Thursday, October 23, 2008

WI: Deputy acted in self-defense : "The Dane County DA's office says the Dane County sheriff's deputy who shot and wounded an escaped inmate earlier this month acted in self-defense and won't face criminal charges. Deputy Jason Walters shot at Jacob Prochnow three times, hitting him twice. Walters says he fired his gun when it appeared that Prochnow was reaching for a weapon. He did not have a gun. Deputies were called to Prochnow's location in Cambridge for a report of a suicidal man. Prochnow later admitted to lying to police about why he had a gun. He had escaped from the Jefferson County Jail about a week prior to the shooting."

AZ jury finds man not guilty: "After a four-day trial and about an hour of deliberation, an eight-person jury found a Kingman man not guilty of second-degree murder. Robert Reed, 63, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Gary Shane. According to the defense, on March 17, 2007, Reed, Shane and Shane's wife were drinking and then arrived at Shane's house. Shane's wife left the room at some point. At that time, Shane and Reed got into a discussion about a family matter. Shane pulled out a gun that he had borrowed from Reed, and pointed it at Reed. Reed and Shane then struggled to gain control of the gun. In the process, Shane was shot once in the stomach. Reed shot Shane a second time when he thought Shane was reaching for a shotgun."

IL: Off duty cop kills robber : "An off-duty Chicago police detective shot and killed a convicted felon who police say tried to rob him Tuesday morning in the Englewood neighborhood.The shooting happened around 11:15 a.m. in the 6200 block of South Honore Street as the detective was doing work on a home he owned on the block. The man approached the officer, pointed a gun at the detective and demanded money, according to police.Sherrod Griffin, 44, of the 6100 block of South Whipple Street, was shot once in the abdomen and prounced dead at the Stein Institute, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office."

Hope in NJ: "Currently, it is virtually impossible for the average citizen to get a permit for carrying a concealed weapon in New Jersey. Only active (non-retired) police officers can open carry and those that can prove to the Supreme Court in Trenton that he or she has a "justifiable need" can get a permit for concealed carry. The court's interpretation of what constitutes a "justifiable need" makes it almost impossible for any normal lawabiding citizen of New Jersey to obtain the permit for self-defense. But I believe there is hope for freedom for those who want it. Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25) has sponsored a bill (A1282) that would revise the procedure for obtaining a permit to carry a firearm for the purpose of self-defense. This bill would make it possible for qualified persons who do not have a criminal history to carry their firearm for personal defense".

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