Saturday, January 30, 2010

Kentucky: Suspect shot during attempted robbery: "A delivery driver turned the tables on a couple of would-be robbers late Thursday night. Lexington Police say two juveniles jumped the worker for China King outside an apartment building on Laketower Drive, near Lakeshore Drive around 9:15 p.m. The delivery man then pulled out a handgun, shooting one of the kids in the abdomen. He went to the hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries, according to police. The other suspect was taken into custody. Police say the delivery driver hasn’t been charged."

Arizona: Robbery suspect shot, killed by homeowner: "Police have identified a man who died after he was shot while trying to rob a Phoenix homeowner Wednesday afternoon. Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said 26-year-old Rudolph Gomes was seen breaking into a coin operated car wash machine near Tatum Boulevard and Union Hills Drive around 12:30 p.m.... Officers arrived on the scene and as they set up a perimeter and began searching the neighborhood they heard a ‘pop.’ Police then received a call that a homeowner had shot an armed intruder, Thompson said. According to Thompson, the 59-year-old homeowner told police Gomes tried to rob him at gunpoint and at some point he was able to get a shotgun and shoot the intruder. The injured Gomes was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries, Thompson said. There is no word yet if the homeowner will be charged in the shooting. He was not injured, according to police."

Canada: Gun-toting drug dealer killed in self defense: "A former Vancouver Island city councillor and his two sons have been found not guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the 2008 beating death of Colwood resident Keith Taylor. Ex-Highlands councillor Ken Brotherston, along with his two adult sons -- Ken Jr. and Gregory -- were cleared of charges by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Janice Dillon Friday. The trio was arrested in June 2008 after the badly injured body of Keith Taylor was found dumped in a parking lot of the West Shore RCMP detachment. During the trial, the Crown said that Taylor was beaten at a home where cocaine was being dealt. Lawyers said Taylor, himself a crack-addict and drug dealer, was trying to extort $100,000 from the Brotherston family. Defence lawyer Steven Kelliher successfully argued Ken Brotherston Sr. was acting in self-defense against Taylor, who had a knife and gun during a fight.

Groups Take Concealed Carry Self-Defense on the Road: "Gun Owners of America announced today that it has partnered with the New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense (NJCSD) and the Second Amendment March to launch a national program which assists citizens in asserting their Constitutional and human rights to self-defense. The “Right-to-Carry Road Show” is a mobile processing system where all of the steps necessary to obtaining a permit to carry a firearm are consolidated. In some states, politically-motivated bias against gun owners is so extreme that many local police departments refuse to perform the fingerprinting, going so far as to intentionally give citizens the runaround or intimidate people into giving up. In the past, completing the application process may have required several days to complete by the time the applicant arranged for fingerprinting and notarizing, sometimes even causing time off from work to coordinate scheduling with frequently uncooperative local agencies."

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