Archive for December, 2004

December 31, 2004

Missouri City, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of December 30, 2004

Pair sought in shooting of teen during break-in

Wounded boy’s aunt exchanges fire with intruders

Police are searching for two men who forced their way into a home Thursday and shot and wounded a 16-year-old boy who was asleep.

After the break-in, the teen’s aunt, Malika Leverette, 30, grabbed her .45-caliber pistol.

“She exchanged gunfire with them as they were fleeing the home. They escaped,” said Missouri City Police Chief Ron Echols.

Echols said the men demanded to see someone who previously lived at the address.

The youth, whose name was not immediately available, was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was treated and released, Echols said.

The incident occurred about 3 a.m. in the 500 block of Reecewood. Echols said one of the intruders, armed with a 9 mm pistol, fired a shot at the teen who was sleeping on the couch. He was struck in both arms. The youth is from California and was visiting relatives.


December 29, 2004

Alta Vista, California

From San Diego’s of December 22, 2004

Alta Vista Homeowner Shoots Suspected Burglar

An Alta Vista homeowner shot and wounded a burglar Wednesday, 10News reported.

The man fired a warning shot from a handgun when he heard someone trying to break in through the front door of his house in the 1400 block of South 58th Street around 1:30 a.m., Sgt. Bob Dare said.

He fired several more rounds when the burglar broke a window and climbed through, Dare said.

The homeowner then called authorities to report the attempted break-in and shooting.

The burglar, whose name was not immediately reported, was taken to a San Diego hospital and treated for his wounds, Dare said. He is expected to survive.

December 28, 2004

Hamtramck, Michigan

From Detroit’s of December 27, 2004

Clerk Exchanges Shots With Robber At Neighborhood Store

Reward Being Offered For Arrest

Shots were fired during a robbery at a Hamtramck store Sunday afternoon, police said.

Police said a pair of masked men entered Sam’s Market and ordered customers to the ground while one of them fired shots in the air.

“We could have had dead bodies everywhere,” said Detective Jacqueline Crachiola, of the Hamtramck Police Department.

One of the men allegedly hopped over the counter and entered an office in back of the store, Local 4 reported.

At some point, the store clerk reportedly started wrestling with the gunman behind the counter.

The robbers fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money, but one of the men returned and took aim at the clerk, police said.

A bullet pierced a copy machine and another grazed the collar of the clerk’s jacket, the station reported.

Police said the clerk then pulled out a gun and fired back at the robber.

No one was injured during the gunfire, but customers were upset that the nearly 30-year-old market was targeted.

December 26, 2004

Durham, North Carolina

From the Raleigh·Durham News-Observer of November 15, 2004

Man injured in shooting

A security officer shot and injured a man after a disturbance Saturday night.

Police responded to a disturbance call at the Pueblo Express restaurant at 2721 Guess Road about 10 p.m. and found a man had been shot by a security officer, police said.

One shot had been fired, striking the man in the arm and chest. The victim was taken to Duke Hospital, police said.

Police did not release the names of the security officer or the victim. No arrests had been made late Sunday.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found.

December 25, 2004

Sparks, Nevada

From the Las Vegas Sun of December 24, 2004

Ex-boyfriend killed in Sparks during confrontation

A man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and threatened her and a friend before he was shot and killed early Friday, Sparks police said.

The name of the deceased was withheld until relatives are notified.

The incident began around 2:40 a.m. when police received a call regarding an unwanted ex-boyfriend at an apartment on Beacon Hill Court, officers said.

When officers arrived they found the ex-boyfriend in an upstairs bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds. He died later at Washoe Medical Center, police said.

Authorities said the man had moved out of the apartment he shared with the woman in late November.

On Thursday, the woman asked a co-worker to help her get a restraining order against her former boyfriend, police said. A restraining order was issued but investigators don’t think it had been served yet.

The co-worker, Charles Ketcham, fell asleep at the woman’s residence and was there when the ex-boyfriend kicked down the door, police said.

Ketcham was beaten on the head with a metal lamp, police said. The intruder reportedly then attacked the woman, and Ketcham shot him with a handgun.

Ketcham was treated at the hospital for head wounds. The woman refused medical treatment, police said.

An investigation continued.

December 23, 2004

Sandlick, Virginia

From Dickenson County’s of December 22, 2004

Elderly victim shoots intruder

After being shot in the leg and scared that he and his wife would would be killed by the two men who had held them hostage for two hours as they ransacked their home, Clyde Colley decided to defend his life and home, investigators say.

Now, one Kentucky man is dead and another is in jail on a long list of charges. Colley, 84, is in Dickenson Community Hospital recovering from the gunshot wound.

At about 8:40 p.m. on Dec. 14, a caller reported to 911 dispatch that a man had been shot at the Colley residence. Dickenson County sheriff’s deputies were sent to the home on Route 80 between Haysi High School and Birchleaf.

When officers Scottie Owens and Brett Stallard arrived at the Colley home, they found Hubert Howard Jr., 39, of Letcher County, Ky., dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Police say the shot was fired from a .38-caliber special that belongs to Colley.

Colley was also wounded, suffering a shot to his calf from a .25 caliber gun allegedly fired by one of the intruders. The man accused of shooting Colley, 24-year-old Mazel Sexton, also of Letcher County, had fled the home but was later arrested by local authorities in Kentucky, according to sheriff’s investigator John Hall.

Sexton is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of abduction, two counts of burglary, maliciously shooting with intent to kill, use of a firearm while committing a felony and unlawfully shooting Colley in the commission of a felony.

December 23, 2004

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

From Lancaster‘s TheWGALChannel of December 22, 2004

Shop Owner, Customer Shoot At Would-Be Robber

An attempted robbery at barber shop in Lancaster led to a shoot-out with the owner and a customer.

Lancaster police said a man armed with a gun held up the Final Fade Barber Shop on North Plum Street around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

When the man demanded money, police said the shop owner and a customer shot at the robber.

The would-be robber got away and it’s not known if he was injured.

December 22, 2004

Waterford, California

From Palm Springs’ of December 22, 2004

Authorities: Waterford woman kills live-in boyfriend in self-defense

Stanislaus County authorities say a woman shot and killed the man she lived with early yesterday, apparently after he had beaten her.

The coroner’s office identified the dead man as 49-year-old Daniel Hollenbeck of Waterford. The woman’s name was not released, and authorities are calling her a domestic violence victim.

Neighbors say the woman often had bruises on her face and body, and Hollenbeck had been repeatedly arrested on domestic violence allegations.

The woman called nine-one-one and told dispatchers she had just shot Hollenbeck. She said she did it to stop him from beating her, according to the sheriff.

The woman was treated at a local hospital, but she was not arrested.

December 22, 2004

Salinas, California

From Salinas‘ of December 21, 2004

Salinas Homeowner Shoots, Kills Alleged Robber

A Salinas man took his family’s safety into his own hands Tuesday morning when an alleged robber broke into his home.

Police say that two men armed with weapons broke into the Salinas home on Powell Street around 9 a.m., but the homeowner was still inside, along with his three children.

The homeowner shot one alleged robber. The man was taken to a Salinas hospital, where he later died. The other man is still on the loose.

After the homeowner shot the robbery suspect, he says he ran over to his neighbor’s house to call the police and an ambulance.

Neither the homeowner nor his three children were hurt.

December 21, 2004

Aldine, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of December 21, 2004

Homeowner shoots, kills intruder in Aldine

A 79-year-old homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into his Aldine area home early today, Houston police said.

The intruder, Robert Hinojosa, 19, of the 200 block of Gulf Bank, was shot one time in the abdomen and died later at Ben Taub Hospital, investigators said.

Hinojosa was burglarizing the residence in the 500 block of Turney near the North Freeway when the homeowner woke up around 1:30 a.m., police reports show. The elderly man repeatedly told Hinojosa to leave, but Hinojosa would not.

The man then shot Hinojosa once while both were still inside the house, police said. No charges have been filed, and the case will be referred to a Harris County grand jury for review.