Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WI: Tow operator won't be charged: "A tow truck driver who shot two men suspected of robbing him will not face charges for carrying a concealed weapon, the Milwaukee County district attorney's office announced Tuesday. The 28-year-old tow truck driver was called to the 9300 block of W. Silver Spring Drive on the city's northwest side to tow a car around 12:30 p.m. Friday when two men robbed him at knife point, police said. After handing over money, the driver struggled with the assailants, who cut him with a knife. The driver then took out a gun and shot both of the men, 18 and 22. The shooting victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Lovern said the district attorney expects to issue charges against the robbery suspects Wednesday. But the driver will not be charged with a misdemeanor because he acted "lawfully in self-defense," Lovern said. That's although Wisconsin, Illinois and the District of Columbia are the only places in the nation where it's illegal to carry a concealed weapon, according to the National Rifle Association."

Neb: Copper thief shot: "The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at one of Wesley Hall’s properties near 32nd Street and Poppleton Avenue. Investigators said, when Hall encountered the man, a fight broke out, and the 41-year-old was shot in the leg. Paramedics took the man to the hospital in serious condition, but authorities said he’s expected to recover. Hall said he didn't want to hurt the man, but he felt he didn't have a choice. “I said, ‘Freeze! Don't move!’ And he came lurching at me,” Hall said. “I know in my heart this guy would have taken my gun, killed me and tried to pawn it or something and would have thought nothing of it,” Hall said. Hall calls the shooting self-defense and hopes this sends a message to the criminals. Officers gave Hall a ticket because his gun is not registered in Nebraska -- just in California. It will be up to the county attorney to decide on possible charges for both Hall and the man who was shot."

FL: Suspect shot in botched robbery: "Investigators said two masked men walked into the cafe, pointed a gun at the security guard and ordered everyone to get onto the ground. According to deputies, the guard confronted one of the men and scuffled ensued. At one point, the armed gunman fired at the security guard, but deputies said the guard sought cover and was uninjured. Deputies said the guard returned fire and shot one of the gunmen. Minutes later, Orange County deputies received a call about a shooting victim who was dropped off at a motel near the intersection of Clarcona-Ocoee Road and Orange Blossom Trail. The man, believed to be a suspect in the cafe shooting, was transported to a hospital where he died."

What to do if you have to use your gun in self-defense: "You should first be certain that the threat is removed before you lower your guard. Then, call 911 and say that there has been a shooting. Describe the immediate need for ambulance and police (and fire department if applicable). Tell the 911 operator where you are, how many people are wounded etc. Do not have your gun in your hand when police arrive unless you absolutely must hold someone at gun point. In either case, make sure that you describe yourself and your clothing."

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