Archive for July, 2004

July 31, 2004

Grove, Oklahoma

From Tulsa’s of July 31, 2004

Shooting Near Grove Sends One Person To The Hospital

A Delaware County man is in the hospital after being shot by his ex-girlfriend. It happened early Friday morning near Grove.

Police say 44-year-old Dennis Jackson was shot several times while trying to crawl through the window of his ex-girlfriend’s home. The woman told police she told Jackson not to come in and to leave, but he refused and kept saying he was going to kill her.

Police had been called to the residence earlier in the evening when the woman said Jackson refused to leave.


July 31, 2004

Parkman, Maine

From the Portland Press Herald of July 31, 2004

Parkman man shot armed neighbor

The attorney general’s office has ruled that a Parkman man who shot and killed his neighbor in June was acting in self-defense and will not be charged with a crime.

David Tweedie, 40, shot William Glover, 33, when Glover allegedly approached Tweedie’s Wellington Road home for the second time on June 19, armed with two shotguns and demanding beer.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew B. Benson said his office is satisfied that Tweedie was justified in using deadly force against Glover.

Tweedie told police that a man wearing camouflage clothing and carrying two shotguns came from the snowmobile trail behind his home to the back door at about 5:30 p.m., asking for beer. He would only find out later that the stranger was Glover, a neighbor from a couple of miles away whom he had never met.

Tweedie said when he told the man he did not have any beer, the man left and Tweedie called 911 to report the incident. Minutes later the man was back, he said, pointing the guns in his direction and toward his daughter.

July 31, 2004

Riverdale, Georgia

From Atlanta’s of July 30, 2004

Suspect Shot in Attempted Robbery

Riverdale Police say an employee of an insurance company shot one of two men who tried to rob him.

The incident took place late Friday afternoon at the All Risk Insurance Company at 6380 Highway 85 in Riverdale.

Police say two people walked into the business with the intention of robbing it.

According to a Riverdale Police spokeswoman, an employee pulled out a gun and shot one of the suspects.

Emergency personnel have taken the wounded suspect to Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, where his condition is not known.

Police are searching for the other suspect.

July 29, 2004

Mecklenburg, North Carolina

From the Charlotte Observer of April 30, 2004

Man fatally shot after breaking in, police say

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Mecklenburg prosecutors will decide whether to charge anyone in the Thursday morning shooting death of a man who was killed after he broke into a former girlfriend’s west Charlotte apartment, police said. Officers called to LaSalle Street about 4:45 a.m. found Anton Durant, 35, dead on the front porch of an apartment. Police said investigators later determined that Durant broke into the apartment to confront an ex-girlfriend and was then shot during a struggle with another man. Police have identified the shooter but did not release the person’s name because prosecutors had not decided whether charges would be filed.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found

July 29, 2004

Merrillville, Indiana

From the Munster of July 29, 2004

Businessman shoots man he says tried to rob him with a sawed-off shotgun

James Shema stood behind the front counter of his store Wednesday afternoon and calmly looked up from his work to greet a potential customer.

It was business as usual for the 60-year-old owner of Shema’s Outdoor Sports, despite an attempted robbery Tuesday night during which a man allegedly threatened him, his wife, Kathy, and three customers with a sawed-off shotgun.

Instead of becoming a victim, the gun store owner and marksman reportedly shot and seriously wounded his attacker.

Having operated the business since 1975, Shema said he has had break-ins at the store, 7119 Broadway, but this is the first time there’s been an attempted armed robbery.

“This was the first time, and I hope it’s the last,” the Hebron man said.

The experience, during which he said he thought he and the others might be killed, left him counting his blessings that he was able to react like he did and not remain a victim.

“I just did what I had to do. When he came in here with a shotgun and no mask on his face I didn’t think he planned to leave any survivors,” Shema said.

Shema, who owns a gun permit and is licensed to sell guns, said he also is an experienced marksman who competes.


July 28, 2004

Atlanta, Georgia

From the Atlanta’s of July 28, 2004

Home Invasion Suspect Dead

A suspect is dead and another man wounded after an apparent home invasion in downtown Atlanta early Wednesday morning.

Police answered a call around 12:30 a.m. to gated apartments across from the Atlanta Civic Center. A burglar entered the apartment and shot one of the men inside, police said. But the man’s brother fired back at the suspect with a gun of his own. The suspect was dead at the scene, Police Sgt. Bob Creasy said. It appears the man who fired back was defending his brother, Creasy said.

The wounded man, who was shot in the chest and the leg, was brought to Grady Memorial Hospital for surgery. Police did not immediately release any names in the incident.

July 27, 2004

Bismarck, North Dakota

From the Bismarck Tribune of July 27, 2004

Soldier with 957th runs down alleged burglar

The sound of shattering glass, a woman’s screams and the gentle nudging of his wife woke Chris Seil, a mechanic with the 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company, from a deep sleep at about 5 a.m.

About 15 minutes later an armed Seil had ran down the alleged culprit, David Bad Brave, 19, Bismarck, and turned him over to police. Bad Brave was charged Monday with breaking into an apartment, vandalizing vehicles and lying to police officers.

Immediately after the unexpected wake-up, the couple looked out their upstairs bedroom window and spotted a teenager standing next to the “wide open” front door. Seil said the door of their Boise Avenue residence was usually locked, but they left it open that night because they were expecting a late-night guest from Fargo.

“I yelled ‘Hey you, stay right there,'” Seil said. The intruder ran away.

Seil said he had been trained to deal with alarms in the year he was stationed in Iraq. Ignoring the pleas of his wife to “just leave it,” Seil grabbed a handgun from the night stand and ran out the door.

“I didn’t even think, I just grabbed it,” he said. “I think it was a military thing.”

His wife, Trish Seil, watched from the bedroom window.

“I didn’t know if this guy had a weapon, so that kinda freaked me out a little bit,” Trish Seil said. “Chris just ran out, and I couldn’t really see him for most of the time.”

Barefoot and wearing only pajama bottoms, Seil jumped a fence and chased Bad Brave across apartment complex parking lots. When it looked like Bad Brave might escape, Seil said he cocked the handgun and told him to “stop or I’ll shoot.”

“I didn’t know what he did in my house, if he hurt someone or stole something,” Seil said.

Seil said Bad Brave stopped and attempted to punch him, but Seil kicked the intruder’s legs out from under him and jumped on his back. Seil said he walked Bad Brave to a nearby police car holding on to the man’s shirt and ponytail.

July 27, 2004

Gulfport, Mississippi

From the Biloxi Sun-Herald of July 27, 2004

Robbery victim shoots at home invader

An elderly, white-haired woman appeared calm Monday as she sat at a patio table and talked to investigators after her injured grandson fired at two robbers during a home invasion.

Her grandson, who was struck on the back of his head, found a gun and started shooting as two men ran from the home on Lewis Avenue, police said. At least one of the victims was tied with duct tape, police said at the scene after the 1:56 p.m. call for help.

Police said they found no signs of forced entry. A security-alarm sign in the front yard didn’t stop the robbers from finding a way inside. South Mississippi law enforcement agencies have reported two home invasions since January. The other also occurred in Gulfport.

In Monday’s incident, the grandson told detectives he was coming out of a bedroom when he noticed the two men inside, said Sexton. The grandson fell as one of the men struck him and managed to grab a gun hidden underneath a bed, Sexton said.

The injured man appeared alert and conscious and was able to walk to an ambulance by himself. His condition wasn’t available later Monday, but police said his injuries didn’t appear life-threatening.

July 26, 2004

Cabell County, West Virginia

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch of April 20, 2004

Police name suspect in shooting death

(Headline refers to a second incident)

West Virginia State Police continued to investigate Monday two shootings that took place Sunday evening, one a homicide.

No charges had been filed or arrests had been made Monday in connection with the shooting death of Joseph Adkins, 26, of 5007 Doss Hill Road. He died from a fatal chest wound shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday at the home of 33-year-old Jeffrey Bradshaw, 5231 Long Branch Road. Bradshaw is a suspect in the case.

“We’re still going through all this,” said Senior Trooper Mike Pardee of the state police. “It does appear this incident was domestic-related between a (current) boyfriend and the father of the girlfriend’s little boy (an ex-boyfriend).”

The shooting appears to have been the result of a disturbance in which a victim had been there earlier in the day, said Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles. It appears Adkins came back, forced his way into the trailer and was shot after he made entry, he said.

“At this point, the investigation indicates there was no criminal act, that the shooting was done in self defense,” Chiles said. “Just because somebody is killed, does not mean that it’s a crime.”

But the investigation continues, he said.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found.

July 26, 2004

Oakland, California

From the Oakland Tribune of July 25, 2004

Robbery foiled, man shot by store clerk

A MacArthur Boulevard store clerk with a .38 caliber pistol and an alert Oakland officer evened the odds in an attempted armed robbery Saturday morning, police said.

The alleged robber ended up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his shoulder and scalp.

The suspect, David Mosley, 37, of Oakland, was listed in stable condition. He was expected to be released into police custody, Oakland police investigator Darrin Downum said.

Downum said the would-be bandit entered the store at 6349 MacArthur Blvd. at 9:35 a.m., pointed a pistol at the clerk and told him to get down on the floor.

“The guy walks around the corner of the counter and the clerk fired at him,” Downum said.

He was hit twice, once in the shoulder, and once in the head, a bullet went under the skin of the scalp and popped back out, Downum said.

“The guy flees in the car, dropping his weapon as he goes. The clerk calls 9-1-1 and witnesses gave the description of a Toyota Supra to police,” he said.

A short time later, Officer Scott Schroeder saw the car at 79th and MacArthur. The driver inside was covered in blood, Downum said. He was identified by witnesses, he said.

The car turned out to have been stolen, Downum said. Investigators found the weapon the man dropped as he fled the scene. It was a BB gun, he said.

“This guy brought a BB gun to a gunfight.”