The victim of the attempted carjacking, Benjamin Lee Tate, is no stranger to intruders at Engine Rebuild Specialists, 6214 E. Columbus Drive, his east Tampa business. Tate's forceful retaliation Thursday was his third in three years, Tampa police Capt. Bob Guidara said.
Tate shot two burglars - one in 2000 and another in February, Guidara said. Both suspects survived. No charges have been filed against Tate, whose business is in a high- crime area in east Tampa, Guidara said.
``He definitely hasn't had much luck, being targeted as many times as he has,'' Guidara said.
``I'm not looking for trouble,'' Tate said.
``I'm just here doing my job.''
Police said Tate was changing oil in a car at the shop about 11:30 p.m. Thursday when a man approached.
With his hand behind him as though he had a gun, the man said he would shoot Tate if he didn't hand over car keys and cash, police said. Tate shot him instead.
Michael E. Garner, a 31- year-old roofer who has a prison record for theft and drug convictions, was taken to Tampa General Hospital, police said.
He remained in critical condition Friday, Guidara said, but the wound did not appear to be life threatening.
Garner, of 6229 E. Eugene Ave., had a knife concealed under his belt, police said. He is expected to be charged with attempted carjacking, attempted armed robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, police said.
In February 2001, Garner was sentenced to more than a year in prison for grand theft, criminal mischief and drug possession.
Tate's incident is the third this week in Tampa in which victims retaliated or outsmarted attackers.
On Wednesday night, outside his downtown Thai restaurant, Lawrence Storer, 33, was approached by a gunman who demanded money, police said. Storer led the robber into the Sumos Thai Cafe where he retrieved cash. While the gunman, identified as Shantavious Wilson, 24, was in the restaurant, Storer ran and called 911 from his cell phone, police said.
Wilson pointed the gun at Storer, who eventually got back in his Ford Explorer and ran Wilson over, killing him, police said. Prosecutors are reviewing the case.
Late Tuesday night, two Carrollwood women outwitted a man who broke into their house and threatened them with a sawed-off shotgun, officials said.
Cathy Ord, 60, and her roommate, Rose Bucher, 63, disarmed the man with kindness.
They fed him a ham sandwich, complete with pickles, and served up a bottle of spiced rum.
They even offered him their shower and a disposable razor to shave. After several hours, Alfred Joseph Sweet, 42, passed out and Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies were called to remove him from the home, officials said.
Reporter Keith Morelli can be reached at (813) 885-6973.
Woman shoots her alleged carjacker in New Orleans
October 25, 2003
NEW ORLEANS (AP) A homeless man remained in intensive care Friday after he allegedly tried to carjack a woman but was foiled when she pulled a gun and shot him twice in the chest.
Thorlief Thorbjornsen, 42, allegedly approached the woman in a parking lot at about 5 p.m. Thursday in the central business district, near federal and state courthouses.
The woman, 32, told police that Thorbjornsen indicated he had a handgun and demanded she get out of her Jeep Cherokee. She reached into the center console of her Jeep, pulled out a 9 mm pistol and shot Thorbjornsen twice in the torso, said Capt. Marlon Defillo, a police spokesman.
Thorbjornsen did not have a weapon.
Defillo said police will not book the woman but as a formality will turn the case over to the district attorneys office for review.
When Thorbjornsen is released from the hospital, he will be arrested and booked with attempted carjacking, Defillo said.
MS: Break-ins prompt some in city to take up arms
EVANSVILLE, Minn. - When Kim Fedje went to check on her livestock she didn't fully load her rifle because she didn't think she'd need it. She was wrong.
Fedje was getting ready for work earlier this month when she heard dogs barking on her western Minnesota property. Her fiance told her to take the .22 when she checked on the farm animals.
"I only put in about 10 shells but am not sure because I wasn't counting and didn't expect anything to be wrong," Kim said.
Fedje first checked the animals in the barn, then headed to the pasture shared with her neighbors. There, she said, she saw her neighbor's herd of llamas clustered in a tight circle. Llamas only stand in such a circle to fight off predators, Fedje said.
"I yelled, 'Here, llamas!'," she said.
Instead of llamas, she got big dogs - a pair of charging Rottweilers.
"I thought 'Run!' and at the same time knew that if I ran I would be dead," Fedje said. "I aimed my .22 and started firing."
The first three rounds missed. The next killed one dog at about 20 feet. The next, her last round, wounded the other dog.
Her fiance reloaded the rifle, found the wounded dog and killed it.
With the dogs no longer a threat, they checked the llama herd. All 13 animals had been attacked; nine required stitches, and one had a hamstring ripped out, Fedje said.
"The whole herd is ruined," said Joni Neal, owner of the llamas.
Douglas County prosecutors referred the investigation to Alexandria city prosecutors because one of the owners of the dogs is a department head with the county. That owner, Paula Carpenter, director of the land and resource management office, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment from The Associated Press.