GOOD & BAD: Shooting Ruled Self-Defense - Lancaster, PA

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    GOOD & BAD: Shooting Ruled Self-Defense - Lancaster, PA

    LancasterOnline.com:News:DA: No homicide charge for city man

    A Pittsburgh man was pistol-whipping a woman on a Lancaster city street last year when another man opened fire and killed him, officials say.

    The fatal shooting of Curtis Howard was justified, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office ruled Thursday, because the shooter, Carlos Oyola, was defending the woman being assaulted and himself.

    Oyola, 20, shot Howard, 19, in the head July 30 in the 200 block of Green Street, according to police. Howard died later that night at Lancaster General Hospital.

    Police said Howard was on the block seeking revenge for being robbed there a month earlier, but that Oyola and the woman weren't part of the group that had robbed him.

    Oyola, of Juniata Street, is at Lancaster County Prison on a felony gun charge. He will not face any additional charges stemming from the incident, including homicide, investigators said.

    Oyola surrendered to police three days after the shooting. According to investigators, his claim that he shot Howard in defense of himself and the woman being assaulted was corroborated by other witnesses.

    "We looked at the entire case to find the truth," Lancaster city police Captain Pete Anders said, "to make sure we felt comfortable with what we were told by Oyola and other witnesses."

    According to investigators, Howard pointed his pistol at Oyola before Oyola pulled a concealed gun and fired three or four times.

    Oyola left his weapon at the scene of the shooting, police said.

    The fatal shooting occurred about a month after Howard was released from Lancaster County Prison, where he had been serving a sentence for receiving stolen property. On the day of his release, June 11, 2008, Howard and a friend, Cyhien Barnes, were robbed on Rockland Street by a group of men with a shotgun.

    On July 30, Howard and Barnes returned to the area seeking revenge, police said.

    There they recognized a woman walking with a group of males and decided to assault the group, police said. Howard, wearing a bandanna over his face, then jumped the woman and beat her head with his pistol.

    When Oyola tried to intervene, Howard pointed the pistol at him, police said, At that point, Oyola drew his own gun and fired.

    Oyola was charged with possessing a firearm without a license.

    Police said they are no longer investigating the June robbery of Howard and Barnes because Barnes has stopped talking to detectives.

    "Without having a victim police are unable to proceed any further with that aspect of this investigation," Anders said.
    Seems to me the victim is the woman who was getting pistol-whipped.
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    I wonder if Oyola was a gangbanger or a concerned citizen who was carrying illegally because he wasn't of age yet. Doesn't matter either way, as it was illegal...just curiosity.
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    sounds like thugs thugging each other
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