News stories of civilian self-defense seldom receive adequate media coverage. After all, armed good guys stopping violent felons does not make headlines like the lives of innocents being taken. Bias and agendas play their part, but the media does not cover an event that did not happen, such as a case where a good guy stopped a violent event before it resulted in the loss of innocent life. However, these are exactly the type of stories we need to highlight to educate non gun owners before they head to the voting booth.
One Dead, One Injured
Blytheville, AR – Authorities are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another person injured. Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson said in a media release that police went to the 1100-block of Evergreen Street around 11:30 a.m. March 3 after getting a call from citizens seeing subjects in the back of houses in the area with guns.
“A few minutes later, the department received a second call that a subject had been shot trying to break into a home in the 400 block of Summit,” Thompson said. “The 1100 block of Evergreen Street intersects with the 400 block of Summit Street.”
When police arrived, they found two 17-year-old juveniles who had sustained gunshot wounds, Thompson said.
“One was found on the sidewalk and the other in (the) backyard of a home,” Thompson said. “Both juveniles were located in the 400 block of Summit Street. One of the juveniles was transported to the Great River Medical Center Emergency Room in Blytheville in critical condition. The other juvenile was deceased at the scene.”
Police are still investigating the case.
Anyone with information on the incident can call Blytheville police or Blytheville Crimestoppers at 844-910-STOP.
Armed Robber Shot by Store Clerk
Jacksonville, AR – A man was taken to the hospital after he was shot while robbing a store in Jacksonville on Thursday.
Police say they were called out to the 1500 block of West Main Street just before 11:30 p.m. in regards to an armed robbery and gunshot victim.
The store clerk told officers a black male entered the store sometime after 11 p.m. and placed a black and silver handgun on the counter, demanding all of the money.
At some point during the robbery the clerk retrieved a gun from behind the counter and fired a shot toward the robber, according to the report.
Officials say the suspect was hit and transported to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment.
An investigation is ongoing.
Online Sale Ends With Deadly Shooting
Detectives say a would-be robber using an ad for an iPhone got far more than he bargained for.
Galveston, TX – A man who police said just wanted to buy an iPhone ended up shooting and killing a would-be robber in rural Galveston County. The 38-year-old man answered an ad on the OfferUp app for a late-model iPhone for approximately $500 in cash, the Galveston County Sheriff Office said. The man agreed to meet the seller about 5 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Lilley, a rural area northwest of Santa Fe, because one of the men said he had to go to work early, GCSO said.
The 38-year-old man arrived at the spot and met with 17-year old Joshua Wooten. The man said Wooten handed him an empty iPhone box and told detectives Wooten then tried to rob him. The man was armed and shot Wooten three times, according to detectives. Wooten was flown to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
GCSO detectives said the shooting appears to be in self-defense, and the case will go before a grand jury. The man does have license to carry permit, detectives said.
Detectives are warning anyone buying or selling items online should be aware of their surroundings and be cautious when dealing with strangers.
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