Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alaska: Woman shoots, wounds ex-boyfriend: "Anchorage police say a man upset by child custody issues was shot by his former girlfriend at her home. The woman told police that 31-year-old Tommy Robert Thomas at 12:14 a.m. Monday entered her home on East 73rd Avenue acting aggressively. When he refused to leave, she fired a warning shot into the floor. Witnesses say he moved toward the woman and she shot him twice, striking him in the leg and his side, just under his armpit. Thomas underwent surgery and is expected to survive. The shooter and two visiting friends were taken to police headquarters for questioning. Detectives have not filed charges but the case has been forwarded to the district attorney for review."

Arizona: Man choking his ex-girlfriend shot by her dad: "A woman’s father comes to her rescue by shooting her ex-boyfriend during an argument. Phoenix police say 26-year-old Daniel Fuches was choking the woman outside her residence near 51st Avenue and Beardsley when her dad came down from a second story window and shot her attacker twice. Detective James Holmes says the dad shot the suspect in the leg first. “At that point he got the suspect’s attention. The suspect pulled away from the daughter, picks up a big rock, comes at the dad now with the rock threateningly and the dad shoots him in the abdomen.” “I’m just picturing what state of mind he had to have been in seeing his daughter getting choked and worried about her to the point where he’s jumping out of a window and down into the driveway to try to save her.” Fuches faces assault charges. Police are still determining if they should press charges against the woman’s father."

Indiana: Neighbor shoots pit bull mix that attacked dog, invaded home: "A New Albany woman says her friend shot and killed one of two dogs that unexpectedly attacked her dog as it sat in her back yard in the 1900 block of Culbertson Avenue late Monday afternoon. The owner of the dog that was killed says he understands and most likely would have done the same thing himself. Albert Cross admits that his two pit bull mix dogs, Sampson and Daniel, managed to crawl under a fence and attack Carolyn Sevedge’s 9-year-old Irish Setter, Mufasa, who was in the back yard next door. Cross says he first knew there was a problem when he checked on his dogs and they weren’t in the yard. Cross said he jumped over the fence and got the dogs to stop attacking. “I told them to cut it out, which then they stopped.” Sevedge says she retreated into her home, but Sampson and Daniel weren’t finished. “I went into the house,” Sevedge said. “The back door was open and they all ran into the house.” Cross and Sevedge were able to force the attacking dogs out of the house, but one – Daniel – kept trying to back in. That’s when police say Carolyn’s husband, who was in the shower, heard her screaming. He grabbed his handgun and fired at the dogs. One bullet struck Daniel, killing him."

TX: Federal court strikes down gun rights protest restrictions at college : "Late yesterday, in a striking victory for the First Amendment on campus, a federal district court in Texas ruled that a number of restrictions on students’ speech at Tarrant County College (TCC) are unconstitutional. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means found that TCC’s reliance on a policy prohibiting ‘disruptive activities’ to restrict students Clayton Smith and John Schwertz from holding an ‘empty holster’ protest violated the First Amendment.”

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