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March 6, 2005

North Bellport, New York

From Long Island’s Newsday of March 5, 2005

Break-in victim shoots burglar

A North Bellport resident surprised an armed burglar who tried to break into his home, when he grabbed a shotgun and fired at the man, hitting him in the shoulder, Suffolk police said.

Cheyenne Ray, 44, was alerted by his girlfriend, Tanya Rivera, 31, that she heard a noise at the front door about 1:30 a.m., said Fifth Squad Det. Sgt. Kenneth Hamilton. Ray looked through the glass storm door and saw a hand holding a 9-mm pistol strike the glass. Ray went into the kitchen, got a shotgun, and fired one shot at the door, Hamilton said. The burglar dropped the gun and ran off, Hamilton said.

The alleged burglar, Marion Gillard, 23, of Bay Shore, was later spotted in the area with a gunshot wound in his shoulder and was arrested by police. He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center before being transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was being evaluated Saturday. Ray could not be reached for comment.

Gillard, who Hamilton said has a prior arrest for first-degree robbery, is charged with first-degree burglary and could face further charges. He is expected to be arraigned at bedside Sunday.

February 16, 2005

Bardonia, New York

From Burlington, Vermont’s TheChamplainChannel.com of February 15, 2005

With Gun At His Head, Jeweler Shoots Would-Be Robber

Barry Fixler was back at work in his jewelry store Tuesday, a day after he managed to draw his own gun and shoot a robber who was aiming a revolver at his head.

The suspect was in serious condition Tuesday after surgery at Nyack Hospital but was expected to survive, police said.

Two alleged confederates who fled after the shooting were arrested within 12 hours, one in Nanuet and one in Danbury, Conn.

Fixler said that while the incident was not “memorable,” he feels he did what he had to.

“I’d be dead,” he said in a phone interview. “My life was going to be over. That’s what I thought about.”

Detective Lt. Charles Delo of the Clarkstown police force, which covers Bardonia, said a review of the shooting on a surveillance videotape showed it to be justified. Fixler had a permit for his .38-caliber handgun.

Fixler, a 57-year-old ex-Marine, had to sidle along his counter with the robber’s gun in his face to get to the spot where his handgun was hidden, he said.

“What Barry did may have been very brave, but he could have been very easily killed,” Delo said.

Fixler told police two of the men came into his store, Barry’s Estate Jewelry on Route 304, asked about engagement rings and then pulled their guns, one of them aiming his weapon at Fixler’s head.

January 29, 2005

Webster, New York

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle of December 6, 2004

Man’s use of force called justified

Webster police say fatal shooting seems done in self-defense

A Rochester man used justifiable force when he fatally shot another man early Sunday during a frontyard fistfight in Webster, police said.

Donald Krahling, 50, was being badly beaten by Jeffrey Morrison, 43, of Fairport, when he pulled out a concealed handgun and fired one shot into Morrison’s chest about 1:30 a.m., Webster police said.

Police said the shooting appears justified because Morrison was overwhelming the smaller Krahling, who walks with a limp after being injured in the military years ago.

Krahling had properly registered the .25-caliber gun, said Lt. Salvatore Simonetti.

“There is evidence to substantiate his self-defense story,” Simonetti said.

While no charges have been filed against Krahling, he could still face arrest. The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office plans to take the case to a grand jury, which could levy charges against him.

The deadly brawl, police said, broke out after Morrison allegedly approached Krahling as Krahling was entering the home of a former girlfriend at 256 Birch Lane, a quiet development of homes off Bay Road.

After a brief verbal spat, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Morrison began pummeling the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Krahling by punching him in the head and face, police said.

After the shooting, Krahling went into the home and yelled to call 911, police said.

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No subsequent stories about this incident were found.

January 21, 2005

Utica, New York

From Utica’s Newswatch50.com of January 20, 2005

Man Holds Gun On Home Intruder

Elvis Tricic got more than he bargained for after he allegedly broke into a home on Welsh Bush Road in Utica. The break-in happened very early Saturday morning.

State Police say the 22-year old suspect was held at gun point by the home owner until troopers arrived.

Tricic is charged with burglary in the second degree. He is being held in the Herkimer County jail on $50,000 cash bail.

December 16, 2004

Buffalo, New York

From the Buffalo News of December 16, 2004

Would-be burglar shot by owner, police say

A would-be burglar was shot twice by the owner of a Best Street home he apparently was trying to break into Wednesday evening. He was listed in very critical condition in Erie County Medical Center, police said.

The 28-year-old man allegedly was trying to enter a home at 761 Best St. with another man at about 8:30 p.m. when they were approached by the owner, who pulled out a gun and began firing. The wounded man was shot in the chest and buttocks. His companion fled.

The wounded man was found by Ferry-Fillmore District police officers lying in the street near 33 Myers St. a short time later.

Police were interviewing witnesses, including the alleged shooter, according to reports.

The wounded man is expected to be charged in the incident. Initial reports by police indicate that the shooting appeared justified, but detectives said further investigation into the incident is required.

November 11, 2004

Bradford County, New York

From Elmira’s WETMtv.com of November 11, 2004

Corning Man Shot During Burglary

A Corning man is in critical condition after police say he was shot while burglarizing a home in Bradford County. State Police in Towanda say the burglary took place early Wednesday morning at the home of 39 year old Howard Young of Windham Township.

Police say 25-year old Chad Patterson entered the home on the State Line Road around 2:20 a.m., took some items and was confronted by Young. Young then shot Patterson while he was still inside the house and Patterson fled the scene. It appears Patterson then went to Corning. Police, searching a house at 117 W. Second Street in Corning told 18 News they were searching the home for items that may have been taken from a burglary in Bradford County.

Elmira police say a man with a gunshot wound to the back was flown by helicopter early this morning from Corning to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Hospital officials say Patterson is being treated there and is in critical condition.

November 10, 2004

Syracuse, New York

From Syracuse‘s WIXT.com of November 10, 2004

Robbery Suspect Shot

Syracuse Police are investigating a robbery attempt and shooting at the Mobil Service Station at the corner of Velasko Road and West Onondaga Street.

It happened at the Mobil station in Western Lights around 4am Wednesday morning. Syracuse Police report that 40-year-old Elwood Powell was let into the station and after walking around he tried to attack the owner, 51-year-old Steven Brown. Police say Brown pulled out a semi-automatic shotgun and shot Powell in the leg. Brown then locked himself in the office. Powell tried to take cash from the register, but could not. When police arrived they found Powell lying next to the ice cream freezer in a pool of blood.

Powell was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds. He has been charged with robbery. No charges were filed against Brown

September 26, 2004

Buffalo, New York

From Buffalo‘s WIVB.tv of September 25, 2004

Fatal Shooting May Have Been Self Defense

Buffalo Police are investigating a fatal shooting that may have been an act of self defense.

Officers say around 9:30 Friday night two teenagers broke into a social club for senior citizens on Genesee Street near Sherman.

Police beleive the teens were trying to rob the members, and threatened them with a shot gun.

The shot gun went off and a member of the club returned fire, killing one teen, injuring the other.

Police say the man that fired the shots did have a pistol permit for the gun.

They do believe he fired in self defense, but are continuing their investigation.

August 16, 2004

Smithtown, New York

From Long Island’s Newsday of August 16, 2004

Robbery foiled

An adult video store clerk shot a robber in the arm, and then himself in the hand, while fending off the assailant who came in demanding money Saturday afternoon, Suffolk police said.

John McMurray was working at the store on Jericho Turnpike at about 4:30 p.m. when a man armed with a metal pipe arrived, police spokesman Officer Sonny Di Stefano said.

McMurray, 67, of Bohemia, gave the man, Stanley Hagzan, 50, of 29 Johnson Ave. in Kings Park, some cash. Hagzan then tied up McMurray, Di Stefano said.

The clerk was soon able to free himself and then reached for his licensed revolver and shot at Hagzan. Hagzan swung a pipe at McMurray when he realized the clerk was no longer tied up, Di Stefano said.

McMurray told police he wasn’t sure if he had hit him, and that Hagzan fled in a vehicle. McMurray, who accidentally shot himself in the hand, was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, where he was treated and released.

Meanwhile, someone drove Hagzan to the same hospital, where officials contacted police just before 5 p.m. saying that they were treating someone with a gunshot wound to his right arm, Di Stefano said.

Police arrested Hagzan after McMurray identified him as the robber. Hagzan was charged with first-degree robbery. Because he was being held at the hospital, his arraignment was postponed yesterday, court officials said.



Di Stefano said there would be no criminal charges against McMurray because he was acting in self-defense.

July 18, 2004

Greece, New York

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle of July 18, 2004

Man is fatally shot by relative



A Rochester man was shot and killed by a relative Saturday while apparently violating an order of protection, town police said.

Officers were called to 238 West Hill Estates at 10:30 a.m. for a report of an attempted break-in. They found 43-year-old Russell Thurston of 600 Center Place Drive lying in the driveway, fatally shot in the torso.

Thurston was a relative of the homeowner, who had a valid Monroe County Family Court order of protection that barred Thurston from coming near the residence, police said. They would not identify the homeowner.

No charges were filed.


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