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Lawyer Accused of Killing Wife Owed Her $350K: Court Docs

McIver contends gun went off accidentally while couple were in a car

(Newser) - An Atlanta attorney facing manslaughter charges in the September shooting death of his wife owed her $350,000 when she died, CBS46 reports. A business owned by Diane McIver had spotted her husband, Claud "Tex" McIver, the money in December 2011, with a payoff date (with interest) set for... More »

In 2 Years, Cops Killed 86 People Carrying Fake Guns

May be 'virtually impossible' for police to tell real firearms from phony ones at a distance

(Newser) - Tamir Rice was one of the highest-profile examples of a person carrying a fake weapon who was gunned down by cops, but as the Washington Post reports in an exclusive, he was far from the only one. Those statistics, per the Post's internal database of US fatal police shootings,... More »

Man With Dementia Shot Dead by Cop Was Armed— With a Crucifix

Francisco Serna was killed after officer from Bakersfield, Calif., fired 7 rounds

(Newser) - More details are emerging out of California on the 73-year-old man with dementia who was shot dead by police on Monday. Police now say that Francisco Serna wasn't holding a gun, as one Bakersfield neighbor who called 911 reported, but instead a crucifix, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

Calif. Cop Kills Unarmed Man With Dementia

Police say 73-year-old ignored officers' requests

(Newser) - Family members are demanding answers after they say a police officer fatally shot an unarmed 73-year-old man with dementia in Bakersfield, Calif., on Monday. Authorities say they were responding to a call about a man brandishing a gun outside a home around 12:30am when a witness on the scene... More »

Cop's Fatal Shooting Sparks 12-Hour Standoff

Suspect shot while using child as shield: cops

(Newser) - It started with the fatal shooting of a police officer and ended almost 12 hours later with the death of a suspect in Washington state. Authorities say a 45-year-old officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call in Tacoma around 4pm Wednesday. He was taken to... More »

Woman Shot Dead at Her Toddler's Birthday Party

A 6-year-old boy was the youngest of the six others who were injured

(Newser) - The group had gathered on the porch of a home in Dyersburg, Tenn., on Thursday to celebrate a 2-year-old's birthday with balloons, a birthday cake, and a highchair. Then shots rang out. Authorities say up to three assailants on foot opened fire on the party around 6:20pm Thursday,... More »

Chicago Has Most Violent Weekend Yet of 2016

17 killed (including teen twin brothers), 41 injured in city shootings

(Newser) - Gun violence in Chicago has been an ever-present topic in recent news, and this weekend just saw more disturbing statistics emerge. Seventeen people were shot and killed between Friday night and Monday morning, per homicide numbers tracked by the Chicago Sun-Times ; 41 others were reported injured. That makes it the... More »

Dad Shot Dead Standing Up for His Son

Incident arose over a stolen baseball cap

(Newser) - Gerald Cummings confronted a group of young men about his son's stolen baseball cap, and wound up losing his life as a result, police say. The 38-year-old father of two was shot twice in the head near a basketball court outside a Brooklyn elementary school around 10:15pm Wednesday,... More »

Kid Who Shot Friend Tapping Window May Be Charged

Prosecutors weigh negligent homicide for boy in accidental shooting

(Newser) - Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case an investigator has described as an accident. The unidentified boy was startled when 15-year-old Mackeon Schulte and a friend knocked on his window early... More »

Iraqi Refugee in US Killed Photographing His First Snow

Dallas cops not sure newcomer was target

(Newser) - Police don't know yet whether it's a hate crime or a case of tragically bad luck, but an an Iraqi immigrant who moved to Dallas less than a month ago was shot to death this week. The wrenching detail is that the shooting took place after Ahmed Al-Jumaili... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom: No Grand Jury, Please

Samaria Rice recounts day police shot her 12-year-old boy

(Newser) - The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead while brandishing a toy gun wants authorities to skip the grand jury. At a press conference in Cleveland, the attorney for Samaria Rice urged prosecutors to avoid a grand jury trial and directly charge the officer who shot Rice's son Tamir... More »

Shield Star Arrested in Wife's Murder

Michael Jace allegedly told 911 'I shot my wife'

(Newser) - Actor Michael Jace, best known for playing Julien Lowe on The Shield from 2002 to 2008, has been arrested and charged in his wife's murder, police tell CNN . April Jace, 40, was found fatally shot in her home in south Los Angeles last night, and Jace has now been... More »

Guy Killed After Friend Misses Bulletproof Vest

He asked friends to shoot him, and one did

(Newser) - Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? An 18-year-old woman faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after she allegedly fatally shot her friend in the chest Wednesday ... because he asked her to. Though 25-year-old victim Blake Wardell wore a Kevlar bulletproof vest during the incident, the bullet from the... More »

Man Kills 11-Year-Old Nephew Showing Gun With Laser Sight

New Jersey boy shot dead during gun demonstration, police say

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy died this weekend when his uncle, showing off his gun collection, pointed a gun with a laser sight at the boy's head and pulled the trigger, Raw Story reports. The New Jersey fifth grader—identified by WNEP as Hunter Pederson—was visiting his grandfather's house... More »

Girl Killed by 5-Year-Old Looking for His Toy Gun

Fatal shooting occurred at South Carolina birthday party

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina Saturday night after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun while looking for his own "gun"—a toy, authorities say. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the boy's mother gave him permission to retrieve a... More »

3 Dead at Jewish Centers, Suspect Shouts 'Heil Hitler'

JCC was full of kids auditioning for 'KC Superstar'

(Newser) - Three people were killed and one was critically wounded today when a man opened fire at two Jewish sites—a community center and retirement home—in the greater Kansas City area, the Kansas City Star reports. Police later arrested a heavyset man at a nearby school who was smiling and... More »

Man Accused in Movie Text Killing Had Just ... Texted

Curtis Reeves sent text of his own minutes before the shooting

(Newser) - The 71-year-old Florida man who fatally shot a fellow moviegoer who was texting during previews had sent a text of his own about 15 minutes earlier, reports the Tampa Bay Times . Curtis Reeves responded to a text from his son, who was supposed to meet his parents in the theater... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Over Xbox Argument

Boy, 13, allegedly shoots cousin, 16, after fight

(Newser) - Police say a 13-year-old fatally shot his 16-year-old cousin after the teen boys got into a fight about an Xbox. Raymond Galloway was shot in his sleep in a Chicago home early yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reports; his cousin was charged with first-degree murder today. It's not clear how... More »

Alleged Cop Killer Shot Dead Outside Bank

He allegedly fired at police in Mississippi

(Newser) - A bank robber sought in two holdups and the murder of a police officer was shot dead yesterday after robbing a bank in Phoenix, according to the FBI. The subject of a nationwide manhunt , he entered a Compass Bank in Phoenix yesterday morning and walked out in a black ski... More »

Teenager Killed Trying to Enter Her Own House: Police

Stepfather apparently opened fire as she climbed in the window

(Newser) - Tragedy in Colorado: A man shot and killed his stepdaughter before dawn today, probably mistaking her for a burglar as she sneaked back into the house, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports. "The initial call came in as a burglary-in-progress," a police spokesman said. Officers found the unidentified 14-year-old... More »

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