Saturday, December 18, 2010

NC: DA rules Raceway shooting self defense: "Investigators in Sampson County say a Fourth of July shooting death was justified. They say Torrey Frederick shot and killed Timothy McKoy at Harrells Raceway. The district attorney says the investigation revealed McKoy appeared to be the aggressor for pulling a gun on Frederick, who fired in self-defense. The DA will not file charges against Frederick." [More details here]

Pa.:Gunman disarmed and shot: "A Wilkinsburg man who police say killed a man in Sharpsburg faces gun charges, but was not charged with the death. Norman Warren, 22, will be charged with tampering with evidence and illegally carrying a gun for his role in the death early Tuesday of Marlon Roberts, Allegheny County Police said. Police said Roberts, 22, of Lincoln-Lemington came to the Sisca Street home of a former girlfriend Monday night and threatened and assaulted Warren, her boyfriend, with a pistol. Warren disarmed Roberts and shot him with the gun before fleeing, police said. Roberts died at Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side. The woman was home with Roberts' 2-year-old son at the time of the shooting, Sharpsburg police said. Chief Leo Rudzki said that on his way to the scene, he saw Warren and arrested him."

Pa.: Dormont garage owner shot robber dead: "On the ground and dazed from the jolt of a stun gun, Bill Miller peered over his shoulder and saw his assailant slip out the door. The man had just taken Mr. Miller's cash and his driver's license at gunpoint. He had a hunch the gunman would be back for more. Mr. Miller scrambled to his feet and grabbed the pistol he keeps in a cabinet above his desk, tucked in the corner of his small auto shop in Dormont. "I took a step and looked right at the door and all I saw was a chrome gun coming back in," Mr. Miller said. "When he came back, I knew it wasn't to say Merry Christmas." Wordlessly, the man pointed his gun at Mr. Miller, the men separated by just a couple of feet. In an instant, his instincts took over. "I shot him," he said. "I had no other choice." The man, whom the medical examiner's office on Friday identified as Lonzy Westbrook, 39, of the North Side, fell to the ground ... Mr. Miller works six days a week as a mechanic. He's also a Vietnam veteran and a licensed NRA firearms instructor"

Utah police call death act of self-defense: "Police officials do not anticipate filing criminal charges against a 17-year-old girl who shot and killed a man who was strangling her aunt Thursday night. At a news conference Friday, Police Chief Greg Whinham said 37-year-old John F. Sharp was choking his girlfriend, 32-year-old Mellony Pursel, at their home located at 1920 W. 4400 South when the 17-year-old girl picked up a gun and told Sharp to stop what he was doing. When Sharp turned and came toward the girl, she shot him twice in the chest. The two bullets traveled through Sharp and hit Pursel in the arm. Sharp died before police arrived at the home. Pursel was taken to a local hospital where Whinham said she is expected to recover from the wounds. Sharp and Pursel had lived together at the home with Pursel's niece and the niece's 7-month-old child. The niece was living with Pursel while her husband is on active duty with the military."

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