Monday, February 26, 2007

IL: Dad shoots son's killer: "His son answered a knock at the front door Wednesday, and suddenly, the 'pop, pop, pop' of gunshots broke the silence of a sleepy afternoon in his Niles home. Leonard 'Lenny' Bird Jr. was upstairs and knew his son was in trouble. He grabbed his gun and ran toward the front door, where he saw an intruder, and watched his son, Michael Childers, dying in the doorway. Bird and at least one gunman exchanged gunfire, then the gunman and a second intruder fled .... Relatives suspect that the incident started as a robbery attempt. They said there had been an attempted break-in at the home in the last year. But Nielsen doesn't think it had anything to do with her brother's job, collecting and selling coins. Police said nothing was taken from the home."

L.A. officer fatally shoots idiot who pointed gun at him: "A police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly pointed a gun at him, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 7:45 p.m. Saturday in South Los Angeles after police saw two cars driving erratically and tried to pull them over, said Officer Mike Lopez, a police spokesman. One of the cars stopped and a passenger got out, Lopez said. As the officers approached the man after exiting their squad car, he pointed a gun at them. One of the officers then opened fire, and the man died at the scene, authorities said. The car then sped away. A handgun was recovered at the scene. Authorities did not release identities of the officers or the man fatally shot."

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