Friday, May 20, 2011

S.C. man Shoots Blade-Wielding Assailant; Gets Charged: "Laurens County investigators say a man who shot an assailant who was threatening him with a lawn-mower blade is facing an attempted murder charge. According to an arrest warrant, Matthew Ferguson went to Billy Ernest Morris Jr.’s home, and the two men began to argue. Ferguson grabbed a lawn mower blade and threatened Morris with it, according to the warrant. Morris was holding Ferguson’s 2-year-old child at the time, the warrant said. Investigators said Morris retreated into the home, and Ferguson began to beat on the door with the lawn-mower blade while threatening to kill Morris. The warrant said “in a fit of rage,” Morris got a handgun and opened the door and fired two rounds, hitting Ferguson once in the arm. Morris’ brother, Paul Morris, said his brother should not have been charged with attempted murder because the shooting was self-defense. "In my opinion, if a man comes in your house or your yard and yells at you, starts screaming that they're going to kill you ... they should never arrest anybody for that," Paul Morris said.

WV: Two men indicted on murder charges: "Two men accused of causing the death of an innocent bystander killed during a July 20, 2008, shooting outside a local bar were indicted Wednesday by a Berkeley County grand jury on charges of felony murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit murder. Both Dale E. Knight, 24, whose mailing address is listed as P.O. Box 6129, Martinsburg, and 25-year-old Donzell W. White, of Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, are alleged to have been involved in the armed robbery of 24-year-old Elan Bell-Veney, of Martinsburg, outside the former Orioles Club on Mid-Atlantic Parkway near Martinsburg. During the robbery, Bell-Veney pulled out his own gun and fired multiple shots in self-defense, hitting both White and Knight, as well as 37-year-old Kenneth Waybright, of Stephens City, Va., who was struck in the head by a stray bullet. Waybright, who wasn't involved in the altercation, was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, where he later died after being pronounced brain-dead"

CA: Two dead in botched home-invasion robbery: "A botched home-invasion robbery in Rialto ended with the death of one of the robbers and a resident of the home Wednesday night. A third man, another robbery suspect, was wounded in the shooting but is expected to survive, police said. The incident began at 8:45 p.m. in the 900 block of North Beechwood Avenue. Rialto police said at least three armed men entered a home and tried to rob the people inside. But the occupants grabbed firearms themselves, leading to a gun battle between the robbers and victims. Police arrived and found one of the robbers dead on the street outside the home. One of the victims, a resident of the home, also died at the scene. Another robber who was wounded in the shooting fled with at least three other men in a white van, police said. The driver eventually stopped in the 300 block of North Wisteria Avenue, where two men got out of the van and ran. The driver took off in the van again, leading police to Lancewood Avenue north of Second Street. He finally stopped and was arrested. He and the wounded passenger were arrested."

Canada: Woman sues police after home seized in gun search: "A woman who was barred from her home during a fruitless search for a missing gun is suing Waterloo Regional Police for $10,000. The lawsuit in small claims court stems from a high profile 2007 incident in which an undercover officer’s handgun was stolen near Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute. ... The teen’s lawyer, Brennan Smart, publicly accused police at the time of charging him without reliable evidence as a public relations ploy. Now the teen’s mother is seeking damages because she and her other three children were forced to stay with neighbours after police seized her rented townhouse for almost three days without a warrant."

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