Tuesday, June 09, 2009

CA: No arrest expected in weekend shootout: "A man injured during a shootout near Covelo is not a homicide suspect as Mendocino sheriff’s detectives say he apparently was acting in self defense when he shot and killed another man. “He didn’t draw first,” said Mendocino County sheriff’s Lt. Rusty Noe Monday. Round Valley resident Jason McLean, 22, died in the gunfire exchange early Saturday during a party in the woods. Andrew Card, 23, was shot once, according to sheriff’s officials. The two apparently have a long-standing feud, involving Card stabbing McLean two years ago at a Labor Day rodeo. Card served time in county jail for the stabbing. Early Saturday, as a party in the woods was winding down, McLean reportedly got a high-powered rifle from his car and fired at Card. Card pulled out a handgun and began firing back. The two men, standing about five feet apart, fired several times at each other. McLean was hit at least four times and died. Card was flown to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento for surgery. He was not at that hospital Sunday, said a hospital spokesman. Noe said he may have been transported closer to home. Noe said Card’s status wasn’t known by detectives as the man wasn’t a suspect."

AZ: Employee fires back at armed robbery suspect: "On June 6, 2009, at about 12:30 p.m., two men went into a liquor store at 23rd Avenue and Northern Avenue. Both men had been in the store about two hours earlier and one of them bought a beer. They left and returned the second time. One of the men went outside while the other remained inside. That man, the 29-year-old suspect, asked the clerk, 23, for a piece of paper. As the clerk was waiting on other customers, the suspect wrote something on the paper. After the other customers left, the suspect handed the note, a robbery not to the clerk. The clerk acted as though he couldn’t read. At that time, the suspect came towards the clerk and opened a gate, which separates the clerk from the customers. While doing so, the suspect pulled out a knife. Seeing this, the clerk grabbed a gun and shot the suspect. The suspect ran out of the store and across the street to a friend’s apartment. He knocked on the door and as it was being answered, he collapsed. That individual called 911. The police arrived shortly after that and the suspect was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition."

OK: Police Say Shooting Possibly Self-Defense: "The shooting death of a Cameron man Monday evening is being investigated as a possible act of self-defense, but homicide has not been ruled out. Heath Lomon, 37, was killed on the property of a neighbor during a physical altercation with an unidentified man at the scene, according to Jessica Brown, public information officer for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the investigation into the shooting death. Authorities were dispatched to a rural residential area on Blaylock Lane, just south of Williams Road, in response to a report of a man shot. When deputies with the LeFlore County Sheriff's Office arrived, they found Lomon dead, the shooter and multiple witnesses. "Lomon was shot and killed after he fired his shotgun in the direction of several people across the street from his property," Brown stated in a news release. After firing the shotgun, Lomon walked over to the neighboring property and engaged in a physical altercation with one of the men at the scene, Brown said in an interview Tuesday. Sometime during or soon after the altercation, the man Lomon was fighting with produced a handgun and shot Lomon once in the chest, according to Brown."

DC's gun regulations officially in place, but for how long?: "The District’s permanent handgun regulations that took effect Friday could be obliterated by Congress or the federal courts in less time than it took to write them. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city’s 30-year-old handgun ban as unconstitutional last June. The city has been operating under emergency and proposed gun rules since Jan. 16., but those rules became permanent Friday. Despite strong opposition from gun rights advocates, the Metropolitan Police Department reported in Friday’s D.C. Register that no comments were received since January. District leaders believe they have met the Supreme Court’s directive, that the Second Amendment guarantees D.C. residents the right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense. But the city’s fledgling laws are being challenged on two fronts. Dick Anthony Heller, the plaintiff in the original lawsuit, is suing again over the city’s “onerous firearm registration, expiration and re-registration requirements” and its continuing prohibition of “commonly possessed” firearms and magazines. Registration requirements include five hours of certified training, ballistic testing, numerous fees and a maze of bureaucratic hurdles. “What we’re trying to do with the lawsuit is invalidate them as soon as possible through the court system,” Richard Gardiner, Heller’s lawyer, said of the regulations".

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