Sunday, May 24, 2009

CA: Shooter gets shot: "A man arrested in a fatal West Sacramento neighborhood shooting Wednesday evening will not face charges at this time, the Yolo County District Attorney's Office has determined. Police had arrested Michael Moniz, Jr., 23, for murder and attempted murder in the shooting on Cummins Way that left Joseph Villanueva, 32, dead. Five others were also injured in the altercation. However, from information provided by the West Sacramento Police Department, Hamilton said it was determined Villanueva initiated the incident as he stood on the 1100 block of Cummins and began firing a handgun at people in a front yard. Hamilton said Villanueva was helped by a man named Ray Martinez. Hamilton said at that point, Moniz went into his home and came out with a shotgun, returning fire. Villanueva was fatally struck and Martinez was seriously wounded, said Hamilton. Police investigators learned both men had ties to the Broderick Boys street gang and that they had threatened residents the day before, Hamilton said. Moniz appeared in a Yolo County Superior Courtroom Friday and was told there were no charges against him. He was allowed to leave court a free man. Wednesday evening's events appeared to be a continuation of an ongoing dispute among residents, said Hamilton."

OH: Suspect shot and killed while robbing off-duty police officer: "The man killed early this morning by an off-duty Cleveland police officer during a suspected carjacking in the 7700 block of Kinsman Road was identified by the coroner's office as Cory Dix. Dix has prior arrests for gun and drug violations, court records show... Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said the eight-year officer was robbed at gunpoint after being forced to stop his personal vehicle at a makeshift roadblock set up by one or more suspects in the single passable westbound lane of Kinsman Road, which is temporarily a one-way street westbound while it is under construction between East 79th Street and Grand Avenue. During the robbery, the officer and one of the suspects exchanged gunfire; the suspect was killed in the gunfire. At least two gunshots hit the officer's car; he was not injured, Stacho said. The 22-year-old suspect and other unidentified suspects were believed to have stopped and robbed other motorists in the area before encountering the off-duty officer."

TX: Fatal shooting likely in self-defense: "Police said a Northwest Side shooting death Sunday night could be justified in self-defense. Witnesses told police that 26-year-old Boanegres Najera broke into a friend's home in the 9600 block of Timber Laurel after he was kicked out of a bar for causing a disturbance. Najera allegedly stole a gun from the home. Later in the evening, the owner of the gun confronted Najera in the 5200 block of Northwest Trails. The men struggled over the weapon before a third man, the gun owner's brother, shot the suspect about 10:45 p.m., police said. Najera died at the scene, while the shooter fled. Police said the shooter likely would not face charges because he was defending his brother."

German gangster damages himself: "A wannabe gangster blew his own manhood to smithereens when his gun accidentally went off in his pocket. Dim-witted Lukas Neuhardt, 27, forgot to put the safety catch on when he stuffed the weapon into his trousers to impress pals in Saarbruecken, Germany. He told paramedics that a masked mugger had blasted him in the crotch during a bungled robbery. But police found a HOLE in his statement when they saw the gunshot had miraculously left his trousers intact. A police source said: "Instead there was a charred hole in his pocket so either it was the shot of the century or he did it himself." Now – after surgeons stitched his manhood back together – he's facing up to three years in jail for breaching Germany's tough new anti gun laws."

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