Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Off-duty sheriff's sergeant kills gunman in Seattle: "An off-duty King County sheriff's sergeant shot and killed an attempted robbery suspect Friday night on Western Avenue just south of the Pike Place Market. The sergeant said he witnessed a man with a gun robbing another person and intervened, said Jeff Kappel, Seattle police spokesman. The attempted robbery occurred on the sidewalk in the 1400 block of Western, Kappel said. The gunman was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he died. Seattle police are handling the investigation at the request of the Sheriff's Office. Police recovered a handgun at the scene, Kappel said. The officer, 61, a 38-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office, was uninjured, Kappel said. He told police he was walking down Western when he overheard some commotion behind him, Kappel said. He turned around to see one man pointing a handgun at another, the spokesman said. "He identified himself as a police officer and drew his service weapon," Kappel said. As the gunman turned toward the sergeant, the sergeant fired, he added. The gunman was shot in the torso".

TX: Foolish robber attacks police: "Two Houston police detectives shot an Humble man who rammed them with his car after investigators said he broke into the officers' unmarked car about noon Friday outside a restaurant near Deerbrook Mall. The suspect, Edward Thomas, 20, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he underwent surgery for gunshot wounds to the head, shoulder and side, said Capt. Dwayne Ready, a Houston Police Department spokesman. Thomas, who is expected to survive, will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon when he is released from the hospital, the Humble Police Department said."

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