Thursday, October 13, 2011

IL: Man who killed son acted in self-defense: "A Matteson man who shot and killed his son Sunday night did so in self-defense after the two fought, police said Wednesday. The father, 59, who suffered injuries from a metal bat in the incident, was released from custody Wednesday without any charges against him, police said. When police arrived on the scene Sunday night at about 9 p.m., the father met them in the front yard of the home he and his son rented in the 3700 block of 216th Street, and told them he shot his son, Timothy Lithgow Jr., 26. Matteson Deputy Police Chief Ken Arvin said there was a “physical altercation” between the father and son over money and it escalated. According to records, the son was charged in 2007 with two counts of battery, criminal trespass and criminal damage to property by Orland Park police, and charged with battery in 2009 by Tinley Park police. Both the metal bat and the father’s .40-caliber gun were found at the scene."

W.Va.: Man shoots after being hit on head: "Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants said Wednesday that the evidence in Charlie Booker's case indicates that he shot and killed Joseph E. Miller and Billy Dodd in self-defense after the two men, carrying deadly weapons, confronted him in front of his wife and son. "He had a reasonable belief that his life was in danger," Plants said during a news conference. "Based on that, there's not a crime." On Aug. 6, Booker, 41, shot Miller twice in his side and Dodd twice in the chest and four times in the back after one of the men struck him on the head with a metal baton outside of a home on Vine Street. Booker, who sustained a four-inch gash on his forehead from the baton, has maintained since his arrest that he shot the men in self-defense. A third man, Rock Linkenhoker, was also involved in the altercation, but was not wounded. Along with the metal riot stick, prosecutors say that another of the men was holding a knife, and the third a claw hammer."

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