Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Road dispute between two men ends with gunshot in Grocery lot

Ashburn Man Accidentally Shot Himself: LCSO

ASHBURN, VA (3-1-16) An Ashburn man was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries after he reportedly accidentally shot himself, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO).

On Feb. 29 at 9:43 pm, deputies responded to the scene in the 42600 block of Hollyhock Terrace, Ashburn.  The resident reported his firearm unintentionally discharged.

He was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries and is expected to recover.  The case remains under investigation, according to the LCSO.

Police: Man accidentally shoots himself in leg on West Side

Chicago, Il,  (3-1-16) A 19-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg Tuesday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, according to Chicago Police.

He took himself to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park after the 2:45 p.m. shooting in the 300 block of North Pine, police said.

The wound likely was self-inflicted, police said. He is listed in good condition

Girard police investigating report of man shooting himself in leg

GIRARD, OH  (3-1-16)  — Police are investigating an incident in which a man reportedly shot himself in the leg.

The 26-year-old man told police he accidentally shot his gun shortly after he and a friend pulled into the driveway of a Summit Avenue home. The bullet appeared to have entered the man's calf just below the knee, according to a police report.

The man, who was transported to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, admitted to drinking alcohol earlier, police reported. Officers seized a pistol after the incident and found two beer cans and a small knife in the car. Possible charges are pending.

Gunfire punctuates road rage dispute

SANDPOINT, ID  (3-1-16)  — An alleged road rage incident in downtown Sandpoint culminated in the peal of gunfire outside a grocery store on Saturday afternoon.  There were no injuries, although a Bonner County man was nearly hit by a gunshot as he struggled with a motorist over control of a semiautomatic pistol during the dispute, according to Sandpoint Police reports.

State and local police were summoned to the parking lot of Super 1 Foods for a reported fight in progress shortly after 2:30 p.m.  The purported combatants had separated when law enforcement arrived.

Peter Franklin Goulette, 22, was arrested for trying to slip the grasp of an Idaho State Police trooper who sought to detain him and ignoring repeated demands to get on the ground, an ISP report said.
Goulette eventually complied and was taken into custody without further incident.

The incident began in the initial blocks of Cedar Street, when either or both men began racing their pickup trucks in traffic. Each motorist accused the other of driving recklessly through traffic, according to the police reports.  Goulette told police the other driver was weaving through traffic as they approached Second Avenue. Goulette said the other motorist, 20, flashed an obscene hand gesture.
The two crossed paths again at Super 1, although it was unclear in court documents if this was intentional or coincidental.  The other motorist told police Goulette approached his truck in an aggressive manner, shouting profanities. By his own admission, Goulette began jabbing his finger in the other man’s chest as the motorist was seated in the cab, the arrest reports said.  The other motorist took up a Glock 9-millimeter pistol, racked a round into the chamber and began to exit his rig, the reports said.  Goulette, seeing the other man was armed grabbed hold of his wrist and put his hand on the man’s chest.  “Just as I grabbed the gun hand, it shot off,” Goulette said in his statement to police.

Goulette told police the gun discharged near his head, The bullet shattered the truck’s driver-side window.  Goulette said the other motorist leveled the pistol at his head, although the other motorist denied pointing it at Goulette and said the gun accidentally discharged during the struggle.  Goulette was arrested for resisting, racing on a public roadway and battery for allegedly putting his hands on the other motorist.

A racing charge was proposed against the other motorist, but there was no record Monday of any pending charges.  Goulette made an initial appearance Monday in Bonner County Magistrate Court via videoconference from the jail. Judge Lori Meulenberg set Goulette’s bail at $600 and appointed a public defender to represent him, court records show.  Goulette said he confronted the driver because he jeopardized the safety of his 3-year-old son and also didn’t cotton to being flipped off, court records indicate.

Grantsville man charged in accidental shooting

GRANTSVILLE, MD (3-1-16)   — A Garrett County man faces numerous charges after accidentally shooting a woman Tuesday with a weapon state police said was stolen from a Grantsville residence earlier in the day.

Zachary Alexander Merrill, 21, of Grantsville allegedly shot the 32-year-old woman with a handgun. Police said she suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

When police arrived at the Meadow Lake Drive home just before noon, the victim reportedly said she had accidentally shot herself with a rifle and that Merrill had no involvement in the incident.

Investigation later revealed Merrill shot the woman once with the handgun, which police said he admitted to stealing during a burglary of a Grantsville home on Tuesday.

Merrill was charged with first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a felony, giving a false statement to police and three counts of burglary.

He was taken before a Garrett County District Court commissioner and was being held in the Garrett County Detention Center Tuesday night.

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