Friday, April 29, 2016

Talladega, AL

4/29/16 WPTV:
TALLADEGA, Ala. - (WVTM/NBC) - An 11-year-old boy who shot a home intruder in Alabama said the would-be burglar “cried like a baby.”

The child, Chris Gaither, was home alone on Wednesday morning when he heard a noise and discovered someone had broken into his house.

"I told him I was going to kill him if he didn't get out of my house," said Chris.

He said even though he was scared, he grabbed a 9mm handgun.

"When he was coming down the stairs, that's when he told me he was going to kill me," said Chris.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Orlando, FL

4/26/16 WFTV:
A man is claiming self-defense after another customer at a gas station pulled a gun out during an argument early Monday.

The incident happened at about 12:48 a.m. between Titus Bernard, 29, and Delvin Jamar Broner, 36, the Orlando Police Department said.

The altercation started as an argument between the two that was instigated by Broner, investigators said.

The situation escalated and Broner, a convicted felon, pulled out a gun.

Bernard, who had a valid concealed weapons permit, pulled his own gun and fired several times, killing Broner, police said.

"I don't know what I would have done is someone had pulled a gun out on me like that," said a witness. “He's alright then right? That's the law. Zimmerman pulled it off."

Bernard called 911 and waited for officers to arrive at the North John Young Parkway Circle-K.

Police reported finding Broner dead on the floor of the business.

Broner and Bernard were customers at the gas station, and no employees were involved, police said.

Witness statements corroborated Bernard’s version of the events, but the investigation into the shooting is ongoing, the department said.

Delvin?  What was Mama thinking?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tampa, FL

9/23/13 Tampa Bay Times:
BROOKSVILLE — Four months ago, after Joshua Harth fatally shot 68-year-old George Avedissian, detectives would say only that the shooting happened during an altercation between the two men.

The case was turned over to the State Attorney's Office for review. On Monday, Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino said the shooting appeared to be a case of justifiable homicide and that Harth, who was 24 at the time, will not be charged with a crime.

"From the materials submitted by law enforcement and other related agencies, it was determined that the death of Mr. Avedissian was caused by justifiable use of deadly force as a result of deadly combat," Magrino said.

A memo Magrino penned for his office's file includes Harth's account of what happened on May 23 and some evidence in the case that led to Magrino's decision not to charge him.

Harth was renting a room at Avedissian's home at 8743 Ostrom Way, north of Weeki Wachee. About 8 p.m. that evening, Harth was awakened by Avedissian banging on the bedroom door. Harth said Avedissian was complaining about an open can of soup left in the kitchen as he kicked in the door.

The argument escalated. Avedissian left and returned with a 9mm carbine rifle and told Harth to leave the house. Harth said he went out to the back yard and Avedissian fired the rifle and ran at Harth with the gun still pointed at him. There was a struggle, and Harth took the rifle and fired.

Avedissian was hit once in the lower abdomen and once in the lower back. Harth tossed the gun down, called 911 and said he shot Avedissian during a struggle. In an interview with detectives, Harth was "crying and upset at times while also stating on more than one occasion that he thought (Avedissian) was going to kill him," Magrino wrote.

Tanning Salons Getting Tougher: Dayton, OH

4/9/16 WCMH:
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are looking for one man they believe is behind a string of robberies in Dayton and Kettering. At least 5 business were robbed in the last few days. 3 of the crimes happened Friday afternoon within a span of about 15 minutes.

2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with the owner of one of those businesses who fought back when the man demanded money.

Bobby Hoblit–the owner of the Sundeck Tanning Salon–says at the time of the robbery his girlfriend was working the counter. That’s when he says a man walked in, bought a ring with a handful of change and then demanded money instead he got something else.

“As soon as Megan my girlfriend opened the drawer he said, ‘I don’t want any trouble, just give me all the money,’” Hoblit said. “At that point my girlfriend’s instincts kicked in and we had a pistol underneath and she grabbed the pistol, pointed it right at his face and said, ‘I don’t think you’re going to get that money today.’”
 Poluice want the man for other robberies as well.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tire Iron vs. Handgun: Amarillo, TX

According to police, the suspect, 35-year-old Ricky Solis, had taken power tools from the store and left without paying.

Police said a loss prevention officer made contact with Solis in the parking lot and he tried to flee. However, the loss prevention officer was able to catch him and the two became involved in a struggle.

During the struggle, police said a second suspect went up to the two men who were involved in the struggle and tired to help Solis get away. The second suspect kicked the loss prevention officer in the face. He then went back to his vehicle and pulled out a tire iron.

A citizen who saw what was going on then pulled out a handgun and told the suspects to get on the ground. The second suspect ran back to his vehicle and fled the scene. The citizen continued to point his gun at Solis and told him to get on the ground.