Saturday, June 16, 2007

Gutsy Texas Clerk Wrestles, Fatally Shoots Armed Robber: "A convenience store clerk wrestled a shotgun away from a would-be robber and then shot and killed him, police said. Balch Springs police said the attempted robbery took place at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Big 5 grocery store on the 1400 block of Peachtree Road near Bruton Road. Police said an armed man walked into the store but was soon wrestling with the clerk. During the struggle, the clerk shot and killed the armed robber, police said. The identity of the suspected robber has not been revealed. Police said the investigation into the shooting will continue but that they do not expect to file any charges against the clerk."

Connecticut: Armed citizen patrol in New Haven: "One group armed with guns is ready to make their New Haven neighborhood a safer place by patrolling in the area around Edgewood Park. The Edgewood Park Defense Patrol will be patrolling the 16-block area from Whalley to Edgewood and Winthrop to West Park. They believe that the police are not doing their part to keep the streets safe. Their uniform is a black tee-shirt with Edgewood Park Defense Patrol and their mission is to keep peace on the streets with armed bike patrols. "It's certainly not the substitute that one would want but when you're missing what you're supposed to have and things are slipping out of hand then you're left with no choice but to do something about it," said Eliezer Greer. Members of Yeshiva New Haven decided to take matters into their own hands after Rabbi Dov Greer was physically assaulted Sunday night. They say they've been appealing to the city for years with no results and are tired of sitting by while the vandalism, robberies and muggings increased.... "Anyone who patrols with a gun in an attempt to use it as a deterrent is putting themselves and other citizens at risk and I absolutely discourage it," said Mayor John DeStefano. DeStefano says he has looked at the deployment levels in the Edgewood Park area and believes the police coverage is sufficient". [Sufficient for what?]

Texas Stepfather Fatally Shoots Stepson: "A stepfather shot his stepson to death in their southwest Houston apartment on Wednesday, officials told KPRC Local 2. Houston police said the stepfather fired multiple shots during an argument at the Briarwest Apartments on Winrock Boulevard near Del Monte Drive at about 8:30 p.m. Daniel M. Reed, 41, died at the scene. Investigators said Reed was at the apartment with his mother and son and began verbally abusing his mother. When he got home, the stepfather tried to calm Reed down. Police said the stepfather, fearing for the safety of he and his wife, got a handgun from a bedroom. Reed threw a nearly full can of beer at his mother, officials said. Detectives said the stepfather shot Reed when he followed his mother to her room when she went to change her clothes. The case will be referred to a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed."

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