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.


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Channelview, TX

9/10/22 KTRK:

CHANNELVIEW, Texas (KTRK) -- Two armed men were shot and killed by a 17-year-old while they attempted a home invasion, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

On Friday at about 10:40 p.m., deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to an in-progress shooting call in the 16000 block of 1st Street.

ABC13 obtained surveillance footage showing four suspects arriving and parking next door to the home.

Nearly two minutes later, two suspects are seen running back to the car before driving off.

Upon arrival, deputies said they located two men with apparent gunshot wounds on the lawn along the side of a residence.

The two other suspects were found on the lawn along the house and were pronounced dead, according to Gonzalez.

A woman, a 12-year-old boy, and two 17-year-old men were inside the home during the attempted home invasion but were not injured, Gonzalez said.

Deputies said one of the 17-year-olds retrieved a shotgun and discharged it several times, striking the two intruders. 

Monday, August 29, 2022

West Palm Beach; FL

7/9/22 WPEC:
The tables turned on an armed person who was shot and killed after announcing plans to "shoot up the crowd" on Sunday night.
"According to officers, a 911call came in saying someone had been shot, the caller also said he shot the person who took a short-barreled shotgun out of a car, threatening to "shoot the crowd up".