Sunday, February 19, 2006

LA: Store clerk kills suspected robber:An Alexandria man was shot and killed on Sunday during what is believed to have been a failed holdup attempt, Alexandria Police Lt. Mike Rennier said. Walter Louis Walker, 39, of 1244 Huffman St., was shot in the head at least two times by a clerk when he attempted to rob Tobacco Hut No. 2, located at 2350 Overton St., Rennier said. According to police records, the clerk told police that Walker approached the counter at 12:07 p.m. and demanded money while holding his hands in his pockets.Rennier said the clerk then shot Walker and called police to the scene. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police reports."

AZ: House OKs deadly force expansion: "The House wants to have Arizona follow Florida's lead and enact a so-called 'castle doctrine' law that permits use of deadly force against an intruder who illegally enters a home or vehicle -- not necessarily just when force is believed to be necessary to protect someone from physical force. Besides expanding the legal justification for using deadly force, the legislation backed by the National Rifle Association would state a person has no duty to back away before threatening or using force. The House's 36-21 vote on Monday sent the bill (HB2392) to the Senate, where similar legislation is pending."

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