Friday, August 31, 2012

Man pulls gun on door-to-door salesmen, arrested for assault

51-year-old Charles Cook, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, thought that two men selling magazines door-to-door were being too "aggressive" and didn't have permission to be on the property, so he pulled a gun on them.
The men had come to Cook's apartment and he told them he wasn't interested. He then confronted the two men outside his neighbor's apartment when they knocked on the neighbor's door. Cook held the handgun in his jacket pocket, pointed it at the men and told them to move on.
He was about to call the police to report the men for trespassing when the police came to his door in response to a call from the two men.
Cook had recently moved from Texas to Massachusetts. He had a concealed weapons permit in Texas but had not yet gotten a Massachusetts gun license. Police confiscated his .380-caliber, semi-automatic handgun, which was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition.
Cook was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, improper storage of a firearm, and two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Concealed weapons permit holder pulls gun in store, shoots shopper during argument

66-year-old Jerry Harryman, of Clarkamas, Oregon was standing in the checkout line at a Fred Meyer store. According to another customer, William Young, Harryman was looking over Young's wife's shoulder as she punched her personal id number into the checkout terminal.
"I told him to get back but he kept staring," said Young.
Young and Harryman got into an argument when Harryman pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at Young.
As Young grabbed the gun, forcing Harryman's arm down, Harryman pulled the trigger, shooting Young in the leg, just above the knee.
Young was able to get the gun away from Harryman and other shoppers joined in, helping to hold Harryman down.
Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Harryman was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. His concealed weapons permit was revoked. He has no previous criminal history.