Monday, February 22, 2010

OH: House break-in leads to shooting, one dead: "When the homeowner came home and saw what was happening, he started firing shots. One person is dead after a shooting in the 800 block of Galena St. near Michigan and Ontario. Police say it started with a home break-in around 8:30 Saturday night. Police say multiple suspects broke into the home while the owner was away. When the owner came back and saw what was happening, he started firing shots. Christopher Childress, 21, was shot and taken to Mercy Saint V's where he died. Police say they're not certain if another suspect was also shot and injured. They're talking to area hospitals to try and figure out if anyone is being treated for a gun shot wound. At this time, there is no information on other suspects. The incident remains under investigation.

WV: Grand jury clears man who shot home invader: "After three days of deliberations, a special session of the Wood County grand jury Friday afternoon determined there will be no charges from the shooting death of Chris Dickel on Sept. 20 at Mineral Manor Apartments in Mineral Wells. Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton said the grand jury concluded Bryce Eugene Barnes, 19, was justified in his actions. "The grand jury found the death was a justified shooting under the law," Wharton said. "There will be no charges against Barnes, other than those brought against him by the January grand jury on unrelated charges." In its report the panel stated Barnes "was exercising his right to use reasonable and proportionate force, including deadly force, against intruders or attackers to prevent a forcible entry into his home or to terminate the intruder's entry into his home." When Barnes was charged it was announced five bills of information had been filed against the people whom prosecutors allege entered Barnes' apartment. According to court records, a charge of conspiracy to commit burglary was filed against Shianne Danielle Winters, 20, Scott Michael Gough, 19, Shane Dye, 21, Toney Lee Dickel, 19, and Daniel David Dickel, 20. Dickel and others allegedly harassed Barnes and others in the apartment by yelling, pounding and kicking the door of the apartment. Police reported the group kicked in the door and entered the apartment. According to police, while inside the apartment Dickel was shot by Barnes. Dickel later died from his wounds."

Ill.: Student in "gun free zone" slapped Away Gun Before Shooting: "The Northern Illinois Student who was shot outside a residence hall early Friday morning says he was trying to stop someone who didn't live there from entering the building. Speaking from his room at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, 24-year-old Brian Mulder described to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle what happened: "He (the accused shooter) lived off campus and next thing you know, I asked him kindly to leave the dorm, he pointed the gun at my face, I slapped it down and he shot me in the leg," Mulder said. Minutes after the shooting, campus police had 22-year-old Buffalo Grove resident Zachary R. Isaacman in custody. Police said Isaacman likely had been drinking prior to the incident. A 9-mm Glock containing a single magazine with one round in the chamber, one round missing and eight rounds remaining was recovered, according to a police report. The report also said police recovered a second magazine that contained 10 rounds and had apparently been thrown away. He has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon, and on Saturday was held on a $500,000 bond following a brief court appearance."

Utah Legislature: 'Flashing' of guns has broad support: "As gun rights bills flow through the Legislature, a new poll shows Utahns support gun owners displaying their weapons if they feel threatened. Sixty-five percent of respondents favor HB78, according to a Deseret News/KSL-TV poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, while 30 percent oppose the idea. The poll has a margin of error of 5 percent. The survey of 410 Utahns also revealed that more educated and wealthier respondents were less likely to support the proposal. Mirroring legislative debates, 70 percent of Republicans favored the bill while 56 percent of Democrats indicated support. HB78, which is waiting for Senate approval, would allow concealed weapon permit holders to "flash" their gun or tell someone that they are carrying a weapon. Last week the bill's sponsor, Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, said he is pleased with the gun rights legislation this session. "I always try to work to protect Second Amendment rights, and this year things have gone well," he said."

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