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Store Owner Justified In Shooting Burglar

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"Store Owner Justified In Shooting Burglar"
A Staff Report
The Tampa Tribune
December 23, 2001

BARTOW, FLORIDA -- A Lakeland liquor store owner was justified when he shot and killed a burglar earlier this month, the state attorney's office has ruled.

Store owner John Samanns, 37, of Mulberry shot Larry D. Russell, 41, of Polk County twice after Russell used a metal pry bar to break the lower deadbolt on an exterior metal gate, the state attorney's report said. Samanns was sleeping in his store, John's Drive-Thru on South Combee Road, because of recent burglaries when a sensor alarm went off about 2 a.m. Dec. 4.

Samanns opened an interior sliding glass door and saw Russell prying on the upper part of the exterior gate, the report said. The metal gate was ajar when the two confronted each other, the report said, and Russell was holding the pry bar over his head.

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