Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NY: Security guard shoots man who had threatened him:  "One thing is not in dispute.  A security guard t the Gibbs Place Apartments shot his weapon twice Friday night, severely wounding a 32-year-old man.   Witnesses say Paul Ravenel charged the security guard with a knife earlier that night.  After he was disarmed he vowed to come back again with a gun.   Police were called, but an arrest never happened.  Reasons why are unclear.  What is clear is that Ravenel made good on his threat to return to the apartments on Chestnut Street in Rochester.   Rodgers says Ravenel returned to the scene carrying a black bag and reaching inside it.  He described how the man ignored the security guard’s directive to step back. Ravenel was shot twice as he raised the bag with his hand.  Inside the bag was a hammer.  Cruz-Romero has been charged with assault.  A grand jury will determine whether the case will move forward or whether this is a case of self-defense."

SC:  Deputies say Woman Shoots Ex-Husband In Self Defense:  "Laurens County deputies say a woman who admitted to shooting her ex-husband will not be charged in the shooting because they believe she acted in self defense.  Tammy Duvall told deputies she had a friend over at her house and was about to go outside when she heard a car door shut.  Duvall told deputies she grabbed a gun and shot several times when she noticed her ex-husband, Roderick Woodruff, charging towards her.  Deputies later found Woodruff injured at his home and took him to the hospital.  Roderick Woodruff will be charged with criminal domestic violence 1st offense.  Woodruff was charged in April with CDV 1st offense and kidnapping with the same woman."

MI: Gun-toting advocates protest charges against teen in Birmingham:  "Gun toting advocates filled the Birmingham commission chambers Monday night, displaying their firearms in holsters and strapped to their backs in protest of charges against a teen they say had the legal right to do the same in public. At issue is the April 13 arrest of Sean M. Combs, a Troy High School student, after he strolled Old Woodward Avenue in downtown Birmingham with a M-1 rifle strapped to his back. He faced three misdemeanor charges for brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace -- each punishable by up to 93 days in jail."

The basic requirements for self-defense:  "The best gun skills in the world wouldn’t do you a bit of good in a violent attack unless you had the time and mental preparation to bring your gun into action -- or take other evasive, defensive steps. Being aware of your surroundings at all times, and paying attention to your gut feelings and instincts, is just as important as the ability to hit what you shoot at -- and maybe more."

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