Friday, February 19, 2010

La.: Homeowner not indicted for shooting burglar: "A Calcasieu Parish grand jury decided not to indict a homeowner who shot and killed 18-year-old Divonte LeDay. It was December, 2009, when LeDay was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound in a yard off Oleo Street. Lake Charles Police believe the victim sustained those wounds nearly 12 hours earlier while he and two others tried to steal a four wheeler a block away on Mill Street. "LeDay was involved in a burglary, an attempted theft. The homeowner took action shot two rounds and they fled," said Sgt. Mark Kraus. Both the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and Lake Charles Police got calls about gunshots in the area. The homeowner on Mill Street filed a report about the attempted burglary with the Sheriff's Office, telling them he fired two shots in the air. The initial report from the Calcasieu Coroner's Office confirms LeDay died from injuries consistent from a shotgun. "We now know LeDay was struck by the shotgun blast and died a short time later about 200 feet from where that attempted burglary took place," explained Kraus. Kraus says LeDay was no stranger to local law enforcement: His first run was at 16 years old - police say he was the teen who brought the gun and fired shots at the "Just For Jesus" rally at the Lake Charles Civic Center back in May 2007."

CA: Bashed man shoots attackers: "Joseph Victor Davis, 26, told investigators that he was attacked Saturday morning by a man wielding a metal flashlight. That man has been identified by detectives as Marcelo Patrick Banuelos, 28, of Redding, who was arrested today on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, battery with great bodily injury and violating parole, police said... Officers said they learned that a man identified as Brady Kristopher Gentry, 23, of Weed was being treated that morning for two gunshot wounds at Mercy Medical Center. The subsequent police investigation shows that Banuelos was in the company of Gentry in the restaurant’s parking lot, and that Banuelos attacked Davis with the flashlight, police said. Davis, who left the scene after the shooting, told investigators that a man struck him multiple times about his face and head during and that he admitted to shooting his “attackers” in self-defense, police said. Davis was driven to Red Bluff by an unidentified woman and was treated at St. Elizabeth’s Community Hospital for multiple lacerations to his head, police said ... It’s not known if Gentry might be arrested and charged in the case, said Redding police investigator Shawn McGinnis"

Report: DHS officers lose 243 weapons: "Nearly 180 Department of Homeland Security weapons were lost — some falling into the hands of criminals — after officers left them in restrooms, vehicles and other public places, according to an inspector general report. The officers, with Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ‘did not always sufficiently safeguard their firearms and, as a result, lost a significant number of firearms’ between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2008, the report said. In all, 243 firearms were lost in both agencies during that period, according to the January report from Inspector General Richard Skinner…. 74 percent, or 179 guns, were lost ‘because officers did not properly secure them,’ the report said.”

Bill To Stop Ban On Guns in Delaware: "The right to bear arms is against the rules in Delaware public housing, but that could all be changing under a new bill. Currently, residents at a number of public housing authorities in the state are banned from owning firearms for self-defense. So on Thursday, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers proposed a bill that would stop the policy and prevent other federal agencies from prohibiting guns in the future. The NRA has already announced that it will sue the housing authorities if the bans are not lifted."

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