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Harris County CHL Licensee/Judge Shoots Robbery Suspect

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Apr 30, 1997, 3:00:00 AM4/30/97

In <> (Spimby) writes:

> HOUSTON, April 29 (UPI) -- A state district judge shot and
> killed a suspected robber during the lunch hour in downtown Houston.
> Police say Judge Werner Voigt fired three shots from a 9 mm
> pistol when he was assaulted Tuesday in a confrontation with a man
> suspected of stealing a briefcase.
> The Department of Public Safety says Voigt has a valid state
> permit to carry a concealed weapon.
> Police say a number of witnesses recognized the shooting
> victim and said he had committed a number of downtown robberies
> in recent days, including two on Tuesday.
> Police say the 60-year-old judge was driving his car when he
> was flagged down by a man who said he had just been beaten and robbed
> of his briefcase.
> According to police, Voigt turned his car around, drove the
> wrong way down a one-way street, and spotted a man matching the
> robber's description at a nearby intersection.
> Voigt got out of his car and told the man to give back the
> briefcase. Police say the man slammed the case on the hood of the
> judge's car and began hitting the judge, breaking his nose.
> Police say the judge pulled his pistol and shot the man once,
> but the man kept assaulting him. The judge then fired two more shots.
> The robbery suspect, who has not been identified, was
> pronounced dead at the scene.
> Charges have not been filed in the case.
> District Attorney Johnny Holmes says the case will be
> presented to a grand jury.

I wonder if the Houston Chronic and/or the Austin Amerikan Socialist
are going to print Editorials calling for the Judge's prosecution and
removal for issuing "Summary Justice?"

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Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928)

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