Friday, January 15, 2010

SC: No charges in shooting death: "No charges will be filed against a man who admitted he shot and killed another man in a gun battle on a McClellanville road Wednesday, authorities said. An autopsy performed Thursday revealed that Patrick Young, 25, of McBride Road, died of two gunshot wounds, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay said. An incident report said he was shot in the head and the chest. Here's how events unfolded leading up to the shooting, according to the incident report: --Young was at home with his father when the telephone rang; Young answered the phone and left the house. --A short time later, the phone rang again and it was Young, who told his father, "I'm gonna kill Charlie." --Young's father heard gunfire and went outside, where he saw "Charlie" down by his house and his son, Patrick, standing in the road. --The father heard another gunshot and saw his son fall to the ground. Investigators quickly located the man known as "Charlie," who was standing in front of his house with his rifle nearby. He told them he had shot Young because Young was shooting at him. "I'm not running," he told deputies. Charlie was identified in the report as James Edward Williams Sr., 55, of 1111 McBride Road. He was taken into custody Wednesday night because of an outstanding Family Court warrant"

OH: Attacker gets Tased by victim: "A woman grabbed by a man Wednesday night at the main library in downtown Cincinnati used a Taser stun gun on him before he was arrested, police said. Aaron Crutcher, 20, [above] was booked into the Hamilton County jail just before 8:30 p.m. on two counts of assault and one count each of disorderly conduct and menacing. According to Cincinnati police, he grabbed a woman at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St. She happened to be armed with a Taser stun gun, which she fired at him, records show. He began punching her in the chest. Library security personnel and Cincinnati police intervened and took him into custody. He screamed and threatened the woman and library staff, court records show. Taser International, which supplies 15,000 law enforcement agencies with equipment, markets a new model of its stun gun designed for use by private citizens. It’s small enough at 6 inches long and weighing about 7 ounces to be stashed in a purse or backpack, according to the Arizona-based company’s Web site. The Taser C2 ranges in cost from $299 to $349. It’s less powerful than the police version. Some states, including Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and New York, ban private citizens from owning Taser stun guns"

CO: Man won't face charges in shooting but is charged for possessing explosives: "A Loveland man will not be charged by Larimer County prosecutors after he fatally shot James Doyel last year. A press release from the Larimer County District Attorney's Office indicates prosecutors are not convinced they would be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Forrest Hummel was not acting in self defense when he shot Doyel. Hummel told police he shot Doyel during a domestic dispute at Hummel's home between Doyel and his wife Natasha Doyel. According to the press release, both James and Natasha Doyel were highly intoxicated during the two-hour-long dispute and there was property damage at the home as a result of the fight. According to prosecutors, the dispute escalated to the point that James Doyel threw his wife to the ground while in the back yard of Hummel's residence. At that point, Hummel came out of his home and James Doyel began approaching him in an "aggressive manner," according to prosecutors. "Mr. Hummel had his gun pointed at Mr. Doyel and was telling Mr. Doyel to stop and to leave. Mr. Doyel continued to approach in an aggressive manner and Mr Hummel, believing Mr. Doyel was going to take the 9mm handgun from him, fired one shot hitting Mr. Doyel in the chest," prosecutors said in the press release. The release indicates prosecutors at trial would have had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the shooting was not in self defense"

Iowa Gun Owners Set for 2010 Legislative Session: "As you will see below, the 2010 Legislative Session is underway in Des Moines and concealed carry promises to be a big issue. Representatives from Iowa Gun Owners will be on hand all session long to advocate for the REAL Right-to-Carry bill. We are also pushing a bill that would eliminate Iowa’s abusive Permit-to-Acquire law that makes law abiding Iowans get government permission before being able to buy a handgun for self-defense. We will also be keeping a watchful eye over any attempts made by the anti-gun politicians to move bad gun bills. One seems to be in the works right now"

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