Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Kentucky druggies killed: "Two men were shot and killed today and the man who shot them has been charged with drug trafficking, police said. Just before 6:30 a.m., two men allegedly kicked in a door of a second-floor apartment at the Thunder Bird complex in the 1700 block of Tempest Way in the Hunters Trace area, said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, head of the homicide unit. An altercation broke out and the resident, Shawn Martin, 32, told police he shot both men. Killed were Corey Carr, 29, of the 500 block of East Jefferson Street, and William Gibson III, 28, of the 200 block of Conestoga Avenue, said Gayle Norris, a deputy Jefferson County coroner. Both Carr and Gibson died of single gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene, Norris said. Police have charged Martin with one count each of trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. When searching Martin’s apartment, police found several bundles of crack cocaine in a toilet, according to the arrest citation. He also disposed of other bundles, according to the citation... Police found one man’s body just outside the door to the apartment and another body in the middle of Tempest Way. Carr and Gibson both had felony records including drug trafficking and terroristic threatening charges stretching back as far as 2001, according to circuit court records. Wilkerson said Martin also had a criminal history that also included at least one felony on his record, but he did not have specifics available."

Maryland robber shot with own gun: "A 21-year-old man was shot multiple times about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when he attempted to rob another man in the 100 block of N. Howard St. Police said a gunman was in the process of robbing another man when the intended victim, 22, grabbed the handgun, turned it toward the gunman and shot him before dropping the gun to the ground. Police said when the robber charged at the victim, the victim retrieved the gun from the ground and shot the other man two more times. The intended robbery victim fled and was being sought. Police said Calvin Ray was shot in the right side of the chest, a hip and lower back and was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Charges against Ray were pending."

Utah man shoots attacking pit bull: If John Erickson hadn't had his gun with him when a neighbor's pit bull attacked him, there's no telling how bad things might have been. Erickson, 22, was walking up to his house on 400 South near 700 West in Orem on Wednesday when a neighbor's pit bull bit him from behind. As he rode his scooter to his house around 8:30 p.m., Erickson saw the dog sitting calmly while a neighborhood girl petted it. Then he parked and took three or four steps toward his house when the dog bit him. "All of a sudden the dog grabbed my leg from behind," he said. He swung his scooter helmet at the dog, which backed off for a moment. But when the dog charged forward, Erickson, who has a concealed weapons permit, drew his 9-millimeter pistol and fired at the dog's head. Erickson said he worries about what would have happened if he hadn't been armed. "There's nothing I could've done. I couldn't run. There's no way I'm going to outrun it. There's nowhere I could go," said Erickson, a student at Utah Valley State College. Even more, he said he worries about what would've happened if the dog had attacked his wife, Lynn Ann, who came home just two minutes before him, or the many children who walk down that street on their way to and from Orem Elementary School. At Erickson's request, no charges were filed against the dog's owner, said Orem police spokesman Lt. Doug Edwards. Vicious animal citations and letting dogs run free are misdemeanor offenses."

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