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Sacramento Teenager Protects His Mother

May 22, 2009

Sacramento County, California

From the May 21, 2009 Sacramento Bee:

A 17-year-old boy stands accused of killing a man Tuesday morning, though detectives now believe the shooting was justified, authorities said Wednesday.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies arrested the boy, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, late Tuesday night on suspicion of murder, said sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Curran.

Detectives made the arrest based on information they had gathered about the fatal shooting that morning of 30-year-old James Davis on the 2800 block of La Quinta Drive, Curran said.

But after interviewing the boy, Curran said, detectives learned that he had acted in self-defense – and in defense of his mother, Davis’ girlfriend, who had been “beaten severely” before the fatal confrontation.

The boy was booked into juvenile hall on a murder charge but later released – though the murder charge still stands, Curran said. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and will decide if it was justifiable homicide.

Deputies were called to La Quinta Drive, near Folsom Boulevard in south Sacramento about 5 a.m. after reports of gunshots and a woman screaming. They found Davis’ body on the sidewalk, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Department is not releasing the woman’s name because she is not a suspect and is a victim of domestic violence.

Curran said the victim and his girlfriend had had a “violent fight,” witnessed by the 17-year-old boy, who followed Davis outside and shot him, Curran said. …

Davis had a history of domestic violence in Sacramento County, according to Superior Court records. Most recently, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic violence in September 2004 and was sentenced to 365 days in jail.

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Woman Who Shot Husband Acquitted

February 20, 2009

Waynesville, Florida

From the February 5, 2009 Florida Times-Union:

A Brantley County jury acquitted a woman of murder and related charges Wednesday in the shooting death of her husband last year.

Teresa McKinney, 47, of Waynesville was found not guilty of malice murder, felony murder and four counts of aggravated assault in the death of Jeffrey McKinney, 45. He was shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle on Feb. 27 at their home and died a month later.

Jurors deliberated 90 minutes before acquitting her in the death that her attorney, John Thigpen, argued was “justifiable homicide.”

“He beat her to pieces, just black and blue,” Thigpen told the Times-Union after the verdict. “He beat her like she was a borrowed mule. She acted in self-defense, and it was justifiable homicide.”

McKinney, a retired school bus driver, testified she shot her husband after he repeatedly hit her in the head with a broomstick in an attack that began when he started cursing and verbally abusing her. After beating her, he left the house and she locked him out. Mc-Kinney told jurors she warned him that if he returned, she would kill him.

She said he came back and smashed in a window with a bicycle in an effort to force his way into the home.

McKinney said she feared for her life, so she fired several shots with a .30-06 rifle, .410-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle in an effort to scare him away. She said she didn’t aim at him or try to kill her husband, an electrician.

When he was shot, she called 911 for help. He was found wounded in the yard.

Bullets Work When Restraining Order Doesn’t in Indiana

February 20, 2009

Indianapolis, Indiana

From January 26, 2009 WHTR-TV:

Indianapolis – A restraining order didn’t keep a woman’s ex-boyfriend from breaking into her home this morning, where she shot him.

Wounded and in handcuffs, 32-year-old Jeffery Seats was taken first to Wishard Hospital, then to jail.

“She’s got a right to protect herself and her children and he forced his way in there, so she shot him,” said IMPD Lt. Jeff Duhammel.

Around 11:30 Sunday morning, police say Seats kicked in his ex-girlfriend’s door at the Cold Springs Manor apartment complex. He grabbed her and hit her with a chair, all in the presence of their two young children.

“She gets away from him, goes upstairs, grabs a gun and then, either he was pursuing her upstairs but she fired a shot, just graze wounds on his head. That’s when he takes off,” Lt. Duhammel said.

Police found Seats’ pick-up truck at an apartment complex at 59th and Georgetown Road. They found Seats upstairs in one of the apartments at a friend’s home.

“They observe the truck here, they see blood inside the truck, he comes to the door and he is wounded to the head,” Lt. Duhammel said.

Police say the couple has a history of domestic violence and that the woman had a restraining order against Seats.

Alabama: Police: Wounded wife grabbed gun, killed husband

January 7, 2009

Rosinton, Alabama

From AL.com of December 31, 2008

Police: Wounded wife grabbed gun, killed husband

Neighbors on a rural road in Baldwin County didn’t pay much attention to the Cowan residence until gunfire erupted there two days before Christmas, revealing a deadly case of domestic violence.

Investigators said an enraged James Cowan Jr., 39, shot 42-year-old Pamela Cowan in the chest about 5:30 a.m., following a stretch of abuse that started the night before.

He had poured gasoline throughout their small home, dousing his wife and the bed in which she lay.

Then he stacked cushions from furniture on and near his wife and blocked the door with furniture as officers arrived.

But his wife managed to pick up the .357-caliber handgun he had put down briefly and shot him in the head, sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Anthony Lowery said.

James Cowan was airlifted to a Mobile hospital where he was pronounced dead. Pamela Cowan was treated at a Pensacola, Fla., hospital and was expected to recover.

A county grand jury later will review the evidence, but Lowery said no charges were filed.

“There’s no reason to believe she didn’t act in self-defense,” Lowery told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday in his Bay Minette office.

During the 13-year marriage, Pamela Cowan had obtained two protective orders against her husband, citing his violent moods, then tried to revoke both, including one about two weeks before the shooting. She told a judge in a letter that her husband needed “one more chance” to change his life. She wrote she had seen a therapist and hoped to save her marriage.

There was no indication the protection order was revoked. The judge in her case did not immediately return a phone message Wednesday.

As the investigation continued Wednesday, it was not immediately clear what set off last week’s shooting. Lowery was among the officers on the shooting scene.

“She was fairly coherent when we were in there,” he said, adding that details at the scene matched her account. The gasoline fumes made it “tough to stay in there,” he said.

Pamela Cowan’s father, Charlie Wilson of Loxley, told the Press-Register, “At times she is all right; at times she is down.” Wilson could not be reached for further comment.

A public fundraising effort has been set up to pay her medical bills.

A funeral director in Robertsdale said Wednesday services for Cowan were incomplete.

Estranged Husband in Oklahoma Shot By Wife

December 27, 2008

Adair County, Oklahoma

From the December 19, 2008 Muskogee [Oklahoma] Phoenix:

A Westville man remained in critical condition in a Tulsa hospital Thursday from a gunshot wound to the head, Adair County Sheriff’s Investigator Jack Smithson said.

Darrel Fouse, 39, was shot after he violated a protective order and entered his rural home and allegedly began assaulting his wife, Smithson said.

Fouse’s wife, Marilyn Fouse, 39, told law enforcement her estranged husband entered the home about 2 p.m. Tuesday, hit her in the head, grabbed her arm and was assaulting her when a gun fell out of his fanny pack.

“She grabbed it and shot him,” Smithson said.

“She put a blanket over him, got her two girls (ages 11 and 14) out of their bedroom, and they ran across a field to a great-grandmother’s house.”

No charges have been filed. The shooting remains under investigation, Smithson said. An employee in the Adair County District Court Clerk’s Office said a protective order was filed Oct. 10 and that records show it was served on Darrel Fouse.

Kansas: Son Shoots Ex-Stepdad To Protect Her, Mom Says

November 26, 2008

Leavenworth, Kansas

From KCTV5 of November 21, 2008

Son Shoots Ex-Stepdad To Protect Her, Mom Says

A teen took aim with a gun, his mother said, but it was the shooting victim who was in trouble with the law Friday night.

The teenager’s mother, who was caught in the middle, said her son pulled the trigger and shot her ex-husband to save her.

She agreed to talk anonymously to help other women who may be stuck in a domestic violence situation.

The woman’s 16-year-old son shot her ex-husband Friday morning on the front lawn of their Leavenworth home, but she said he did it to protect her.

“He started ranting and raving, and I told him he needed to leave and go home, and he got mad,” the woman said.

The woman said her ex-husband had been abusive many times before, so she divorced him two years ago.

But at 2:30 a.m., he suddenly barged into her home. She said he pulled out a knife and dragged her into the front yard, and that was when she said her son grabbed a gun from the house and pulled the trigger, hitting his ex-stepfather in the stomach.

“He’s a very quiet kid, and he’s not the type to do anything like that, but he had had enough,” she said.

Her wounded ex-husband jumped into his truck. Instead of heading to either of the two hospitals in Leavenworth, he drove himself all the way to Kansas City, Kan., to Providence Medical Center, where police said he lied about what happened.

“He indicated that he had been shot somewhere else besides Leavenworth,” said Chief Pat Kitchens, of the Leavenworth Police Department.

The mother said she was glad her ex-husband survived so her son wouldn’t have to deal with that burden for the rest of his life. And she is focused on helping her son and daughter heal from such a traumatic ordeal.

“My kids have been through a lot, you know? They’re going through counseling and that’s something that’s very highly recommended because when you’ve got family violence, it’s not easy, especially on the kids,” she said.

Police said the teen was not arrested. He will likely not face any charges because what he did was in self-defense to protect himself and his mother.

In the meantime, the ex-husband is recovering in the hospital. From there, he will be moved to the jail to face possible charges of burglary, kidnapping and assault.

Bad Husband Shot in Shreveport

October 17, 2008

Shreveport, Louisiana

From the October 15, 2008 Shreveport Times:

James Stanley was shot in the abdomen by a homeowner in the 4400 block of Kent Road where Stanley’s wife had gone to seek refuge after a domestic argument, according to Caddo deputies

Stanley and his wife got into an argument at a local business just after midnight. The womanleft in Stanley’s truck, and he followed her in another vehicle.

Before arriving at their house, Stanley began ramming the truck from behind several times. His wife stopped a few blocks from home, and ran to the residence of friends for help, deputies said.

Stanley began banging on the door and was told to leave, which he did, but he soon returned. The homeowner warned Stanley he had a gun and ordered him to leave. Stanley continued to bang on the door and broke a window.

The homeowner then fired a shot through the door with a 12-gauge shotgun, striking Stanley in the stomach. He was taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport where he underwent surgery.

Deputies say Stanley was the aggressor in the incident, and he has been charged with aggravated assault, disturbing the peace, and simple property damage. The homeowner has not been charged, but the case is still under investigation and will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Kentucky: No Charges in Deadly Shooting

August 15, 2008

Pulaski County, Kentucky

From WTVQ of August 13, 2008

No Charges in Deadly Shooting

No charges have been filed against a Pulaski County woman who police say shot and killed her husband after the two got in a domestic confrontation.

The shooting happened early Wednesday morning on Highway 196 in the Nancy community.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Department say 48-year-old Tamara Wilson got a gun and shot her husband, 49-year-old William, after an argument escalated.

Mr. Wilson was taken to the hospital where he later died.

During its investigation, the Sheriff’s Department found a history of domestic violence in this family – including a prior charge of domestic assault in 2006 and at least two prior domestic violence orders that had been issued against Mr. Wilson.

Investigators also say Mr. Wilson had made threats against his wife leading up to the shooting.

Because of this information, not charges have been filed, but the results of this investigation will be presented to the Pulaski County Grand Jury for their consideration.

Arkansas: Woman Shoots and Kills Husband in Self-Defense in Arkansas

July 8, 2008

El Dorado, Arkansas

From MyEyewitnessNews of July 7, 2008

Woman Shoots and Kills Husband in Self-Defense in Arkansas

A woman shot and killed her husband at their home outside of El Dorado, and the Union County sheriff says the slaying was in self-defense.

Sheriff Ken Jones said the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when deputies found 47 year-old Roger Gates dead inside the home. Jones says 37 year-old Kimberly Gates told him that her husband had attacked her and that she was afraid for her life and her baby’s. Officials say she was able to get away from her husband, get a gun from the bathroom, and shoot him.

Jones said the case is still under investigation and that the results will be given to a prosecutor, who will determine if charges should be filed.

California: Police: Boy, 13, shot man in self-defense

March 1, 2008

Visalia, California

From the Visalia Times Delta of February 29, 2008

Police: Boy, 13, shot man in self-defense

A Visalia woman whose common-law husband was shot and killed Wednesday was moving out of the couple’s south Visalia home when the incident occurred, neighbors and police said.

Witnesses said Joe Ray Martinez, 38, tried to stop the woman from doing so and got into an altercation with another man.

“That’s when [Martinez] drew a gun and threatened to shoot everyone, including kids,” said Terry Anderson, a neighbor in the quiet cul-de-sac on South Thomas Street near Paradise Avenue.

One of the “kids” at the home was a 13-year-old boy.

The boy emerged from the home and shot Martinez in “a clear case of self-defense,” Visalia Police Department Sgt. Ernie Villa said.

“There will be no arrests,” Villa said.

History of violence, abuse

Martinez had a long history of violent behavior, with felony convictions in 2000 and 2001 for assault with a nonfirearm deadly weapon, according to court records.

Violence was common in the South Thomas Street home, Anderson said.

“The abuse was terrible for the other people living there,” said Anderson, who said the family had moved into the house about four months ago.

Martinez also had 23 vehicle-code violations since 1993 and twice was convicted of misdemeanor witness-threatening, records show.

In 2001, he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He had a gun Wednesday, too.

“[Martinez] waved the gun at everyone there,” Villa said.

“All the stories from all the witnesses we talked to were consistent.”

The case is now being handed over to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

Villa said he expects officials there to agree that the shooting was a matter of self-defense.

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