Sunday, November 12, 2006

MI:Man shot dead after argument: "An argument turned deadly shortly before noon Thursday in an Albion car dealership parking lot when the owner pulled out a revolver and fatally shot a man, police said. JP Auto Sales owner Frank Murphy, 67, was outside the blue aluminum-sided business at 337 Bemer St. when he started arguing with Joe Lee Miles, 56, of Albion. The shouting ended when Murphy pulled out a .32-caliber revolver and fired two shots, said Detective Lt. Scott Kipp of the Albion Department of Public Safety. One bullet hit Miles in the chest. Officers descended on the scene in minutes to find Miles bleeding to death in the parking lot with Murphy still at the scene. Police whisked Murphy away, while Miles was scooped onto a stretcher and taken to Battle Creek Health Systems. He was pronounced dead on arrival. Police released Murphy after questioning; the prosecutor's office in Calhoun County authorized the release. Preliminary indications are that the shooting was an act of self-defense, Kipp said. "He felt he was in fear for his life," Kipp said. Friends and former employees of the dealership gathered behind the yellow crime-scene tape as police investigated the scene. "Frank's a good guy, he wouldn't hurt nobody," said Jimmy Huff, who said he used to work for Murphy. "He carries that gun for protection because he's been robbed before. ! He wouldn't have shot nobody unless he had to."

MD: Gunfight leaves 1 dead, 1 injured: "One man was killed and another was critically wounded Sunday during a "gun battle" at a Crofton home, Anne Arundel County police said. Responding after noon to a report of a shooting at 1709 Leisure Way, police found one man dead. He has not been identified. A resident of the house, Christopher Michael Haramis, 25, had been shot multiple times, police said. He was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Police said the shooting may have been tied to an earlier confrontation during a party at the house. About 2 a.m., police said, a man and a woman who had stepped outside the house were confronted by two men looking for cash. "The persons inside the residence came out and basically interrupted the robbery and subsequently fought with the robbers," said Lt. David Waltemeyer, a police spokesman. "The robbers then ran away, making away with money, and no one was injured." Those robbers may have been the two men who came to the house midday Sunday, Waltemeyer said. Haramis, who was inside the house with three others, was armed and shot the intruder, who died at the house, police said. It is unclear who shot Haramis, police said, adding that the other intruder fled".

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