Monday, May 28, 2007

Arizona slaying ruled justifiable homicide: "The County Attorney's Office has deemed the March 3 fatal shooting of a 21-year-old-man by a near North Side resident justifiable and no charges will be sought in the case, authorities said. Killed was Charles Alvin Eisner, police said. Sgt. Decio Hopffer, a Tucson police spokesman would not name the man who shot Eisner because the shooter has not been charged with a crime. Eisner was shot before dawn after the occupant of a home near East Fort Lowell Road and North First Avenue heard noises in the carport, went to investigate and spotted a stranger in the carport, said Rick Unklesbay, chief trial counsel for the County Attorney's Office. Unklesbay said the resident went back into the house to put on clothing and when he turned around he found the stranger had rushed into the darkened home and the resident shot the intruder. A review of the police investigation lead to a determination the shooting was a justifiable homicide and the decision was made this month not to seek charges, Unklesbay said. The shooting was immediately reported to police by the resident, Unklesbay said."

Ohio man Shoots Pit Bull When It Tries To Attack: "A man was attacked by a pitbull on the city's east side Thursday morning before a gas station owner shot the dog. The attack happened at East 55th Street and St. Clair Avenue. Gas station owner Steve Daymut said he saw two pit bulls were walking unleashed near the busy intersection and one of the dogs got hit by a car. He wanted to help the dogs, but when the uninjured dog seized a passerby, Daymut ran back to the station and grabbed his 9 mm handgun. He shot the pit bull as it started to come toward him. The passerby was taken to an area hospital with injuries to his arm. His condition is not known."

MO: Bill would extend protection for deadly force: "An effort to expand [sic] gun rights in Missouri has been forwarded to Gov. Matt Blunt's desk. Dubbed the 'Castle Doctrine,' the House and Senate reached agreement on the bill, which is intended to expand a person's justifications for using deadly force in self-defense beyond the traditional defense of one's home. Current Missouri law justifies the use of deadly force only if people believe it's necessary to protect themselves or others from death or serious injury. The bill -- SB62 -- would give people in homes as well as car and truck drivers wide discretion in the use of deadly force against intruders. People would be immune from criminal and civil actions for killing or injuring someone in self-defense."

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