Sunday, April 11, 2010

Men killed in San Diego shooting identified: "Two men were killed and a woman was injured early Saturday in a shooting inside a Tierrasanta apartment. The husband of the woman was detained by San Diego police but released after several hours of questioning as police continue to investigate the shooting, said homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney. "We released the guy pending additional investigation," Rooney said. "We are evaluating everything including the possibility of self defense." Late Saturday, the County Medical Examiner's Office identified the dead men as Kamren Halfacre, 19, and Ryan West, 22.... Rooney said shortly before the shooting the woman had arrived at the apartment, which she shares with her husband and child, with the two men, who he said were acquaintances, and her son. One of the men got into an argument with the woman’s husband and the husband shot the two men, he said."

TX: Country music singer acquitted: "Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver was on his way to Houston to play a scheduled gig Friday after a McLennan County jury acquitted him of aggravated assault in the shooting of a man outside a bar in 2007. Earlier in the day, Shaver testified that he feared for his life when he shot Coker in the upper lip on the back patio of the bar in Lorena, just south of Waco, with a .22-caliber pistol that was smaller than the palm of his hand. Shaver said he was nervous after Coker brandished a knife in the bar and then asked him to step outside. "I wanted to scare him ... wanted to beat him to the punch. I feared he was going to kill me," Shaver said. Perhaps the most critical testimony came from Daniel Silvas, who said he saw the shooting from his truck after he pulled into the bar. Silvas said he saw a quarrel between two men, one of whom he later learned was Shaver. The other man then went at Shaver with a knife as Shaver backed away, Silvas said. "To me it looked like (Shaver) was just trying to ... to get away" before firing, Silvas said."

Ohio official tells residents to 'arm themselves' amid police cuts: "When the sheriff's department in Ashtabula County, Ohio, was cut from 112 to 49 deputies, just one vehicle was left to patrol the 720-square-mile county. Asked what residents should do for protection, Common Pleas Judge Alfred Mackey replied, " Arm themselves," and added, "We're going to have to look after each other." Area gun dealers and instructors told WKYC-TV, Cleveland, that they've noticed an uptick in sales and interest in self-defense classes. One instructor, Tracy Williams, said the cuts mean "you don't have any other option" other than to listen to Mackey's advice."

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