Friday, August 17, 2007

CA: Cop-shoot trial turns on moves by victim: "A trial involving a damages suit against San Francisco police for the fatal shooting of a disabled man opened in federal court Monday and quickly focused on whether the man was reaching for a gun when he was killed. Dale Galipo, lawyer for Cammerin Boyd's mother and two daughters, told the jury the evidence would show that Boyd was trying to surrender when he was shot to death in May 2004 outside his rented SUV. He said Boyd posed no danger to officers who had surrounded him after a car chase. But Deputy City Attorney James Loebs said the evidence of Boyd's wounds and bloodstains would support police testimony that he was reaching into the SUV for a gun, which was found inside the vehicle. Loebs said Boyd had shot at the officers twice. "These officers were risking their lives and should be honored for what they were doing, not persecuted," Loebs told the jury. Boyd, 29, of Oakland, was a former high school football star who lost both legs below the knee in a 1993 car crash while he was fleeing police. He later served time in prison and was facing an armed robbery charge at the time of his death, the city's lawyers said."

South Carolina Suspect Shot After Breaking into Home: "Deputies were called to respond to a report of a gunshot victim at the residence of 16 Compass Point Rd. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Cantwell lying at the bottom of the steps of the residence, disoriented and bleeding profusely from his left leg. Deputies met with the complainant, 51-year old Raymond Gaudreau, who resides at 16 Compass Point Rd. Gaudreau recounted to deputies that he was asleep on the couch in the living room of his home when he was awakened by the sound of someone trying to come in the front door. Gaudreau advised seeing the door come partially open, but an engaged chain lock prevented it from being opened completely. Gaudreau fled through the house to the back deck outside where he called 911. During this time, the subject did make forced entry through the front door, charging through the home where he confronted Gaudreau on the back deck. Gaudreau, who was armed with a 9mm handgun, repeatedly advised the subject that he was armed with a gun and to stay back. The subject disregarded Gaudreau's warnings, becoming violent as he picked up the metal patio table separating the two men and threw it at Gaudreau. As the subject lunged towards Gaudreau, Gaudreau fired his gun, shooting the subject in the lower left leg.

Delaware intruder shot: "New Castle County police are investigating the shooting of a man Wednesday afternoon during a break-in. Shortly before 3 p.m., police were called to the first block of Christiana Crossing Drive in Newark, where a 31-year-old male resident of Christiana Farms town houses said he had shot someone trying to break into his home, said spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro. A female witness drove the intruder, a 39-year-old, to Christiana Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, Navarro said. He was reportedly in stable condition".

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