Across The Nation


The black man killed by Charlotte police had a restraining order filed against him a year ago when he threatened to kill his wife and her son with a gun, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.

Keith Scott’s wife filed the order on Oct. 5, saying that law enforcement officers who encounter him should be aware that he "carries a 9mm black" gun. Police have said Scott had a handgun when they approached him at an apartment complex last week. Officers told Scott repeatedly to drop the weapon and he was shot to death when he didn’t follow their orders, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief has said.

Scott’s family has said that he was not armed. Videos released by police and the family are inconclusive, and state authorities are investigating.

EL CAJON, Calif.

Police have shot and wounded a man they say was acting erratically in a San Diego suburb and an angry crowd has gathered, contending that the man was black and unarmed.

El Cajon police Lt. Rob Ransweiler says police were called to the parking lot of the Broadway Village Shopping Center shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. He says police were told there was a man acting erratically, such as walking in traffic.

He says one officer apparently shot the man, believed to be about 30 years old, who was taken to a hospital. There’s no word on his condition.


A Colorado woman has been arrested in the death of her 27-year-old disabled son, who investigators say was undernourished and weighed about 90 pounds when he died.

Carol Carpenter, 69, of Blanca, was arrested Monday on a charge of first-degree murder for the Oct. 23 death of Corey Carpenter, according to Susan Medina, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Costilla County Undersheriff Andrew Espinoza told The Denver Post the man did not know how to prepare his own food, and he was so malnourished that his bones showed through his skin.


The man who authorities say randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood, injuring nine before he was fatally shot by officers, seemingly did his best to not stand out, according to friends and neighbors.

Nathan DeSai, a lawyer whom police identified Tuesday as the gunman, was described as polite, quiet and someone who kept mostly to himself, though he also sang and played guitar for a rock cover band years ago. A friend who had worked with him as a prosecutor in Dallas said that a few years after 9/11, DeSai changed his first name from Niren so it would sound more American and he could blend in.


• SANTA ANA, Calif. — An Army private and another young man were charged Tuesday with murder in the slayings of a California couple and family friend who were discovered after the couple’s 6-year-old daughter called police.

• MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The identities of four of the people killed in a Washington state mall shooting have been released. The Skagit County Coroner’s office on Tuesday said they were: Sarai Lara, 16; Shayla Kathleen Martin, 52; Belinda Sue Galde, 64; and Beatrice Dotson, 95.

Compiled from wire reports