Wednesday, February 09, 2011

NY jury acquits man in killing of would-be robber: "An Onondaga County Court jury deliberated about two hours before finding a man not guilty of murder in a fatal shooting that the defense contended was self-defense. The defense contended that 40-year-old Jeffrey Peterson was defending himself and his wife from attack when Shaheen Bean was killed in a struggle over his gun. Police say Peterson and his wife were returning home early on the morning of June 26 when 33-year-old Bean came out of the bushes and tried to rob them. Prosecutors say Bean had already been disabled by a shot in the leg when Peterson shot him again in the head."

UT: Too slow to shoot: "A Pleasant Grove woman defended herself and her home against an intruder Sunday afternoon. The 46-year-old woman told police she was home alone when a man broke into her house. ... She armed herself with a gun and confronted the man. The two fought, and the man was able to take the gun from her. A shot was fired during the scuffle, Capt. Michael Smith said. The woman ran, locked herself in her bedroom and armed herself with a shotgun. At least one other shot was fired."

Self-defense — not something you should ignore!: "When I was a kid, I was told to carry a whistle and scream fire (because no one responds to 'HELP' anymore), and the nice policemen would come to my rescue every time. I honestly believed this until I was attacked in my own backyard. No one came to my rescue ... and it was a huge slap in the face to everything I believed until that point. It planted the seed that eventually grew into my ownership of first knives, then a firearm."

OH: Guns seized, even though no law broken? "The Rev. John Henry, the Cleveland clergyman who in recent weeks has surrendered to police more than 200 guns and 2,000 boxes of ammunition, agreed Tuesday to relinquish something else -- his longtime job. Henry, 58, will take an indefinite leave of absence from St. Herman's House of Hospitality, the monastery and homeless shelter he has run for decades on the city's near West Side. Flask said that Cleveland officials know and respect that people have the right to purchase as many guns as they can afford. But Henry's behavior, he added, cried for more attention. For example, Flask said, Henry went to a Walmart between 9 and 10 p.m. and hung around the store until between 1 and 2 a.m. before buying the guns and ammunition." [Hanging around Wal-Mart sure sounds dubious!]

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