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The Lake Wales News, Lake Wales, Fla., 10/11/2001

Saturday, December 1, 2001

When William Losh and his girlfriend approached his cabin in Lake Wales, Fla., they saw the screen door was damaged. Thinking someone had broken into his home, Losh picked up his .22-cal. revolver and began to search the house. He discovered an intruder hiding in a closet and instructed him to "Freeze and show me your hands." Losh then told his girlfriend to call the police. The suspect, James Eugene Birk, initially complied with Losh's orders, but then began to taunt Losh, saying, "You might as well shoot me, because I'm not going back to prison." Birk moved his hands down toward his waist and began moving out of the closet. Afraid that the intruder was reaching for a weapon, Losh shot Birk three times until he finally stopped advancing on him. Birk, who was charged with burglary, property damage and probation violations, has a long criminal record, according to Polk County law enforcement officials.
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