Monday, June 13, 2005

Department of Righteous Self-Defense

Shreveport, LA:
The assistant principal of Youree Drive Middle School in Shreveport is hospitalized with a gunshot wound, after an overnight shootout with a man who allegedly tried to car jack him. Shreveport Police say Charles Washington arrived at police headquarters Sunday night, with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, saying he had just been shot by a man and returned fire. Washington reportedly told police a man approached him near Milam and Sycamore, demanding his car keys and his wallet. Washington says the man shot him and he shot back, wounding the alleged robber, Gabriel Robinson. The 20-year-old Robinson has been booked into the city jail on a charge of attempted second degree murder. Mr. Washington remains hospitalized in fair condition.

Caddo Parish School superintendent Ollie Tyler was a principal at Youree Drive Middle School, and for several years, was Washington's boss. Tyler visited Washington at the hospital Monday. 'In speaking to him, he seemed to be in good spirits,' Tyler said. 'Not too worried - just ready to be back to work.'

Police say Washington, in shooting his alleged assailant, was apparently acting in self defense. While its unclear if Washington has a license for a firearm, police say he did not need one since he had the gun in his car, which is considered an extension of the home.

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