Wednesday, July 11, 2012

OH: Armed Robber Shot, Killed in Shootout With Store Owner:  "According to Cleveland Police Sergeant Sammy Morris, Jonathan Ward, 23 entered Abe & Son’s convenience store at the corner of Cedar Avenue and 70th Street just before 2 p.m.  An altercation erupted between Ward and the store’s owner, Jamal Suliaman, 35. During the fight, both men produced guns.  Sgt. Morris said the altercation, “Resulted in the suspect in the robbery being shot and the store owner being shot.”  Ward passed away at the scene while Suliaman was treated and released at MetroHealth Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his arm.  The suspect in Tuesday’s botched armed robbery has a lengthy criminal record. Ward has had many prior run-ins with the law, with multiple charges for aggravated robbery, drug possession and carrying concealed weapons." [Why do they keep letting these habitual criminals out of jail?]

GA: Papa John's delivery man shoots alleged robber with suspect's own gun:  "A Papa John’s delivery man shot and injured a teen who allegedly tried to rob him, and police said the man shot the teen with his own gun.  But the 19-year-old is telling police he was the victim.  Mr. Javares Scott said he went to the location to deliver a pizza and when he arrived he was robbed by a person whom he later shot in the abdomen and right thigh, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.  “Mr. Scott advised police that he took the suspect’s gun away from him and shot him with his own gun,” Officer Jones said. “Mr. Scott then returned to the Papa John’s store and advised the manager of the robbery.”  But the delivery man, who still had the gun in his possession, then went home without calling the police to report what happened, she said.  Mr. Paul Hammonds, the 19-year-old who was shot, told police he was walking down Holly Road when a man jumped out of the bushes and shot him “for no reason,” Officer Jones said.  “Mr. Hammonds gave two different descriptions of clothing of the suspect that he alleges shot him,” Officer Jones said."

NC: Law changed to allow firearms during emergencies:  "In North Carolina residents are not allowed legally to use deadly force to protect property. Deadly force may be used to protect oneself or others from imminent serious harm. But not so for property.   We posted an article last week in which we argued that in emergencies, such as in the aftermath of a hurricane, residents should be able to protect their property. We hold very little hope that the Castle Doctrine will be expanded to include the use of deadly force to protect property, even when law enforcement is not available to do so. While we think it is needed in extreme circumstances, we doubt it will happen.  But the last session of the Legislature did make a significant improvement in the laws dealing with emergencies. It revoked the provision in the law that allowed officials to ban firearms during an emergency."

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