Archive for December, 2005

December 31, 2005

State of Ohio

An interesting article recapping the first 18 months of Ohio’s Concealed Handgun Law, including a partial listing of Gun Self-Defense incidents, appears at the Buckeye Firearms Association website.


December 31, 2005

Kansas City, Missouri

From the Kansas City Star of December 31, 2005

Slaying of intruder raises KC toll to 127

A 50-year-old Kansas City man died Friday when he was shot after returning to the house of a woman who had a full order of protection against him.

Police said the shooter apparently acted in self-defense after the man forced his way into a house in the 11300 block of Orchard Road in south Kansas City and threatened several residents.

According to police, the man entered the home about 9:30 p.m. Thursday and threatened residents with a knife. One of the residents began struggling with the man, and a second resident shot the intruder in the leg.

The intruder was taken to a hospital, where he died Friday morning. His identity was not released Friday. The Jackson County prosecutor’s office will review the case to see if any charges should be filed.

The slaying marked the 127th homicide in Kansas City this year, compared with 90 at the same time last year.

Police said that one of the residents had obtained a Jackson County Circuit Court order of protection against the man who was shot.

Court records show that in March, a woman living at the house filed a request for a protection order, alleging that a man she identified as her spouse had “repeatedly” struck her in the face with an open hand and threatened her. She wrote in the request that the man “is taking his paranoia out on me.”

He was served with the order, removed from the residence on Orchard and ordered to have no contact with the woman, according to the court documents.

But the next day he allegedly made a phone call to her from the Orchard address and told her “you better not come around here.” Police were summoned, and officers found him hiding in the attic.

December 31, 2005

Columbus, Ohio

From Columbus’ of December 30, 2005

Intruder Shot to Death

A woman fires at an intruder in her home. A half a mile away, a teenager dies from a gun shot. Police now say the dead teenager was the intruder.

The young man was 19 year old Kahlief Tye who was out on bond, awaiting trial for another aggravated robbery just a few blocks away.

This time, Tye broke into a home and found a woman with a gun.

The intruders simply broke the glass on the side door of this Perdue Avenue home and let themselves in. When they confronted the woman living there, she shot at Kahlief Tye.

They fled through back yards and Tye made it about three fourths of a mile to an apartment building owned by Clinton Crankfield Junior.

Tye was still able to talk, and he asked Crankfield to call his mother. But when Crankfield saw all the blood, he called 911 instead.

Kahlief Tye lived right around the corner with his mother and after he died she went to see Clinton Crankfield.

As soon as Crankfield told her that her son asked him to call his mother, she started to cry. Kahleif is her second son killed by gunfire. 2 years ago, Kahlief’s 19 year old brother, A Mifflin student, was shot to death in a house in Huntington, West Virginia.

Tye was taken to the hospital where he died. His bloodstained jacket was still lying on Mr. Crankfield’s floor. The homeowner who fired the gun was brought there and identified it as the intruder’s.

December 31, 2005

Kansas City, Missouri

From of December 30, 2005

Clerk Pulls Gun, Foils Would-Be Robber

A clerk at the Fast Stop convenience store at 75th Street and Holmes Road pulled a fast one on a would-be robber Friday afternoon.

Police said the clerk thought a man who walked into the store about 4:30 p.m. looked suspicious. The clerk pulled out a gun about the same time as the man. Investigators said the pair exchanged shots, but that no one was hurt.

The man fled the store. No arrests have been made.

December 30, 2005

College Park, Georgia

From Atlanta’s of December 30, 2005

Robbery Attempt Foiled When Victim Shoots Suspect

A potential robbery plot turned deadly when the robbery victim pulled a gun on the two robbery suspects.

College Park police say a man was invited to the Biscayne Apartments on Old National Highway in College Park by two women. When the man arrived at the apartment, two men burst into the apartment and demanded money, jewelry and clothing from the man. The man refused and that is when the robbery suspects attacked him. The man pulled out a gun and shot one of the robbers–who died at the scene. The other suspect escaped on foot.

Police are still investigating.

December 30, 2005

New Albany, Indiana

From Evansville’s of December 30, 2005

IN McDonald’s Employee Shoots At Robber

An employee of a New Albany McDonald’s has been suspended from his job for shooting at a woman who was robbing the place.

Police say Clifton Brown Junior violated no laws last week when he shot at the woman who stuck up another employee outside the restaurant, then robbed the drive-up window.

Brown told police that he pulled his gun out and ordered the fleeing robber to stop. She then raised her own gun and he fired two shots, which apparently missed. The woman escaped on foot.

Brown has a permit to carry the handgun, but the restaurant owner says he considers Brown’s actions inappropriate. He’s suspended Brown until the shooting is reviewed.

Brown couldn’t be reached for comment.

December 30, 2005

Wichita, Kansas

From Topeka’s of December 28, 2005

No Charges Expected Against Teen in Salina Woman’s Death

Authorities in Wichita call the death of a 41-year-old Salina woman “justifiable homicide.”

Elizabeth White was shot near the heart Tuesday by a pellet gun fired by her 14-year-old son. Police say White had started a violent argument with her parents, and the boy fired to defend his 73-year-old grandfather.

White drove away after being shot and crashed her car a few blocks away.

Wichita police say the 14-year-old and his brother had been living with their maternal grandparents in the city. The fight broke out sometime after White arrived yesterday from Salina.

No charges are expected to be filed against White’s son.

December 29, 2005

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

From Manchester’s of December 29, 2005

Store Clerk Says He’ll Continue To Carry Gun

Clerk Fired From Previous Job After Pulling Gun On Thief

A store clerk fired for bringing a gun to work has a new job at another store.

Bruce Soiett said that he always brings his .45-caliber handgun to work. He used to work at a Cumberland Farms in Greenland, and on Dec. 7, the store was robbed at gunpoint. When the thief ran, Soiett followed him.

“I yelled at him to stop, and he turned with the gun,” Soiett said. “I fired two quick shots because I thought he was going to shoot at me.”

No one was hit, and the robber was never caught. Soiett lost his job because Cumberland Farms has a no-weapon policy. The owner of the Exit 3 Travel Stop in Portsmouth was happy to hire him.

“We feel more comfortable having people who can stand up for themselves,” store owner Bharat Batel said.

Greenland Police Chief Mike Maloney said that while Soiett has every right to pack heat at work, he has some concerns.

“The clerk might get killed over $200,” Maloney said. “I find, in my opinion, it’s just best to let us do our jobs.”

Soiett said that as long as he has a job at a convenience store, his gun will be loaded, just in case.

“If you come in and rob from me, you may get more than your money,” he said.

December 29, 2005

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

From WSFA channel 6:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One man is dead and another is in police custody today after an attempted robbery at a Tuscaloosa gas station.
Surveillance video shows the two men entering the Raceway on McFarland Boulevard wearing ski masks around 2:45 Thursday morning.

The store owner says one of them, a 19-year-old man, put a gun to his head and demanded money.

That’s when the owner says he grabbed his own gun and started shooting, killing the 19-year-old.

The owner then pointed his gun at 22-year-old Jamie Marcus Witherspoon and told him to get on the ground where he held him until police arrived.

Lieutenant Lloyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa Homicide unit says the owner is not being charged with any crime because it was a case of self-defense.

Also at December 29, 2005 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A gas station clerk shot and killed a robbery suspect early Thursday and held a second man until Tuscaloosa police arrived.

Lt. Loyd Baker, commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit, said the shooting occurred about 2:15 a.m. at the Raceway station on McFarland Boulevard.

Eric Dewayne Baggett, 19, was killed. An alleged accomplice, Jaime Marcus Witherspoon, 22, of Moundville, was charged with first-degree robbery and held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Baker said Witherspoon and Baggett, wearing a ski mask, allegedly demanded money as the two entered the store, Baker said.

Baker said the 29-year-old clerk, who was counting cash when the two suspects entered, grabbed his own handgun fired at the masked gunman.

“When the suspect points his pistol at clerk, the clerk shoots and kills one of the suspects,” Baker said.

UPDATE: From January 17, 2006 channel 13:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A grand jury has cleared a Tuscaloosa convenience store manager who shot and killed a would-be robber.

The panel found that the manager, who was working as a clerk at the time, acted in self-defense when he shot 19-year-old Eric Dewayne Baggett on December 29 at the Raceway station on McFarland Boulevard.

The report also notes that the clerk did not kill alleged accomplice Jaime Marcus Witherspoon of Moundville, but rather held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The 22-year-old Witherspoon was arrested at the scene. He is charged with first-degree robbery and remains at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $20,000 bail Monday.

December 29, 2005

Raleigh, North Carolina

From Raleigh’s of December 29, 2005

Would-Be Robbery Victim Fights Back

Two suspected robbers got more than they bargained for Wednesday night when their intended victim fought back and wounded one of them, police said.

Damian Powell was headed to an apartment on Farrington Drive, off Six Forks Road in north Raleigh, at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when two teens approached him, police said. One of the teens flashed a gun, and they demanded money, police said.

Powell wasn’t about to become a victim. He knocked the gun out of the teen’s hand and ran to his car to get his own gun, police said.

He and the would-be robbers then exchanged gunfire in the apartment complex parking lot, and Powell apparently wounded one of them as they fled, police said.

“I was talking on the phone, and I heard gunshots,” witness Raffaela Kinsley said. “The person I was talking to heard it as well.”

Cesar Solorzano appeared at the emergency room of Duke Health Raleigh Hospital a short time later with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, police said.

Solorzano and Antoine Sanders, both 18, were later charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, police said.

Powell had a permit for the gun in his car, police said.