Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Kansas: Concealed carry permit holder shoots suspect: "An Oklahoma concealed-carry permit holder thwarted a robbery at a Topeka convenience store Friday night, police said. Police said 57-year-old Michael Mah shot a 17-year-old suspect who was trying to rob the Phillips 66 at 29th and Randolph, after telling him to drop his weapon. The owner of the store, Dean Yee, told police two men ran inside, when one of them pointed a gun at him and demanded money. Concealed weapons advocates said Mah did the right thing. “The bad guys … better be careful who they pick on,” said Troy Powell, a retired cop who recently moved here from Texas. Powell said the shooting is exactly what concealed-carry is intended for. “The guy was right there on scene and had firsthand knowledge that it was happening,” said Powell. “I think he reacted appropriately and probably he could’ve saved that guy’s life and his own.” Police said Mah shot the man just once. “I don’t think any of these people that carry-concealed are wanting to do someone it, they’re just wanting to stop the guy, to keep him from hurting … someone else,” Powell said. Mah had a concealed carry permit from Oklahoma, one of 22 states from which permit holders can also carry a weapon in Kansas, police said. Police said the man who shot the suspect likely won’t be charged with a crime, since he had a valid permit."

S.C. Another robber with a sore behind: "A man trying to steal a car at gunpoint from a couple ended up being shot himself, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says. Harold Levar Jeffcoat, 29, was arrested Sunday at the hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the buttocks, Lott said. Jeffcoat was shot Saturday night after he stuck a gun into the stomach of a man getting into his car at a Wal-Mart in suburban northeast Richland County and demanded his keys, deputies said. A woman in the passenger seat pulled a gun from the glove compartment and fired five shots at Jeffcoat, hitting him once, investigators said. Lott is calling the couple heroes. The sheriff said police don't encourage people to go out and "just start shooting," but they do want people to protect themselves. Jeffcoat also was wanted for at least nine other armed robberies across Columbia, Lott said."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Topeka incident involving a justified shooting by an Oklahoman with a concealed carry license, you state the shooter will "likely" not be charged with a crime. It is Kansas law that a justified shooter cannot be charged in criminal or civil courts.