Sunday, February 08, 2009

FL: Man Attempting To Rob Undercover Officers Shot, Killed: "A man was shot and killed in northwest Jacksonville Thursday afternoon after he tried to rob two undercover police officers, police said. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the officers were parked near Portsmouth Avenue and Fitzwater Road in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood posing as drug buyers when a man walked up to their unmarked vehicle with a gun, pointed it in their vehicle and ordered the officers to give him their money. "A shot was fired by the would-be robber into the undercover officers' vehicle, very narrowly missing both the undercover officers," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Rick Graham said. "The undercover officers, in defense of their own lives, returned fire to which the suspect was shot." Police have not identified the man, but Channel 4's Vickie Pierre was told by a family member that the man shot and killed was in his early 20s. "It's a shame it had to happen like this," said Marcus Hunter, who said the victim was his cousin. "Now his little girl ain't got no daddy; her daddy got gunned down."

FL: Man killed during attempted robbery : "Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating a fatal shooting at a New Smyrna Beach pharmacy on Saturday morning. New Beach Beach Police officers responded to a 911 call around 10:15 a.m., reporting an attempted armed robbery at The Medicine Shoppe, located at 653 N. Dixie Freeway. According to a police report, an unidentified man entered the pharmacy wearing a mask. He pulled out a gun and demanded drugs from a pharmacist on duty. An armed security guard, employed by the pharmacy, took action and shot the man. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The identity of the security guard has not been released and it is still unclear whether there will be any charges in the shooting. Investigators say The Medicine Shoppe was previously robbed on two other occasions in the last three years."

Woman scares off robber with gun shot: "MS: The owners of a Biloxi convenience store stopped an attempted robbery with a gunshot. Biloxi Police say Travis Tyrone McCoy pulled a knife on one of the owners of Double Down Discount Thursday evening and demanded money from the cash register. Police say surveillance video from the shop shows the robber struggling with the store owner until the man's wife appeared with a gun. Police say she fired a shot over the head of her husband and the robber. The man then ran off. Police arrested McCoy Friday and charged him with armed robbery. He's being held at the Harrison County jail on $50,000 bond.

Lancaster, PA. Stupid City gun statute: "Charges against a city man who fired a pistol into the air to stop a group from assaulting his cousin should be dropped because the city ordinance limiting the discharge of guns flies in the face of state law and the Constitution, the defendant's attorney told a county judge during a hearing Friday. Lancaster city's revised gunfire ordinance unconstitutionally restricts the right to protect oneself and others, a lawyer argued at a hearing Friday. Both attorneys agree that Swinton, 25, of the 100 block of South Pearl Street, fired a revolver at about 1:45 a.m. Dec. 30, 2007, in the parking lot of the House of Pizza restaurant, 23 W. Chestnut St., as alleged in a police affidavit. Swinton said his cousin was being attacked and beaten by a group of assailants and that he fired a warning shot to disperse them. He had a concealed-carry permit for the gun. Police charged Swinton with reckless endangerment and illegal discharge of a firearm. The latter is a crime under an ordinance that City Council strengthened in 2007 at the urging of Mayor Rick Gray. Each shot - even a blank - is a separate offense and can result in a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. Swinton is the first person to be charged under the amended ordinance. State law gives a person the right to fire a gun if he or she believes another person is in imminent threat of serious harm, Crystle said. The city ordinance, in contrast, says shooting is justified only in defense of one's home, business or "human life." The city can't deny a right to Swinton that he has under state law, Crystle said."

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