Saturday, June 13, 2009

NC: Self-defense claim accepted after man shoots knife-attacker: "Clark Everett filed a dismissal last Thursday of voluntary manslaughter charges against Ronald Jerome Brown, 34, when an investigation by Grifton police supported Brown's claim that he shot Marquis Graham, 25, also of Grifton, only after his efforts to escape Graham's knife attack failed, Everett said. Brown still faces charges of possession of a firearm by a felon. The police investigation showed that Brown and Graham had been feuding, and Graham was making it known around town that he intended to kill Brown, Everett said. Graham was seen that Tuesday carrying an 8-inch kitchen knife, and the two crossed paths while Graham was riding a bicycle and Brown was the passenger in the back seat of a car (across the street from First Christian Church, near Grifton Elementary School), Everett said.... Witnesses at the scene reported that Graham went at Brown with the knife and Brown shot him once with a gun he had been carrying, Everette said. Officers retrieved the knife next to Graham's body.

Virginia: Motel gunfight downs two robbers: "An attempted robbery led to a gunfight at a Norfolk motel Thursday. Three suspects, one armed with a handgun, stormed into a room at the Econo Lodge. Much to the surprise of the suspected criminals, one of the victims was also carrying a gun. Police say two of the suspects were shot by the victim. One of the suspects died at the scene, the other was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition. The suspect who died has been identified as 22-year-old Dante Cooley of Virginia Beach. Police have not yet released the names of the other two suspects, one of which fled the scene and remains on the run. The victim, who was also shot by one of the suspects and transported to the hospital is expected to recover."

Texas carjacker shot: "An alleged carjacker was shot and killed in north Houston Saturday morning, police said. At about 6:15 a.m., witnesses pulled Darryl Milton Franklin Jr., 37, out of a car that he was reportedly breaking into in the 1100 block of Langwick Drive. As they waited for police to arrive, witnesses saw him attempt to break into other vehicles and even try to commit a carjacking, authorities said. Franklin attacked a man who approached him. The man, who was carrying a permitted concealed weapon, shot Franklin, said Houston Police spokesman Victor Senties. The shooting is being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office and will likely be referred to a grand jury, Senties said.

Tennessee: Man Fatally Shoots Intruding neighbor: "An Oakland, Tennessee man fatally shot an intruder trying to climb in his window early Monday morning. The incident occurred on the 400-block of Bell Grove Road. The homeowner heard what sounded like a knock on his window around 12:30am. When the noise grew, the homeowner found a neighbor, 32-year old Anthony Webb, breaking through his window with a rake. The homeowner tells FOX13 that he told the man repeatedly to stop, but Webb's reply was "What are you going to do?" The intruder was shot three times, and was declared dead upon arrival by local police. The homeowner also tells FOX13 that the intruder's father was a high school classmate of his.

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