Archive for April, 2008

Kansas: Burglar greeted by gunfire

April 30, 2008

Overland Park, Kansas

From the Kansas City Star of April 30, 2008

Burglar greeted by gunfire

Overland Park police are investigating a business burglary where an employee fired shots at a suspect. But the suspect, who may have been hit, was able to get away.

The incident occurred at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday at Ratliff Guttering Company in the 5000 block of Mackey Street.

Police said a company employee had been sleeping in an apartment inside the business when he heard a loud crash coming from the garage area. The employee grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and went to the garage area to investigate.

The employee saw the garage door partially open and then saw a man inside near one of the company’s trucks. He then fired a shot and heard the man yell. The intruder then ran towards the garage door and the employee fired again.

Police found blood on the garage floor but could not find the intruder anywhere. They alerted hospitals and other area law enforcement agencies.

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Texas: Security guard shoots, kills man outside northwest Houston club

April 29, 2008

Houston, Texas

From KHOU of April 24, 2008

Security guard shoots, kills man outside northwest Houston club

A man is dead after an altercation with a gentlemen’s club security guard northwest Houston.

The shooting happened just after 1 a.m. on Antoine near Hempstead Road at the Casanova Men’s Club.

Witnesses said it started when the security guard refused to let in two men who appeared to have been drinking. When the son tried to fight him, the guard sprayed them with pepper spray.

The father came over to the guard and started to threaten him, witnesses said. Then the father left, but returned with a gun.

The witness said the security guard pulled out his gun and ordered the man to drop his, and when he didn’t, the guard fired two shots. Witnesses said he was forced to shoot to protect himself.

The victim died at the scene, and Houston police spent the morning interviewing witnesses. Houston police said the guard will not likely face charges, but the case will be referred to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

New York: Man shoots bear chasing pet dog

April 29, 2008

Colesville, New York

From the Press & Sun Bulletin of April 21, 2008

Man shoots bear chasing pet dog

Rusvinder S. Sandhu, of Route 79, Colesville, shot and wounded a black bear who was chasing his pet dog around 1:18 a.m. Sunday.

After he let out his one-year-old Belgian Shepard to go to the bathroom, Sandhu heard incessant barking and upon looking out a sliding door with a flash light he found a medium sized black bear chasing the pet around the backyard, police said.

Sandhu retrieved a 7 mm magnum bolt action rifle and fired a single shot striking the bear in the neck and dropping him under a bird feeder, police said.

The bear was still alive when Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Mauser arrived, but the animal had to be dispatched with one 12 gauge shotgun slug for safety and humane purposes.

Sandhu told Mauser he was unaware bears in his area, but was now was able to figure out why his bird feeder had been knocked out of its location in a tree, according to a police report.

Texas: Clerk, Suspect Shot During Robbery

April 29, 2008

Houston, Texas

From Click2Houston of April 29, 2008

Clerk, Suspect Shot During Robbery

A clerk traded shots with two men during a robbery at a northwest Harris County convenience store late Monday, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies said the men held up the clerk at the Phillips 66 station on Veteran’s Memorial Drive near West Road at about 11:25 a.m.

The men opened fire on the clerk, who was working by himself, investigators said.

Deputies said the clerk pulled out a gun and fired back, wounding one of the men several times.

The clerk suffered one gunshot wound and was taken to Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital for treatment. He is expected to be OK.

The wounded suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition.

Investigators said the second man got away.

Texas: Homeowner shoots, kills burglary suspect

April 29, 2008

San Antonio, Texas

From MySanAntionio of April 29, 2008

Homeowner shoots, kills burglary suspect

Police said a homeowner shot and killed a burglary suspect inside a Northeast Side home this morning.

The 18-year-old man male suspect was shot about 2:30 a.m. in the 5800 block of Midcrown after a male homeowner noticed the youth inside the man’s house.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released this morning.

From the Houston Chronicle of April 30, 2008

One night after burglary, San Antonio man kills intruder

After his home was burglarized earlier this week, Thomas Thames decided to arm himself in case the intruder returned, police say.

The following night, he heard another noise at his home in the 5800 block of East Midcrown, so Thames, 39, walked downstairs. It was about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when he once again saw a young man in his kitchen. The back door was open.

This time, Thames fired a gun at the man, who ran into the backyard, where Thames shot at him again, police said.

Ronnie Scarborough, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.

San Antonio police spokesman Sgt. Gabe Trevino said the resident had pulled the man into his house and waited for police to arrive.

Police said the man killed at Thames’ Northeast Side home Tuesday matched the description of a burglary suspect the resident said he chased from the home the night before.

Police said Tuesday that Thames likely won’t be charged with a crime because Texas law gives homeowners latitude in protecting their property and themselves.

“A property owner, by Texas law, has the right to prevent the consequences of a burglary by utilizing deadly force if necessary,” Trevino said.

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Kentucky: Man who was shot during attempted break-in dies

April 29, 2008

Lexington, Kentucky

From the Lexington Herald-Leader of April 29, 2008

Man who was shot during attempted break-in dies

A man trying to break into a Lexington home early Tuesday died from injuries after a resident shot the man through the front door, Lexington police said.

About 6 a.m., a male resident at 2700 Chelsea Woods Court off Todds Road called police, saying he’d shot someone trying to break in through the front door, Lexington police Lt. Thomas Curtsinger said.

The resident, who has not been identified, told police that he was home with his girlfriend and brother when he heard someone trying to kick in the front door.

Armed with a handgun, the resident shot through the front door, striking the man once in his upper body, Curtsinger said.

The man was lying on the front porch near the home’s entrance when police arrived. Police do not think the man was armed.

The man, whose identification has not been released, was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Curtsinger said the victim was a 36-year-old man who, according to vehicle registration, was from Woodford County. The victim’s white Dodge RAM 2500 was towed from the driveway of a vacant house across the street a few hours after the shooting.

The resident told police he did not recognize the man who tried to enter his house.

Curtsinger said Tuesday morning that it was too early for him to say whether the man who fired the handgun would face any charges.

From the Bluegrass Beat (Lexington Herald-Leader) of August 22, 2008

Grand jury declines to indict shooter

A Fayette County grand jury on Thursday declined to charge a man who shot and killed a man in April who was beating on his front door.

Tadarvis Gardner, 22, told police he was at his home, on Chelsea Woods Court, when he heard what he thought was someone trying to kick in the front door.

Gardner shot through the front door, fatally striking Andreas Lobsiger once in his upper body, police said.

Lobsiger, 36, who was unarmed, apparently had confused the house with a friend’s home that was three houses down, friends said. Lobsiger had been outside sleeping in a truck after a night of drinking.

Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury this week. It declined to issue an indictment.

Texas: Restaurant Owner Fatally Shoots Intruder

April 28, 2008

Baytown, Texas

From Click2Houston of April 28, 2008

Restaurant Owner Fatally Shoots Intruder

A restaurant owner fatally shot a man who broke into his east Harris County business on Sunday, officials told KPRC Local 2.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies said an alarm company notified the owner of 4 Corners BBQ that someone may have been inside the restaurant on Decker Road shortly before noon.

Investigators said the owner went to the business and found a broken window and a man inside.

The owner fired one shot inside the building, fatally wounding the man.

The man’s identity was not released.

Detectives said the case would be referred to a Harris County grand jury without charges.

Tennessee: Would-be robber shot and killed in liquor store

April 28, 2008

Nashville, Tennessee

From the Tennessean of April 28, 2008

Would-be robber shot and killed in liquor store

A would-be robber at an Inglewood liquor store was shot and killed Saturday night after a customer opened fire, Metro police said.

Two men entered Sinkers Wine & Spirits on Gallatin Pike around 10 p.m. and attempted to rob the store with handguns, Capt. David Imhof said. During the robbery, a customer took out a handgun of his own and began a shootout, Imhof said.

One of the robbery suspects ran away, but the other collapsed outside the store, Imhof said. He was taken to Skyline Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The remaining suspect was still on the loose Sunday night, police said.

The customer who fired on the robbery suspects had a permit to carry a weapon, Imhof said.

“A citizen, like a police officer, has the right to utilize deadly force if there is a threat of serious bodily injury or harm,” Imhof said.

The customer, described as in his early 20s, was interviewed and released by police. He has not been charged.

The case is under investigation, Imhof said.

California: LA mini market clerk fatally shoots would-be armed robber

April 28, 2008

Los Angeles, California

From the Mercury News of April 27, 2008

LA mini market clerk fatally shoots would-be armed robber

Los Angeles police say a mini market clerk has shot and killed an armed man who was trying to rob the business.

Officers responding to a shooting call Saturday afternoon in the San Fernando Valley found 30-year-old Marvin Sanchez lying on a sidewalk shot to death.

Investigators say Sanchez walked into the Del Gaudio mini market, pulled a handgun and demanded money. The male clerk grabbed a handgun and shot Sanchez.

The incident is under investigation.

Mississippi: Suspect shot during robbery

April 26, 2008

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

From the Hattiesburg American of April 11, 2008

Suspect shot during robbery

The Ellisville Police Department is investigating a Tuesday morning robbery that left one of the suspects wounded.

Police arrested Ronald Hinton, 18, of Richton, Thomas Hardy, 22, and Matthew King, 19, both of Ellisville.

Investigator Christy Carona said the three men broke into the storage home of Jack Busby on the 200 block of Cleveland Street and attempted to take two air-conditioning units.

She said Busby found the men and held them at gunpoint until police arrived. Busby later shot King in the lower back after he attempted to flee the scene.

Carona said King was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center’s emergency room where he was treated and released.

All three men were charged with grand larceny and taken to the Jones County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond each.

Carona said King has made bond and that the other men remained at the detention center.