A man on trial for killing the drunk driver that killed his sons has been acquited.
David Barajas, 32, broke down in tears as the ‘not guilty’ verdict was read in an Angleton court Wednesday. "I am relieved but still in pain," Barajas told KTRK during a news conference.
While there seemed to be some compelling evidence that Barajas killed the drunk driver Jose Banda, the gun used in the crime was never found. Barajas said he didn't even own a gun even though he had a holster and ammo for a gun at home. It's possible sympathy for Barajas by the jury also led to his acquital.
What do you think? Did he get away with murder? If he did do it, was he justified? As someone who has a permanent limp thanks to a drunk driver, I have no sympathy for Banda.
A cops crew member was killed in a police shootout at a Wendy's restaurant in Omaha Tuesday Night August 27.
The employee has been identified as Bryce Dion. He was an audio technician with the show.
"We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping (Dion's) family in any way we can," Langley Productions said later Wednesday morning in a statement. "Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and a very talented and dedicated person. We mourn his passing. An investigation is ongoing and we are cooperating with local authorities."
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Four years ago, Quentin Woods came home from his job as a mail carrier to find burglars inside his home. He told reporters he was just beginning to recover his sense of security when he was forced to shoot an intruder Tuesday morning.
Around 10a.m., Quentin, who is on medical leave, was resting before a physical therapy appointment when he awoke to his doorbell repeatedly ringing. Then the loud banging started.
"I was sleeping in, trying to get my rest. I heard the door bell ring. I'm like, who is this? I hear a strong knock. I'm like, something going on. I get up, I hear stuff at the door, I'm like, something is happening. I went and got my gun"
Quentin looked outside and saw a Black Ford Mustang that should not have been there. He said he "knew this was going to be bad" so he grabbed his called 911, begging them for help as the intruders tried to kick in the door.
Quentin waited behind a wall for several moments, hoping police would arrive. The door withstood the kicks but the doorframe shattered.
"All I know is, a person come in. I'm like, what's going to happen, what's going to happen? That's when he came out. We confronted one another. All I know is, I'm telling him, get down, stop. It went bad. He kept coming toward me and didn't want to stop"
Quentin fired a single shot into the chest of 25-year-old Avery Jamal Powell. Powell collapsed to the ground and began begging to make a phone call. Eventually police arrived and Powell was taken by Life Flight helicopter for emergency treatment.
Paroled last November on felony charges, Powell now faces a charge of burglary of a habitation.
CLAXTON, GEORGIA - Rick Patel has worked in retail for more than 20 years, but he's never seen anything like what happened Sunday morning.
Around 4 a.m. an armed man pulled held Patel at gunpoint and ordered him to empty the register of the Shell station he was working at. Instead, Patel calmly walked over to his gun and drew on the robber.
That sent the robber running. According to Patel,
"Well he was scared when I pulled my gun. He didn’t realize that I would pull a gun. I don’t like to shoot nobody but when it comes to my life I would. And thank God I didn’t get hurt, I didn’t kill him, otherwise I would have regretted but hey, you made the choice, regrets happen."
Store owner Bhinder Singh Dhiman said,
"I'm really proud. Whatever he did I’d like if everybody started doing it that way, the robbery will be stopped, especially for convenience stores."
The suspect is believed to be involved in 5 armed robberies according to WJCL,
Police said the suspect started around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he robbed the Handyland gas station in Hinesville. He hit the shell station in Claxton around 4 a.m. but didn’t get any money. From there, police said he stole about $200 from the Parker’s at Highways 80 and 280 in Ellabell around 4:40 a.m.
Then it was off to Loves on Highway 144 in Richmond Hill around 5:25 a.m. Police said the suspect showed a handgun, but the clerk refused to open the cash drawer. Finally, the suspect robbed the Parker’s on Highway 84 in Flemington just before 6 a.m.
The suspect is a white man who was wearing gray sweatpants and a heavy black overcoat with hood that had fur on it (because what else would you wear in Georgia in the middle of summer, right?). Police said he has blonde hair and a mustache.
DOLAN SPRINGS, ARIZONA - A 39-year-old firearms safety officer Charles Vacca was shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl while showing her how to use an Uzi style automatic pistol.
The tragic accident happened at the "World Famous Last Stop" gas station, a well known tourist destination on the edge of Arizona, just 26 miles from the Hoover Dam. Of course, what makes Last Stop world famous is there signage such as:
The 9-year-old girl was with her parents when they took part in Last Stop's rent a machine gun program. As the video clearly shows, Vacca had the child fire a single round on semi-automatic which, as we all know, is one round fired for each trigger pull. Vacca then said his last words, "alright, full auto" while putting the gun into automatic mode.
With little instruction on proper stance, little instruction on proper grip, and no instuction on what full auto recoil is like, Vacca let a 9-year-old loose. Her entire firearms experience? One round down range on semi-auto.
What plays out in that video is tragic yet somewhat predictable; The small girl pulls the trigger and immediately loses control of the Uzi due to the recoil - she had no idea what to expect given the complete lack of instruction. That's where the video ends, just before the girl loses control of the weapon, the recoil pulling the gun towards Vacca, and a round strikes him in the head.
Vacca was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas and pronounced dead.
As an instructor I am all for teaching children safety and proper firearms handling. I wouldn't have handed a 9 year old girl, whom has no previous firearms experience, let alone experience with anything full-auto, an Uzi. Of course the girl had no idea what was coming, given the complete lack of instruction.
I feel terrible for this little girl and her family because with proper instruction and patience this incident could have been avoided. If he had worked with her longer on semi auto, by giving her more rounds down range in a slow controlled environment and included an explanation of the recoil increase in the full auto setting, this little girl would have had a great day at the range with her family.
Instead she ended someones life because he was in a rush and failed to teach her correctly.
How much training can you expect from a place that uses this logo:
Lil Red Danger is a firearms enthusiast, firearms instructor, and spokeswoman for the firearms industry.
Raised in an anti-gun household, she first fired a gun 3 years ago and it was love at first shot.
WYANDOTTE, OKLAHOMA - A freak accident furing the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot sent a 105mm howitzer shell through Gene Kelley's bedroom wall. According to Kelley,
"It's unbelievable. Unless you were here to see it or see the pictures I've got, you would not believe how huge this thing is."
The 14 and a half inch long shell, more than 3" in diameter, was lying on the floor when Kelley walked in. He told reporters the round hit a tree and bounced off the ground before coming through the bedroom wall, striking the ceiling and dropping to the floor.
"Well, there's your problem."
From all accounts the freak accident occured when the round struck a vehicle in the target area and ricocheted. Mike Friend, owner of the full auto shoot said all safety precautions were taken,
"It was not on a level plane, but on a downward trend, pointed downhill in the bottom of a valley. For that thing to rise and go far northwest of the range, it's just unheard of."
The gun range owner has agreed to pay for any damages from the accidental artillery shooting, but Kelley questions whether such weapons should be legal to use.
"The people that bring these type of weapons need to think about whether it is really safe and an appropriate area to take a weapon of that magnitude and shoot it"
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - 89-year-old Arthur M. Lewis is a decorated World War 2 veteran, owner of The Jewelry Exchange... and kind of a badass.
Sunday afternoon a man identified by police as Patrick Jarvis entered the store under the guise of having his watch fixed. Moments later, Jarvis drew a handgun.
As Arthur told reporters, "I thought he was going to kill me as soon as I saw the gun. I thought, 'This time, I'm dead'".
The two men wrestled for a few moments before Arthur managed to get the upper hand against the man half his age. Both men opened fire.
Arthur took a grazing round to the arm but managed to strike Jarvis with six rounds, including four shots to the chest.
Jarvis continued to fight despite the multiple gunshot wounds before abandoning the fight and fleeing for his waiting SUV driven by Raven Simone Hill. Hill began driving Jarvis to the hospital but realized he was dying - so she asked for help from a passing police officer.
Jarvis was taken to the hospital and placed under arrest on charges of charges of armed robbery to a business, felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and armed burglary.
This was not Arthur's first gunfight inside the store. Back in 2010, a 20-year-old entered the store, drew a gun and fired at Arthur at point blank range. Arthur drew his gun and returned five shots at the intruder. Arthur said that day was scary but didn't compare to Sunday's
TAMPA, FLORIDA - Melchisedec Williams, is a legally blind 53-year-old convicted felon. Williams was home alone when what would turn out to be his great-nephew cut the power to his house around 10:30 Sunday night. The nephew broke into the house through a window, made his way to the kitchen, and armed himself with a pair of kitchen knives.
Blind in his left eye from glaucoma and with minimal vision in his right eye, Williams woke to the noise and realized the power was out in the house. When he saw the intruder with a flashlight he called out his great-nephew's name.
With no response, Williams fired a single shot and heard the boy groan,
"That's what made me stop shooting. I was in the dark, and I was ready to unload that gun until I heard his voice."
Williams had taken his great-nephew in just a month ago while the boy's mother was in jail but things simply didn't work out. He had recently told the boy's mother he believed the boy to be homosexual. Williams himself is homosexual and overheard the boy having an openly flirtatious conversation with another teen.
Williams believes that's why his nephew tried to attack him.
As a convicted felon, William's self defense is a hot button in Florida politics at the moment. What has precedence, the prohibition on felons owning firearms or the state's Stand Your Ground lawss. According to the Tampa Tribune,
By law, Williams should not have been in possession of a gun. He has been convicted of grand theft and forgery and, in 1993, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison, state records show. Florida law bars felons from possessing guns unless their rights have been restored by the state's Clemency Board, which Williams' haven't, according to a Department of Corrections official.
But there is disagreement about whether convicted felons can use guns to protect themselves under the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law.
Last month, the Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Palm Beach County man, a felon, who was charged with shooting a man outside a strip club in 2012. He claimed the shooting was self-defense. Both a trial and appellate court ruled he could not invoke a "stand your ground" defense because he was already a convicted felon in possession of a firearm at the time of the shooting.
But a different appellate court found in a separate case last year that there was at least one part of the "stand your ground" law that could apply even to felons.
Aaron Little killed a man who pointed a gun at him in Lee County, court records show. The 2nd District Court of Appeal determined that a section of the law "does not preclude persons who are engaged in an unlawful activity from using deadly force in self-defense when otherwise permitted."
While prosecutors debate whether to charge Williams, the conversation on felons and the restoration of their rights continues. Do you believe non-violent felons should get their firearms rights reinstated?
In a monumental decision, a federal judge has struck down the 10-day waiting period to purchase firearms in California.
Challenged by gun owners Jeffrey Silverster and Brandon Combs with the support of The CalGuns Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation, the laws were struck down by Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, a Clinton era appointee.
In the ruling, Ishii found that "the 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendment" and that it further "burdens the Second Amendment rights of the Plaintiffs."
Under Ishii's order, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) is required to change its systems to accommodate same day purchases of firearms for buyers who pass a background check and possess a California license to carry a handgun, or who hold a "Certificate of Eligibility" issued by the DOJ and already possess at least one firearm known to the state.
Second Amendment Foundation founder and trailblazer for gun rights Alan Gotleib said,
"This ruling clearly addressed the issue we put before the court. We are naturally delighted with the outcome.
Fellow plaintiff Brandon Combs, Executive Director of The CalGuns Foundation said,
"California gun owners are not second-class citizens and the Second Amendment doesn’t protect second class rights. This decision is an important step towards restoring fundamental individual liberties in the Golden State.
This victory provides a strong foundation from which other irrational and unconstitutional gun control laws will be challenged. We look forward to doing just that."
MECHANICSVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA - A pair of armed burglars went on a rampage after breaking into a rural home. The pair assaulted two women and pistol whipped an 11-year-old boy.
Their little "game" ended when the homeowner woke from the ruckus and came out shooting. According to Sheriff Wayne Byrd,
"He was at the back of the residence, came out fired several shots at the intruders, and they fled the scene. And upon our officers arriving, they found one of the suspects dead in a field about 75 yards from the house"
Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee identified the suspect who died as 25-year-old Marquis Benjamin.
Byrd said the homeowner isn't expected to be charged because he acted in self-defense:
"It's more a matter of defending yourself, defending your family. Providing for the protection of your own life and your own family's life. And their well-being."
An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest.
Law enforcement authorities described the man as “a model citizen” who “helped others avoid being victims” at an AT&T store outside Chicago where he witnessed the holdup. The man, whose identity was withheld from the press, prevented others from entering the store during the theft.
Police said the robber harassed customers and pistol-whipped one.
Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.
“It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “The police department hasn’t changed a single tactic — they haven’t announced a shift in policy or of course — and yet you have these incredible numbers.”
As of July 29 the state had 83,183 applications for concealed carry and had issued 68,549 licenses. By the end of the year, Mr. Pearson estimates, 100,000 Illinois citizens will be packing. When Illinois began processing requests in January, gun training and shooting classes — which are required for the application — were filling up before the rifle association was able to schedule them, Mr. Pearson said.
“The temperature would be 40 below, and you’d have these guys out on the range, having to crack off the ice from their guns to see the target,” Mr. Pearson said. “But they’d do it, because they were that passionate about getting their license.”
The demand has slowed this summer, but Mr. Pearson expects the state to issue about 300,000 concealed carry permits when all is said and done.
DALLAS, TEXAS - Meet the Teacher night at Harry Stone Montessori was interrupted when a gunman opened fire on a woman and an off duty police officer opened fire on the gunman.
According to WFAA:
Dallas Police Deputy Chief Gil Garza said in a news conference the officer was out of uniform and headed to a family function when he saw an altercation. A woman was stopped at an intersection when another car, driven by the suspect, pulled up alongside her. Words were exchanged between the two, then the suspect fired multiple shots into the victim's vehicle.
The officer witnessed the shooting, got out of his vehicle, and intervened before he shot the suspect.
The school's PA system made an announcement that the school was on lockdown and th main entrance was closed by police. Parent Michael Evans said,
"The word kind of spread through the school that there was some kind of shooting outside"
This is not typically how you want meet the teacher to go.
MACON, GEORGIA - Tim Jackson just wanted a six dollar Star Wars video game for his son. That's the only reason he went to Gamestop.
What happened next was straight out of the movies.
A man was standing at the counter
A man , now identified as Javon Britton, walked into the store carrying a large black bag. Jackson was waiting to check out when he heard "Get on the ground or I'm going to start shooting"
Another customer, Willie Densley, said Britton had pulled an AR-15 style rifle from the bag and ordered "everyone in the store to get down on the floor, and to put our cell phones, all money and wallets out on the floor"
Tim got on the ground and lay face down as the couple took his wallet, containing forty dollars, and robbed the store. He said Britton was "as cool as a cucumber" as he went from person to person - making Jackson wonder if Britton had done this before.
Tim told reporter that all he could think of were his wife and kids at home, saying his life flashed before his eyes.
Several years ago, when his wife was pregnant, Tim bought a gun to protect his family. He's now had his concealed carry permit for over six years.
As the armed couple fled, Tim sais he only had one thought going through his head,
"I don't want him to do this to anyone else."
Tim followed Britton out of the store and hurried to his own car, where his gun was kept. Armed, he scanned for Britton. The two met eyes for a moment and Tim says he saw the criminal reach for his gun.
Jackson opened fire taking out the rear window of the green BMW, causing Britton to jump an embankment and crash in front of an Ashley Furniture store. That's where deputies found him moments later.
Tim told local media, "I'm down on my luck lately, but you don't see me out robbing anyone."
A female accomplice, MaryAnn Dave was injured in the crash.
Britton has been charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, and parole violations. Davis is charged with armed robbery. Both were denied bail at their arraignment.
Your excuses for not training hard have met their match - his name is Hunter - known to his friends as Nubbs. Why Nubbs? Because Hunter has no hands.
With this video - complete with a tribute to Instructor Zero no less - Hunter showed everyone just what he is capable of:
Before everyone has a canniption fit about the eye pro, Hunter already said it was a mistake. You won't see him without eye protection at the range again.
I've been through a lot of training classes and I've seen a lot of people who couldn't handle transitions and mag changes that well - and they had two hands. Here's a little more footage of hunter doing his thing:
Other than being a Tennessee fan, Hunter seems like a great kid. He's overcome a serious challenge to keep doing what he loves - shooting and training. Next time you come up with an excuse of why you can't do a training class, think of Hunter. That should help get you going.
Take a moment and give his Facebook page a like. It's brand new, but over the next few days and weeks you'll see video and articles from Hunter about guns, shooting, and training from a totally different point of view.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - When someone rang 73-year-old Hilda Douglas's doorbell late at night, she looked out her window. Seeing a truck parked in the middle of the intersection, Hilda called 911 and waited.
Hilda then heard glass breaking and what sounded like the pottery by her front door breaking - so she grabbed her handgun. Believing police were on their way, Hilda kept her gun and stayed in her bedroom. According to the police report:
"(Hilda) could see light from a flashlight getting closer from under the door. When she heard the doorknob turn, she fired one shot through the door.
"She then heard a scream on the other side of the door and the subject fled downstairs. Douglas went downstairs and saw the subject in the kitchen looking for the back door. She fire several more shots in the general direction of the subject as he ran outside."
While police were investigating the scene, Jamie Christoper Lewis showed up at the Eastside Medical Center in Snellville with a gunshot wound to the chest. The wound was not life threatening
Lewis was charged with burglary and has been released from jail on an $11,200 bond.
"We find it likely that he just intended to break in and steal from the house. Unbeknownst to the suspect, the victim was home and she was armed," said Cpl. Jake Smith, spokesman for Gwinnett County police to WSB radio.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - Two teenage robbers found out the hard way that you really don't get between a mother and her child... and you probably shouldn't assume your victim is unarmed.
According to the police report, the woman was exiting her car with her child in her arms when two teen thugs armed with guns approached from behind the building.
Holding the woman at gunpoint, the teens ordered her into the house. Once inside her house, she ran to her bedroom, put down the child, and grabbed her gun.
Armed and protecting her child, the woman walked towards the teens in the living and opened fire, sending them skittering out the door.
When police arrived, they found bullet holes in the wall and window, but the suspects were long gone.
The first suspect is described as a black male, 6-foot and 150 pounds. The second suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds.
Yet another reason you are the only person who can guarantee the safety and protection of your family. Had she been unarmed, how long would the two teen thugs have beat her? Raped her? Would she still be alive?
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Thursday afternoon, a new set of criminals decided to press their luck. According to the Orange County Register:
Two men wearing ski-type masks and hooded sweatshirts entered the store, used a hammer to break glass on a display case and began removing merchandise, Westminster police Officer Rachel Archambault said. One witness reported that one of the men may have been armed with a gun, she added.
A store employee pulled out a weapon and fired two shots at the robbers, Collins said.
The robbers fled the store, possibly with some merchandise, but police don’t know whether either was struck by the gunfire.
It wasn’t immediately clear if any customers were in the store when the robbery occurred.
Police believe the robbers fled in a white van found crashed just a short distance from the mall.
Five hippies walk into a gun range... for realsies. Buzzfeed.com recently took five anti-gun liberals to the Los Angeles Gun Club to shoot guns for their first time.
Listening to their introductions and their body language is a lesson in the kind of smug self-assuredness that only comes from a healthy dose of liberal indoctrination.
So off to the range the merry band of hipsters went. After your typical new shooter introduction and safety course they were off to the range with a Beretta 92 and a pump action shotgun. Other than the occassional safety violation (2:18), they acquitted themselve just fine. But their reactions after - that told a lot about just how open minded everyone really is.