Thursday, May 05, 2011

TX: Home invasion victim shoots two gang members dead: "Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said Monday he does not expect to file charges against an unidentified individual who reportedly shot two armed gang members during a home invasion Saturday. ... Investigators believe the brothers, armed with handguns, kicked in the front door and assaulted four residents, one of whom reportedly shot at them with a handgun kept on the premises for protection."

WA: Suspect in Auburn double-shooting released: "An Auburn man accused of killing a popular youth sports coach and wounding his brother on Sunday was released Wednesday from the King County Jail pending additional investigation by police and prosecutors... According to an Auburn police report, Woods saw "several Samoan males approaching his house so he went inside to get his gun." He heard the men yelling at him to come outside, police said, so Woods walked toward the front door with a loaded handgun, its safety released and its hammer cocked. "The front door was kicked in and Woods saw two Samoan males standing at his front door," police wrote in the report. "Woods yelled at the males to get out of his house and they complied." As Gaston took a "half step" toward him, police said, Woods fired the gun, striking the 23-year old man in the chest. Shennon attempted to grab Woods as he walked out of his house and was shot in the neck, police said. Gaston survived, but Shennon died."

TN: Shooting deaths self defense, grand jury finds: "No one will be charged for the shooting deaths of two Lawrence County brothers in Decatur on Christmas Day 2009. A Morgan County grand jury Wednesday did not return an indictment against a suspect due to insufficient evidence to prove the deaths of Joshua Blankenship, 30, and Caleb Blankenship, 34, were not self-defense. “We have nothing to contradict the suspect’s statement that the shootings were self-defense. We presented all the evidence we had to the grand jury, and they no-billed it.” Anderson said the physical evidence and the angle of the gunshot wounds corroborated the suspect’s statement. “He was in a confrontation over the gun with one of the brothers and got the gun away and used it to defend himself. There was no evidence to show that it happened any other way than the suspect said it happened,” Anderson said. Illegal drugs were involved."

FL: Teen accused of killing father released from jail: "Eighteen year old Brandon Davis by all accounts lead a normal life in a Fort Myers neighborhood with his mother and father. But his lawyer and family friend says the family had a violent past. Joe Viacava says James Davis was battering his wife Dana and son Brandon during family vacation in a Tampa area hotel. Deputies say Davis took out a gun and shot his father several times. Viacava says it was in self defense. Davis will be attending college in the fall, but will be required to travel to Tampa for court hearings in the meantime. The South Fort Myers High School graduate does not have a criminal record.

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