Archive for September, 2005

September 30, 2005

Corpus Christi, Texas

From Corpus Christi‘s of September 30, 2005

Homeowner shoots burglary suspect

A homeowner, who was stabbed during an early morning burglary, shoots the suspect.

“He came at me again, and I shot him…I shot him three times,” said Danny Dunn. The attempted burglary and shooting happened in the 2200 block of Gershwin Lane, just before 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning. 6 News talked to the injured homeowner, who said he wasn’t going down without a fight.

Dunn said he was on his way to work and walked out into his garage area, when he saw the burglar going through some of his belongings. He said he shouted out and asked him what he was doing and that’s when the burglar attacked.

“He came at me with a knife, he cut me on the hand, and on the face, I took 49 stitches total,” Dunn said. Danny said the burglar then tried to get out the same way he came in by crawling underneath his garage door, which was cracked open but couldn’t get out. Scared, Danny ran inside his home and grabbed his 22 caliber rifle and came back.

“He had pushed the garage door opener and it went down, trapping him, he come at me again, and I shot him…I shot him three times,” Dunn said. He said he left behind this trail of blood before falling to the ground just outside the garage.

“He flopped around out here for a while, and he wouldn’t stay down, like I told him, I told him I was going to kill him, and I should have.” Danny said the burglar was able to make a getaway by opening the garage door, but it wasn’t a clean one, the suspect apparently left his prints behind.

Police said it didn’t take long for them to catch up with suspect, 22-year-old Daniel Holcomb was arrested at the hospital where were told he was being treated for gun shot wounds to his arm, leg and pelvis.

“This is one home owner that you ain’t going to mess with; I’ll take the next one down too.”


September 30, 2005

East Moline, Illinois

From the Quad Cities’ of September 29, 2005

Teen Shooter Will Not Face Murder Charges

James Teague died in the early morning hours of September 11th. Police say he was trying to rob someone at gunpoint when he was killed. The shooter was acting in self-defense.

East Moline Police and Roc [sic] Island County State’s Attorney Jeff Terronez made this announcement Thursday afternoon. They say Teague robbed 18 year-old Donte Ellis at gunpoint near 15th Street and 10th Avenue.

Police say after he was robbed Ellis walked down the street to tell his friend, 16 year-old Mitchell Laabs. Minutes later, police say Teague approached the two teens and pointed his gun at Laabs. According to police, that’s when Laabs reached for his 45-caliber handgun and shot Teague to death.

State’s Attorney Jeff Terronez says the shooting falls under an Illinois statuette [sic] of justifiable use of force and self defense.

So that means neither teens will face murder charges in this case. However, Laabs, the juvenile is facing charges on aggravated unlawful use of a firearm and improper identification of a firearm

September 30, 2005

Albuquerque, New Mexico

From Albuquerque‘s of September 29, 2005

Police investigate alleged invasion, shooting

Police say a West Side homeowner shot and critically injured an alleged intruder early Thursday afternoon.

Albuquerque police said the homeowner was at his home in the 10,000 block of Del Rey SW during the noon hour and discovered the other man in his house, possibly burgling the home.

APD officers say an altercation occurred and the homeowner shot the other man in the abdomen in the backyard.

The alleged intruder was brought to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

The shooting prompted officials to lock down nearby Carlos Rey Elementary School.

Police have not released the names of the homeowner or the alleged intruder.

Police are talking with witnesses and have detained two men who they say are “associates” of the intruder. Nobody has been arrested.

September 29, 2005

Laurel, Maryland

From the Laurel Leader of September 29, 2005

Armed carjacking

Sept. 22: 14800 block of Baltimore Ave. – A retired county police officer, who lives in Beltsville, told police he was approached by a man who asked him for change for a $20 bill.When the victim said he did not have the change, the man said he had run out of gas and asked if he could use the victim’s cell phone. The victim told police that when he went to get his cell phone from his truck, the robber pulled out a handgun and demanded the keys to the victim’s truck and his cell phone. According to the police report, as the robber got in the truck to drive away, the retired officer fired his handgun at the carjacker. The armed robber fled, with another truck following him, which police suspect may have been an accomplice. No one was injured.

September 29, 2005

Tacoma, Washington

From Seattle’s of September 29, 2005

Two shot during Tacoma robbery attempt

Two people were taken to a Tacoma hospital Thursday morning after a shooting during a robbery attempt an auto supply store.

Tacoma Police say a man walked into the Schucks Auto Supply store at 72nd and Portland and began putting gasoline into a mini motorcycle on display in the store.

A clerk confronted the man, who pulled a gun and attempted to rob the store. A customer then pulled his own gun and told the suspect to drop his gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was hit.

A store clerk was struck by an errant round.

Police were investigating.

The condition of the two people taken to the hospital was not immediately known.

From the Tacoma News-Tribune of September 30, 2005

Two injured in gunfight that interrupts robbery

A Tacoma man who went to an auto parts store to help a friend fix her car Thursday found himself trading gunfire with a would-be robber, shooting the gunman several times, police said. A clerk at the store was hit in the crossfire.

Both the 21-year-old man who witnesses said tried to rob the store and the clerk – a woman in her 30s – are expected to live.

The man who pulled out his gun to stop the robbery – Joe Phillips – was not hurt. Phillips, the father of a 12-year-old daughter, was interviewed by detectives Thursday morning and released. There are no plans to arrest him, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

“When someone points a gun at you, you have a right to defend yourself,” Fulghum said. “From what we hear, he told the guy to put down his gun. He gave him warnings.”

(More–mostly previously reported detail)

September 29, 2005

Fort Wayne, Indiana

From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette of September 29, 2005

Homeowner shoots out tire on van linked to theft spree

Sheriff’s officers were investigating a series of home burglaries Wednesday in southwest Allen County that they say are connected.

A homeowner called the Allen County Sheriff’s Department about 10:34 a.m. Wednesday after he arrived at his home in the 16000 block of Aboite Road and discovered a dark-colored van parked in his driveway and a stack of electronic equipment, said Steve Stone, sheriff’s department spokesman.

The homeowner grabbed a shotgun from his home and shot out one of the tires on the van, then went to a neighbor’s home and called police, Stone said.

Sheriff’s officers and troopers with the Indiana State Police closed in on the residence and found no one, a sheriff’s department report said.

A state police plane patrolled the area looking for suspects.

During a four-hour search, police found two other burglarized homes.

One was in the 11000 block of Yoder Road and the other was in the 8100 block of Lafayette Center Road.

The Aboite Road homeowner didn’t see any burglars and did not know whether there was more than one person, Stone said.

September 28, 2005

Seminole, Florida

From the Tampa Tribune of August 1, 2005

Neighbor Shot Dead In Fight Over Woman

A fight between two neighbors over a woman resulted in one of the men being shot dead at the Green Meadows Mobile Home Park, 1799 Seminole Blvd., at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said.

The victim apparently accused John Shockley, 56, of Lot 8, of sleeping with his girlfriend. Both lived at Green Meadows, Pasha said.

Pasha said the victim would not be publicly identified until his family was informed of his death.

Deputies arrested Shockley, who was taken to the hospital for treatment for injuries sustained in a fistfight. He had not been charged late Sunday, Pasha said.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found.

September 27, 2005

York, Pennsylvania

From the York Daily Record of September 27, 2005

Two men shot in York

Police said the men were shot during a robbery attempt at a store.

A store owner and one of three men who tried to rob his shop were shot Monday afternoon, according to York City Police.

Both the store owner and the suspect were treated at York Hospital Monday night. The business owner, Kevin Patrick Winter, was doing well, police said. The other man was in the intensive care unit late Monday night.

The shootings occurred at Kendal’s Grocery and Jamaican Cuisine in the 600 block of East Market Street.

Shortly after 4 p.m., three men went into the store and tried to rob Winter. When he wouldn’t comply, one of the men shot him once in the hip, said York County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bill Graff.

A part-time store clerk, Steven Gray, fired several shots from a .45-caliber handgun, hitting one of the men, police said. The robbers ran out of the store.

Witnesses said they heard the shots and saw Winter lying in the store’s doorway, bleeding. A man they described as his friend tried to keep Winter from passing out as they waited for help to arrive.

Within minutes, an ambulance came and took Winter to the hospital.

The uninjured robbers helped their hurt accomplice into a car and left, witnesses said. They sped past two city officers, Travis Sowers and Matthew Leitzel, who followed them to the hospital. The officers arrested the uninjured men while the third was treated in the emergency room, police said.

That man was shot four times — twice in the stomach and twice in the arm — the prosecutor said.

At the store, police blocked off the area out front, spreading yellow police tape from one side of the street to the other. A fire policeman diverted East Market Street’s heavy, rush-hour traffic to an alternate way out of the city.

People who live on the street stood along the police tape watching officers work.

“It’s a shame that people are out here shooting in broad daylight,” one woman said. She shook her head as she walked up the street toward her apartment.

Police filed charges against two men Monday night, but court documents detailing the offenses weren’t available. The man in the hospital was to be charged once he was moved from the intensive care unit, authorities said.

Charges include robbery, aggravated assault and attempted homicide. Gray won’t be charged, Graff said.

“He didn’t commit a crime. He defended himself,” Graff said. Gray had a license to carry the gun, which was properly registered, he said..

September 27, 2005

Compton, California

From Los Angeles’ of September 27, 2005

Alleged Robber Shot By Taco Stand Employee

Armed Teen Critically Wounded In Shooting

An armed teenage boy was shot and critically wounded by an employee of a Compton taco restaurant that he was apparently trying to rob, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies responded to a report of an attempted armed robbery at Flores Tacos at 1908 East Compton Boulevard at 11:18 p.m. Monday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Alba Yates said. They discovered the wounded teen when they arrived.

The wounded teen was allegedly armed and trying to rob the restaurant when an employee shot him. Detectives recovered two handguns at the scene, according to NBC4’s Angela Chee.

Chee said the employee of the store who shot the alleged robber is believed to be the restaurant owner’s brother.

Restaurant workers said the wounded man robbed the same taco stand last Wednesday and returned Monday night. Detectives said they could not yet confirm that and were working to determine if the shooting was justified.

September 27, 2005

Spanish Springs, Nevada

From the Reno Gazette-Journal of September 27, 2005

Deputies continue to investigate Spanish Springs shooting death

Sheriff’s deputies continued Monday to investigate the death of a 44-year-old man they believe was killed trying to break into a Spanish Springs home.

Miguel Cruz, who also went by Benito Tapia, of Sparks, was shot to death about 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Darrin Rice, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said.

Deputies are investigating the possibility that the shooter was acting in self defense because Cruz was shot after he tried to break into a house in the 6000 block of Hibiscus Court, Rice said.

At least one person was in the home when the break-in happened, Rice said. Rice didn’t know whether the shooter was inside the house.

When deputies arrived, Cruz already had died of a gunshot wound, Rice said.

Authorities did not release other details. No arrests had been made as of Monday, Rice said.

The Washoe County district attorney’s office determines whether homicides are justified in possible self-defense situations, Rice said.

From the Carson City Appeal of September 30, 2005

Husband wasn’t breaking in when killed, says family

Miguel Cruz was not trying to break into a Spanish Springs home when he was shot and killed Saturday, according to his family.

Instead, they said, he had gone to the home to retrieve his family’s belongings from the house where he and his wife had been living for nearly a year.

Marcela Fierro, Cruz’s wife, said the two met Jon Reynolds through mutual friends. They moved from Carson City in November into his house in the 6000 block of Hibiscus Court, where Fierro cooked and cleaned while Cruz did odd jobs around the house.

However, Fierro said the friendship ended when Reynolds began making romantic advances.

“It became an obsession,” she said “He told me he would treat me like a queen. He made a lot of promises.”

But, she said, she was never tempted. Cruz “was the love of my life.”

“We were poor, but we were millionaires in love,” she explained. “I’ll love him forever.”

She said Reynolds told Cruz he had to leave, but encouraged Fierro to stay. The couple moved out in June and returned to Carson City.

Fierro said she went back to the house to collect their personal belongings Saturday, but Reynolds told her he would not return her things until Cruz payed off a debt. Reynolds couldn’t be reached Thursday to tell his side of the story, and police have not made public details of the shooting.

Cruz went to the home later Saturday. He didn’t return that night, nor the next morning. Fierro drove to Reynolds’ home to see if his car was still there, when, she said, Reynolds’ girlfriend told Fierro that Cruz was dead.

It was reported as a home invasion.