LONG BEACH, Calif

Man, 80, kills alleged robber who says she is pregnant

An 80-year-old man says he shot and killed a fleeing woman whom he had caught burglarizing his home, despite her plea that she was pregnant.

“She says, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant – I’m going to have a baby,’ and I shot her anyway,” Tom Greer told KNBC-TV .

Greer said he walked in on the woman and a man who had broken into his house in Long Beach on Tuesday night.

The pair tackled him, Greer said, then continued ransacking the house, breaking into a safe while he watched.

He said he was able to get to his gun, a .22-caliber revolver, and the pair ran when he showed it to them.

“The lady didn’t run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back twice,” Greer said. “She’s dead … but he got away.”

Deputy Police Chief David Hendricks confirmed at a news conference Wednesday that the man shot and killed the woman after apparently interrupting a crime in progress. It was not immediately clear whether any charges would be filed against Greer. The Los Angeles County coroner was performing an autopsy and would confirm if the woman was pregnant, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

STOCKTON, Calif.

Arrest warrant issued for tuberculosis patient

Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off.

PHOENIX

At 116 degrees, Phoenix temperature breaks record

The scorching weather in Phoenix has broken a record as the mercury hit 116.

The National Weather Service says the temperature on Thursday afternoon overtakes the record of 114 which was set on this date in 2006.

– From news service reports