Archive for August, 2007

August 31, 2007

Grantsville, Maryland

From the Cumberland Times-News of August 31, 2007

Man shoots bear in self-defense

Maryland Natural Resources Police said Friday they will not charge an Amish Road man who shot a bear after it charged him and his wife and then attempted to come through a window after the couple sought refuge inside their home Wednesday evening.

“They had every right to do what they did,” said Clarissa Harris, a biologist with the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. “It is appropriate to defend yourself or your family or your livestock.”

NRP Sgt. Ken Turner said Friday that the husband and wife heard commotion outside their house and then saw a bear trying to get at two penned goats.

“The man said he shouted at the bear and the bear turned and ran toward the couple. He told the investigating officer that he was glad nobody was seated on the porch because the bear moved so quickly that they would not have had time to get into the house,” Turner said.

The bear then attempted to pull an air conditioning unit out of the window frame as the wife held onto the unit from inside.

The husband grabbed a shotgun, loaded it with No. 4 pellets and shot through the window at the bear, according to Turner.

The couple called Maryland State Police at 7:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m. a NRP officer arrived to find the bear struck in the head and neck area and lying, still alive, in the yard. Turner said the officer then put the bear down.

“We were not dealing with a typical black bear, it seems,” Turner said, referring to the aggressive actions of the animal.

Harris said there is evidence that the bear, a 134-pound lactating female, may have been previously injured by an automobile. “There was a rash, lost hair and scrapes,” Harris said. “We have also sent the head away to be tested for rabies.” Harris said there was no evidence of cubs being nearby.

The location of the incident is described as Amish Road not far south of Intestate 68. Because it has brought no charges in the matter, the NRP would not release the family’s name.

Harris said the family did the correct thing by calling the agency right away. “There is a new law in effect that requires people to report that they have shot a bear,” she said.

From the Cumberland Times-News of September 4, 2007

Bear tests positive for rabies

The aggressive bear that was killed a week ago by an Amish Road homeowner after the animal charged and then attempted to pull out a window air conditioner has tested positive for rabies, a Garrett County health official said Tuesday.

“We sent the head to our health and mental hygiene lab in Baltimore on Thursday and got the results Friday,” said Steve Sherrard, director of environmental health for the county’s health department.

At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, the homeowners had heard a commotion outside and saw a bear attempting to get at two penned goats. When the husband hollered at the bear, it wheeled and charged the man and his wife, who retreated into their house. At that point, the bear attempted to pull out the air conditioner while the wife held onto it from inside.

The husband then shot the bear through the window, striking it with No. 4 shotgun pellets in the head and neck. The bear was eventually put down by a Natural Resources Police officer.

“After consulting medical personnel at Sacred Heart (Hospital), the family, including two children, will be getting the post-exposure rabies shots,” Sherrard said. “Apparently the exposure to blood came when they were cleaning up the house where the bear had made contact.”

Harry Spiker, who heads the bear management program for the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service, said that neither the police officer nor a wildlife employee who responded will receive shots.

“Our wildlife staff all have the pre-exposure vaccine,” he said.

NRP said the homeowners were acting in self defense and will not be charged for shooting the bear. They have not been identified.

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August 31, 2007

Wayne County, North Carolina

From Raleigh’s NBC17.com of August 31, 2007

Victim In Home Invasion Shoots, Kills Intruder

One of three men accused of breaking into a home and holding the residents at gunpoint was shot and killed early Friday morning by one of the residents.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Department officials said three black males broke into a home in the Dudley community at about 12:30 a.m.

There were two adults and four small children — ages 4, 5,5 and 8 — at the home at 2546 Old Mount Olive Highway at the time.

According to officials, the three men broke through a front door, ransacked the home and held the people inside at gunpoint. Apparently at one point one of the intruders fired at someone in the home at which point the man who lived there was able to find his own firearm and shot back. That intruder was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two men escaped the home in a dark-colored vehicle. Investigators with the sheriff’s department and the Mount Olive Police Department are both investigating.

August 31, 2007

Memphis, Tennessee

From MyFoxMemphis of August 30, 2007

Victim and Suspect Show Up at The Med, Suspect Arrested

Memphis Police have arrested a man who showed up for treatment at the same emergency room as the man he’s accused of shooting.

It happened Monday at the Regional Medical Center.

Police records show Samuel Anderson was shot several times by a man who came into his house and fired when Anderson tried to run. Anderson was hit in both thighs, his right calf and his right hand.

The report says the intruder ran when Anderson got to his bedroom, picked up a pistol and fired one shot. The report says the man broke out a window to escape, cutting himself.

At the hospital, Anderson recognized a man awaiting treatment, noting his crooked teeth. He told a nurse and police arrested 19-year-old Richard Terrell Blackburn.

After Blackburn was bandaged, police questioned him and say Blackburn admitted the shooting and told detectives where to find the gun, stashed in a lawn mower bag.

August 30, 2007

Houston, Texas

From Houston’s KTRK.com of August 30, 2007

Store owner fights back against would-be robber

A store owner at a metal scrap business tried to turn the tables on a young man who held him at gunpoint overnight. But as the victim fought back, he was shot.

Police say it happened around 7:30pm last night on Frick near Woodington when the teen walked into the business and demanded money from the owner.

“(The owner) said a black male came over the fence who was brandishing a shotgun and he was in the office, and the black male came into the office and demanded money. Apparently, he was acting like he was getting the money and he went for a weapon,” said Sgt. Scott Ashmore with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. “The suspect saw him, shot the complainant in the arm, possibly severing the complainants arm and they apparently got into a gun battle, there were some shell casings out here at the scene. ”

The suspect got into a dark colored SUV and fled the scene. There is not much of a description of the suspect. If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to call the Harris County sheriff’s department.

The owner of the recycling business is in stable condition. But there is some concern that he may end up losing his arm.

August 30, 2007

Jacksonville, Florida

From Jacksonville, Florida of August 29, 2007

Jury acquits murder suspect; man killed in self-defense

A Jacksonville man facing a life sentence in prison was found innocent Wednesday of murdering a man during a struggle outside his girlfriend’s apartment.

Shedrick Cosby, 34, was arrested in December after the shooting death of Shelly Banks. Police charged that Cosby shot in a jealous rage after seeing two men leaving his girlfriend’s apartment on Old Kings Road South in the Southside.

Cosby, whose face and neck were severely cut with a knife, testified he shot in self-defense after someone jumped him from behind and held him in a headlock. Cosby was a security guard at Forrest High School and had a permit to carry a concealed firearm, said Assistant Public Defender Debra Billard.

Billard said Cosby fired two shots blindly, and that evidence showed one bullet passed through a door before hitting Banks. The other bullet struck the apartment building’s second story, she said.

She said the fact that just two bullets and two casings were recovered also contradicted testimony by prosecution witnesses, who described a larger number of shots being fired.

The six-person jury deliberated about three hours.

August 26, 2007

Stockton, California

From Sacramento’s News10.net of August 26, 2007

Store Guard Shoots, Kills Teen Robber

A teen robber was shot and killed by a grocery store security guard after an attempted robbery turned into a gunfight Saturday, Stockton police said.

The 19-year-old gunman was pronounced dead just outside the Super Mercado La Amapola, 1901 S. El Dorado Street in Stockton around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Stockton police Sgt. Ken Praegitzer said. Investigators determined the teen allegedly entered the store, pulled a loaded handgun on employees and attempted to rob the store, Praegitzer said.

An armed security guard working in the store confronted the robber, triggering an exchange of gunfire. The teen suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The guard was not injured.

Praegitzer said investigators would forward their findings to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office to review whether the guard acted appropriately.

August 26, 2007

Wichita, Kansas

From the Wichita Eagle of August 25, 2007

Police: Clerk shoots, kills would-be robber

A man in his 40s died today after he was shot by an employee while he was trying to rob a Wichita pharmacy, police said.

The man walked into Salyer Pharmacy at 102 E. 21st St. about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. He had a handkerchief over his face and a gun in his hand, Wichita Police Lt. Sam Hanley said.

He demanded money from at least two clerks, Hanley said, and “at some point, they produced their own weapon” and shot the man. The man died about 20 minutes later at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Hanley said.

From Wichita’s KAKE.com of August 27, 2007

Dead Robber Identified in Self-Defense Case

Police have identified the armed robber who was shot and killed by a store employee Saturday morning.

Officers say 27-year-old Alexander Mies entered Salyer’s Pharmacy at 10:47am with a bandage over part of his face, exposing just one eye. He asked to pick up a prescription under an alias name. Mies then pulled out a handgun and pointed at the clerk.

At that point, a 58-year-old employee shot Mies once in head with a shotgun.

No customers were inside at the time – just three employees. A delivery worker arrived in the middle of the holdup.

Mies pronounced dead at 11:15 am. Police say the shooting appears to be a simple case of self-defense.

From Kansas.com of August 28, 2007

WOULD-BE ROBBER KILLED

When the man pulled out a handgun in Salyer Pharmacy and demanded drugs Saturday, pharmacist Tom Lundberg bolted for a back room.

He didn’t go there to hide.

He went to grab his shotgun.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Lundberg said Monday.

When the intruder pointed his gun at Lundberg and his pharmacy co-owner, Lundberg didn’t hesitate.

He fired the shotgun once, hitting the man in the head and killing him. Police identified the man Monday as Alexander R. Mies, 27.

Here’s what police and Lundberg say happened:

About 10:45 a.m. Saturday, a man walked into Salyer’s, 102 E. 21st St., with a bandage wrapped around his head, leaving one eye exposed.

He approached the counter and told an employee he was there to pick up a prescription, but he used an alias, police said.

At that point, the man pulled out his gun while yelling and demanding Lortabs and narcotics, Lundberg said.

That’s when Lundberg ran to grab a shotgun he has kept at the pharmacy since a 1993 robbery attempt.

When Lundberg came out of the back room, he saw the intruder pointing the handgun at co-owner Fred Karban, Lundberg said.

At one point, the man ducked behind the counter and Lundberg thought he was going to leave.

“Then, he came right back up and pointed it at Fred,” Lundberg said.

“And then, he pointed it back at me, and then I shot him. That’s pretty much the end of it.”

Lundberg, 58, has been a pharmacist in Wichita for 35 years, the past 20 at Salyer’s.

After the police interviews, he finished out his work day, including delivering medicine to nursing homes. He was back at work Monday at the pharmacy.

Wichita police said they could present information about the case to the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office today for review.

Lundberg said he doesn’t expect the office to find he did anything wrong. He said that a police detective told him: “Obviously, if it was a problem, I wouldn’t be talking with you here,” at the pharmacy.

He said he had received several calls of support, and some customers who hadn’t seen him in a while stopped by.

“It’s kind of a sad deal,” he said.

“I feel kind of sorry more for his family. I just wish he hadn’t put me in that situation, is what I wish.”

From Wichita’s KAKE.com of September 12, 2007

Pharmacist Cleared in Self-Defense Shooting

A pharmacist who shot and killed a robber last month has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

On Wednesday morning, District Attorney Nola Foulston’s office released a report detailing what happened.

Investigators say Alexander Mies pulled a gun on a worker at Salyer Pharmacy at 21st and Broadway on Saturday, August 25. Mies entered the store with a bandage over part of his face, exposing just one eye. He asked to pick up a prescription under an alias name. Mies then pulled out a handgun and pointed at a pharmacist.

Another pharmacist, Tom Lundberg, reached for a shotgun behind the counter. Police say he ordered Mies to drop the gun, but when Mies didn’t, Lundberg fired once, hitting the robber in the head.

No customers were inside at the time – just three employees. A delivery worker arrived in the middle of the holdup.

Investigators ruled the shooting as a simple case of self-defense.

August 25, 2007

Orange County, Florida

From the Orlando Sentinel of August 25, 2007

Orange homeowner shoots burglary suspect

A 65-year-old Orange County homeowner shot a man late Friday as he was breaking into his home in the 2200 block of W. Pine St.

Harvey Lee Williams, 22, was shot in the right arm and taken to a hospital for treatment.

The homeowner, who fired from inside his house, does not face charges, Orange County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bruce McMullen said. Williams has not been charged, but the investigation is not complete.

From WFTV of August 25, 2007

Elderly Man Shoots Suspected Burglar

Orange County deputies responding to a report of a burglary found a man with a gunshot wound to his right arm just after midnight Saturday morning.

Their investigation discovered that the shooting victim had been burglarizing a home on West Pine Street and had been shot by the homeowner, a 65 year old man.

Fire rescue transported Harvey Lee Williams to Orlando Regional Medical Center,

The wound to Williams was considered non life threatening.

He was charged with burglary, and later booked into the Orange County Jail.

The elderly homeowner was not charged.

August 25, 2007

Lehman Township, Pennsylvania

From the Scranton Times-Tribune of August 25, 2007

Suspect sought in fatal Pike shootout

State police in Blooming Grove are investigating the death of a 46-year-old township man who was shot early Friday in Pike County.

Barry James Rose, of 3182 Bexhill Court, Saw Creek Estates, was shot around 2 a.m. Friday after someone entered his home, police reported.

Police said Mr. Rose and an intruder exchanged gunfire, and Mr. Rose died.

An autopsy was performed at Lehigh Valley Medical Center, and results are pending, according to police.

Saw Creek Estates resident Kristi Wertz, 25, used to keep her car doors unlocked, but not anymore.

“Lately there has been a lot of crime in this area,” she said. “For the past seven to eight months, we’ve seen the state police here quite frequently.”

There was a major drug bust in the community on Aug. 7.

Ms. Wertz, who also works at the nearby Country Squire Deli along Winona Falls Road, has lived in the private, gated community on and off for the past 10 years and said she did not always feel so uneasy. She heard about the shooting Friday morning while at work.

“A lot of people, I think, really aren’t so surprised,” she said, referring to the recent crime activity in the community.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 226-5718.

August 25, 2007

Fort Myers, Florida

From the Naples Daily News of August 25, 2007

Woman shoots at suspects in South Fort Myers home invasion

A woman shot back after three suspects broke into her South Fort Myers home late Friday night.

The Lee County Sheriff’s office responded to the home invasion at 6770 Briarcliff Road at 11:43 p.m.

The unnamed woman was home alone when the three suspects broke into the home, according to authorities. She grabbed a gun and fired off an undetermined number of shots scaring off the robbers.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

The suspects did make off with valuables from the home, according to authorities.

From the Naples Daily News of August 25, 2007

Woman shoots at suspects in South Fort Myers home invasion

When a woman saw three men break into her bedroom window late Friday night, she took out a gun and fired several times.

It didn’t stop the men, though. They came in through the window of her South Fort Myers home, and after a struggle, they tied her hands then took off with money and jewelry.

It all happened sometime before 11:40 p.m. Friday, and detectives were still looking for the suspects Saturday.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

She shares the home at 6770 Briarcliff Road with her boyfriend, but she was alone at the time of the break-in.

Det. Michael Hollow said it isn’t clear why the woman’s home was targeted, and he also said this was the first incident of the kind he has heard of in South Fort Myers this year.

“Home invasions don’t happen that often,” he said.