Saturday, December 12, 2009

CA: Shootout at jewelery store: "Bennett's desperation steered him to the Alamo Jewelry Mart, where authorities say he tried to rob owner Oscar Herrera at gunpoint, pleading that he had to do it to save his home. The Dec. 3 confrontation escalated to a shootout that left both men seriously wounded. Flynn said it was unclear why Bennett opened fire but he shot first, striking Herrera in the chest. Herrera stumbled into a backroom to retrieve his .357 revolver and returned fire, wounding Bennett in the wrist, mouth and neck, where a bullet lodged in his spine. Herrera was also hit a second time, in the abdomen, before making his way out of the store and into the arms of a passer-by. Responding sheriff's deputies summoned an ambulance to take Herrera to the hospital. Bennett stayed inside the store, held a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself, Terry said. The standoff lasted about an hour before deputies talked him into surrendering. He is in critical but stable condition at a hospital and was charged last week with attempted murder, robbery and commercial burglary. Herrera was expected to be released sometime this week."

GA: Wounded homeowner; dead attacker: "For the second time in the last three months, a man has been attacked outside his east Cobb County home. On Thursday night, the homeowner was involved in a deadly shootout outside his house on Glasgow Road in Marietta. Cobb police spokesman Joe Hernandez told WSB's Mark Alewine two armed men ambushed the victim and his wife around 8:30 p.m. as they arrived home and got out of their car. The homeowner was wounded and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Wellstar-Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. One of the suspects who was shot was pronounced dead on arrival at Kennestone. The other was shot and eventually went to the emergency room at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta."

Texas: Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot at Repair Shop: "A would-be robber is shot to death by a tire store owner in north Houston, and officers are searching for three suspects who got away. The shooting took place after 8 p.m. Wednesday at the 11100 block of Bauman Road. Police say four men tried to stage a robbery at the El Mante Tire Shop at the 11000 block of Bauman Road at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The store owner, who has a license to carry a concealed handgun, drew his weapon and started shooting. One robbery suspect died in the shop, but three others escaped in a black Mercury Mountaineer with chrome rims. They were also able to steal some property, but police would not say what was stolen. Houston Police Department homicide detectives are investigating the shooting."

Gun rights ignored by cop and judge: "Pennsylvania state law protects the right to open carry outside the secured areas at the airport. So Mr. Ross was acting well within the law when he removed his handgun from his luggage and began to holster it as he walked out of the airport. But an officer of the Allegheny County Police Department took issue with a civilian attempting to keep and bear arms. The officer had such a problem with it that he illegally arrested David Ross for violating a local county ordinance which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had invalidated a decade ago. State law trumps local county ordinances and since Pennsylvania protects open carry, Allegheny County cannot violate that right. Since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had ruled on this issue a decade ago, you'd think the judge would correct the error of the arresting officer and apologize for the mistake, right? Wrong. David Ross was convicted, even though he clearly explained the situation to the judge, and was forced to hire an attorney to appeal the case. Well, Mr. Ross's appeal was heard last Friday, November 9th, and this time he got a judge who actually understood the law. In a victory for the Second amendment, David Ross was acquitted of all charges"

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