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Buckaroo
03-19-2007, 15:13
Robber fatally shot with partner's gun

http://www.nwitimes.com/articles/2007/03/19/updates/breaking_news/doc45fea92b06d49609146219.txt

Police: Smoke shop robber fatally shot with partner's gun
Monday, March 19, 2007 10:16 AM CDT

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By The Associated Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. | A man trying to hold up a smoke shop fatally shot his partner when his gun went off during a struggle with the store owner, police said.

Earl Thomas, 31, of Palos Hills, Ill., collapsed on the gravel outside the Burn Em Smoke Shop seconds after he was struck by a round from a .38-caliber revolver Saturday evening.

The bullet struck Thomas in the left shoulder and punctured his aorta, causing him to bleed to death, said Vanderburgh County Coroner Don Erk.

Police arrested Freddy L. Shaw, 36, of Chicago on preliminary charges of murder, armed robbery with serious bodily injury, criminal confinement and battery.

Evansville police said Shaw intended to shoot store owner Jeremy D. Adams, 36, who had grabbed the gun barrel during the robbery and was attempting to wrest it from Shaw's grasp. The gun went off as the two struggled.

Shaw was being held without bond in the Vanderburgh County Jail. Prosecutor Stan Levco said it was unlikely that he would seek the death penalty against Thomas.

Adams told police the men beat him with their fists and with the gun, tortured him with a pair of pliers, then attempted to force him into the trunk of his car. They planned to take him to his home to steal money he had there, Adams said.

Police later arrested Adams following a search of his home, in which they found a stolen revolver, bullets, 60 grams of marijuana and $1,788 in cash. Adams was released on bond after being charged with receiving stolen property, weapon possession by a felon, dealing marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, said Evansville Police spokesman Brian Talsma.

There was no listing for Adams in the Evansville telephone directory and a call seeking comment from the Burn Em Smoke Shop went unanswered Monday morning.

Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

boilergonzo
03-19-2007, 15:38
Criminals beating criminals, and accidentally shooting one another? Wow...

The tortured with pliers part doesn't sound fun!

fire1035
03-19-2007, 19:24
No he would have had to shoot himself to be eligible for a Darwin award. The rules clearly state that one must remove ones self fromt he gene pool to qualify.

Still glad that our "justice" system doesn't have to deal with this nonsense though.

9mm Luger
03-19-2007, 20:35
Originally posted by fire1035


Still glad that our "justice" system doesn't have to deal with this nonsense though.

+1 Justice well served, and not on our dime..win win situation if you ask me. :thumbsup:

Patrick Graham
03-19-2007, 20:42
Why did they search the store owners house..??.. something sounds wrong there..

Agonizer
03-19-2007, 21:12
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KSFreeman
03-20-2007, 09:49
Evansville is in Indiana, at the "toe" of the state.

Carrying a pistol without a license is a Class A Misdemeanor in Indiana, 0 to 365 days in jail. That is weak tea compared to the felonies of Murder (presumptive 65 years), Robbery w/sbi (20 to 50 years), et al.

If it is filed, it will be Count XVII and the least of his worries.

jmb79
03-20-2007, 13:10
Doesn't Indiana have a Felony Murder statute? That is, any murder committed during the commission of any felony (here armed robbery)makes the crime punishable by death.

KSFreeman
03-20-2007, 14:12
Yes, the modern restricted version of the felony murder rule, not "any felony", see Indiana Code 35-42-1-1(2),(3).

Hoosierbilly
06-02-2007, 20:48
so why did they search his house?

TLHelmer
06-03-2007, 06:30
It is common practice to get a consent to search/search warrant for a suspects residence if you can. Not all investigators do it, but a good one will make the effort.

Brian Dover
06-03-2007, 14:13
Originally posted by TLHelmer
It is common practice to get a consent to search/search warrant for a suspects residence if you can. Not all investigators do it, but a good one will make the effort.

Yeah, but the store owner/robbery victim was the one who had his house searched. Perhaps the robber (the shooter not the shootee) shared some info with the police about the proprietor.

TLHelmer
06-03-2007, 15:27
That is curious unless your correct about the information.

IndyGunFreak
06-03-2007, 15:29
Originally posted by Brian Dover
Yeah, but the store owner/robbery victim was the one who had his house searched. Perhaps the robber (the shooter not the shootee) shared some info with the police about the proprietor.

That sounds pretty plausible to me.

Look at it this way, one dirtbag will never be a problem again. Another Dirtbag will likely only be a problem in the state prison system, and one guy, who knows, probably will be the prison system's problem for around 20yrs.

This is a Win-Win-Win for good guys...

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