Archive for May, 2006

May 31, 2006

Hallettsville, Texas

From the Victoria Advocate of May 31, 2006

Man will not face trial after shooting

Robert Bludau will not face trial in connection with the Jan. 22 shooting of Israel Calderon after a Lavaca County grand jury no-billed him last week.

The shooting occurred during a party at a home near the Hope community. Calderon died two days later.

District Attorney Vicki Pattillo said that under state law, a finding of “no bill” means the findings of the grand jury are not subject to open records requests.

She said that, in her opinion, the case was no-billed based on self-defense and defense of third-party issues.

The defense attorney agreed.

“I think all the evidence collected showed that the shooting was done in self-defense,” said Houston Munson Jr., defense attorney. “The district attorney’s office was aboveboard on everything involving the case and the presentation of the evidence collected by the Department of Public Safety, the DPS crime lab and the (Lavaca County) Sheriff’s Office. After the results of the various investigations were presented, the grand jury decided to return a no bill.”

Bludau, 44, of Hallettsville, was arrested the morning of Jan. 22 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at his home at 598 County Road 445, where the shooting occurred.

He was released that same morning after posting $100,000 bail.

The shooting was reported to the sheriff’s office around 11:40 the night before.

Calderon, 35, was in critical condition when he was transported by emergency helicopter to Wilford Hall Hospital in San Antonio. Calderon died on Jan. 24, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Calderon had a Dallas address on his driver’s license but had been living in Victoria.

Texas Ranger Dewayne Goll assisted in the investigation and prepared the probable cause affidavit for the arrest warrant issued for Bludau.

The affidavit stated the incident started with a call to the sheriff’s office that Saturday night with the caller saying a man at the home was creating a disturbance and refused to leave. Three minutes later, the sheriff’s office received a second call from the same location reporting the shooting.

Munson said his client’s explanation of what happened was similar to that of the affidavit. Munson said he was told Calderon was attending a family gathering with his girlfriend, became belligerent and was asked to leave. After eventually agreeing to leave, Munson said, Calderon returned, had a knife and was threatening Bludau when the shooting occurred. Munson said both Calderon’s girlfriend and Bludau’s fiancée tried to restrain Calderon from attacking Bludau, but the women were pushed away just before any shots were fired.

“I have a lot of respect for Ranger Goll and how he conducts investigations and presents evidence,” Munson said. “I know the investigators looked at the time frame, what evidence was collected and sent to the DPS crime lab, like ballistics reports and blood spatter patterns, and offered it to the grand jury without bias.”

May 31, 2006

Gwinnett County, Georgia

From Atlanta’s WSBtv.com of May 30, 2006

Teenaged Burglar Shot By Homeowner

Police say a man shot and wounded a teenager he found in his home – attempting to rob him.

Police say 27-year-old Ronald Ramsey arrived at his Lawrenceville home Tuesday afternoon and found 17-year-old Alrazi Basher of Duluth inside, robbing him. Officials say when Basher tried to flee the home, Ramsey shot at Basher and hit him and his vehicle.

Basher drove to a friend’s house nearby, running over a street sign along the way. The friend called 911 after seeing Basher had been shot. Basher was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center to be treated. He is currently listed in serious condition.

The Ford SUV that Basher used to drive to a friend’s house had been stolen from Lawrenceville. Officials say they found stolen property from other burglaries inside the vehicle.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Police say Ramsey is cooperating with authorities.

Basher has been charged with one count of burglary and one count of theft by receiving a motor vehicle.

From the Gwinnett Post of June 6, 2006

Police won’t charge man in shooting of burglar

Police have decided not to charge a Lawrenceville homeowner who shot and injured an alleged burglar at his home last week.

Detective S.K. Shaw of the Gwinnett County Police Department said Monday he will not take out any arrest warrants for 27-year-old Ronald Ramsey. The case file will be forwarded to Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter’s office for review.

“There was no overt violation of criminal law the way we interpret the code section, but obviously Danny may be able to interpret it a little better than us,” Shaw said.

Ramsey had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to police. He could not be reached for comment Monday because his phone number is unlisted. Shaw said Ramsey had been staying with family members in order to avoid media that have attempted to contact him at home.

Ramsey returned to his house on Oakland Walk Court May 30 to find a teenager in the process of burglarizing it. Ramsey’s 3-year-old twins were in the car with him at the time, Shaw said.

Police believe Ramsey grabbed a gun that was in his car and fired several shots at the suspect, later identified as 17-year-old Alrazi Basher, as the teen was walking toward a stolen Ford Expedition parked on the street. One of the bullets struck Basher in the abdomen and several others damaged the SUV.

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May 30, 2006

Detroit, Michigan

From the Detroit Free Press of May 30, 2006

No murder charge for man who shot rapper Proof, prosecutor says

The man who shot and killed Detroit rapper Proof acted in self defense and will not face murder charges, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Tuesday.

Mario Etheridge, 28, shot Proof, whose real name is Deshaun Holton, after Proof allegedly shot and killed Etheridge’s cousin, Keith Bender Jr., a U.S. Army veteran.

“The evidence clearly shows that Mario Etheridge acted in lawful self-defense of another when he shot Deshaun Holton,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Tuesday.

The C.C.C. club on 8 Mile was the place where Proof, 32, a close friend of Eminem and a member of the rap group D12, was shot three times in the head and chest after a fight about 4:30 a.m. April 11 — more than two hours after the club was required by law to close.

Before his death, Proof, shot the 35-year-old Bender, police said. Bender died a week later.

Etheridge, who prosecutors said shot Proof, was charged last month with gun felonies, but not with the killing. Police said Etheridge, a bouncer at the bar, shot Proof after the rapper shot Bender in a fight over a pool game.

May 30, 2006

Nebo, North Carolina

From Marion’s McDowell News of May 30, 2006

Squabble leads to gunfire, one hurt

A confrontation in Nebo Saturday night landed one man in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m., McDowell County sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence on Southern Way owned by Darrell Freeman.

Capt. Dudley Greene of the Sheriff’s Office said Freeman and several others were in his yard, when 34-year-old Mark Anthony Salyer of Southern Way showed up unannounced.

Witness said a confrontation ensued and Salyer brandished a weapon, the captain stated.

That’s when Freeman shot Salyer once in the chest with a .45-caliber handgun, according to Greene.

“No charges have been filed at this time, but we continue to investigate,” said the captain. “We’re still sorting out the details.”

Salyer was airlifted to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, where he was listed in serious but stable condition early Sunday morning.

However, authorities say they received word later that Salyer was released.

No one by that name was listed as a patient at the hospital Sunday evening.

May 30, 2006

Boring, Oregon

From Beaverton’s KPTV.com of May 30, 2006

Intruder Shot Multiple Times

A 9-1-1 call from a woman in Boring reported that a man who had been harassing her, broke into her residence and her boyfriend shot the intruder multiple times.

It happened at about 2:30 a.m.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s officials say the woman told them the intruder had been stalking her. She says the man physically forced his way into her residence.

The man, reported to be 49-years-old, was shot multiple times with a handgun in the upper torso and is reported to be in stable condition. He was air lifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Authorities say he drove a motorcycle to the address before the shooting.

The woman knows the man by name but denies ever having any type of prior romantic involvement.

No arrests have been made at this stage of the investigation.

May 30, 2006

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

From MyrtleBeachOnline.com of May 30, 2006

2 gunned down in botched robbery

Police: Muggers, victims trade shots

Two men were killed early Monday in a gunfight sparked by an armed robbery attempt near the intersection of Cassandra Lane and 22nd Avenue South, Myrtle Beach police said.

The incident occurred within about 10 blocks of a robbery and shooting that took place in the 1300 block of Kings Highway a day earlier. That incident was not fatal. Police have not said whether the two incidents are related.

Terry Smith, 26, of Hopkins, died about 4 a.m. Monday in the street at Cassandra Lane and 22nd Avenue. Jonathan McCullough, 18, of Greenville, died about 45 minutes later at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

A police incident report said that Smith and a friend, Charles Melvin Stocker Jr., 26, of Hopkins, were near Cassandra and 22nd when McCullough and another person approached and tried to rob them at gunpoint.

During the robbery, McCullough shot and killed Smith, police said. Stocker then pulled a gun he had and fired on McCullough, police said.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said both men were shot multiple times while within a few feet of each other. She said autopsies will be performed today.

Police said charges are pending against two adults and a 15-year-old boy.

May 30, 2006

McCall, Idaho

From Boise’s KTVB.com of May 30, 2006

Shooting leaves one dead in McCall

A Valley County man is dead, and the man who pulled the trigger says he did it in self-defense.

The 26-year old shooter admitted to police that he killed the man, but he says he did it for his own protection.

Because he has not been charged with a crime–police are not releasing his name.

The deceased is 23-year old James Prescott. Police say he was shot at least twice – once each in the chest and stomach.

He died Monday morning at McCall Memorial Hospital. The victim’s two brothers 21-year old Patrick Prescott and 24-year old William Prescott were taken into custody on aggravated battery charges.

McCall police chief Jerry Summers says it happened just after 4:30am Memorial Day at a home on Lakeside Avenue – near Lardo’s Restaurant.

According to police 11 people were at a party in the home when a fight broke out.

Police say a number of metal weapons were used in the fight.

The shooter tells police the Prescott brothers attacked him with the weapons, and that’s when he shot James Prescott in self-defense.

“The shooter is a 26-year old adult male whose name is being held at this time,” Chief Jerry Summers with the McCall Police Department said. “No charges have been filed and the circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation. the charges on the admitted shooter will be determined after an autopsy was performed.”

An autopsy will be performed on the body within the next few days.

Chief Summers says the two Prescott brothers are in custody now and will be arraigned tomorrow.

As for the man who admitted to pulling the trigger – he was released from custody, pending further investigation.

From Boise’s KTVB.com of May 30, 2006

New details in McCall shooting

We now have a better picture of what led to a fatal shooting in McCall Monday morning. Prosecutors painted of three young men out for revenge.

The end result – their own brother was killed – and they are now behind bars.

24-year-old William Prescott and his brother 21-year-old Patrick Prescott are charged with three counts of aggravated battery.

Prosecutors say it’s for their role in what resulted in the shooting death of their own brother – 23-year-old James Prescott.

The prosecutor says two brothers came to this home on and got into a fight.

“You can see William has bruises, he was attacked by 15 people,” Sam Hoagland, Defense Attorney said.

The two brothers left – and according to the prosecutor – returned with their brother and returned with weapons.

One came back with a hammer – another with rebar – the third the equivalent of brass knuckles – and all three wearing mouth guards.

Prosecutors say – a clear sign they were ready and willing to get into a fight.

‘When you come equipped with mouthpieces and things like that, you’re coming equipped for a brawl,” Matt Williams, Valley Co. Prosecutor “It’s not just I’m gonna punch you and get you back. and some of that clearly was motivation revenge motivation for the fight previously and the fact that they were outnumbered and they were coming back for revenge on that.”

Police say the man that killed Preston says he acted in self-defense, and no charges will be filed.

Prosecutors asked for $25,000 bail – but the judge reduced the amount for each to $100,000.

Recognizing they are both grieving the loss of their brother – but also calling them a danger to the community.

The Prescott’s will have their preliminary hearing in June – meanwhile the family is making funeral arrangements for James Prescott.

May 29, 2006

Memphis, Tennessee

From Memphis’ ABC24.com of May 29, 2006

Store Owner Shoots Robber

A South Memphis business owner fights back against armed robbers. Memphis police say Adam Obsiye shot one of three men trying to rob his store Sunday. It happened just before midnight. It was the second attack by robbers on “Lauderdale Market” on South Lauderdale Street in as many days. Police say two armed men held up the store clerk on Saturday afternoon. They took six hundred dollars in cash and packs of cigarettes.

Adam Obsiye South Memphis convenience store and his native Somalia would seem to have little in common. But his friends say they do. Ali Mohammed says, “It’s the same over here and over there. Same. People over there killing people. People over here killing people. It’s the same thing. Ain’t nothing different. Ain’t no peace.”

Memphis Police say as Obsiye was closing up shop Sunday night, two armed men stormed into his store. A third man waited outside. When they two robbers inside demanded money from Obsiye, the store owner grabbed his pistol and started shooting. He hit one in the thigh as they ran out of his store. Mohammed says Obsiye was frightened by the robbers. He says, “He was scared. He didn’t know what to do.”

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May 29, 2006

Austin, Texas

From the News8Austin.com of May 29, 2006

Suspected burglar shot

An East Austin man got a rude awakening early Monday morning about 5 a.m.

Police were called to an apartment at East 11th Street and Chicon on reports a man had been shot.

The victim was taken to Brackenridge Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are investigating the incident as a home invasion.

The identities of the victim and suspect have not been released

May 28, 2006

Mooresville, Indiana

From the Martinsville Reporter-Times of May 28, 2006

Shot fired during robbery attempt

Mooresville jewelry store owner fires gun after robber enters with weapon; no one injured

A Mooresville business was reportedly the target of an armed robber Friday night, but the owner fired first.

According to Mooresville Police Department preliminary reports, the owner of Hasting’s Jewelry, 354 S. Indiana St., saw a man walk up to the entrance of his store shortly before 6 p.m.

The man pulled a red hood over his face, took out a handgun and entered the store. The owner, who was not identified, also had a handgun. As the man entered the store, the owner stood up with his weapon.

Officers said the robber told the owner, “Don’t do it, man, I’ll kill you.”

According to police, the owner then discharged his weapon, striking the top of a display case. The bullet ricocheted off a large pair of scissors, then went out a window.

After the shot, the would-be robber fled the business. Police said a witness saw a man leaving the business and getting into a red or maroon Chevrolet Trail Blazer or Suburban.

The vehicle then reportedly headed west on Ind. 42. The witness told officers the license plate had the numbers “2181” on it.

The man was described as white, and between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-5. His weapon was described as a 1911 .45-caliber stainless steel handgun.

Officers were unsuccessful in finding the bullet that went through the window.

The owner hit a panic button, and officers were at his store within a minute of the call.