Saturday, April 16, 2011

WI: Robbery victim shoots suspects: "Two men who tried to rob a tow truck driver at knifepoint were wounded Friday afternoon when the driver pulled out a gun and shot the two on Milwaukee's northwest side, police said. The suspects are ages 18 and 22. They suffered wounds that were not believed to be life-threatening. The 28-year-old male driver was about to tow a car in the 9300 block of W. Silver Spring Drive when the two tried to rob him at about 12:30 p.m., police said. After handing over money the driver began struggling with the robbers and suffered a minor cut. He then pulled out a gun and shot the two, police said."

WA: Store employee shoots, kills suspected burglar in Seattle: "An employee of an outdoor power equipment business in the Georgetown neighborhood shot and killed a suspected burglar Thursday night during a break-in, according to Seattle police. A paper sign that simply read "Closed today" fluttered in the shattered doorway of Sharp's Outdoor Power Equipment in Georgetown on Friday, where an employee fatally shot a suspected burglar in the head and held a second man at gunpoint during a break-in Thursday night. The King County Medical Examiner's Office identified James Philip Stapleton as the 46-year-old man who was shot and died near the front of the business at 5931 Fourth Ave. S. Stapleton was carrying a chain saw when he was confronted by the store employee and shot about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, said Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. The 59-year-old store employee detained the second suspected intruder, a 49-year-old man, until police arrived. The employee who shot Stapleton was interviewed and released by police"

TX: Jury declines to indict man for murder in drug-related double killing: "A Dallas County jury declined Friday to indict a man charged with capital murder in a drug-related double killing witnessed by dozens of people Feb. 16 near East Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Avenue. Jason Greer Frappier was arrested along with Christian Emanuel Avalos after a shooting in the Burger Street parking lot that left Chadwick Daniel Ryan, 27, of Arlington and Robert Manuel Allen, 29, of Dallas dead. Police said the men were conducting a drug deal, and Frappier was shot in the arm during the incident. Defense attorney Bill Wirskye said Frappier was defending himself during a robbery. “It was a clear case of self-defense,” he said."

VA: Liquor den shooting self-defense: "A Hampton man was acquitted Thursday of killing a man during an early-morning argument at a shot house last summer. Oris Wiggins, 39, of Sunbriar Way, was found not guilty of murder and use of a firearm in a felony in the death of Timothy Terelle Brand, 33. Brand was slain just after 6 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2010 at the shot house — a home at which liquor is sold and served illegally — on 45th Street. Wiggins' attorney, Shawn W. Overbey, argued that the shooting was a justified act of self-defense. "It's easy for a Monday morning quarterback to say we would have done things differently, but my client had a split-second to make a decision," Overbey said. During the trial, Overbey said he put a police detective, Mark Wagner, on the stand. The detective testified that when he interviewed people who were at the crime scene, a female witness told him: "Basically, it was like 'Quick Draw McGraw' — who was going to shoot who first."

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