Monthly Archives: January 2017

Racial hatred or self-defense? Scarsella case goes to jury

There’s no question Allen Scarsella shot five black men in north Minneapolis who had been protesting the police killing of Jamar Clark. But was it a crime? A jury began deliberating on Tuesday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys finished their work Tuesday in closing remarks to the jury. Scarsella has argued he shot in self-defense on that Nov. 23, 2015 night as he and other companions were pursued by a group of men who were attending a protest near the 4th Precinct police station.

On Monday, Scarsella took the stand in his own defense saying he’d been punched in the face and accused of being a Ku Klux Klan member and shot because he feared for his life.

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Allen Scarsella Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

On Tuesday, however, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Judith Hawley told the jury it was hatred of African-Americans that led

Read more at: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/31/jamar-clark-protest-shooter-scarsella-case-jury

Homeowner charged with manslaughter for shooting at home invasion suspects

A Minnesota homeowner is facing manslaughter charges after he told police he shot at a group of men who had tried breaking into his home, and one of the suspects later died in the hospital.

VIDEO: SENIOR CITIZEN USES HIS CANE TO BEAT BUS ATTACKER

David Allen Pettersen, 65, called police around 7 a.m. Saturday to report a possible burglary and shooting at his home in Fieldon Township, just south of Madelia. According to the charging documents, Pettersen told the dispatcher he fired his handgun at a gray car that was leaving his property after an attempted burglary.

A deputy responding to the call found the car 2 miles north of Pettersen’s home, with three people inside. One of the passengers, 19-year-old Nicolas Thomas Embertson, had a gunshot wound and later died at Madelia Hospital.

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Another passenger, 18-year-old Kyle Thomas Nason, had

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/31/homeowner-charged-with-manslaughter-for-shooting-at-home-invasion-suspects.html

Homeowner forced into harrowing decision

Suspect fatally shot after attempting home invasion

*CORRECTION: CCNA previously reported that the suspect was disarmed during the scuffle prior to the shooting. Baxter Springs Chief of Police Mike Kliewer has confirmed that was false and that Saggert was not disarmed prior to the fatal gunshot.*

BAXTER SPRINGS – It’s a frightening ordeal to imagine, but one Baxter Springs resident was recently the victim of an attempted home invasion in broad daylight. The nightmarish situation forced the homeowner into what is being called a self-defense shooting. The home invasion occurred early Sunday afternoon at 234 East 6th Street, in Baxter Springs.

Baxter Springs Chief of Police Mike Kliewer said the suspect entered the residence armed with a knife. The home owners were present at the time, and the suspect assaulted and threatened the home owners with aforementioned knife. After a struggle, one of

Read more at: http://www.sekvoice.com/news/20170129/homeowner-forced-into-harrowing-decision

Should You Intervene in a Shooting? If So, When?

From Texas Standard

A robbery turned fatal at the Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio on Sunday. The shooting has brought up questions about concealed carry and when it’s appropriate for people to intervene in such incidents.

Two men were robbing the Kay Jewelers in the mall. One of the suspects was reportedly waving a gun and shot and killed a bystander, who had tried to stop the robbers.

Another man, who some news sources are calling a “good samaritan,” pulled out his licensed concealed handgun and fired his weapon, critically wounding one of the robbers. The suspects shot and killed him.

Two other bystanders were wounded.

Robert Farago is the creator and editor of the blog “The Truth About Guns”. He says when he heard about the San Antonio shooting, his first thought was to question why the “good samaritan” decided to pull out his gun and begin shooting.

“It’s

Read more at: http://tpr.org/post/should-you-intervene-shooting-if-so-when

Should You Intervene in a Shooting? If So, When?

From Texas Standard

A robbery turned fatal at the Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio on Sunday. The shooting has brought up questions about concealed carry and when it’s appropriate for people to intervene in such incidents.

Two men were robbing the Kay Jewelers in the mall. One of the suspects was reportedly waving a gun and shot and killed a bystander, who had tried to stop the robbers.

Another man, who some news sources are calling a “good samaritan,” pulled out his licensed concealed handgun and fired his weapon, critically wounding one of the robbers. The suspects shot and killed him.

Two other bystanders were wounded.

Robert Farago is the creator and editor of the blog “The Truth About Guns”. He says when he heard about the San Antonio shooting, his first thought was to question why the “good samaritan” decided to pull out his gun and

Read more at: http://kut.org/post/should-you-intervene-shooting-if-so-when

Police: Good Samaritan stops robbery suspect at pharmacy in …

A good Samaritan stopped a suspect following a robbery of a pharmacy in Lansdowne Tuesday, and held the suspect until officers arrived, Baltimore County police said.

The suspect, Robert James Richter, 37, of the 5400 block of East Drive, was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and grand theft, police said. Police did not release the good Samaritan’s name.

The incident at the Baltimore Highlands Pharmacy in the 4100 block of Annapolis Road was reported to police at 4:14 p.m., when an employee pushed a holdup alarm button, officials said.

Richter had entered the store, pointed a gun at an employee and demanded pills and pharmaceuticals that are kept in a locked area, police said.

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Read more at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-co-halethorpe-robbery-20170126-story.html

Police: Good Samaritan stops robbery suspect at pharmacy in Lansdowne

A good Samaritan stopped a suspect following a robbery of a pharmacy in Lansdowne Tuesday, and held the suspect until officers arrived, Baltimore County police said.

The suspect, Robert James Richter, 37, of the 5400 block of East Drive, was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and grand theft, police said. Police did not release the good Samaritan’s name.

The incident at the Baltimore Highlands Pharmacy in the 4100 block of Annapolis Road was reported to police at 4:14 p.m., when an employee pushed a holdup alarm button, officials said.

Richter had entered the store, pointed a gun at an employee and demanded pills and pharmaceuticals that are kept in a locked area, police said.

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Read more at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-co-halethorpe-robbery-20170126-story.html

Ruston Home Invasion: Self-Defense Tips

Tuesday in Ruston a man was accused of breaking into a home, then trying to sexually assault a woman in front of her children.

Self-defense instructor Jason Wegener said we can be at our most vulnerable state, in the comfort of our homes.

“Home invasion is such a scary threat because all of the traditional things people of think of– whether it’s carrying a concealed weapon or carrying pepper spray or none of that, when we’re at our home, our guards tend to be down,” he said.

Wegener told us it’s essential for everyone to take preventative measures on a daily basis.

“Locking our doors, keeping exterior lights on and having that relationship with our neighbors so people know when something looks amiss,” he added.

But if you find yourself in a dangerous situation–you have two choices.

“It’s almost like when

Read more at: http://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/ruston-home-invasion-self-defense-tips/645606060

Henrico VA Home Invasion Ruled Self-Defense Killing

The Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia reported 01-05 2017 a Henrico man who lives with his girlfriend in the 8800 block of Three Chopt Road was lured outside about 1:50 a.m. by a Hispanic woman who said she thought she had hit the man’s vehicle.

While he was outside, two masked men entered the two-story town house. One armed with a baseball bat, began to assault the female resident in the living area, while the second intruder went upstairs, presumably to search for items to steal.

When the male resident returned to his town house, he heard the disturbance and found the front door which he left open, locked from the inside. He looked through the door and saw a stranger standing over his girlfriend with a baseball bat.

The resident then broke in to his residence and retrieved a gun. The intruder who was still downstairs began to move toward the

Read more at: http://www.ammoland.com/2017/01/henrico-va-home-invasion-ruled-self-defense-killing/

Texas mall: Shopper who shot suspect not allowed to carry – Corpus Christi Caller

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Jason Matthew Prieto and another suspect are accused of killing 42-year-old Jonathan Murphy. Police say Murphy tried to stop the men from escaping after they robbed a mall jewelry store.
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SAN ANTONIO — The shopper at a Texas mall who had a concealed carry license and shot a robbery suspect should not have been carrying a gun inside the mall, according to the mall’s policy.

On Sunday, a man was shot and killed while trying to stop a jewelry store robber at Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio. Another man, with a concealed

Read more at: http://www.caller.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/01/24/texas-mall-shooting-shopper-couldnt-carry-gun/96982144/