will one shot from a 22LR.


29 posted on 05/21/2010 2:58:49 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, you know chances will be taken that's for sure.)
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To: HighWheeler

And don’t f*** with anyone nicknamed “Tex”, either;)


30 posted on 05/21/2010 2:59:31 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Noumenon

The lady was referring to the deceased, she didn’t know he was the criminal type.


31 posted on 05/21/2010 3:07:08 PM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: Paladin2

Naw, couldn’t be. It had to be one of those government mandated trigger locks which the owner can remove in 1/000000051TH of a nano-second.


32 posted on 05/21/2010 3:20:02 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: COBOL2Java

“So how soon before Hosie is drummed up by the DA on weapons charges?”

The short answer is, “The day after H*ll freezes over.

In Florida, one can shoot a criminal in your own home who is a threat to you, and the law is quite clear on that issue.


33 posted on 05/21/2010 3:25:18 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Deaf Smith

I’ve heard that a .22 is usually powerful enough to penetrate one side of the skull but not both. Just kind of goes in and bounces around a bit to scramble your brain. Don’t know if it’s true or not.


34 posted on 05/21/2010 3:37:41 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: P-Marlowe
That is some really bad writing.

The sheriff's "spokesperson" needs to work on his grammar too:

"[Johnson] was assaulting [Harris], hitting him over the head, and there was a confrontation and the bad guy picks up a gun that was laying by the victims bed," said Sheriff's spokesperson Dave Bristow.

35 posted on 05/21/2010 3:45:49 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: smokingfrog

You’ll have to ask Jim Brady about that.


36 posted on 05/21/2010 3:48:03 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, you know chances will be taken that's for sure.)
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To: JPG

Grass, the gateway drug...


37 posted on 05/21/2010 3:52:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: smokingfrog

Wow, the ex-perp’s name is Lee. Who would have thunk it?


38 posted on 05/21/2010 3:52:53 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Frank_2001

LOL....”Don’t mess with Tex!”


39 posted on 05/21/2010 4:00:52 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: smokingfrog
I’ve heard that a .22 is usually powerful enough to penetrate one side of the skull but not both. Just kind of goes in and bounces around a bit to scramble your brain. Don’t know if it’s true or not.

A .22 round is deadly.I recently disposed of one of the armadillos that have been rooting up my backyard with a 36 grain copper plated hollowpoint ,22 round from my trusty Marlin. I got him at about 20-25 yards and that bullet made mincemeat out of the 'dillo's chest area. He weighed in at 14 pounds...a friendly golden eagle usually scoops up the little ones!

40 posted on 05/21/2010 4:29:32 PM PDT by oldsalt (There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
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To: smokingfrog

If these damn people had paid this guy more, he wouldn’t have had to try to rob them! /s


41 posted on 05/21/2010 4:33:13 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: oldsalt

I can see where getting a Marlin 60 going could be a bit of a struggle to the uninitiated.


42 posted on 05/21/2010 6:08:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ko_kyi

It’s like they think the ‘bad guys’ come with free advertising. “I’m the one your mother warned you about.”


43 posted on 05/21/2010 11:00:57 PM PDT by TNdandelion (I)
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