Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chicago man who shot intruder released without being charged: "A man who was questioned after fatally shooting another man who allegedly held a knife to his throat during an attempted robbery Wednesday morning in the South Side’s Englewood community was released without being charged. Maurice Willis, 36, of the 1600 block of W. 61st St., was found in a trashcan at 1244 W. 61st St. and was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The officer approached the 59-year-old man on the porch and the man allegedly said, “Yep, I shot and killed a man in the basement,” according to police. The man and the officer entered the man’s basement apartment, where the suspect showed the officer the weapon he allegedly used -- a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver -- and Willis, who had multiple gunshot wounds to his face and chest and was sticking halfway out of a city garbage can. The man told police the incident began when he was entering his basement apartment and Willis ran up behind him and held a knife to his throat. The man told police he said words to the effect of, “OK, don’t hurt me, I got money here in the mattress,” according to police. He then went to the mattress he produced the revolver and shot Willis, police said... A source said Willis was recently arrested for aggravated battery."

MN: Duluth man kills father-in-law in self defense: "Police say a Duluth man killed his father-in-law in self defense Friday night. Mora Oliver, 44, died around 8:30 p.m. in Dacula after an argument erupted into gunfire, Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said. Oliver was riding in a van with Danilo Arevalo, 21, on Jones Phillips Road near Indian Shoals Road. The two men began to argue and Oliver pulled a handgun, police said. Oliver tried to shoot Arevalo, Schiralli said. The men then began to struggle over the gun. That’s when Arevalo grabbed the gun and climbed out of the van, police said. Officers say Arevalo was trying to flee the area, but Oliver ran after him and continued to fight. “The suspect in an attempt to defend himself shot the victim killing him instantly,” Schiralli said Saturday morning. Arevalo immediately called 911 to report the shooting. Oliver, of Lawrenceville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives interviewed Arevalo, of Duluth, but decided not to file charges."

NC: 15-year-old robber shot dead: "A 76-year-old who was robbed inside his home Saturday afternoon chased down and fatally shot a 15-year-old suspect, according to his family. Now, the District Attorney will determine if C.L. McClure, a retired building fireproofer who spends most of his days gardening and fishing, according to his family, will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Marcus Antonio Steven Fluker. According to police, four men broke into the house, on Grier Road in north Charlotte, about 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Fluker was the youngest. C.L. McClure was in his basement hobby shop eating ice cream when the attackers entered, his son said. The robbers, one of whom had a handgun, tied him up with duct tape and held his wife at gunpoint as they ransacked the house, making off with some jewelry and McClure's wallet. After they left, McClure broke free. “He checked on my mother,” Larry McClure said, “and he assumed he knew their route. He thought they might have been driving, and he wanted to get a tag number.” His son said he grabbed his gun, got into his dark, green van and guessed the thieves would head toward nearby Ginger Lane. Police say the robbery victim caught up with the suspects on Ginger Lane and fired the gun, striking Fluker at least once. Larry McClure said his father told him that he was in his van when he saw one of the robbers, who he thought was armed. C.L. McClure said he fired his pistol when the robber turned toward him, Larry McClure said. Officers took C.L. McClure to police headquarters uptown for questioning, but he was released Saturday without being charged. In North Carolina, it's legal to kill someone in defense of yourself or another. N.C. law also protects homeowners who shoot to defend their property."

TX: Shootout leaves clerk wounded but robbers flee: "Gladewater police on Friday were investigating a robbery where a store clerk was shot, according to Chief Farrell Alexander. Imtiaz Hussain, 43, of Gladewater was shot in the hands Wednesday at the SuperStop Laundry convenience store, Alexander said through a news release. Alexander said two men entered the store with handguns. After one of the suspects demanded money, Hussain retrieved a handgun, and one of the men shot him. The release said Hussain returned fire but did not hit the man. "He was holding the gun in both hands, and the bullet actually hit the bottom of the gun and destroyed the grip," Alexander said. The men fled the store immediately after the shots were fired, Alexander said."

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