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August 11, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Karin Miranda Pipkin, a state Senate aide, remained in critical condition Wednesday after being shot six times by her husband, a former high-ranking Wilson Administration official who mistakenly took her for an intruder, police said. The victim's husband, political consultant Robert Pipkin, was awakened by the burglar alarm in the second-story bedroom of the couple's East Sacramento home about 11 p.m. Tuesday, said Michael Heenan, a Sacramento police spokesman.
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November 17, 1998 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The firearms industry won an important legal victory Monday in a closely watched case in Oakland, where a jury found Beretta USA not liable in the accidental shooting death of a 15-year-old Berkeley youth. The verdict comes as handgun makers face a growing threat of massive tobacco-style litigation.
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January 4, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
In the first test of a new state law, charges were filed Friday against a San Jose man whose 4-year-old grandson fatally shot himself with a handgun authorities said was carelessly left in an accessible place by the grandfather. Carion Nicholas Conchas, 47, was charged under the Children's Firearm Accident Prevention Act, which took effect New Year's Day, just 10 hours before the boy's death.
NEWS
July 21, 1997 | From Reuters
A 4-year-old boy killed his 3-year-old brother with a gun his mother kept near her bed for protection, officials said Sunday. The accidental shooting took place Saturday at a house in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said. No names were given. The 29-year-old mother slept in the bedroom of her two boys Friday night because her husband was away on business, placing a handgun in the boys' night stand for protection, the department said.
SPORTS
December 4, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The shotgun blast pierced the still spring morning with a deafening ring. Greg LeMond would recall two years later that the blast sounded as if it had come from his gun, not from one 25 yards away. "My first realization that anything had happened was that I saw there was blood on the ring finger on my left hand," LeMond told Samuel Abt in the book, "LeMond: The Incredible Comeback of an American Hero." "Then I felt numbness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A high school sophomore who shot himself in the head as he played Russian roulette in the school parking lot died Thursday. Robert Tinoco, 16, was removed from life support systems, said Lori Polevoi of Santa Teresa Community Hospital. He had been sitting with his girlfriend and another friend in a car at Gunderson High School Wednesday morning when he put a bullet in the chamber of the .38-caliber revolver and asked his friend if he wanted to play Russian roulette, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
No criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death of a reserve police officer who was shot during a training exercise in Gilroy, Santa Clara County prosecutors said. Theodore Brassinga, 33, a Palo Alto reserve officer, died May 15 during a role-playing exercise designed to train police for the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament. "This was an accident," said Dave Davies, an assistant district attorney.
NEWS
July 21, 1997 | From Reuters
A 4-year-old boy killed his 3-year-old brother with a gun his mother kept near her bed for protection, officials said Sunday. The accidental shooting took place Saturday at a house in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said. No names were given. The 29-year-old mother slept in the bedroom of her two boys Friday night because her husband was away on business, placing a handgun in the boys' night stand for protection, the department said.
SPORTS
December 13, 1995 | PETE THOMAS
The California Department of Fish and Game last week canceled its investigation into an alleged mountain lion attack on a Napa County turkey hunter who said the cougar pounced on him and bit his foot. Robert Nakatani reported he had shot and hit the animal with a 12-gauge shotgun, but also hit his foot. Wardens searching the area, near Lake Berryessa, however, couldn't find any trace of the animal, nor could they find any evidence to support Nakatani's claim.
NEWS
August 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal firearms agent who put a loaded gun to a colleague's head to show he had nothing to be despondent about, then saw the gun go off, should have understood the risk, prosecutors say. But the attorney for Mark Herzog, 35, a veteran agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the fatal shooting Tuesday of Bradford Scott Brown, 25, was unintentional. At Herzog's arraignment on a charge of second-degree murder, Deputy Dist. Atty.
SPORTS
December 13, 1995 | PETE THOMAS
The California Department of Fish and Game last week canceled its investigation into an alleged mountain lion attack on a Napa County turkey hunter who said the cougar pounced on him and bit his foot. Robert Nakatani reported he had shot and hit the animal with a 12-gauge shotgun, but also hit his foot. Wardens searching the area, near Lake Berryessa, however, couldn't find any trace of the animal, nor could they find any evidence to support Nakatani's claim.
NEWS
August 11, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Karin Miranda Pipkin, a state Senate aide, remained in critical condition Wednesday after being shot six times by her husband, a former high-ranking Wilson Administration official who mistakenly took her for an intruder, police said. The victim's husband, political consultant Robert Pipkin, was awakened by the burglar alarm in the second-story bedroom of the couple's East Sacramento home about 11 p.m. Tuesday, said Michael Heenan, a Sacramento police spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
No criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death of a reserve police officer who was shot during a training exercise in Gilroy, Santa Clara County prosecutors said. Theodore Brassinga, 33, a Palo Alto reserve officer, died May 15 during a role-playing exercise designed to train police for the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament. "This was an accident," said Dave Davies, an assistant district attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A high school sophomore who shot himself in the head as he played Russian roulette in the school parking lot died Thursday. Robert Tinoco, 16, was removed from life support systems, said Lori Polevoi of Santa Teresa Community Hospital. He had been sitting with his girlfriend and another friend in a car at Gunderson High School Wednesday morning when he put a bullet in the chamber of the .38-caliber revolver and asked his friend if he wanted to play Russian roulette, police said.
NEWS
January 4, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
In the first test of a new state law, charges were filed Friday against a San Jose man whose 4-year-old grandson fatally shot himself with a handgun authorities said was carelessly left in an accessible place by the grandfather. Carion Nicholas Conchas, 47, was charged under the Children's Firearm Accident Prevention Act, which took effect New Year's Day, just 10 hours before the boy's death.
NEWS
August 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal firearms agent who put a loaded gun to a colleague's head to show he had nothing to be despondent about, then saw the gun go off, should have understood the risk, prosecutors say. But the attorney for Mark Herzog, 35, a veteran agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the fatal shooting Tuesday of Bradford Scott Brown, 25, was unintentional. At Herzog's arraignment on a charge of second-degree murder, Deputy Dist. Atty.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1998 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The firearms industry won an important legal victory Monday in a closely watched case in Oakland, where a jury found Beretta USA not liable in the accidental shooting death of a 15-year-old Berkeley youth. The verdict comes as handgun makers face a growing threat of massive tobacco-style litigation.
SPORTS
December 4, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The shotgun blast pierced the still spring morning with a deafening ring. Greg LeMond would recall two years later that the blast sounded as if it had come from his gun, not from one 25 yards away. "My first realization that anything had happened was that I saw there was blood on the ring finger on my left hand," LeMond told Samuel Abt in the book, "LeMond: The Incredible Comeback of an American Hero." "Then I felt numbness.
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