Saturday, February 9, 2013

Detroit Basketball Coach Awaiting "Warrant Arrest" Review After Defending Himself and Two Female Students

One teen is dead, another is wounded. One stuck a gun in the face of Ernest Robinson, the 70-year-old girl's basketball coach who was escorting two female students out of the school. The thugs were allegedly trying to rob the coach (and maybe the girls). Robinson had a license to carry a weapon and is also a reserve law enforcement officer. The boys are reportedly students at the school, one recently expelled and not permitted on school grounds. The girls are safe. Detroit police submitted a "warrant arrest", which is being "reviewed."

Update 2-9-13:  I'm looking for updates, particularly on the "review" of Mr. Robinson's self-defense and finding little, although I do see that a "struggle" before the shooting is reported. When more is available, I'll update. Although the original story (below) said both boys were students at Martin Luther King Jr Senior High School, this story says only the older boy who died, Michael Scott, was enrolled there. Scott was reportedly a 9th-grader, but was 16 years old.
Ernest Robinson told police he was walking out of the school gym Friday night with two of his players when two teens approached, one brandishing a blue-steel revolver. 
"Don't move," the gun-toting teen told Robinson, according to the story he told investigators, which is in police reports obtained by The Detroit News. 
The youths "then attempted to grab Mr. Robinson, and a struggle ensued," one report said. Robinson then removed from his 2009 Dodge Journey "his licensed firearm, a Glock 22 .40 caliber blue-steel semi-auto and fired numerous shots …. Mr. Robinson did not know if his shots took effect." 
The shots killed Michael Scott, 16, a ninth-grader at the school, while his 15-year-old companion was hit in the right torso. Source: Detroit News
The following begins the original story:
"They announced a robbery, a struggle ensued and he pulled a weapon and fired," said Lewis, who added that Robinson is a reserve police officer and licensed to carry a concealed pistol. Michael Scott, a 16-year-old ninth-grader at the east side school, was shot and killed, according to Steve Wasko, a spokesman for Detroit Public Schools. A 15-year-old male was wounded. His name was not released. Detroit police homicide investigators submitted a warrant request this week to the Wayne County prosecutor's office. Prosecutors were reviewing the case Wednesday to determine whether to file charges, spokesman Mark Bernardi said. Scott's mother has told reporters that her son did not have a gun. Source: ABC News
The mother's of the girls might want some answers as well. How about the wife, daughters and/or sons of Mr. Robinson who now will be plagued with the possibility of a murder charge.
Posted by Maggie @ Maggie's Notebook 

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