Thursday, September 10, 2009

WI: Pawn shop owner shoots one of two armed, masked men: "A Kenosha store owner fought back when two armed robbers walked into his shop Wednesday, shooting one of the men. According to Kenosha police, the would-be robbers entered the Jewelry Exchange pawn shop, 2400 52nd St., at about 12:30 p.m., one of them pointing a handgun. Sgt. Hugh Rafferty, spokesman for the department, said both men partially concealed their faces and had “pulled up their upper garments to hide their faces” when they walked into the store. They then confronted the owner. Police said the 55-year-old store owner pulled out a handgun of his own from underneath a desk and shot one time at one of the men. After the shooting, the empty-handed robbers ran from the store into a parking area behind the shop, then cut through an alley to the next block where the injured man collapsed in the 2400 block of 51st Street. A pair of gloves and a trail of blood in the alley led police to the injured robber. According Rafferty, they found the man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest and a large pool of blood on the grass. A .44 Magnum revolver was also found on the ground next to him. Rafferty said the man was conscious but not able to communicate with police. Police have not named the man who was shot but described him as a 29-year-old black male who is on parole"

Alabama: Teen burglary suspect killed: "On Tuesday morning, 14-year-old Ta’veon Tashawn Mason should have been at his desk at Austin High School, but he and two friends skipped school. Police said the ninth-grader died in a Southwest Decatur backyard from a single gunshot wound. A press release said a resident shot him inside the house during a burglary at about 10:30 a.m. Noel Mclean at 1432 Fifth Ave. S.W. said he shot Mason. He said he was awakened by the intruders and he shot out of fear. Lt. Jonathan Green, public information officer, said Mason was one of three teen boys suspected in the break-in. Police said the trio broke a window at the back of the house and entered. “The homeowner was asleep inside and was awakened by the intruders,” said Sgt. Rick Archer, supervisor of the Violent Crimes Unit. “He retrieved a handgun and confronted them.” Archer said the man fired one shot, striking Mason, and the two other teens fled the house. Outside the home, a white sheet covered Mason’s body as it lay in the grass near the window where police said the break-in occurred. Officer David Shutt caught a 16-year-old male soon after the shooting, and detectives found the third teen, 14, at his home later Tuesday afternoon, Archer said. The 14 and 16-year-olds are Austin High School students, but the 16-year-old is in the alternative school program, sources told The Daily. Police charged both teens with second-degree burglary, booked them into Decatur City Jail and later transferred them to the Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Tuscumbia. They will soon face a detention hearing, Archer said. Detectives questioned the homeowner about the shooting, but Archer said police did not file any charges in connection with Mason’s death."

NM: Federal judge rules police cannot detain people for open carry: "On September 8, 2009, United States District Judge Bruce D. Black of the United States District Court for New Mexico entered summary judgment in a civil case for damages against Alamogordo, NM police officers. The Judge’s straight shootin’ message to police: Leave open carriers alone unless you have ‘reason to believe that a crime [is] afoot.’ The facts of the case are pretty simple. Matthew St. John entered an Alamogordo movie theater as a paying customer and sat down to enjoy the movie. He was openly carrying a holstered handgun … In response to a call from theater manager Robert Zigmond, the police entered the movie theater, physically seized Mr. St. John from his seat, took him outside, disarmed him, searched him.”

MO: Uncertainties draw more people to firearms training: “Alan and Linda Laird can almost predict the answers. The certified firearms instructors ask students why they decided to take training in the proper use of a gun. Invariably, most responses range from fear of being a crime victim to concern about government limitations on gun rights. The Lairds have felt the same anxieties. That’s why they offer a monthly class that explores the logistical, legal and moral aspects of gun ownership, which is rising rapidly across the nation. ‘We know the world is growing more dangerous everyday,’ said Alan Laird. ‘I’m very encouraged to see the number of people who are sharing this interest. I believe it’s the right thing to do.’”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You're behind the times...Wis. prosecutor already ruled it a clean shoot