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Homeowner shoots, kills man believed to be East Memphis 'cat burglar'
The Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/13/03 | Maria Bibbs

Posted on 06/13/2003 3:42:34 PM PDT by GailA

Homeowner shoots, kills man believed to be East Memphis 'cat burglar'

By Maria Bibbs bibbs@gomemphis.com June 13, 2003

Memphis police said Friday that a homeowner shot and killed a man suspected of being the "cat burglar" responsible for more than 60 burglaries in East Memphis and Hickory Hill this spring.

David Washington, 44, was shot early Friday inside a home at 3980 Wildwind near Kirby High School.

Washington was being sought by police, who had charged him last month with an aggravated burglary following an April 6 break-in in the 800 block of Vaughn in East Memphis.

Convicted of aggravated burglary in 1997, Washington was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released in February. The first "cat burglar" case was March 11.

Police said the "cat burglar" would sneak into a house through an unlocked door or window, or cut through a screen and enter while residents were asleep. He took money and jewelry almost exclusively.

The Central Precinct, where the first rash of burglaries took place in March and early April, saturated the area with canine units, undercover officers and even aviation surveillance, to no avail.

Between March 11 and April 10, the burglar hit 26 homes, likely walking the neighborhood looking for easy targets, police said.

— Maria Bibbs: 529-5896


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: banglist; crime; gun; homeowner
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1 posted on 06/13/2003 3:42:34 PM PDT by GailA
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To: setcapt
Outstanding. I agree with you. We won't have to worry about this scumbag being a repeat offender anymore.
3 posted on 06/13/2003 4:01:54 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: *bang_list
Bang!!
4 posted on 06/13/2003 4:02:10 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: GailA
Looks like he won't be getting an early parole this time :)
5 posted on 06/13/2003 4:03:30 PM PDT by dfrussell
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To: GailA
This homeowner had no good reason to own a gun. A cop on the phone would have saved him and his family from harm. < /liberal interpretation off >
6 posted on 06/13/2003 4:04:01 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: dfrussell
The burglar decided to exercise his early retirement option.
7 posted on 06/13/2003 4:04:46 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
freshly paroled, too.

he did not choose wisely.
8 posted on 06/13/2003 4:06:18 PM PDT by glock rocks (remember -- only you can prevent fundraisers. become a monthly donor.)
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To: GailA
The Central Precinct, where the first rash of burglaries took place in March and early April, saturated the area with canine units, undercover officers and even aviation surveillance, to no avail.

So they're admitting that an armed citizenry is much more effective than a saturation of law enforcement officials.

9 posted on 06/13/2003 4:06:45 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: GailA
Convicted of aggravated burglary in 1997, Washington was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released in February.

I think the I've discovered the problem here. Just think, if he had been serving his sentence he would be alive today. What a tragedy < /sarcasm >

10 posted on 06/13/2003 4:08:52 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
So they're admitting that an armed citizenry is much more effective than a saturation of law enforcement officials.

If citizens are allowed to arm themselves, an increase in crime rates will cause more citizens to arm themselves, resulting in an increase in the likelihood of criminals getting nailed, which in turn will reduce crime rates.

If citizens are not allowed to arm themselves, an increase in crime rates will cause a larger percentage of crimes to gun unsolved, resulting in reduced deterrence, which in turn will increase crime rates further.

Which seems a better type of feedback system?

11 posted on 06/13/2003 4:10:04 PM PDT by supercat (TAG--you're it!)
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To: glock rocks
The parole system is a shame. This goof was sentenced to 20 years in 1997, then he walked in Feb. I'll bet his victims were real happy about that. Oh well, the homeowner in this story solved their problem and I don't feel the slightest bit bad for the criminal.
12 posted on 06/13/2003 4:11:04 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: GailA
1. 20 year sentence and gets out in 6. What is that about? He should have done the 20.

2. Goes right back to burglary.

3. Dies.

Slow learner.

13 posted on 06/13/2003 4:15:35 PM PDT by LibKill (MOAB, the greatest advance in Foreign Relations since the cat-o'-nine-tails!)
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To: upier
ping
14 posted on 06/13/2003 4:30:58 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: GailA
Good riddance, and rot in hell, scumbag. Another happy ending, courtesy of The Second Amendment.

Badda-bing, badda-boom!
15 posted on 06/13/2003 4:33:31 PM PDT by Hinoki Cypress
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To: GailA
The citizen who was forced to shoot him should sue the state for releasing someone who should have been in prison. The citizen should at least get the cost of his bullet and carpet cleaning back from the state.
I'm serious about sueing, though I know the state is probably immune.
16 posted on 06/13/2003 4:33:45 PM PDT by ibbryn (this tag intentionally left blank)
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To: LibKill
TN offers 15-16 days per month 'good behavior' time. And UNLESS some one fights these paroles.....well the felons walk.
18 posted on 06/13/2003 4:44:04 PM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: GailA
Homeowner shoots, kills man believed to be East Memphis 'cat burglar'

I hope the homeowner shot him nine times to make sure that he won't be coming back.

19 posted on 06/13/2003 4:44:13 PM PDT by A2J
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
"A cop on the phone would have saved him?" Well, that depends. Out where I live, there is a town of 2500 people, with 5 policemen. Now anyone who is reasonably adept with figures can see that, while the 5 police are protecting 5 citizens, there are 2,495 taxpayers who are entirely without protection. That means, in this particular town, the odds are 2495 to 5 that you will not be safe. Not very good odds I would say. Would you want your family to be without a means of self-defense in those circumstances?
20 posted on 06/13/2003 4:45:46 PM PDT by henderson field
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To: GailA
TN offers 15-16 days per month 'good behavior' time. And UNLESS some one fights these paroles.....well the felons walk.

Truth in sentencing laws are badly needed, and not just in TN.

20 years should mean 20 years. Parole should not be routine. It should be reserved for extraordinary cases.

21 posted on 06/13/2003 4:49:03 PM PDT by LibKill (MOAB, the greatest advance in Foreign Relations since the cat-o'-nine-tails!)
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To: GailA
Ahh an honor students life cut short. How sad
22 posted on 06/13/2003 4:49:19 PM PDT by Nov3
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To: GailA
Major loss of funds for some stinkin lawyer. The homeowner will most likely get sued because of it!!!
23 posted on 06/13/2003 5:00:34 PM PDT by unread
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To: A2J
Curiosity killed this particular cat (besides the bullets and the vigilant homeowner).
24 posted on 06/13/2003 5:24:40 PM PDT by xp38
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To: GailA
This was a big story in Memphis for months. But I doubt they will ever print another story about it since the ending proves the need of the citizenry to be armed.

I take that back---they will run a story when his family sues the hero who shot this scum.

25 posted on 06/13/2003 5:40:34 PM PDT by 07055 (There's no stoppin' the cretins from hoppin')
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To: setcapt
Rehabilitation through reincarnation!

Yup, he's a good criminal now. Way to go, homeowner!
26 posted on 06/13/2003 5:54:59 PM PDT by islander-11 (Owning a gun makes me a criminal like owning a six-iron makes me a Skakel.)
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To: GailA
One less criminal on the street.
27 posted on 06/13/2003 6:04:32 PM PDT by Maigrey (Member of the Dose's Jesus Freaks, Jack Straw Fan Club, and Gonzo News Service)
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To: setcapt
Got one, and took it for some "practice" yesterday. Pretty effective from 5-20 ft. (not too bad for a tiny .380.)
28 posted on 06/13/2003 6:05:19 PM PDT by Maigrey (Member of the Dose's Jesus Freaks, Jack Straw Fan Club, and Gonzo News Service)
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To: henderson field
the odds are 2495 to 5

The odds are 2496 to 4, someone has to go get the donuts.

29 posted on 06/13/2003 6:06:17 PM PDT by razorback-bert (White Devils for Al-Sharpton 2004... Texas Chapter)
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To: fiddlinjim
You'd think rappin criminals would be easier to find.
30 posted on 06/13/2003 6:12:00 PM PDT by breakem
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To: henderson field
Your story reminds me of a comedian I saw on tv this week. He once robbed the gas station in his small town of 500. When the cops asked what the robber looked like, the clerk said "Dave."
31 posted on 06/13/2003 6:14:05 PM PDT by breakem
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To: Maigrey
You need more firepower.

As my dear old dad says, "I hate like h@!! to shoot a guy and then stand there and argue with him."

I would recommend a caliber that begins with ".4". Preferably a variation on the 1911A1.

32 posted on 06/13/2003 6:17:33 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Well--maybe. Shot placement is quite important, you know. Our friends the Israeli Mossad use .22 pistols for their work. Of course, they are trained to hit a ping-pong ball at 50' and the ping-pong-ball just happens to be the size of your eyeball.

Usually fatal.
33 posted on 06/13/2003 6:28:06 PM PDT by ninenot (Joe McCarthy was RIGHT, but Drank Too Much)
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To: ninenot
Yes, but the Mossad boys are doing stealth work, for which a .22 is ideal. They aren't suddenly confronted by a mugger at the front bumper or a burglar in the bedroom.

And you are also playing the averages. An untrained individual (or even a well trained individual with the adrenaline pumping) is going to have a flyer or two. The 1911A1 requires only one hit just about anywhere on the body. My dad says that in WWII in Italy, he saw plenty of wounded GIs that had been shot with the 9mm Lugers or Walthers, but he never saw a live German with a .45 hole in him. He shot a guy in the head at extreme range (about 50 yds) and it knocked him down and out (didn't kill him though, he must have had a very hard head). And a friend of mine who had the misfortune to be in the Marine Corps at Choisin Reservoir shot several Chinese with his .45. He said they went STRAIGHT down and never moved again.

34 posted on 06/13/2003 6:36:09 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: henderson field
I wouldn't gamble on a cop on the phone. It's better for a person to take their safety into their own hands than to listen to advice from somebody who doesn't have a vested interest. People will tell you all kinds of crap if you let them. I'll trust my .44 magnum first and let the cops provide backup when they get there after the fact.
35 posted on 06/13/2003 7:07:19 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: GailA
Did they lock the homeowner up and throw away the key? Not that I think that they should I'm just wondering.
36 posted on 06/13/2003 7:26:05 PM PDT by kuma
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To: LibKill
1. 20 year sentence and gets out in 6. What is that about? He should have done the 20.

2. Goes right back to burglary.

3. Dies. Terminated by properly armed citizen.

4. Justice system fails. Second amendment justice prevails.

37 posted on 06/13/2003 7:51:44 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: AnAmericanMother
I probably will once I go back to work. The .380 is nothing more than a back-up. Besides, a double-tap to unguarded body parts guarantee not to cause argument. 8-)

My father was "working out" his various arms, and during my practice, he was trying out his .45 Llama that he got about 6 months ago. Nice, very nice.... (his back-up(s) are a 6 shot .38, and a 7 shot .380)

38 posted on 06/13/2003 8:22:05 PM PDT by Maigrey (Member of the Dose's Jesus Freaks, Jack Straw Fan Club, and Gonzo News Service)
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To: 07055
This fish wrapper neglected to report that another homeowner also got him one yesterday, and wounded another one, even though the homeowner himself was wounded.
39 posted on 06/14/2003 5:07:00 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: Maigrey
Roger on the backup.

The one you have with you does a whole lot more good than the one you left at home! (Summer carry IS a problem with a 1911A1, esp. if you're not a particularly large woman. That's why I have the baby Sig P245, but I also do have a PPK in .380. I hate the way it shoots, though, it has more effective recoil than the 1911A1.)

40 posted on 06/14/2003 5:33:00 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: GailA
TN offers 15-16 days per month 'good behavior' time. And UNLESS some one fights these paroles.....well the felons walk.

One (probably the only) good thing about the French is that in their penal system, a day of good behaviour counts towards your sentence, bad behaviour doesn't. There is no "Time Off". Sounds like a winner to me.

41 posted on 06/14/2003 6:44:02 AM PDT by Oatka
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To: supercat
Which seems a better type of feedback system?

Well, that depends on whether your goal is to reduce crime and retain citizen's rights, or to expand police powers and make people more dependent on government, at their own expense. Some people say the former is better, others indicate by their words or actions that they think the latter is better.

42 posted on 06/14/2003 2:28:50 PM PDT by coloradan
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To: GailA
Don't want to get shot or die, don't steal. Horse thieves should be hung, not tried.
43 posted on 06/14/2003 2:45:40 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (If the only way an American can get elected is through Mexican votes, we have a war to be waged.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
You need more firepower.

As my dear old dad says, "I hate like h@!! to shoot a guy and then stand there and argue with him."

I would recommend a caliber that begins with ".4". Preferably a variation on the 1911A1.

That's pretty fair advice. But I like a caliber that begins with a *4* whether it's a handgun, something a bit larger, or even *just* a break-open singleshot.


44 posted on 06/16/2003 4:18:46 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy
Wow! A Grease Gun, complete with custom outfitting!

And you'll have to excuse my ignorance, but is that an M-79 grenade launcher? I never saw one up close and personal.

A mugger would have a Cow AND Kittens if confronted with that set of personal protection, donchya think? :-D

45 posted on 06/16/2003 5:43:19 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Wow! A Grease Gun, complete with custom outfitting!

And you'll have to excuse my ignorance, but is that an M-79 grenade launcher? I never saw one up close and personal.

A mugger would have a Cow AND Kittens if confronted with that set of personal protection, donchya think? :-D

The stamped sheetmetal M3 and M3A1 greaseguns were reasonably sturdy, though they got pretty well scuffed up bouncing around inside M48A3 tanks; we carried two aboard, in theory one for the driver and one for the loader. It was unfortunately also fairly common for the ejection port cover that doubled as the weapon's safety to get knocked off, so there were usually a few spares around, too. We carried the M79 grenade launcher up top as a quick answer to any nighttime/dusk muzzleflashes or green tracers bouncing off out turret, as well as an AK with the front sight hacksawed off so the thing wouldn't hang up on a tank's hatch or on a tanker helmet's commo cord.

But yes, the M79 was very useful for us since we didn't have to worry about stray fragments from a close round being muck of a threat to us inside, though on road marches the presence of mines and the heat made riding on top outside the way to go. That was in the days before the HEDP round was commonly available, which probably would have been our choice if we'd had 'em.

My idea of confronting muggers with personal protection doesn't much extend to sportsmanship, I fear, and the surprise I prefer for them is one of wonderment as to why the ground is coming toward them so fast, and what that loud noise was.

I like shotguns for such things. A lot. That's based on some personal experience.

-archy-/-


46 posted on 06/16/2003 6:21:46 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: GailA
I'll make you a small bet that David Washington had a younger apprentice in the housebreaking line, maybe a relative or neighbor but almost certainly another former ex-con. If the police don't come up with at least some of the items taken in the previous burglaries, that's where it is, unless the cops have split it up between themselves.

Let's see if the CA follows up that little line of thought.

-archy-/-

47 posted on 06/16/2003 6:26:15 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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