May 22, 2008

HOMEOWNER 1, BURGLAR 0:

Monroe County authorities today identified a burglary suspect who was shot to death by a homeowner and arrested a second suspect who fled.

Bristin Self, 19, was killed Wednesday by homeowner Mark Fryer during a 4:30 p.m. break-in, and Self’s companion fled, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

Based on a description given by Fryer, deputies later arrested James Cheek and have charged him with aggravated burglary. Cheek has confessed to being illegally inside the Fryer residence on Old Store Road, according to investigators.

I’m surprised newspapers haven’t tried to give this a pro-gun-control spin, with headlines like Homeowner Shoots Self. Maybe I shouldn’t give them ideas . . . .

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