Archive for February, 2005

February 28, 2005

Harris County, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of February 28, 2005

Bar owner guns down suspected burglar

A man was shot to death early today in a confrontation with the owner of a north Harris County bar responding to a burglar alarm, sheriff’s detectives said.

Kevin Anthony Miller, 22, was shot one time in the abdomen and was taken to Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, where he died, homicide detectives said.

He was shot by the 58-year-old man who owns the bar, sheriff’s reports show. That businessman is cooperating with homicide detectives, and the case will be referred to a grand jury for review.

The incident occurred at 5 a.m. when an alarm sounded at the Circle M Bar and Grill in the 15900 block of Telge near Louetta. Deputies arrived to find Miller shot in the parking lot and the bar owner armed with a pistol.

The bar owner told detectives he had responded to the alarm at his business, which is located just west of his home. He grabbed a handgun and encountered Miller coming out of the bar after it was burglarized. The two men had a confrontation in the parking lot, and the bar owner shot at Miller several times, hitting him once, detectives said.


February 28, 2005

Macclenny, Florida

From Jacksonville’s of February 25, 2005

Pawn Shop Shoot-Out

The small town of Macclenny in Baker County is usually a quiet place, not much crime here; but that wasn’t the case this week.

There was a shootout at a local pawn shop, but the armed robber didn’t do the shooting, it was the pawn shop owner.

Bruce Sales owns Duval Gun and Pawn in downtown Macclenny. He says on Wednesday just after 1-pm everything happened so quickly. He says a man came into his pawn shop and asked to look at a knife, but before he knew it the man had a gun pointed right at him. Sales says, “Had a gun in his hands and started yelling at me to get on my knees and put a pillow case over my head.”

Sales thought the man was going to kill him so he started wrestling with him over the gun. Sales says, “We fought for ten or fifteen seconds, then he put the gun in my face closer and cocked it and I knew then, if I didn’t get him then I’d be a dead man.” Sales grabbed the suspect’s hand and the gun went off, luckily into the ceiling. Sales then quickly grabbed for a loaded gun on his desk. Sales says, “He had already told me he was going to kill me so I shot him, or I shot at him.”

The bullets didn’t hit the suspect, they hit a glass case in the store instead. The gun shots however, were enough to scare the suspect out of the store. About 8 hours later, a block away, police caught up with the suspect and took him down with a taser.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office Chief Chuck Brannan says, “Mr. Sale being a gunshot (sic) owner gave an excellent description of the pistol and matched it perfectly to the pistol we got from the suspect later that night.”

Glenn Schofield is in the Baker County jail for the pawn shop robbery. He is facing numerous charges including armed robbery. Police say he has a lengthy criminal history, including two homicide arrests.

February 28, 2005

Two incidents remind us that the brave don’t always win.

Lawrenceville, Georgia

From Atlanta’s of February 25, 2005

Arrests in Elderly Home Invasion Murder

Lawrenceville police arrested and charged two men Friday in the killing of an 85-year-old man shot during an alleged home invasion.

Lawrenceville police identified the pair as Alan Smith, 29, and David Botto, 35. Smith is charged with burglary and murder and Botto is charged with burglary, murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Hubert Massey was killed Saturday after the intruders forced open the back door of his home.

The World War II veteran exchanged gunfire with the intruders. There was no word Friday if either suspect arrested had been wounded.

Massey’s 84-year-old wife, Geneva, was sleeping when the shots were fired. A neighbor called police after Geneva Massey opened her front door and yelled for help as the suspects escaped.

Massey was shot twice in the chest and once in the arm, family spokesman Craig Helf said previously.

February 27, 2005

Tyler, Texas

From Dallas’ of February 25, 2005

Bystander who died dedicated to self-defense

A bystander who was killed in a town square shooting in Tyler was a gun enthusiast dedicated to the idea of self-defense.

That’s what a business associated (sic) tells The Associated Press.

Fifty-two-year-old Mark Alan Wilson was shot-to-death while trying to take down a man spraying bullets outside the Smith County Courthouse yesterday.

The gunman, David Hernandez Arroyo Senior, was also shot-to-death after killing his ex-wife and injuring his son and three law officers.

Doctor Scott Lieberman is a cardiologist who was an investor in a shooting range once owned by Wilson.

He says he believes Wilson’s whole life was geared toward the kind of defensive battle that took place yesterday.

Smith County Sheriff J-B Smith said deputies on the scene credited Wilson with saving the life of 23-year-old David Hernandez Arroyo Junior.

February 27, 2005

Oakland, California

From the February 26, 2005 San Francisco Chronicle:

Patrick McCullough has been complaining to Oakland police about drug dealers for the past 10 years — and telling the young men who congregate in front of his house at 59th Street and Shattuck Avenue to beat it.

For his efforts, the 49-year-old has endured harassment, threats, vandalism and an assault in 2003.

Then, during an evening rainstorm on Feb. 18, about 15 young men surrounded McCullough and shouted “snitch” and other taunts as he walked from his front door to his driveway.

Someone hit him with a branch, and others threw punches. McCullough told police he had seen a 17-year-old reach for a gun, so he drew his own gun and shot his would-be assailant in the arm.

“I’m a man, not a mouse nor a vigilante. I’m not looking for medals, just a safe neighborhood and peaceful existence,” said McCullough, who grew up in a housing project on the south side of Chicago. “I don’t believe in vigilantism under any circumstances. What I did and will continue to do is take my safety in my own hands.”

McCullough was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and is free on $15, 000 bail. Prosecutors are deciding whether to file charges against him or any of his assailants. McCullough has no criminal record and does not need a permit to keep the gun, which he purchased legally, on his property.

“I expect we’ll be making a decision next week,” said Deputy District Attorney Jim Lee.

Yeah, that’s a hard decision.

From of February 18, 2006


A year after Patrick McCullough shot teen, Oakland’s 59th Street has safer rec center, reduced loitering and fewer drug deals

Patrick McCullough still looks each way whenever he steps out his front door and walks down 59th Street in North Oakland. But it’s no longer out of fear.

These days, he feels safe enough to take those walks more often with his wife and son. Instead of the cold stares of angry young men, McCullough is greeted by strangers who thank him for taking a stand against the drug dealers who used to rule Bushrod Park and the surrounding streets.

“This street is so cool right now,” McCullough, 50, said on a recent sunny day. “Look around, man, all these kids playing in the park and no thugs. The immediate neighborhood is much quieter and, for the most part, free of drug dealers, craps shooters and intoxicant-using loiterers.”

A year ago, 59th Street was the scene of a series of violent incidents and confrontations between McCullough and young men police believe are drug dealers. The tension culminated last Feb. 18 when McCullough shot a 15-year-old boy after 15 young men surrounded him in his front yard, shouting “Kill the snitch.”

Some residents say the street is quieter in part because homeowners and police shut down several drug houses in the neighborhood. Others credit a new staff at a nearby recreation center for driving away loiterers and welcoming young children. But many agree that McCullough’s stand made the biggest impact.

Milton Simpkins, a 30-year resident of the street, says McCullough “is the best thing that ever happened for this block.”

Police said there has been only a modest drop in crime on 59th Street, but they said there has been a huge improvement in the quality of life. Clusters of young men no longer hang out in the street at all hours of the day. Residents are out and about. And the neighborhood has found a new sense of pride.

“The atmosphere has completely changed,” said Lt. Lawrence Green, who oversaw police patrols in North Oakland for five years until he was transferred to the traffic division last month. “I’m not saying that 59th Street or the surrounding area is pristine. It’s not. But you can really see an improvement on Patrick’s street.”

McCullough became an unlikely hero on a rainy night as he walked from his front door to his car. As usual, a group of young men hung around on the sidewalk. He told them to get off his property.

Just what happened next remains in some dispute. McCullough, who had a handgun in his pocket, said that he was surrounded by the men and that one of them hit him with a branch.

McCullough said Melvin McHenry reached for a gun in a friend’s waistband. McCullough shot him.

“I didn’t want to shoot him,” McCullough recalled. “But at that point, I did what I had to do.”

The bullet wounded Melvin in the side and arm. Neither McCullough nor Melvin was charged with a crime.

McCullough, 50, who labored nearly alone for more than 11 years to clean up 59th Street, suddenly found himself in the strange position of being hailed as a hero by many people, including Mayor Jerry Brown and activists working to clean up crime-ridden areas of Oakland.

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February 27, 2005

San Luis, Arizona

From the Yuma Sun of January 7, 2005

Investigation continues in fatal shooting in San Luis

Police continued an investigation Thursday into a shooting in San Luis, Ariz., that left a man dead earlier in the week.

Lt. Blanca Vazquez, spokeswoman for the San Luis Police, said Genaro Morales, 26, was shot twice with a9 mm weapon on Monday in front of the home at space No. 215 in the Hacienda San Luis mobile home park, 115 County 22nd St.

Vazquez said Morales was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made in the case. However, police have spoken to Arturo Medina, 28, a Mexican national who resides at the home where the shooting took place. Vazquez said Medina turned himself in Tuesday.

“He pretty much admitted to the whole thing,” she said.

Vazquez said the shooting is believed to be the result of an argument over money. She said that Morales allegedly pulled out a knife, prompting Medina to pull out a gun and shoot.

Medina is currently free while the investigation continues. He has not been charged with any crime.

Vazquez said it was “a possibility” that self-defense would be an issue in the case.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found.

February 26, 2005

Charlotte, North Carolina

From Charlotte’s of February 25, 2005

Owner shoots men who attempt to rob store

Two men who attempted to rob an east Charlotte shoe store Friday afternoon were shot by the owner, police say.

The attempted robbery happened at the Shoe Warehouse at 1537 E. Sugar Creek Road around 3:50 p.m.

According to police, three or four men tried to rob the Shoe Warehouse. Police said the owner fired shots when the suspects tried to get to the cash register.

One of the suspects was shot inside the store and did not make it out. The two or three other suspects ran out of the store and carjacked a victim in a Suzuki. The suspects pushed two men out of the vehicle and took off.

One of the suspects was transported from the scene by Medic emergency traffic to Carolinas Medical Center. A second injured suspect got away, but later showed up at Presbyterian Hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound.

February 25, 2005

Eugene, Oregon

From the Eugene Register-Guard of January 13, 2005

Details of fatal shooting start to emerge

Todd Alan Hughes was shot to death Tuesday after a neighbor responded to his girlfriend’s cries for help.

Eugene police say Hughes, 43, was assaulting the woman on the sidewalk in front of the ramshackle house they shared at 2020 W. 13th Ave.

The alleged shooter, James Michael Winkelman, 48, lives nearby. He was walking his dog about 6 p.m. when his daughter ran up and told him that a woman was being raped. The girl, 13, ran to call police, and Winkelman walked to the house to see if he could help the woman.

The woman was gone when he arrived, but Hughes soon showed up.

Hughes and Winkelman had some kind of encounter, police said, which ended with Hughes’ death.

Winkelman yelled for neighbors to call police, and he waited there until officers arrived, police spokeswoman Pam Olshanski said. Winkelman has cooperated with the investigation, she said.

Officers confiscated two handguns at the scene – one from Winkelman and one from Hughes’ body, she said. They located and interviewed the girlfriend, who said Hughes was beating her, but not raping her.


A subsequent story confirms that the shooting was ruled “justified.”.

February 23, 2005

Hillsborough, North Carolina

From the Durham Herald-Sun of February 22, 2005

Hillsborough man kills armed intruder

A 28-year-old man Hillsborough man shot and killed a gun-wielding intruder at his home early Monday morning, and the district attorney has ruled he acted in self-defense.

Jerome Carl Murphy, 39, of 320 W. Union St., Hillsborough, died at the home of Durante Davis of 1807 Piney Grove Church Road about 2 a.m. Monday after Davis shot him twice in the chest, said Orange-Chatham District Attorney Carl Fox.

The incident began when Davis, who lives in an apartment attached to his parents’ home east of Hillsborough, heard a knock on his door, Fox said. When Davis asked who it was, a man answered and said he needed help, Fox said. “When [Davis] opened the door, the person produced a gun and pushed his way into the home,” Fox said.

The intruder, later identified as Murphy, had a knit cap pulled down over his face and a scarf over his mouth, Fox said. Murphy pushed Davis as he entered the room and got around behind him and held him while he put a gun to Davis’ head, Fox said. “He said, ‘Give it up. Give me everything,’ ” Fox said.

“Mr. Davis said, ‘Take what you want,’ and then decided to grab the gun that was against his head,” Fox said.

Davis and Murphy struggled over the gun, and during the struggle, the gun fell to the floor. Murphy, who was still behind Davis, then pulled a knife out of his pocket and flipped it open, Fox said. Davis, however, had a .38-caliber gun in the pocket of his sweatpants, and he pulled that out and fired over his shoulder at Murphy, Fox said.

Davis fired the gun three times, and two shots hit Murphy. Murphy fell to the floor and died, Fox said.

During their investigation, sheriff’s investigators found the gun and the knife that Murphy was carrying on the floor of the room. The gun turned out to be a pellet gun, Fox said.

February 22, 2005

Springfield, Missouri

From Springfield‘s of February 21, 2005

Dispute turns into a shootout

One woman is injured; another is charged

A woman from Springfield is charged for shooting another woman on Sunday night in a dispute over some borrowed equipment. The shooting was in the 1800 block of North Rogers Avenue.

City police say Mitzy Dooms shot Carol Henderson several times, hitting her in the foot. Henderson fired back and Dooms fled. Police say Henderson’s injuries are not life threatening. Dooms turned in herself to police around midnight and was in the Greene County jail, awaiting her first court appearance.