Saturday, January 29, 2011

NM burglar hit by shotgun: "A man police are calling a would-be burglar lost most of his calf muscles Monday after an Avenida Cañada homeowner shot him at close range with a 12-gauge shotgun. McNeil was in the house, which he shares with his wife, by himself Monday morning when he heard someone trying to remove an air conditioner in a window. When Quintana couldn’t remove the air conditioner, he broke through a bedroom window to enter the house. McNeil grabbed his shotgun and confronted Quintana at the door to the bedroom. McNeil ordered Quintana to the ground, but he did not listen. The two men fought over the shotgun, and Quintana lost. Quintana, who was unarmed, ran past McNeil for the front door and tried to open it. However, the screen door to the house was dead-bolted and could only be opened with a key from the inside. Trapped at the front door, Quintana ignored another command from McNeil to get on the ground, so McNeil shot him. Lopez said the shooting met a standard for self-defense."

AZ: Gang member shot: "Police say Hagood and two other teens, Wayne A. Redding, 17, of Pioneer, Calif., and Jacob G. Schnupp, 17, of Kingman were targeting people wearing blue shirts when they tried to rob a homeless man, beat up a 13-year-old and accosted a 19-year-old in three separate incidents over the course of the day. Police said the three teens were posturing as gang members during the incidents. The 19-year-old man was the last to be targeted as he was walking in north Kingman. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said he pulled out a 9 mm gun and warned the three suspects to leave him alone before opening fire and hitting Hagood several times after the men continued to approach. The Mohave County Attorney's Office declined to press charges against the 19-year-old, saying that the man acted in self-defense."

Philadelphia: Drunk gunman shot and killed: "A drunken tavern patron who turned a gun on a crowd outside a Juniata Park pub early yesterday lost his life after he ignored an off-duty New Jersey prison guard's orders to drop the firearm and instead fired at the officer, witnesses said. The correctional officer, who police declined to identify, returned fire and hit the gunman twice in the chest and abdomen. The man, 28, whose name police wouldn't release, died at Temple University Hospital a half-hour after the 2:30 a.m. incident outside the Family Tavern on Luzerne Street near J, police said. "I saw the whole thing; it was self-defense," the bartender said. Police said the incident would be considered a justified shooting and not a homicide."

U.S. diplomat says he killed in self-defense: "A U.S. official being held in the fatal shooting of two Pakistani men told a court in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday that he had killed them in self-defense. The official, based at the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, said the men had tried to rob him while he waited at a busy intersection in his car. A second consular vehicle that he summoned for help struck and killed a motorcyclist as it sped to the scene, police said. A judge ordered the official held in custody for six days for further questioning. But other Pakistani and U.S. officials, who would not discuss the sensitive matter on the record, said that Davis was clearly in the country on a diplomatic passport and visa, and was immune from any prosecution. The U.S. government has demanded his release on that basis"

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