Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Britain: Another loony down: "A woman wielding a handgun in a rural town centre yesterday became the first female to be deliberately shot dead by British police. The woman, whose silver pistol was later found to be a BB airgun, died from a single shot to the chest in a car park in the centre of Sevenoaks, Kent, after she refused to put down her weapon. Armed police were called after the 37-year-old woman, who was white and lived locally, was seen in the High Street brandishing her gun at about 1.20am yesterday. Officers from the police district headquarters in Tonbridge arrived about 10 minutes later but were unable to locate the woman until about 3am, when she was discovered in a car park close to the town's police station. "The woman was known to the police and was from the Sevenoaks area," said a police source. "She was waving a silver handgun around just before she was shot. "She was ordered to put the gun down, but she refused and an officer opened fire. The weapon recovered from the scene turned out to be a ball bearing gun. It looked realistic and that is why the officers had to take direct action."

Arkansas meathead shot, killed: "Officials said a Crawford County man was shot and killed Monday night in front of his wife and children. Bobby Joe Freeman, 32, was killed at his home off Cartwright Mountain Road, police said. Freeman's family told police he became aggressive, so they hid in a bedroom. When Freeman barged into the room, investigators said, Freeman's stepfather shot him. Sheriff's officials said it appears the shooting was in self-defense."

Fatal shooting looks like self-defense : "A Texas man was killed Monday night in a shooting that investigators believe could have been self-defense. Crawford County sheriff's deputies were called to 17800 Cartwright Mountain Road near Chester around 9:30, where they found found 30-year-old Bobby Jo Freeman unresponsive with a single gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A few weeks ago Freeman, his wife, and their two children had moved to the residence, which belongs to Freeman's mother and stepfather, from Vernon, Texas. They were all present at the time of the shooting, but police won't say which family member shot Freeman. Deputies say they have been called to the residence before a number of times for domestic violence reports, and that could have played a factor in Monday night's shooting. From interviews, they know Freeman crashed his pickup earlier that night, and had to be given a ride to the house from someone in a white Extended Cab or four-door pickup. Now deputies are asking that person to come forward, so they can find out more about what state Freeman was in when he got home."

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