Thursday, April 08, 2010

Ohio shooting probable self defense: "The shooting happened just before noon on Wednesday at the intersection of Anna and Hoover avenues. Police said the 46-year-old man was shot in the street and a neighbor called 911 and helped keep him alive until medics arrived. Lt Bob Chabali said, “The victim had identified the suspect and the suspect waited for us to arrest him peacefully.” Not only did the suspected shooter wait for officers, he even called them to let them know where he would be. Officers then learned that the shooting started with a fight... “It escalated to where a knife was pulled and eventually a gun was pulled,” Chabali said. After detectives talked with the suspected shooter, they found out that the suspect may have actually be the victim and that the victim may have been the suspect. Sources told News Center 7 that the man who was shot may have initiated the argument and the gunman fired in self-defense."

IL: Would-be robber shot and killed: "Cook County prosecutors announced a first-degree murder indictment Wednesday against Kristian Branch in the death of Mario C. Charles, a Rockford resident killed last month during a shooting at a Schaumburg hotel.... At some point, Charles pointed a gun at the victims and he and Branch demanded money, prosecutors say. The 26-year-old Minnesota man also pulled a gun and both men were shot during the ensuing gunfire, prosecutors say. Branch was charged with murder because Charles' death occurred during a felony she was involved with, authorities said."

GA: Why was this not self defense? "Derrick Lamont Jones, 28, of College Park was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault, Clayton County police said Wednesday. He is accused of killing 30-year-old Terrant Flournoy and wounding 17-year old Montavious Davis on April 1, police said. According to police, the men were arguing at a party in the 1080 block of Brookstone Road. Jones got in his car to leave when Flournoy broke the front driver’s side window, police said. Jones then pulled out a 9 mm gun and started shooting, police said. Police arrived and found Flournoy face down on the ground. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure about GA law, but where I live you just have to have a belief that your life or health might be in danger to use a firearm in self defense. Unless there are other circumstances, it is unlikely that he will be convicted. But the defendant should ask himself if it was worth risking death or permanent disability to /not/ defend himself to avoid the red tape.