Thursday, May 15, 2008

Oregon man draws gun in self-defense: "The Brookings Police Department hasn't gotten much sleep in the past 24 hours, as a Brookings man drew a gun on multiple individuals on Monday. In a series of recent incidents, Brookings Police Officers have arrested twelve individuals in multiple cases. On 05-12-08 at about 7:25 p.m., Officers were dispatched to McDonald's restaurant, 815 Chetco Avenue in Brookings, Oregon for a report of a fight between multiple subjects. While in-route to the call, officers were notified one of the individuals involved in the fight was waving a gun. Police officers arrived on the scene less than one minute later and found Kerry Von Pohle pointing a revolver towards Kevin Eber and Jacob Shelton. Officers drew their firearms and commanded Von Pohle to put his weapon down. Von Pohle complied with these commands. An investigation revealed Von Pohle had drawn his gun in self-defense. Kevin Eber had thrown a partially full beer can, striking Von Pohle's car. Von Pohle asked Eber why and Eber became violent, telling Von Pohle he was going to kill him. During that exchange, Shelton attacked Von Pohle, striking him with closed fists and slamming his head into a parked car. Von Pohle attempted to fend off the attack but realized Eber was closing in on him as well. Von Pohle drew his concealed 9mm revolver (for which he had a weapon permit) and pointed it at both subjects telling them if they came any closer he would shoot. The suspects stopped their advance. Von Pohle also had called 911 to notify police. Eber was arrested within minutes and lodged; Shelton had left the scene and was later arrested."

Florida Business Owner Shoots At Suspects After Walking In On Robbery: "Orange County deputies are searching for one of two armed suspects who got into a shootout with a man when he caught them burglarizing his business and it happened next to a daycare full of children. The shootout happened at the All Family Chiropractic Center in Pine Hills and, with bullets flying into a busy street, investigators said it's amazing no one was hit. The suspects never got to fill their U-Haul with any loot. They ditched it a short distance from the office where witnesses heard the owner exchange gunfire with two men who broke into his business. Investigators said the owner was checking out a burglar alarm at his office when he caught two men in the act. "When they see him, they are armed, and they open fire on him. He also was armed and he returns fire on them," said Jeff Williamson, Orange County Sheriff's Office. Deputies caught one of the men soon after they parked the U-Haul between two houses."

Australian police tired of their old-fashioned revolvers: "The police union will seek legal advice about whether force command has been negligent by failing to issue them with semi-automatic weapons. The move follows the wounding of an officer Tuesday night's deadly shootout, and union calls for Victorian police to be armed with semi-automatic pistols. Senior Constable David McHenry, 27, of Prahran police, was shot by violent criminal Samir Ograzden during a foot pursuit in South Melbourne when police seized drugs and a gun from a car Ograzden was in. Snr Sgt Mullett yesterday said he believed Snr Const McHenry was re-loading his gun when he was shot in the leg but police media today said the injured officer denied that... Ms Nixon said Victoria Police was allocated $10 million in the 2007-08 state budget to consider firearms the force would use in future. An external advisory committee had recommended the force move to semi-automatic weapons, she said. It currently issues .38 calibre Smith and Wesson revolvers."

Georgia Governor Permits Guns In Restaurants, MARTA: "Governor Sonny Perdue on Wednesday signed legislation allowing guns in restaurants, on public transportation and in parks. A number of groups and had urged Perdue to veto the measure saying it could lead to increased violence. Among them were the Georgia Restaurant Association, MARTA and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also opposes the bill. It was backed by the National Rifle Association. The new law would only apply to the roughly 300,000 Georgians that have concealed weapons permits. Those permit holders have passed criminal background checks."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would like to add a little more info to the revolvers/semi auto issue. Firstly the guy who was shooting at the police was armed with a semi auto .22 cal pistol, hardly a tank buster. Wouldn't like to be shot with one but it's not really a big deal. The officer had already reloaded when he was shot in the leg with the 22. So I can assume that the officer had possibly already fired 6 rounds of 38spl at the crim and missed. Don't know if the officer's partner was also shooting his 38. One of the reasons the police still use revlovers is that they can more easily keep track of the number of shots fired and are trained to reload (speed loaders) as soon as they have fired 3~4 shots and have a spare or two to do so. Having 18 shot semi auto and filling the sky with lead with the hope of hitting something is not a good idea. I have some knowledge of Victorian police marksmanship and the community would be much better served if the $10 million were spent on firearms training and marksmanship not pistols with never ending mags.
As a final point, Snr Sgt Mullet is in bit of a bind (union matters) and does not enjoy the full support of the rank and file police officers and this is his way of stiring up a non issue to try to bolster is position as union head honcho.
Respectfully, I am a citizen who is grateful that this crim is dead.