N.C. Castle Doctrine Protects Charlotte Firefighter Involved in Deadly Self-Defense Shooting

“For the first time I remember, it’s giving the good citizen an edge over the criminal.”

Larry Hyatt, Owner of Hyatt Gun Shop

From http://www.wbtv.com By Ron Lee, Reporter, December 15, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A suspected thief was shot to death by an off-duty firefighter in northwest Charlotte after it appeared he was stealing a trailer from the fireman’s home, WBTV has learned.

Police said they determined that no charges will be filed in the case because the suspect was accelerating a vehicle in the direction of the fireman, who then fired his gun.

The incident began when officers were called a home along Travis Floyd Lane just before midnight Monday to the report of a possible larceny. Officers were told that a late model Ford Ranger had just hooked up to a white trailer at a home and someone was trying to steal it.

According to CMPD, the trailer was being stolen from Israel Jeremiah Harthorne.

In recent weeks, North Carolina enacted the Castle Doctrine, which helped in this case.

The new law offers protection from prosecution for property owners who use deadly force, when their lives are in danger.  

Gun store owner Larry Hyatt believes it helps the average person.

“For the first time I remember, it’s giving the good citizen an edge over the criminal,” he said.

In recent weeks Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray went on record to support the new law, and it’s a decision that plays well at places like Hyatt’s where guns are sold.

Jeffery Paddyfoote is a local gun owner who wants the law to be on his side.

“I have a wife and kids; if someone comes into my home, I want to be able to protect them without facing a lawsuit or a criminal charge just for defending my family.” he said.

The gun store owner here agrees.

“Today, if you have to protect your family or your life,  you have a better chance of not being prosecuted than you did just a month ago,” Hyatt said.

Investigators say the off duty firefighter saw the suspected crime happening and jumped into his truck and began to chase the two men stealing the trailer.

Police say he followed the men at least a couple of blocks before the property owner pulled out a gun and started shooting at the suspects.

“During the course of the investigation it was determined that the property owner positioned himself between his vehicle and the truck the suspects were operating in an attempt to detain the suspects until police arrived, CMPD Detectives said Tuesday afternoon.

“Evidence gathered indicated that the suspect accelerated his vehicle in the direction of the property owner presenting a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm in the mind of the property owner.”

The shooting happened at the intersection of Mt. Holly – Huntersville Road and Lawing School Road.

One of the men inside the truck, later identified as 41-year-old James David Lambert, was shot in the head and later died at Carolinas Medical Center.

James David Lambert, 41, was shot as police say it appeared he was stealing a trailer. (Photo source: Charlotte Mecklenburg Sheriff's Office)

James David Lambert, 41, was shot as police say it appeared he was stealing a trailer. (Photo source: Charlotte Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office)

The Charlotte Fire Department confirms that an off-duty firefighter was involved in the shooting.

“Early this morning the Charlotte Fire Department was notified of a shooting incident involving an off-duty firefighter that left one man dead,” Captain Rob Brisley said in a statement released on Tuesday. “The firefighter voluntarily went to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Headquarters for questioning and has since been released.”

“Our prayers and thoughts remain with the people affected by this incident,” Fire Chief Jon Hannan said.

The second suspected thief and a neighbor of the property owner stayed at the intersection until officers arrived.  They were taken to police headquarters, where they were questioned by Detectives.

WBTV News learned late Wednesday afternoon that charges may come against the second suspect before the week is over.

Published in: on December 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man Threatens Women with Axe, Attacks Responding CMPD Officers

From http://www.wbtv.com, December 15, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Police in Charlotte say a man threaten a pair of women with an axe before assaulting two police officers who were responding to the crime.

According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, officers were called to the 300 block of South Crigler Street in west Charlotte on Friday night around 8:07 p.m.

This is near the intersection of South Hoskins Road and Rozzelles Ferry Road.

Police say the man, identified as 32-year-old Michael Sabian Hunt, assaulted a 32-year-old woman who lived in the home by pulling her to the ground and threatening her with an axe. Hunt reportedly used a door to hit a 39-year-old woman who also lives at the home.

When officers arrived, Hunt reportedly attacked them when they tried to place him under arrest.

The report states that he attempted to hit the officers and wrestled with them on the ground.

Hunt has been charged with assault on a government official, assault on a female, false imprisonment and resisting arrest.

He was booked in the Mecklenburg County Jail on Saturday morning at 4:26 a.m. and is being held on a $15,500 bond.

Published in: on December 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team Swarms North Charlotte Home for Wanted Man

From http://www.wcnc.com by NewsChannel 36 Staff, December 15, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A SWAT team fanned out across a neighborhood just north of uptown Charlotte Thursday evening, searching for a man who allegedly raped and kidnapped two women.

It happened off of Brewton Drive near Statesville and Oaklawn Avenues.

Police say they served warrants on a rape suspect just after 12 p.m Thursday, but police were out for several hours.

“They looked like ninjas, the SWAT team.  And they were surrounding the houses, and the police (said) ‘Everybody get in the house, and shut the door, and stay back because we don’t know if he has a gun or not,’” said Georgetta Wenthers, who witnessed the incident.

Police have charged 31-year-old Lavantae Evans with nine different felony counts.

They say Evans raped two women on Equipment Drive near Interstate 85 and West Sugar Creek Road Thursday morning and assaulted someone at the home on Brewton Drive as well.

Published in: on December 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Searching for 17 Year-Old On the Run After Cutting Off Ankle Bracelet

From www.wsoctv.com, December 10, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for an armed and dangerous suspect.

 Police said 17-year-old Alquez Lee Thompson cut off his electronic monitor on Dec 8. He is wanted by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team on outstanding warrants for interfering with an electronic monitoring device, possession of a handgun by a minor and carrying a concealed weapon.

 

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Published in: on December 11, 2011 at 12:03 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Reports Increase in Thefts of Holiday Packages

From http://www.wbtv.com, by Sarah Batista, December 6, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The holidays are almost here, but not everyone gets to spend them with family and friends.

So many of us resort to sending gifts through the mail.

It also means more thieves are on the lookout for unattended packages.

“They happen from regular neighborhoods to apartment complexes so it can happen anywhere,” said Sgt. Fred Newell of the CMPD.

Sgt. Newell says the number of stolen packages increases every holiday season. In some cases, the thieves will follow the delivery trucks.

“They don’t know what they’re getting, so if they follow the truck and pick up the packages, it is like Christmas for them because they don’t have a clue what’s inside the packages usually,” said Sgt. Newell.

To avoid having your packages stolen request a signature confirmation for delivery, make arrangements with a neighbor to pick up your package, track your package online so you know exactly what time it will arrive or have it delivered to your job.

 

Published in: on December 7, 2011 at 9:22 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Searching for Robbery Attempt Suspect

From The Charlotte Observer of December 1, 2011 By Meghan Cooke
Police are searching for a man they say tried to rob a convenience store Wednesday night just northwest of Charlotte’s uptown.

The robbery attempt happened just before 10 p.m. at the Little World Convenience Store on Wesley Heights Way. No weapons were used in the attempt, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report.

On Thursday, police released surveillance photos of the suspect.

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released this surveillance photo of the man they say attempted to rob a convenience store Wednesday night.

Police said the suspect was described as a black male, 18-25 years old, who is 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-10 in height. He had a thin build, police said, and wore a black hat, blue hooded shirt and gray pants.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 911 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on December 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

New North Carolina Gun-Rights Legislation

Article provided by Harnett County Criminal Defense Lawyers – Bain, Buzzard & McRae, LLP

Until recently, North Carolina had some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Citizens had little assurance against criminal charges if they used a firearm to protect themselves or their family in their home; nor could they conceal and carry in many locations.

However, as reported by ABC, strong support from a Republican controlled legislature allowed a new gun-rights bill to pass without much opposition. This bill was put before Governor Perdue and signed into law back in June and will go into effect in December 2011.

The bill, which overhauls many of North Carolina’s gun control policies, provides added protection for those legally authorized to use and carry firearms.

“Castle Doctrine”

Under North Carolina’s previous gun control legislation, homeowners had to justify using a gun or other deadly weapon after the fact. This made people hesitant to protect themselves because criminal charges were likely to be brought against them.

The new bill, however, presumes that use of any weapon was lawful and the homeowner had a reasonable fear of serious bodily harm or imminent death.

Also known as the “castle doctrine,” the new law essentially shelters a shooter from criminal or civil liability so long as the shooting occurred within their homestead. Additionally, it shifts the burden in criminal proceedings off the shooter and to the prosecution, thus making it more difficult to obtain a conviction against someone protecting their home.

Additionally, the new bill extends this presumption into a person’s place of work and their car (in the event of a carjacking).

Conceal and Carry

The new gun-rights law also extends individuals the right to carry concealed weapons onto land previously barred. For example, legally authorized gun owners can now carry their weapons in state parks and other public attractions. However, local authorizes reserve the right to restrict carrying concealed weapons at public pools and athletic complexes.

Questions inevitably follow when representatives revamp gun control laws this significantly. Anyone who has questions regarding North Carolina’s new gun laws or needing criminal representation should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

Published in: on December 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Laws Go Into Effect for NC, Including Changes to “Castle Doctrine”

By: NBC17 Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. — Several new laws take affect in North Carolina Thursday. Among them is Ethen’s Law.

The bill is named after Jenna Nielsen’s unborn son. She was eight months pregnant when she was killed outside a Raleigh convenience store in 2007.

Under the bill, a person charged with murder, manslaughter, or assault on a pregnant woman will face the same charged for the unborn child.

Several people spoke out in support of the law on Wednesday, including Effie Steele, whose daughter was nine months pregnant when she was killed, also in 2007.

“He was my only grandson. I don’t have any grandchildren,” said Steele. “God used that to save lives. Because I really do think that people will start to think about what they do when they put their hands on a pregnant woman.”

Other laws that went into effect Dec. 1:

  • Laura’s Law. This toughens sentences on repeat drunk drivers. It’s named for 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry, who was killed in a crash by a repeat offender.
  • Police will start taking DNA samples from people arrested for an assortment of crimes. It used to only apply to suspects arrested for violent or sex crimes. Now the law will include kidnapping, assault and robbery.
  • And a change to the state’s Castle Doctrine, which allows a person to use deadly force against someone for breaking into their home. The new law applies to vehicles and places of work.
Published in: on December 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rock Hill, SC Police: Man Used Sulfuric Acid to Rob Store

From The Rock Hill Herald of December 1, 2011 By Nicole Smith
A man robbed a Rock Hill gas station early Thursday morning by threatening to use a can of sulfuric acid on the clerk, police say.

The clerk was working at Kangaroo Express at 499 South Herlong Ave. when a man walked in about 3:30 a.m. and went to the drink cooler, according to a Rock Hill police report.

He brought an energy drink to the counter, took out a $5 bill and began to mumble. When the clerk asked him what he said, he mumbled again before pulling out a can from his pocket. He told the clerk it was sulfuric acid and demanded money from the register, the report states.

The clerk gave the robber $90 from the register, and he fled on foot toward West Main Street, the report states. Officers set up a perimeter and tried tracked him with a K-9 unit but were unsuccessful.

Detectives have obtained surveillance footage from the robbery, the report states. The robber is described as a white man between 40 and 50 years old, about 6-foot tall and 190 pounds. He has gray hair and a goatee and was wearing a dark hoodie and jeans at the time of the robbery.

Published in: on December 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

NC Woman Wrestles Gun from Rapist, Shoots Him

From http://www.wbtv.com, December 1, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WRAL) – A North Carolina woman who was being sexually assaulted took a gun from her attacker and shot him, police told WRAL-TV.

The Fayetteville woman said the incident happened Wednesday when she was going to a store in the 2900 block of Ramsey Street just before 11 p.m., police told WRAL.

A man then came up to her in a parking lot and asked her for a ride, WRAL reported. She refused and he pulled out a handgun and got into her car, police said..

The man forced her to drive to a dead end street, where he raped her at gunpoint, police said. During the assault, she grabbed for the gun, and the two wrestled for the gun.

The gun fired, hitting the man in the leg, police said.  The woman, who was hit in the hand by a  bullet, was able run  for help. The man fired several shots as she fled, but she wasn’t hit, WRAL reported.

Latorie Jerriel Crumpler, 32, was found nearby  – with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Latorie Jerriel Crumpler (Source: WRAL)

                             Latorie Jerriel Crumpler (Source: WRAL)

 

Crumpler, who was also found with a handgun, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, WRAL reported.

He was being held Thursday in the Cumberland County jail under a $100,000 bond, WRAL reported.

Published in: on December 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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