Tuesday, November 15, 2011

WA: Man in park shooting won't face charges: "A man involved in a shooting at Fort Walla Walla Park last month will not face criminal charges. Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle said Monday he is declining to file assault charges against Tyler B. Larson, 22, of College Place, "because the prosecution would be unable to prove the absence of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt." According to Walla Walla Police, Larson shot Terry E. Bickford, 59, of Walla Walla, in the right thigh with a handgun on the evening of Oct. 16 after the two men left the dog park. Nagle said Larson and witnesses clearly indicated Bickford had been acting aggressively toward a woman in the dog park and then acted aggressively toward Larson. Police said in October that witnesses said Bickford was threatening physical harm to others, including Larson. "Despite some minor inconsistent statements, (Larson) could easily establish a defense of self-defense and defense of others and would have no trouble creating a reasonable doubt in the jury's mind," Nagle wrote in a letter to the officer investigating the case."

IL: Threat of firepower wards off robber: "A 61-year old Cameron man was the victim of aggravated robbery late Friday night after a man approached him, implying that he was holding a gun, as the victim was washing the windows on his mail truck, according to the police report. The victim said he was parked near 29 Public Square to wash his truck, as he does every night, when a young black man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt approached and demanded his money. The victim pulled some change out of his pocket, telling the subject that he did not have any money, and his wallet was in his car across the street. The victim went to his car and opened the door to get his wallet, and the subject pointed his arm at the victim, implying that he was carrying a gun. “This will shoot through glass,” the subject reportedly said. The intended victim then told the subject, “This .357 will shoot through the glass, too,” at which point the subject fled the area. The subject was not located, and there are no suspects."

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