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October 15, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
WILLIAM LAWLER didn't want to shoot the man who threatened his girlfriend and him with a 13-inch knife Sunday outside a Pathmark store near his Northeast Philadelphia home. But even after Lawler, 38, an Army veteran and longtime firearms instructor, showed his 9 mm Glock, the knife-wielding madman didn't want to back down. "At least a half-dozen times, I ordered him to stop. The last time, I said, 'I don't want to shoot you, but I will,' " Lawler said yesterday, recounting the bizarre run-in outside the supermarket, on Frankford Avenue near Megargee Street in Holmesburg.
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August 24, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
It was "paranoia" that caused the North Philadelphia teen-ager to shoot and kill a man who was trying to rob him, even after the man had put down his weapon, the suspect told police. Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron said Bryan Blair, 17, overreacted when he killed Anthony Jarman, 28, inside a house on Master Street near 15th on July 10. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge J. Earl Simmons ordered Blair, of Jefferson Street near 17th, to stand trial in adult court on a general charge of murder.
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September 18, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Navy Cmdr. Tim Jirus began his day at the Washington Navy Yard like a typical Monday: answering e-mails. But soon, a stranger standing next to him had been shot dead, and Jirus was running from gunfire. "Two shots rang out. He got hit. I did not," Jirus said. "He was shot in the head, fell in front of me, and I ran after that. " As is so often the case in mass killings, the stories at the Navy Yard on Monday began with utter normality, only to turn to panic. Patricia Ward had just bought breakfast when the shooting began, and she fled, rushing past a guard who had her gun drawn.
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February 8, 2002
WE'RE SURE Officer Vanessa Carter-Moragne feels terrible about her gun discharging and hurting a 10-year-old boy. She's a mother herself, after all; in fact, she was at school to pick up her son Wednesday when a group of students asked to see her gun. She removed the clip and passed the automatic weapon around; apparently, there was one bullet in the chamber. When she returned it to her holster, it discharged, grazing a student, who required five stitches and was sent home. But the fact that something far worse didn't happen doesn't mean she should get off easy.
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May 19, 2008
ONE THING to remember about the Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force is not how many guns it confiscates, but the people it arrests. And there is one other thing: the amount of noise it makes on the streets. Last week the task force, funded by a $5 million state grant championed by state Sen. Vince Fumo, announced 19 people had been charged with illegally transferring handguns. Since December 2006, the task force, which includes representatives of the offices of the district attorney, attorney general and Philadelphia police, has arrested 165 people and taken in 262 firearms.
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July 31, 2008
TO letter-writer Albert Whitehead: As is clearly indicated in the picture on Page 6 (July 22), that is a revolver that doesn't eject its spent casings. The primers (center of the bullet) is indented, indicating the firing pin hit them and indeed blasted away in Southwest Philly - most likely at cops hired to protect you, your family and me when entering the city to work. Thanks to all the brave cops who put their lives on the line every day. Mark Daughterman, Langhorne Mr. Whitehead, before you start thinking that the police did wrong, look at the picture carefully!
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November 18, 1986
Upon reading Christopher Hepp's Oct. 26 article, "Why prominent people hold gun permits," I feel compelled to respond to some of the issues discussed. I agree with the Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker that the number of gun permits should be reduced. But I believe that the more detailed application form, which now requires a fuller explanation of why the gun is needed and asks whether the applicant has tried other means before seeking a gun permit, is not enough. First of all, those interviewed for the article said that they rarely carried their guns.
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January 13, 1987 | By Howard Manly, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man who shot himself with a gun that was registered to Mayor Goode in 1980 was charged yesterday with weapons offenses and making a false report to police, police said. The man, Herbert Byrd, 30, of the 1300 block of North Conestoga Street, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. at his home, a police spokesman said. Byrd was awaiting arraignment last night. Detective Gerald Whartenby, a police spokesman, said Byrd gave a false account of how he wounded himself in the thigh Nov. 18, the day the gun came to light.
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February 8, 2001 | by Barbara Laker, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Dana DiFilippo contributed to this report
Over and over, this kind of story has a tragic ending. Boy finds loaded gun. Boy picks it up. Boy dies. But Joseph Lynch Jr., 7, of the Northeast, created a different story and gave his parents, cops and friends a reason to be proud. Joey, a first-grader at St. Martin of Tours, will be honored by the Philadelphia Highway Patrol tomorrow for preventing a possible tragedy after finding a fully loaded gun in the snow. Joey discovered the black and silver pistol under a mound of snow on New Year's Eve as he and his father, Joseph Sr., were shoveling the walk outside their home on Lardner Street near Roosevelt Boulevard.
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October 17, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
TWO CHESTER MEN are suing a Delaware County detective for allegedly firing his gun and yelling racial epithets during a drunken freakout near Crozer Park. The civil-rights lawsuit, filed in federal court last week by Ken Jacobs and Timothy Williams, accuses Michael Palmer, a detective in the county's Criminal Investigation Division, of "repeatedly shooting his firearm out of his truck window" as he sped into the parking lot in a GMC Sierra pickup in October 2012. The complaint claims that Palmer and another CID officer, "with the overwhelming smell of alcohol on their breaths," got out of the truck and pointed their guns at Jacobs and Williams, saying, "get down on the ground you f-----g n-----s.
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October 7, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The his-and-her stun guns were an impulse buy. Perusing the offerings at the Oaks Gun Show at the Philadelphia Expo Center on Saturday, the couple from the Northeast spied a table of personal safety products that included an array of rechargeable mini stun guns bordering on the fanciful: Palm-size stun guns in snappy colors, stun guns that looked like smartphones, stun guns disguised as packs of popular cigarette brands, stun gun flashlights....
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October 6, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
FOR MOST people, what they wear to work usually isn't a life-or-death issue. Unless you're a cop. In that case, you vest up, holster your Glock, secure your handcuffs, test your radio and pray to get home in one piece. But what if you're a cop assigned to the city's Police Athletic League? Is all of that gear necessary when your shift consists of helping kids with homework, prepping them for chess playoffs, reffing a basketball game or coaching flag football? I wouldn't think so. But I'm not Lt. Bill Eddis, PAL's commanding officer.
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October 6, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Pennsylvania State Police, the timing could not have been worse. They were still mourning a young trooper who was shot to death at his northeast Pennsylvania barracks. They were worrying about another who was seriously injured in the same attack. More than 1,000 officers were three weeks into a grueling backwoods manhunt, on high alert for booby traps set by the alleged cop-hating killer. In Harrisburg, their commissioner had recently been linked to a pornographic e-mail scandal.
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October 3, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Wednesday that a trooper's gun went off accidentally during a training session Tuesday and fatally wounded fellow Trooper David Kedra. Kedra, 26, a rookie officer assigned to the Troop K barracks in Skippack, died Tuesday evening after being shot in the chest at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Plymouth Township. The state police would not take questions concerning the incident and did not identify the other officer involved.
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October 2, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
PHILLY NEEDS a lot fewer "boys" and a lot more men. Meaning, some people in Philly need to learn to mourn appropriately. Last week, hundreds packed the funeral of 15-year-old Aisha Abdur Rahman, who was killed by a stray bullet near her school. The show of mourning was understandable. This was a promising young woman whose life was cut short by teenagers who decided to settle a schoolyard fight with a gun. Less understandable - sickening, really - is the support for the pair of suspects who surrendered to police: Darian Person, 19, a high-school dropout who police say fired the gun, and his buddy Quadir Gibson, 15, a football standout who police say egged him on. Police told the Daily News that about five shots were fired.
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September 27, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shaneen Allen, the South Philadelphia mother arrested for carrying a legally registered handgun from another state into New Jersey, must give up her .380-caliber Bersa Thunder and complete 25 hours of community service as part of her admission into a pre-trial intervention program, her attorney said Thursday. But the losses, attorney Evan Nappen said, are small compared with Allen's victory Wednesday, when the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced that it was reversing its decision to ban her from the intervention program.
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September 26, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT'S NOT EASY being Shaneen Allen, a single mom juggling jobs and raising two kids, while trying to avoid getting mugged again in Philly. But about 4:15 p.m. yesterday, Allen, 27, learned she had one less thing to worry about: a prison sentence for bringing her legal Pennsylvania handgun to New Jersey. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, in a statement, said it had reversed a previous decision and will allow Allen to enter a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders for her October 2013 handgun-possession arrest in Hamilton Township.
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September 26, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a review by the state attorney general, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday that it would allow a Philadelphia woman charged last year with illegally bringing into New Jersey a gun that was legally registered in Pennsylvania to enter a pretrial-intervention program and avoid jail time. The prosecutor's previous stance in the case involving Shaneen Allen, 27, was to make the case a "deterrent," either forcing a plea or bringing it to trial. The mother of two could have faced up to five years in prison.
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September 23, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A TEEN POINTED a gun at police in West Philadelphia last night, prompting them to shoot him, police said. At 8:53 p.m., officers responded to Frazier Street near Media for a report of a man with a gun, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the cops arrived, they spotted a teen holding a gun who matched the description of the gunman, he said. The 17-year-old saw the officers and ran to 57th Street, Small said, but then turned and pointed his gun at the cops, prompting two officers to fire, hitting him in the shoulder and torso.
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