Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Indiana: Firefighter Says He Killed Man Who Shot Him: "A firefighter says he fatally shot a [black] man who shot and robbed him in the firefighter's vehicle on the city's west side Monday night, according to police. Aaron Thomas, 28, told police he was giving Shawn Reed, 19, a ride in his vehicle when Reed began acting strangely. Thomas stopped the car in the parking lot of the Family Video at 2940 Georgetown Road at about 10:40 p.m., and Reed pulled out a gun and demanded money, police said. Thomas said he surrendered his money but then was shot in the chest as he struggled with Reed over the gun in the car, according to police. Thomas told investigators he then took the gun from Reed and shot him, police said. "He was able to wrestle the gun back from this guy and end the fight there," Indianapolis police Sgt. Matt Mount said. Police were called, and officers found the wounded men in the parking lot. Reed was pronounced dead there, police said."

Colorado: Home intruder shot: "Investigators are questioning a Douglas County homeowner about a shooting death at his home. Sheriff's deputies on Sunday responded to a call about an intruder at 11961 S. Highway 83 and a report that the homeowner had shot the intruder, according to a press release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies found the body of a man inside the home and are interviewing the homeowner in an attempt to find out what happened, the sheriff's office said. The Douglas County Coroner's Office and investigators are trying to determine the identity of the dead man."

TX: Grand jury says lethal force by Port Arthur cop was self-defense: "A Port Arthur police officer was cleared Tuesday of any wrongdoing in a March 8 fatal shooting at a Raceway convenience store on Memorial Boulevard. A grand jury found that Officer Matt Bulls shot 29-year-old Tremaine Darnell Flanagan in self-defense, said Assistant District Attorney Harry Lewis. Before Bulls gunned him down, Flanagan had fired three shots at Bulls, hitting him twice in his chest. The officer was wearing a bullet-resistant protective vest, according to a previous Enterprise story. Lewis said surveillance footage that caught the incident made it pretty clear to the grand jury what had happened."

"Gun free" Britain again: A 17-year-old was sentenced to three years in a secure institution after she admitted hiding a machine pistol under her bed at her family home. Police said that the case was part of a growing trend for criminals to use vulnerable teenage girls from respectable families to look after their weapons. Lindsay Shinkfield, of Huyton, Liverpool, was 16 when police found the Czech-made Scorpion gun in her bedroom in December. The weapon is favoured by drug gangs in Liverpool. She told officers that she was "minding" the weapon for another person whom she has refused to name. Detectives believe the gun was used in an incident in 2006 in which a person was injured. A police investigation is continuing. Detective Chief Inspector Michael Shaw, part of Merseyside Police's gun crime unit, said: "This was the perfect example of the type of young, vulnerable female of good character being targeted by criminals to assist them in the concealment of illegally held firearms." He added: "They [Scorpions] are as serious a weapon as one would expect to come across."

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