Saturday, February 23, 2019

Davidson County, NC

2/23/19 Davidson Co. The-Dispatch:
While I’m obviously not privy to all the details of the case, it appears District Attorney Gary Frank made the right call in not prosecuting a homeowner who shot and killed an armed intruder in December.
That said, let’s hope it’s a long time before any local prosecutor – or homeowner – has to make that decision again.
To recap, authorities responded around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 to a reported home invasion and shooting in the 100 block of Upton Street, just outside Lexington city limits. While in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, Lexington police officers arrived first and found 21-year-old Silvestre Begley lying dead in the front yard. Resident Joseph Asis told investigators an armed Begley was trying to break into the home and he used a shotgun to stop him.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Atlanta, GA

1/29/19 Fox News:
A customer shot and killed a would-be thief on Tuesday as he tried to hold up a Family Dollar store in Atlanta, police said.
The  shooting took place in the early morning in DeKalb County.
County police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer told WGXA that an unidentified suspect entered the store and pulled a gun on two employees.
While the armed suspect was demanding money from the cashier, a customer pulled his own gun and fired, Fox 5 reported.
Police are investigating the scene but said that the customer will not be charged in the shooting.

Nashville, TN

2/5/19 Fox News:
A would-be thief was shot Monday night after the victim’s husband stopped the crime in progress, chased the man down and opened fire, police said.
The suspect, Jordan Ponce, 19, approached a 25-year-old woman walking home Monday night in Antioch about 9:30 p.m., Metro Nashville Police said in a press release. He allegedly ran up behind her and grabbed at her purse.
But when she wouldn’t let go, the woman told police, he bashed her head against the building wall.
That’s when her 29-year-old husband reportedly heard her screams and raced to help.Authorities said Ponce fled the scene but was chased by the husband, who jumped over a fence and landed on top of the suspect. The pair struggled. Still, the relentless husband remained on his trail and a second fight ensued.
The suspect hit the husband in the head, prompting him to take out his gun and fire.

Houston, TX

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --
Authorities are investigating after dozens of shots were fired in east Houston.

Authorities say the homeowner defended himself when the suspects entered the home. Following the shooting, the suspects fled from the scene....

Authorities say that out of five people shot, three of them died.
According to a detective, the incident began as a home invasion at the 7000 block of Sherman.
Apparently, the invaders asked for money.  The resident went under couch for money, pulled out an AK-47 and started firing.   The picture of the crime scene has little yellow flags for every cartridge, I think.  Not a low capacity magazine!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Boston, MA

1/27/19 Boston Herald:
A legally licensed gun owner brought to an end a high speed road rage incident that spawned a flurry of calls by terrified motorists who reported an SUV racing down the Mass Pike with a man clinging to the hood of the car, police said.
Mark Fitzgerald, 37, of Ashland and Richard Kamrowski, 65, of Framingham will face each other in Waltham District Court on Monday. The two were released on personal recognizance after their arrests on Friday.
The perilous incident ended with Kamrowski clinging to the hood of Fitzgerald’s 2016 Infiniti QX70 for miles, smashing the windshield with a water bottle, until a third motorist state police said is a licensed gun owner drew his weapon on Fitzgerald and ordered him out of the SUV.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Chicago, IL

A woman fatally shot a man who was trying to rob her at a bus stop Tuesday morning in Chicago's Fernwood neighborhood, Chicago police said.
The shooting and attempted robbery occurred at a bus stop in the 500-block of West 103rd Street at about 6:15 a.m., police said.
The incident was captured by surveillance video. The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was waiting for her bus when a 19-year-old man attempts to rob her at gunpoint.
The woman, who has a conceal carry license, was armed as well. Surveillance video shows as they struggle, she pulled out her gun and shot him in the neck.

Bonner County, ID

1/14/19 KREM:
BONNER COUNTY, Idaho — The Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney has determined that the shooting death of 39-year-old Joshua Matthew Cole on Oct. 12, 2018, was a “justifiable homicide” carried out in self-defense.
Cole died after being shot by 41-year-old Jimila Hall in the Clagstone area outside of Spirit Lake, according to a letter from Louis E. Marshall, Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney.
Hall shot Cole in her driveway after he approached her and her 70-year-old mother Theresa. Robert Johnson, a man who Cole had allegedly began chasing after as Johnson drove away, said Cole then approached Hall and her mother, according to the letter.
Cole ran shirtless toward the two with his fists clenched and Hall armed herself with a baseball bat and handgun. Marshall said in his letter that the fact Hall grabbed a bat and not only a gun showed that she did not intend to kill Cole.
Despite Hall telling the man to stop, he continuing running at them, at which point Theresa threw rocks at Cole in an effort to stop him. As he got closer, Cole told the pair “I’m going to get you,” according to the letter.
Hall fired a shot at Cole when he got within approximately five feet of her, striking him in the chest and killing him, according to the letter. Hall began life-saving measures but Cole later passed away as a result of the gunshot.
When detectives arrived on-scene, they corroborated Hall’s claims about Cole’s actions before he passed and Cole told officers he had multiple alcoholic beverages that day. An autopsy found his blood-alcohol level to be .233.
Due to Hall’s attempts to get Cole to stop approaching her and her mother, Marshall said “the act of using deadly force by Jimila Hall was, in this circumstance, reasonable.”...
Cole's family claims another factor was at play: race. Hall and her mother were black and Cole's family thinks the women stereotyped him as a racist skinhead.
Detectives said that wasn't the case.  
Detectives discovered various previous charges of violent acts against women by Cole, according to Marshall’s letter. Cole's sister denied that he committed crimes against women and said he had turned his life around. 
Turned his life around?   .233% BAC?   A non-alcoholic would be asleep at that level. 

1/12/18 Bonner County Bee includes a picture of him.  With those tattoos, shirtless, after exposing himself, I would be afraid too.  The comments include several by relatives, including his first ife (who thought the fear completely justified).