Sunday, January 24, 2010

Arkansas: Liquor Store Robber Shot: "A Little Rock man who was shot by a liquor store owner during an armed robbery of the business was arrested Wednesday after being released from the hospital, police said. Christopher D. Williams, 19, is scheduled to make an initial court appearance today on charges of aggravated robbery and theft of property. Police located Williams soon after the Friday morning robbery, but he was first taken to UAMS to be treated for a gunshot wound to the back of his shoulder. He was released from the hospital Wednesday and immediately booked into the Pulaski County Detention Facility, said Little Rock Police Department Lt. Terry Hastings. The robbery occurred about 8:15 a.m. when a man entered Bopp Liquor, 1021 E. 9th St., pointed a gun at the owner and demanded money, according to a police report written by Detective Charles G. Eason. The owner reportedly handed over cash from the register but then grabbed his handgun as the robber was leaving. The robber turned back once before going, at which point the owner fired one time in his direction, according to the report. The owner was unsure whether the shot actually hit the man. Williams was stopped moments later when an officer responding to the robbery spotted a maroon Lincoln matching one the robber was reported to have left the scene in. He was a passenger in the vehicle, which was stopped in a gas station parking lot near 9th Street and Interstate 30."

Illinois: Liquor Store Robber Shot & Killed: "A 27-year-old man was fatally shot by a clerk while trying to rob a southwest suburban liquor store Thursday night, the Herald-News is reporting. About 10 p.m., the suspect, whose identity has not been released, came into S and A Liquor at 1480 Cedarwood Dr. in Crest Hill and demanded money, police said. “There was a struggle and the clerk fired a shot which appears to have hit the robber before he ran out,” Crest Hill Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson said. Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet later contacted police after a man arrived with a gunshot wound and investigators were able to identify him as the robber. “He later succumbed to his injuries,” Wilkerson said."

Pennsylvania: Man shoots at aggressive dog; owner cited for leash law violation A dog owner was cited for not having his dog on a leash after a pedestrian on the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown shot at the animal claiming it had charged at him Sunday morning. After Cpl. David Brooke heard gunfire around 6:12 a.m., he went to the trail near Markley Street and encountered 27-year-old William Lee Bennett, who admitted shooting at a dog, according to Norristown Police Department. Bennett said after he crossed the bridge over Markley Street on the way to the Norristown Transportation Center, he spotted a dog running free that was growling in a threatening manner and headed in his direction. Fearing he would be attacked, he fired at the animal with a Glock brand handgun. Shooting at a dog or other animals threatening to attack a domestic pet or person is legal in Pennsylvania; however, as a precaution, Brooke took the man’s gun and pepper spray he was carrying. While interviewing Bennett, Brooke saw the dog on Barbadoes Street running loose and coming toward them. Though the animal wasn’t charging them, it barked and growled at them. Then Spruill appeared and said he owned the dog and was told he was required to have the dog on a leash. Brooke ordered the man to take control of the animal and detained him. Ultimately, police gave Bennett back his firearm and pepper spray and Spruill was told to expect a citation in the mail for violating the law that prohibits dogs from running loose".

Niagara Falls, New York: Man shoots home invader coming up his stairs: "A 52-year-old city man shot a 22-year-old man in the chest Wednesday evening, but police said he is not expected to be charged after investigators learned he was likely defending himself from a burglar. The younger man, Parrish C. Spencer Jr., of Falls Street, broke the window of a side door and kicked in the door about 5:30 p.m. to get inside the two-story home of Willie J. Carson in the 500 block of 25th Street, police said. After Spencer got inside and went upstairs, Carson shot him, police said. Spencer is in stable condition today at Erie County Medical Center. Investigators found broken plexiglass at the scene. Captain Ernest C. Palmer, chief of detectives, said Carson was not charged but the case has been turned over to the Niagara County district attorney’s office for further investigation. Charges may be filed against Spencer, Palmer added."

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