Sunday, June 22, 2008

Michigan store owner kills intruder: "The owner of a clothing store, with a gun pointed at his head by a would-be robber, shot and killed the intruder on Friday. Flint police Sgt. Jeff Fray said the owner used his left hand to push Paul C. Lee Jr.'s gun away. That gun discharged, and the owner of LT's Clothing and Accessories pulled his own gun out and "proceeded to fire several shots at close range," Fray said. Lee was hit multiple times, and died. "Everything appears to be as (the store owner) said," Fray said. "It appears to be what we consider a justifiable homicide." Fray said he believes the round fired from Lee's gun hit the Clio Road store owner's left hand. The owner was released after treatment from Hurley Medical Center. Lee came into the store wielding a gun around the 9 p.m. closing time on Friday, Fray said. Gibbs said someone pointing a gun at you is about as cut-and-dry a self-defense case as you could have. Lee, 42, was released from prison in October 2007, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections Web site. He had served more than 20 years on a murder conviction. Lee escaped from the downtown YMCA halfway house in 1985 and stabbed a man after an argument at East Lyndon Avenue, according to articles in The Flint Journal from 1985."

Guns OK in Michigan County Courthouse, judge says: "As far as Circuit Judge Michael Smith is concerned, it's perfectly legal for visitors to the Hillsdale County Courthouse to carry guns. Smith says signs prohibiting firearms in the courthouse were taken down about a month ago. Smith tells the Hillsdale Daily News that courthouses are not exempt from state concealed weapon laws, so there's no way to lawfully stop people from carrying a concealed weapon if they're licensed properly."

Castle doctrine needed here: "An attorney for the Minneapolis firefighter charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend recently filed a motion in court to dismiss the charge. Kyle Huggett, 32, acted lawfully when he fatally shot John Peach after Peach sent him threatening text messages, came over uninvited and broke into Huggett's rural Wisconsin home on Jan. 20, Huggett's attorney, Craig Mastantuono, said Wednesday. Huggett is charged with second-degree intentional homicide. Huggett told authorities that he did not see a weapon on Peach, according to the criminal complaint. Wisconsin law allows the use of deadly force only when one is faced with deadly force, Burnett County District Attorney Ken Kutz has said. According to the complaint, filed June 9, Huggett didn't warn Peach before he fired two shots into his chest."

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