Saturday, August 20, 2011

Detroit: Teen robbery suspect dies in shootout with retired police officer: "A shootout between a teenager trying to rob a busy Detroit McDonald's and a retired Detroit police officer ended in the teen's death Friday afternoon, police said. Police said the 16-year-old entered the restaurant at McNichols and Livernois with a gun about 2:45 p.m. and attempted to rob the business before the retired officer intervened. Several shots were fired, and employees and customers were seen sprinting out of the store. Those at a nearby barbershop watched emergency workers load the shirtless teen from the floor of the store, just inside the door. Lt. Dwane Blackmon of the Detroit police homicide unit said the incident was under investigation, and it was unclear whether the teen died at the restaurant or the hospital. The retired officer was uninjured."

Calif man acquitted of fatally shooting 3: "A San Bernardino County jury has acquitted a man of shooting to death three people in connection with a 12-year feud between him and his neighbor. The jury deliberated for two days before finding 57-year-old Dennis Flechtner not guilty of murder on Friday. He was released after the verdict. During trial, Flechtner testified that he shot Angela Leird, Adam Owen and Robert Light in self-defense in 2009 when they approached his property in the dark. The only surviving witness of the shooting testified that Flechtner was arguing with the three victims when he pulled out his gun and shot them. Prosecutors say Flechtner, whose backyard in Phelan faced Leird's, got into a dispute with his neighbor over their property line in 2006."

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