Columbus: Third defensive use of a pistol in less than seven days
Written by Jeff Garvas
Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:31
The number of concealed handgun licenses issued in Ohio during 2009 was the most ever since concealed carry was enacted nearly six years ago, exceeding fifty-six thousand for the year. This raises the question: Will the increased number of law abiding gun owners carrying firearms result in a more obvious use of those weapons for self defense?
In the past week we've seen two legitimate uses of a handgun out of Toledo for self-defense against career criminals, in a rare 48 hour period. In both cases gun shots were exchanged between the robbery victims and the criminal. One suspect died of his wounds while customers and store owners escaped uninjured in both shootings.
Early Tuesday morning, the day after the second Toledo shooting, a third documented case of self-defense took place in Columbus, and 10TV News is covering the story with video.
According to Erick Tehoke he was sitting in his SUV at an ATM when a man approach and demanded his money. Tehoke instintively drew his defensive pistol and never fired a shot, proving a claim this organization has made since our inception: Crimes can be deterred without a shot being fired, and they won't be documented by law enforcement statistics. Tehoke states in the video on 10TV's website that after drawing his firearm he realized his attacker was displaying no weapons and the perceived threat de-escalated in more ways that one.
Tehoke's attempted robbery suspect promptly fled the scene, and everyone went home safe that night.
Would-Be Robber Runs When Victim Pulls Gun
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 11:33 PM
Print StoryE-mail StoryCOLUMBUS, Ohio — A simple stop at an ATM ended when a local man pulled a gun on a would-be robber.
It occurred around 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Fifth Third bank at 1500 Morse Road, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.
Erick Tehoke said he was sitting in his SUV with the window down, when the suspect walked up and told him to hand over all of his money.
Tehoke, a concealed carry weapons permit holder of three months, reached for his gun. The suspect ran.
"I have never had to pull my gun, ever," said Tehoke.
He credits his security guard training for not shooting the man. He said the suspect did not appear to have a weapon.
"I did not see anything that looked like a knife or looked like a gun it was just an instant reaction and I pulled my weapon," said Tehoke.
Police do not have any suspects.
Stay with 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for additional information.
Police tackle internet knife gangs
By Dan Whitworth
Newsbeat technology reporter, Glasgow
(bright, bubbly Hitler youth pictured)
Two police officers look for pictures of knives
Hundreds of weapons have been taken off the streets of Glasgow six months after police started using the web to crack down on gang violence.
Young trainee officers at Strathclyde Police search social networking sites for pictures of people posing with weapons, mainly knives.
Constable Holly McGee and Cadet Fraser Reed, both 18, carry out the work.
"We're looking for anyone who is brandishing offensive weapons or blades," Holly told Newsbeat.
"We take the date, the time, detail of what's in the photograph, [then] a copy of the photograph is printed out and thereafter it's all sent to the gangs task force unit."
That's when more experienced officers in the Violence Reduction Unit at Strathclyde Police get involved.
'The law's been broken'
The man in charge of this, Superintendent Bob Hamilton, says there are two ways of dealing with people once they've been tracked down.
If they were posing in a public place, like on the street or a park, the law has been broken and they'll be arrested.
Even when pictures are taken in private, though, which isn't technically breaking the law, he says the weapons are so dangerous his officers pay a visit to the people involved.
We have large kitchen knives, axes, samurai swords, baseball bats, a huge number and different type of weapons
Superintendent Bob Hamilton
"We show the parents their pictures," he explained, "recover the weapons and make sure they know that behaviour is unacceptable.
"We have large kitchen knives, axes, samurai swords, baseball bats, a huge number and different type of weapons - in simple terms weapons that can kill."
Superintendent Hamilton says Operation Access has been a complete success.
"We've questioned more than 400 people, most of them teenagers, as part of it and it's worked so well it will carry on indefinitely," he said.
Other forces from across the UK have also been in touch about the possibility of setting up similar operations.
Social networking sites Facebook and Bebo both say they're committed to improving safety for their members as well as helping cut crime.
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