Friday, July 04, 2008

Man, 71, shoots burglar

An elderly west Jackson resident who was attacked by a burglar two years ago shot a man Wednesday he suspected of breaking into his Pleasant Avenue home.

Police say the resident, identified by relatives as 71-year-old Edwin Chinn, was protecting himself when he shot Ricky Braggs.

Chinn's daughter, Sheryl Lenoir, said he lives by himself and had been burglarized and shot about two years ago.

"He got shot in the back, but he was able to beat (the attacker) down with a bat or something," she said. Chinn was not available for comment Wednesday, and his daughter said he was uncertain whether he would continue to live in the house.

Braggs, 34, has been accused of breaking into Chinn's home through his kitchen window just before noon Wednesday. Chinn's home is near Galloway Elementary School and the Player and Playerettes Club. Police said Braggs lived in the neighborhood.

Jackson police said Chinn shot Braggs once in the abdomen and once in the arm. Bullet holes were visible through the wall on the south side of the house.

Following the shooting, Braggs ran about two blocks before collapsing behind a house in the 1900 block near Woodrow Wilson Boulevard. He was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

"His wounds are not considered life-threatening," Jackson police spokesman Sgt. Jeffery Scott said.

Police will charge Braggs with house burglary once he is released from the hospital, Scott said.

Investigators detained Chinn for questioning but did not charge him, citing the Castle Doctrine law that allows residents to defend themselves and their property against perceived attacks."

Hows about citing common fricking sense, you incredibly inane charlatans? So before the CD law was on the books, you'd have dragged the old gent off to the slammer, now wouldn't you? Doesn't matter whats wrong or right, just following orders, eh.

Nice shooting, Mr. Chinn. Thanks for being a role model for the rest of us. What we desperately need is more men like yourself and less saps like the un-named "investigators". This waste of oxygen should never have been wandering the streets to begin with, and the only shame is he remains alive to do it again as soon as they set him free again.

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