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This playstation mania is getting out of hand! :D

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061204/ap_ ... tion_theft

WILMINGTON, N.C. - A young man accused of robbing a fellow college student of two new Playstation 3 video game consoles was shot and killed â€" possibly while holding a game controller, his roommate said â€" by officers sent to arrest him.

Peyton Strickland, 18, was killed Friday at a house he shared with three roommates, Sheriff Sid Causey said.

"If this boy would've come to the door, opened the door, we probably wouldn't be talking," the sheriff said Sunday.

Roommate Mike Rhoton said Strickland was unarmed when he got up from playing a Tiger Woods golf game but may have been holding a controller when he went to the door as officers bashed it in. Strickland's dog, a German shepherd, also was shot to death.

The sheriff said Strickland was shot by members of a specially trained team who went to help university officers serve arrest warrants. Causey said officers considered the arrest a high-risk situation.

"Anytime that someone beats a person severely and commits an armed robbery, I certainly would consider him a risk and a danger," Causey said.

Authorities promised Monday to fully investigate the shooting. "No one is above the law and no one is beneath its protection," District Attorney Ben David said. He declined to discuss details of the case.

The State Bureau of Investigation is examining the case and three deputies on the team were placed on paid leave, normal practice whenever officers fire their weapons, Causey said.

Arrest warrants alleged that Strickland, a student at Cape Fear Community College, and a University of North Carolina-Wilmington student stole two PlayStation units from another UNC-Wilmington student Nov. 17, the day the consoles were introduced.

The sheriff said the robbery victim waited three days in line to buy the units for $641 each at a Wal-Mart. He was unloading them at his campus apartment when one man beat him to the ground while another took the consoles, Causey said.

The second man named in the warrants was arrested at another address and released on bail Saturday, authorities said.

The nationwide introduction of the Sony game system was marked by rowdy crowds and store stampedes. One buyer waiting in line at a Connecticut store was shot by robbers
 

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Of course, there's not enough information to form an opinion, but I'm gonna do it anyway...

But, based on what info is available, I think the kid contributed significantly to his own demise. All because of a game......sad.
 

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I like how the cops wanted to make sure this was done right and used "members of a specially trained team" to kill the innocent until proven guilty suspect.

I wonder what an ordinary cop would have done.
 

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Macktee said:
Of course, there's not enough information to form an opinion, but I'm gonna do it anyway...

But, based on what info is available, I think the kid contributed significantly to his own demise. All because of a game......sad.
Well, no doubt any strong arm robber contributes to his own demise, but there is some new news coming out . . .

The bullet that struck Strickland in the head and killed him was likely fired through the young man's front door, according to the pathologist who performed the autopsy.
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The Sheriff's Office has not released details about the shooting, and it's not clear whether officers saw Strickland before firing. Strickland died later at the hospital, Garrett said.
Does this match the story the police told originally?

Why was a SWAT team being used for this? Well, remember the Florida case? Ring a bell? No, this guy did not have a firearms license (he would not have qualified for one), but the officers saw a picture of him with a gun. So they used a SWAT team.

According to a search warrant, UNCW campus police had found pictures on the Internet of Mills, a UNCW student, holding guns.

Friends of Mills, however, said one of the pictures -- featuring a smirking Mills holding a shotgun flanked by friends clutching pistols and an assault rifle -- was just a prank. His attorney, Alex Hall, said the photo was the equivalent of "dressing up like a cowboy and posing for a picture on the Tweetsie Railroad."
Well, more details are sure to come out, and we will perhaps discover whether the use of the SWAT team and the shooting were justified.

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The deputy who fired the fatal shot has been charged with murder!

The others have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

One deputy then began striking the door with a battering ram, David told the judge.

Long, who stood behind the deputy with the battering ram, later said he mistakenly thought he heard gunfire, David said. But the sound was only the battering ram, which no other deputies on the team mistook for gunfire.

Long then fired three shots through the closed door, hitting Strickland in the head and in the chest near the right shoulder, David said. The head shot, which passed through Strickland's skull, killed him.

When the deputies forced the door open and Strickland's German shepherd Blaze lunged toward them, Long and two other deputies shot and killed the dog, David said.
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It turns out the murder charge was a paperwork screw-up.

The charge has been dismissed.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/12/12/plays ... index.html

Officials dismissed a murder charge Tuesday against a sheriff's deputy accused of shooting and killing an unarmed teenager who authorities believed had stolen video game consoles.

A grand jury foreman said he had checked the wrong box on the indictment paperwork, triggering the dismissal.
"Sorry, we didn't mean to hold an irresponsible cop accountable for his actions. No harm, no foul."
 

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Wow! I just read this thread! Firing through a closed door???? Unbelievable. Based on what I've read, this guy has been rightly charged. He has not apparently developed the maturity to be placed in such situations. The situations he will face in prison will likely clear that up.
 

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"If this boy would've come to the door, opened the door, we probably wouldn't be talking," the sheriff said Sunday.
Strickland's roommate, Mike Rhoton, told a Wilmington newspaper that on the night of the shooting, he and Strickland were playing video games when Strickland went to answer a knock at the door. Strickland might have had a game controller in his hand when he went to the door, Rhoton said.
This story is starting to make me dizzy.

Well, it looks like the Sheriff recovered from his initial denial and fired the deputy at least.
 

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"The original crime was a violent offense," he said Monday. "We had information from a web site that there were weapons inside the residence. Mr. Strickland was involved in a series of violent assaults. And Mr. Riley was known to always carry a pistol."
Gunowner = no-knock warrant
 

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jrm, the roommate said that the SWAT team did knock. That is why Strickland was going to the door when the officer inexplicably opened fire through the door. It sounds like Strickland did not have a chance to open it.

Typically, the wait time is only a few seconds. Adrenaline is high. Time slows down.

Unless some additional facts come out, I will speculate that the grand jury simply decided this kid was a scummy violent felon spoiled rich kid and that shooting him was not a big enough deal to imprison the officer. I sure hope they would not return a "no bill" if this cop shot me or you or our wives or children through the door whilst we were in the midst of answering a knock at the door.
 

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If the grand jury came to the scummy violent felon conclusion, it's because the prosecutor wanted them to.

You know the old saying that a prosecutor can get a ham sandwich indicted? It's more or less true. Put yourself in the prosecutor's position on this one. You call one witness, the roommate. Roommate testifies there was a knock at the door. Victim goes to the door, starts returning, shots come through door, victim's dead. You call second witness, one of the cops. Cop testifies that indictee fired shots through door. You instruct grand jury on elements of 2nd degree murder. There is no testimony regarding victim (why should there be?).

How can you not get an indictment? Remember, there's no cross examination. You control the entire proceeding.

Answer: you sabotage your own chances of getting an indictment by introducing evidence about the victim. You call the indictee as a witness (instead of the other cop). You let him testify that he heard shots, and thought he was under attack. You instruct the grand jury on self defense.

No true bill.
 

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New grand jury selected in teen shooting case

Jan 3, 2007 09:25 AM

WILMINGTON -- A new 18-member grand jury convened today in New Hanover County.

There had been some thought that the new jurors would review a high-profile, officer involved shooting right away.

District Attorney Ben David told NewsChannel 3 earlier today that the new grand jurors chosen today would not be given such a hard hitting case right away.

David says eventually the jury will be presented with a case to indict former New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy Christopher Long for shooting 18-year-old Peyton Strickland last month.

Strickland was shot and killed December 1 after authorities attempted to issue warrants at his Wilmington home.

Cpl. Christopher Long shot Strickland after he says he thought he heard gunfire.

DA David later presented a case to the grand jury to indict Long for second-degree murder. That grand jury chose not to indict Long, but a clerical error in paperwork made it seem as if they did.

Attorney Thom Goolsby said, "In the first case apparently the foreman of the grand jury, who is responsible for marking the grand jury sheet, marked the wrong box. The court came in the next day and corrected it, as they should have, and then of course it means that there is no indictment. So, anything that may have happened before was improper and had to be thrown out."

The DA could have dropped the case after it was thrown out the first time, but after consulting with the Attorney General's office, David said he would continue to pursue the case and ultimately present it again to another grand jury.

According to Goolsby the DA can present the Strickland case before a grand jury as many times as he deems necessary, as there are no statutes of limitations in North Carolina for felony cases.

Goolsby says it's also unlikely a new grand jury will be presented with this case right away.

http://www.wwaytv3.com/Global/story.asp?S=5881600
 
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