Saturday, March 11, 2023

El Paso, TX

2/17/23 Fox News:

Police in El Paso, Texas say that a "licensed-to-carry" bystander shot the alleged gunman who is accused of killing one person and injuring another three.

The suspect, a 16-year-old Hispanic male, is accused of shooting the individuals after a "confrontation ensued" between two groups at Cielo Vista Mall on Wednesday evening at 5:05 p.m.

The El Paso Police Department said the confrontation eventually escalated into a "physical fight," and the 16-year-old pulled out a handgun, fatally shooting Angeles Zaragoza, 17, and injuring another 17-year-old and 15-year-old.

Police say that Emanuel Duran, 32, who is a licensed-to-carry holder, shot the suspect as he was pointing his gun toward the direction of more bystanders....

Investigators learned there were "at least" two more people who were legally armed, but weren't involved in the shooting. 

Friday, February 24, 2023

Sanford, FL

 1/19/23 Sanford Police Department reports bar employee was headed to her car after work.  Her boyfriend was standing by to make sure she got in safely.  A stranger approached and attacked her. The boyfriend shot the attacker to death.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Houston, TX

1/6/23 KHOU:

HOUSTON — A customer at Ranchito Taqueria shot and killed a man who robbed the restaurant in southwest Houston late Thursday night, according to the Houston Police Department.

It happened just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant on S. Gessner near Bellaire Boulevard.

Houston police said the armed man in a mask came inside the restaurant, demanding money and wallets from customers. However, as he was leaving, one of those customers shot the suspect.

As this analysis at Legal Insurrection observes the first eight shots fired either clearly or ambiguously meet the definition of lawful self-defense.  The 9th shot to an inert and disarmed person's head did not.

It is still a lawful self-defense until that point.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Atlantic Beach, FL

 12/27/22 channel 4 Jacksonville:

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Atlantic Beach has been ruled a justifiable homicide, according to records on the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office’s Open Data and Transparency site.

Investigators in August determined the teenager was shot and killed during a confrontation in August. Loved ones identified the man as Trevaj Cheek.

Per its agreement with the Atlantic Beach Police Department, JSO worked the case, and its transparency site indicates Cheek’s death was ruled justifiable because he was shot during the commission of an unspecified crime.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Dublin, CA

 11/29/22 East Bay Times:

A 38-year-old Castro Valley man fatally shot Nov. 20 by another man police said he was attacking with a baseball bat inside a Dublin apartment was identified Tuesday as Kenneth Krainski.

Police said after the incident that they were investigating the shooting as self-defense. Investigators were preparing this week to present the case to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether to file charges.

The man who did the shooting has not been identified. He was released after questioning.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Houston, TX

11/1/22 ABC channel 13:

Deputies responded to multiple reports of gunshots at about 6:20 a.m. near 12100 Mountain Daisy. When they arrived at the neighborhood, deputies say the victim, Joseph Wiltz, had suffered a gunshot wound and they provided lifesaving measures.

Wiltz was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.

After investigating, officials revealed that Wiltz came to his ex-girlfriend's house and began assaulting her, stemming from domestic violence.

Official say that the woman's son, 27-year-old Javon Small, stepped outside of the home and saw Wiltz trying to get his mother out of her car. Small shot the suspect when he fell off the car and began approaching him.

The full case was presented to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, who declined to file any charges in the case. The case will be presented to a grand jury for review.

The case is listed as a justifiable homicide.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Sioux Falls, SD

 10/25/22 Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

A jury has decided, after days of hearing testimony and arguments, that a Sioux falls man was justified in killing of another man two years ago in self-defense.

Marcus Jerell Anderson, 34, was facing two counts of first-degree manslaughter, one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

After the jury deliberated late into Monday night, their final verdict found Anderson was only guilty on the possession of a firearm with a prior felony conviction. Anderson was acquitted on his most serious charge, first-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to life in prison.