Monday, May 14, 2012

NC:  Shooting death 'justified':  "The witness said Darling was acting aggressive and ran to 111 Fieldcrest when residents turned on the porch light. The Marine resident’s wife opened the front door to find Darling standing there naked and talking about a lighter and a cigarette.  Lee said the Marine resident’s wife was very concerned for her two toddler children who were asleep in their bedrooms.  Darling charged at her and the Marine resident’s wife shut and locked the door. The residents called 911.  Darling began yelling for the Marine resident to let him in the house.   Darling was ramming the front door with his shoulder. The Marine resident told Darling to leave, and that he had a gun.  Darling then punched the screen out of the window by the front door and then quickly thereafter jumped, diving head first through the screened portion of the window into the living room.”  The Marine resident used a 1911 .45-caliber handgun to shoot Darling three times in the back as Darling dove through the window, Lee said."

NC:  Clerk says customer shooting was in self-defense:  "A Durham store clerk who shot a customer in the leg last week said Friday that he was only protecting himself after the customer threatened to kill him.  Alaael Ahmed El-Hamalawi, 52, said the man, whom police identified as John Reid Jr., walked into the University Market on West Chapel Hill Street, on April 30, yelling that he had a knife and was going to kill El-Hamalawi.  El-Hamalawi said Reid also struck him on the hand and broke a window with an electric drill that he had been swinging.  "If I (had not) ducked, he would have killed me that day," El-Hamalawi said.  He said he tried to push Reid out of the store, and then he got a gun, warned him and then shot him in the leg.  Police arrested both men – El-Hamalawi on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm in the city limits and Reid, 55, on charges of communicating threats and injury to property.  El-Hamalawi is out of jail on a $75,000 bond."

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