Shakia Bush (and her four children) was waiting to park her car in a handicapped parking place outside a Walmart in Aurora, Colo. when a man in another car started honking at her.
The man apparently felt Bush was waiting too long in the traffic lane (video below).
Bush got out of her car to tell him to drive around because she had a handicapped child in her car and needed the handicapped parking space. She claims that he yelled obscenities and pulled out a gun.
“He showed it to me in the air, then held it to his chest and said, ‘B----, I have a gun. I will shoot your a--,’” Bush told 7 News. “My 10-year old son was saying ‘Mommy, he’s going to shoot you. I don’t want him to shoot you.’”
Bush yelled to bystanders that a man was “pulling a gun on a woman," wrote down his license number and called 911.
Police later identified the man as Justin West, who claimed he thought “people were going to jump out and attack him." He recalled telling Bush, “I have a gun and will defend myself.”
West told police that “he never pointed the gun at anyone and never threatened to shoot anyone.”
“What was he defending himself from?” Bush stated. “A mom and four kids? He was angry over a traffic incident. He hopped out of his car first and started yelling and screaming at me. I think he felt a woman was talking back to him, so he needs to prove a point."
Police say that West could not be charged because the Walmart parking lot surveillance video did not show him with a gun.
In more bizarre motorist news, Joel Salmeron-Ciprian is accused of biting off his father’s eyebrow during a fight-filled drive home following a family wedding.
According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, King County prosecutors are charging Salmeron-Ciprian with second-degree assault.
Court papers say that Salmeron-Ciprian’s father was driving him and other relatives home on Dec. 1 when the incident occurred.
Witnesses claimed that Salmeron-Ciprian was drunk and shouting at his dad during the ride home. After the dad stopped the vehicle, after which a fight began after the men got out of the truck.
King County deputy sheriffs found Salmeron-Ciprian held on the ground by his father, who was bleeding and missing his right eyebrow.
Salmeron-Ciprian is jailed on an $100,000 bail.
The police department in a Colorado town has accidentally destroyed DNA evidence from 48 sexual assault cases in what is being called a “grievous mistake.”
Aurora, Colo., Police Chief Dan Oates said one of the cases, in which the evidence had identified a suspect whose arrest had been imminent, had to be dropped. Prosecutors and Oates met with the victim to explain what had happened and to apologize.
According to Oates, the victim was "gracious and understanding. More understanding than I would have been in that situation. Obviously this is not a good day for the department. This is a big mistake."
It is unclear how the DNA destruction will alter other cases, but it has the potential to be a huge problem for police and prosecutors, The Daily Caller reported.
“The prosecution needs this evidence if they’re going to convict people that have done something wrong,” said attorney Dan Recht. “They need this evidence so that wrongfully accused people don’t get convicted.”
An expert panel will review the matter and make findings and recommendations to the APD.
"We are participating in an independent task force that will individually review the cases potentially affected by these evidentiary issues," said district attorney George Brauchler.
Oates said the accidental destruction of case evidence from 2009 occurred because of a “system breakdown.” It is believed that evidence in 30 of the cases was unintentionally destroyed by a single officer. Oates believes improper training may be an issue.
"We will do all that we should to fix this problem," he said. "No one — including that officer — intended this outcome. It was a mistake."
The evidence in Aurora’s most famous case, the theater shooting perpetrated by convicted killer Nathan Dunlap, was not affected.
An unidentified school employee, who was working a second job as an armed security officer, accidentally shot a student at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado on Monday.
The names of the student and the employee have not been released.
The security officer offered the student a ride home, tried to put his gun in the glove department of his car, but the weapon discharged and shot the student in the leg, reported KMGH-TV.
After the accidental shooting in the school parking lot, the man took the student to a nearby hospital. The student had surgery for a “significant injury,” say police.
Police did not say if the school employee would face charges. The security guard works at the school, but is not a teacher.
Despite the complaints of a number of angry parents and upset students, Colorado police say no crime was committed when a second-grade teacher taped shut the mouths of 28 kids.
Police were alerted to the incident by a concerned parent, after her daughter told her that her teacher at Fulton Academy in the suburb of Aurora put tape on her mouth as a joke on Thursday. The student told police the students were laughing and had asked to have their mouths taped.
When police interviewed the teacher, Aimee Martinez, she said she didn’t “think anything bad” when she put a strip of transparent packing tape on the 28 students’ mouths. She said the tape was meant to help them keep quiet and confirmed that the children requested the tape be put on their mouths.
"The incident did not meet the elements of any municipal violation or state statute," said Aurora police in a statement. Aurora parents, however, claimed the incident was bullying behavior.
“We send them here to be taught, not to be bullied by their teacher. It’s just not right,” says Elizabeth Martinez, who has four children enrolled at the school.
One second-grader from the class told Fox 30 Denver that classmates were upset when Martinez taped their mouths. “Kids were crying when she put on the tape,” said the 8-year-old.
Others said the tape made it difficult to breathe. “I breathe mostly with my mouth,” said second-grader Amilcar Arredondo.
“The package tape was this big and it covered my nose so I couldn’t breathe. When I took off the tape, the teacher got mad and put it back on me,” said another student, whose mother asked that she not be identified.
“I don’t want to go to school. I just don’t want nothing bad to happen to me,” one little girl said.
The Aurora Public School district said in a statement that they take the matter seriously and will conduct their own investigation. Martinez was given paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
Jana Winter, Fox News Reporter, May Face Jail Time For Not Revealing Aurora Shooter James Holmes Story Source
A Fox News reporter may be facing some jail time for refusing to reveal the name of a source who provided her with information which violated a gag order.
Jana Winter, the New York-based Fox reporter, wrote a story following the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting. Winter’s story cited an anonymous law enforcement source that said the shooter, James Holmes, sent a notebook full of violent drawings to a psychiatrist prior to the massacre.
Holmes is currently charged with murdering 12 people and injuring 70 others during the July 20 attack.
Holmes’ lawyers claim that Winter’s source violated a gag order that protected that information, and has urged her to reveal her source, but Winter has refused.
Holmes’ lawyers want the source revealed because they claim it would call law enforcement officials’ credibility into question if they serve as witnesses at the trial. Around 20 officials have already submitted affidavits during a December hearing stating they were not her source.
The judge presiding over the case ruled on Monday that this will not be an issue unless the notebook in question is submitted as evidence, and if Holmes changes his plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity. Only the insanity plea will allow prosecutors access to mental health records.
Currently, Winters has not yet be ordered to disclose her source. If she is ordered and refuses, then she will face jail time.