Sunday, November 30, 2008

CA: Aggressive ex-husband shot: "A Turlock man was shot and killed late Tuesday after a struggle in a west Modesto duplex, police said. Julio Cesar Escobar, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the the 100 block of Roselawn Avenue, said Sgt. Brian Findlen, a Modesto police spokesman. Escobar's estranged wife said Wednesday afternoon that the man she is dating wrestled with Escobar after Escobar broke into her home; the man shot him in self-defense, she said. She said her husband was armed with a box cutter. The wife, who is 30 years old, said she and Escobar were getting a divorce and were nearing the final stages. "I told him not to come here, and he kept calling me all day (Tuesday)," the wife said. "I just can't believe this happened." The wife was home with her three children and the man she is dating late Tuesday. She said Escobar arrived at the duplex and started banging on the front door, demanding to be let inside. The wife was in her bedroom with her 2-year-old daughter and the man she is dating. She said they forgot the bedroom window was unlocked. She said she saw Escobar crawling through the window, and, "I tried to push him out, but half of his body was already in." The wife said Escobar was carrying a box cutter, and the two men started wrestling in the bedroom. "I just heard the gunshot," she said. "I didn't know who was shot. It was really dark." When her estranged husband fell to the floor, the other man asked her to call 911 and waited for police, she said. The wife said the man who shot her husband used a handgun that is legally registered in his name. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday night."

OH: Teen invader dies in shooting: "An attempted burglary on an East Side home resulted in the death of a 17-year-old. Preston Williams of Youngstown was killed after several shots were fired inside a Clinton Street home during a home invasion early Saturday morning. The resident of a home told police he and another man heard a knock at the back door about 12:30 a.m. The victims said they asked who was at the door, and a female replied, "It's Lisa." When one of the victims opened the door, a male, later identified as Williams, pointed a gun at him, forcing his way into the house, the victim said. The victim said he began struggling with Williams, and the gun went off. The homeowner said he saw the struggle and went to get his .38-caliber revolver. Four of six rounds were fired from his gun. Police said when they arrived, Williams was found unresponsive at the bottom of a staircase leading to the basement of the house. The victim who struggled with Williams said he took the 9mm semiautomatic Smith & Wesson that Williams used in the attack and put it on a chair in the kitchen. Police said it won't be known which weapon was used to kill Williams until the coroner's report is completed. The victims told Youngstown police two other men also entered the house. One, who was identified as Michael Mims of Crandall Avenue on the city's North Side, was also shot. His injuries were treated, and he was released into police custody and charged with murder and aggravated robbery. The victims were taken to the Detective's Division of the Youngstown Police Department and later released."

Wayne County judge shoots at suspected robbers: "DETROIT - A Wayne County Circuit Court judge has shot at three men suspected of robbing his home. Police say Judge Craig Strong came home Saturday evening to find the men inside his Indian Village house on Detroit's east side. They say he shot at the suspects with his own gun and chased them outside, but it's unclear if any of them were hit. The suspects ran off, but a television was left on Strong's lawn and nothing else was missing from the house. Police tell the Detroit Free Press that it's not immediately known if Strong's weapon is registered."

Reply to a hater of weapon shows: "In response to the Nov. 21. letter, "Fairgrounds no place for weapons shows," the writer takes aim at a group of people who are my friends, my relatives, my associates, my employees and my bosses. They all attend the Indy 1500 Gun Shows at the fairgrounds and I don't consider any of them to be "sick individuals" purchasing "murderous weapons" at a "barbaric exhibition." Of course, there might be a small percentage of attendees who are there to find a weapon for devious exploits. But the overwhelming majority enjoys target-shooting, hunting, collecting firearms or knives, or just has an interest in the show offerings. A friend accompanied me to the last show and he owns no guns at all, but finds the show "interesting." Also, there are law-abiding citizens who have legal permits to carry a firearm for personal protection of themselves and their loved ones. The show allows them to find the latest and safest methods to do this."

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