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A Scottsdale, Ariz., man who was shot during an assault recently was moved from a hospital room to a jail cell. The 28-year-old man had been shot after allegedly breaking into his estranged girlfriend’s home, holding her against her will and sexually assaulting her in early December. During the fracas, the woman broke free and fled, and the troublemaker chased her as she ran through the apartment complex knocking on doors looking for help. One neighbor who tried to help was allegedly attacked by the suspect. In fear for his life, and to protect the woman, that man retrieved a handgun and shot the assailant in the chest. The suspect ran off but collapsed about 150 yards away. He was taken to a hospital and two weeks later was released into police custody and jailed. Police said the shooter will not be charged. [The Republic, Phoenix, Ariz., 12/23/14]

One shot was enough to stop a December break-in at a Western Pennsylvania home. A 37-year-old man entered a California Borough home through a window. The homeowner confronted the man in the kitchen of the home and shot the intruder as he started running toward the resident. After being shot, the wrongdoer fled through the front door, then collapsed in the yard about 50 feet from the door. He later was pronounced dead at the Monongahela Valley Hospital. Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said the suspect died from a single gunshot to the chest. Authorities were investigating. [Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pa., 12/28/14]

The threat of being shot was enough to scare off a prowler in Burton, S.C. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said a woman was sitting on her couch one mid-December evening when a man appeared at her window and told her to open her door. Instead, she grabbed her gun and pointed it at the man, who immediately fled. Deputies searched for the suspect, but did not find him. [The Island Packet/Beaufort News, Beaufort, S.C., 12/19/14]

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police have arrested two people in connection with a home invasion that turned deadly for an accomplice. A 25-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man allegedly kicked in the door of a home and entered with weapons. The resident, who was at home with his fiancée during the break-in, retrieved his firearm and fired multiple times, hitting the male intruder in the abdomen. The two suspects fled and the injured man later died in a local hospital. The female and another individual were later apprehended and charged with attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon. The home dweller was unharmed and cooperated with detectives. [The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Ind., 12/25/14]

Even a planned robbery can go wrong when the targeted victim has a gun. Two masked men armed with wooden ax handles cut power to Nicholas Dziyak’s trailer in West Pike Run Township, Pa., intending to lure him outside and rob him. Although Dziyak, 74, was struck several times in the head and chest, he had the wherewithal to pull out his handgun and shoot one of the assailants, who died at the scene. The second suspect has been charged with robbery and aggravated assault. Dziyak was treated for head injuries and contusions. Police said the dead man and Dziyak had a working relationship and that a business disagreement preceded the planned attack. [The Observer-Reporter, Washington, Pa., 12/30/2014]

A passer-by with a gun stopped four people from assaulting a man in Fargo, N.D. The assailants partnered up to lure a man behind a building, where they allegedly knocked him unconscious and stole his wallet. During the assault, a pedestrian with a concealed carry gun happened upon the scene and the suspects took off. Police have arrested and charged the troublemakers, one of whom apparently knew the victim. [The Forum, Fargo, N.D., 12/30/2014]

People who use Internet dating services sometimes have more of a motive than socializing. William D. Jolley struck up an online conversation with a woman, and the two decided to meet at his place in Cynthania, Ky. Shortly after she arrived, the woman stepped outside, and returned with two men in tow. The men started beating Jolley, who pulled a gun and fired several shots, wounding one of his assailants. The two male suspects fled in a car, with one driving his wounded partner to the hospital. Doctors pronounced the shot suspect dead, and his accomplice fled the hospital on foot. Police later apprehended him and Jolley’s “date,” and have charged them. [Lexington Herald Leader, Lexington, Ky., 12/22/2014]

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