Homeowner Shoots, Suspects
reported on http://www.chattanoogan.com/
January 29, 2001
TENNESSEE -- Chattanooga Police were
summoned at 2:34 a.m. Sunday to the home of William K. Smith at 1211 Panorama
Drive on a burglary-in-progress call.
Mr. Smith reported being awakened by
the alarm on his truck going off and went outside to investigate. He was
confronted by two males, apparently armed with a shotgun. Shots were exchanged
between Mr. Smith and the suspects who fled on foot.
A few moments later the suspects returned in a dark color, older car and shot
into the front of Mr. Smith's home. There were no injuries. The suspects fled
The vehicle fitting the description provided by Mr. Smith was stopped shortly
thereafter on East Brainerd Road, but was not linked to this incident.
Who knows what would have happened if he'd not had a gun to quell their attack?
They were obviously prepared to use force against him while stealing his
property. Had he not been armed, who's to say their predatory violation of his
rights, life and property would have stopped? They very well may have killed
him, but his bullets had a bit of a deterrent affect, wouldn't you say?
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