Sunday, August 07, 2005

L.A.: A dead Katz: "A Santa Monica man was shot to death by one of the victims who he attempted to rob at gunpoint at the drive-through area of Jack in the Box, 2025 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, early Thursday, July 21st, Santa Monica police said. Santa Monica police responded to the fast-food restaurant at Lincoln Boulevard and Grant Street at 4:43 a.m. after receiving a call regarding shots fired at the scene, police said. Officers spoke to two male victims who said that they were inside their commercial van at the restaurant drive-through when a man wearing a hooded shirt and a ski mask allegedly approached the passenger side of the vehicle and displayed a handgun and a knife, Santa Monica Lt. Frank Fabrega said. The alleged robber � who has been identified by the county coroner's office as Steven Alexander Katz, 27, of Santa Monica � allegedly held the handgun up to the passenger's head and demanded money, Fabrega said. The passenger then grabbed the suspect's hand and a struggle ensued. "At that time, the suspect stabbed the victim (passenger) in the hand with the knife," Fabrega said. During the struggle between the passenger and the suspect, the driver of the vehicle retrieved his own gun that he had inside the vehicle and shot the suspect in the upper body, police said. The suspect then fled from the vehicle and collapsed a few feet away near the alley, police said. The two victims, one from Inglewood and the other from Venice, waited at the scene until police arrived. Santa Monica Fire Department paramedics also responded and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene, police said."

Ohio: School security guard fires at gunman: "A security guard told police he shot at a man who pulled a gun on him in front of a school Wednesday morning .... Police said they are looking for 52-year-old Thomas Edward Wright Corn, a convicted kidnapper who is out on parole. Police have charged him with felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon. ... The guard said he walked up to a man and a woman arguing in front of Life Skill School at 7710 Reading Road in Roselawn. The guard said students were about to go on break, and he was doing a routine walk around the school building to secure it. The guard said he thought the argument was escalating, so he approached the couple to try to calm them down. The man pulled a gun and pointed it at him, the guard said. The guard said he fired and the man ran."

Indiana: Police rule shooting self-defense: "Police in Clay County, Indiana responded to a shooting around 4:00pm Tuesday. Police say the victim [sic] attempted to break into the house of his girlfriend at 8062 North County Road 400 East when he was shot. The Clay County Sheriff`s Department says they found Doug Fulk shot in the leg. He was air-evaced to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and then to Methodist hospital in Indianapolis with non-life threatening injuries. Police say Jaimee Gillen, a male acquaintance of Fulk's girlfriend who was in the house at the time, shot Fulk with a rifle. Gillen was detained briefly but released after police determined he acted in self-defense. The investigation continues as they attempt to track down all people involved."

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