DALLAS (AP) — No one has been injured after someone in a vehicle driving by a Dallas police substation opened fire with a gun, leaving the building with bullet damage.
Dallas police say an officer parked in front of the South Central Patrol Substation about 10 miles south of downtown Dallas saw muzzle flashes but couldn’t see the vehicle that was driving past just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
Multiple rounds were fired at the building.
Police spokesman Carlos Almeida says investigators have been at the scene collecting evidence. The shooter would face a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department says it conducted a number of overnight raids that resulted in the arrest of 81 people and the seizing of drugs and several guns.
Anthony Riccio, chief of the department’s organized crime unit, says one of the guns taken off the street was capable of firing up to 50 bullets in seconds.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi on Friday said 62 of the people arrested were convicted felons, and 14 were on parole for selling drugs. He adds 19 others had previous gun arrests.
The arrests came near the end of a week that was one of the Chicago’s deadliest this year.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the raid won’t eradicate all the violence, but is a “step in the right direction.”
Authorities say investigators are trying to determine if any suspects arrested can be tied to recent crimes.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A man threw his stolen pistol into the bushes as the cops showed up to investigate a “disturbance” at a nightclub in Columbia, S.C. Because he was on probation, the man wasn’t allowed to possess a firearm — stolen or otherwise. After things quieted down, he returned to retrieve the weapon, and someone behind him asked what he was doing near the bushes. Without turning around, he said he was looking for his gun. He then turned around to see a sheriff’s deputy — and is now looking at 10 years in prison.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer for the Los Angeles police officer who discharged a gun during an off-duty scuffle with teenagers says his client feared for his and his sick father’s safety.
Attorney Larry Hanna told the Orange County Register Friday that the officer reacted as he was trained to do during the incident last week outside his home in suburban Anaheim. The officer’s name has not been released amid an investigation.
Hanna said the officer feared the teen had a weapon.
The confrontation involved an ongoing dispute over youths walking across the officer’s property. No serious injuries were reported from the confrontation.
Authorities say the physical struggle happened when the officer tried to detain a 13-year-old he alleges threatened to shoot him. The youth said he threatened to sue the officer.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy sailor was fatally shot by Naval Air Station Oceana security officers in Virginia Beach.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the incident began with a report of a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Dan Neck and Drakesmile roads just before 10 p.m. on Friday. When Virginia Beach Police officers responded to the scene they saw damage to Gate 2 at Naval Air Station Oceana and contacted base security. Security officers then responded to the scene and found a man there.
Navy spokeswoman Jennifer Colaizzi told the newspaper that a security officer fired his gun “for his safety and the safety of personnel in the area.”
The man, identified as a Navy sailor, was taken to a hospital where he later died. The incident is under investigation.
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Two police officers in Oregon who shot and killed an armed man standing on the roof of a home Tuesday have been identified.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Officers Jason Buelt and Dan Cotton fired their weapons killing 51-year-old Douglas Michael Smith at the Beaverton home.
Beaverton Police Department spokesman Officer Mike Rowe says the officers opened fire after the man began waving a gun in the air and taking aim at people in other houses from his perch atop the roof.
Rowe says Smith refused to talk with officers, pointed the gun at them and fired a shot into the house.
Rowe says the Buelt and Cotton fired to stop the threat.
Both were placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation continues.
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — New guidelines have been developed for the popular summertime Cody gunfight shows in response to an accident that left three spectators wounded during a performance last year.
The new guidelines developed by Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker require a site safety manager, who will be responsible for all weapons and blank ammunition used during performances.
“We will have a person each night who is in charge of checking in all firearms,” said Richard Muscio, president of The Cody Gunfighters organization that puts on the shows. “Somebody not in the show.”
The safety manager also will issue the performer factory manufactured blank rounds and will watch as the gun is loaded. At the end of the show, the performer will turn in all blank rounds, fired or not, so every round is accounted for.
The safety regulations also require the organization to provide Baker with a list of performers in the show, as well as proof the performers are legally allowed to possess firearms. Baker said this can be demonstrated either by the performers showing they have a concealed-carry permit or submitting to a background check. Wyoming’s concealed-carry permit requires a background check.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson opposes an effort backed by the National Rifle Association to remove a training requirement and age restriction from legislation allowing concealed handguns at Arkansas colleges and universities, his office said Friday.
Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said the Republican governor, who headed an NRA task force that called for trained, armed personnel at schools, opposes a proposal that would allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to carry on campus. The current version of the bill allows those 25 and older who are licensed to carry if they’ve undergone up to 16 hours of active shooter training.
“The governor supports Rep. Charlie Collins’ bill as amended that would allow for concealed carry on college campuses with active shooter training,” Davis said, referring to the sponsor of the current campus guns bill. “This bill allows for concealed permit holders to carry their firearm on campuses, which was not previously allowed.”
Arkansas law leaves the decision on whether to allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus up to the schools, but none have opted to do so since it was enacted in 2013.
Davis said the governor objected to removing the training requirement as well as eliminating exemptions that are currently in the legislation, including ones for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Clinton School for Public Service, which is located next to former President Bill Clinton’s library and museum in downtown Little Rock.
Hutchinson, a former federal Homeland Security official and congressman, was tapped by the NRA to lead a task force that called for armed, trained school personnel after the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012.
Republican Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, who introduced the amendment on Thursday, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Friday evening. The Senate on Thursday rejected a motion to send the bill back to committee to take up Collins-Smith’s proposal, but she’s left open the possibility she’ll ask the full Senate to consider her amendment. The Senate is expected to take up the campus guns bill next week.
The NRA had supported an initial version of the bill approved by the House that would have allowed faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. But the group dropped its support after it was amended through a deal struck between Hutchinson and lawmakers, and has called the age and training requirements excessive.