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October 2, 2007

Anson, Maine

We have removed a posting made in December 2006 concerning a Gary Watland. It has been called to our attention that he was subsequently tried and convicted of murder for that shooting.


July 29, 2007

Charlotte, North Carolina

From the Charlotte Observer of July 29, 2007

Forced to kill: 4 stories of survival

Every year in the United States, about 200 people kill someone in self-defense. It’s legal. It’s often necessary. But it can emotionally scar the people who do the killing.

From 2001 through 2006, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigated 25 homicides later ruled justified.

Generally, police warn the public not to fight robbers because, they say, criminals are more likely to hurt or kill anyone who challenges them. But sometimes people feel they have no choice.

At least four times this month, would-be crime victims in Charlotte fought back against people trying to rob them. Two suspects were killed, two injured.

The latest occurred Monday, police said, when a clerk killed a man trying to rob her northeast Charlotte store. Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to charge her. But “she is emotionally devastated by the decision that she was forced to make,” her lawyer said in a statement.

Four Charlotteans say they understand how she feels. All fatally shot someone while trying to protect themselves. None was charged. But all four say the killings altered their lives.

(Much More)

July 13, 2007

Oklahoma County, Oklahoma

From July 12, 2007

‘I just kind of cringed’

Caley, 38, had just finished a late-night shift of hunting down bail jumpers and had bought some food at the Whataburger on May Avenue, just south of I-44, Tuesday morning. The father of two got onto I-44 eastbound, and by the time he got to Pennsylvania Avenue, he had noticed a truck swerving, he said.

He followed, and as they neared northbound I-35, Caley said he knew he was tailing a drunken driver. He called 911 and got on the line with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatcher. He can be heard on the 911 recording telling the dispatcher:

“I’m following a drunk driver. He’s on the shoulder.”

A second later, Caley’s voice intensifies as he tells the dispatcher there’s been an accident, that the driver has hit two cars parked along the interstate’s shoulder.

“I think there’s a fatality. Yup, there’s a fatality. There’s a guy underneath the car. I don’t think he made it.”

“As I watched it happen, I just kind of cringed,” he said Wednesday.

Caley and the pickup driver pulled over. Caley was closest to the accident. The pickup’s hazard lights flicked on and Caley turned to go help the injured. He thought the pickup driver was going to follow, but he didn’t.

“Hey, hey, hey … the guy’s running. The guy’s running. He’s on foot. He’s going into the grass.”

Still on the phone with the dispatcher, Caley jumped back into his truck and gave chase across the ditch, quickly closing the 500-yard head start the man had on him. He jumped out of the truck, ran down a ditch and grabbed the man, who struggled.

Caley’s cell phone was on his front seat, capturing everything on the 911 recording.

“Get on the ground. Get on the ground. I got him right now.”

Caley said Wednesday he dragged the man up the side of the ditch and eventually had to pull his weapon, which was under the seat of his truck.

May 4, 2006

Hot Springs, Arkansas

From the Texarkana Gazette of May 1, 2006

Hot Springs woman puts end to indecent exposure

It is not a good idea as a rule for a person to take the law into her own hands, but a Hot Springs, Ark., woman appears to have deterred some crime in her neighborhood with a flash from a gun. Problem is, she may have run afoul of the law herself.

Last weekend, a 37-year-old man turned up in the woman’s yard, exposing himself. The woman, 30, after repeated calls to police, fired a warning shot at the flasher. He jumped and fled, hitching up his drawers as he ran off.

He came back Sunday evening, this time dropping his pants, chunking stones at her windows and howling like a dog.

This time his victim took aim—well, maybe not perfect aim—and shot him in the leg.

That brought an end to his expose.

He took himself to a local hospital for treatment. He told law enforcement officials that he did not want to pursue charges against the shooter because he was in her yard and shouldn’t have been there.

Police, though, are required to forward the case to the local prosecutor for a determination on charges.

Perhaps the woman needs a little counseling about the actual circumstances in which self-defense is acceptable. But that’s all.

If police had showed up while the flasher was showing off, the woman might not have been tempted to end the unwanted peep show all by herself.

At least this guy is not likely to be showing up and out at the victim’s house again. That’s what law enforcement and judicial officials call a crime deterrent.

Clayton observes: The police are right, but barely so. The behavior of throwing stones and howling like a dog would give most rational people a reason to be afraid. This is exactly the sort of difficult case that a jury will decide, and they won’t almost certainly decide in her favor.

May 1, 2006

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

From Lancaster’s of May XX, 2006

No Charges Filed In Fatal Neighbor Shooting

Authorities said Alan J. Wright shot and killed his neighbor, Charles Rae, 45, Sunday morning, but no charges are being filed.

Wright surrendered to police Sunday shortly after the shooting happened at a home in the 500 block of Pine Road in Dickinson Township, Cumberland County. He was released Sunday night.

“I’m satisfied based on the evidence I have before me at this time that Mr. Wright doesn’t present any additional danger to the community,” said Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed.

Authorities have not commented on a motive in the shooting. Freed did explain the law regarding when it is justifiable to use deadly force, specifically in regards to an individual fearing for his or her, or their family’s safety, leading some to believe that the shooting, at this point, is being viewed as self-defense.