Archive for July, 2008

Florida: Crawfordville business owner defended himself from would-be robbers

July 31, 2008

Tallahassee, Florida

From the Tallahassee Democrat of July 30, 2008

Crawfordville business owner defended himself from would-be robbers

Two men tried to rob the owner of a Crawfordville business earlier this week, but the owner pulled out his gun and scared the would-be robbers away.

It happened about 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Premier Motorcar Gallery, 1468 Crawfordville Highway, according to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office.

The owner was exiting the front door of the business carrying a small bank bag and had turned around to lock it when one of the men ran up and hit him in the head with a 2-by-6 board.

The owner fell to the ground but was able to get a handgun out of his rear waistband and point it at the robber. Another man was running toward them, but the two turned around and ran to a waiting car when they saw the owner was armed.

The car was described as brown in color, 1984-1986, four-door Chevy Caprice with a lift-kit similar to the photo to the right. The car had 22- to 24-inch chrome rims with wide white walls and an aftermarket chrome grill kit.

The first would-be robber was described as a clean-shaven black man, 18-22 years old, 6 feet, with a thin build and short hair. He had a small notch shaved into his right eyebrow. He was wearing a long-sleeved blue FUBU shirt and Paco jeans.

Only a vague description was available for the second would-be robber.
Anyone with information can call Sgt. Scott DelBeato at 926-0878.


Arkansas: Burglary suspect shot while choking homeowner

July 31, 2008

Greers Ferry, Arkansas

From the Heber Springs Sun-Times of July 30, 2008

Burglary suspect shot while choking homeowner

Chris Hooten, 34, of Greers Ferry, is recovering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen after a scuffle around 10:15 p.m. Friday. He reportedly entered a home without permission, fought and choked the homeowner, and was shot in the process. Hooten, and James Gadberry, 26, of Greers Ferry, reportedly went to the home of Don Brown on Shaw Road earlier in the afternoon Friday and an argument ensued. “Brown was upset over how Hooten and Gadberry reportedly treated a female,” said Detective Phil Burnham with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department. “Brown told them both to leave and they did.”

Hooten and Gadberry returned to the Brown home just after 10 p.m. “Brown was asleep on the couch when he heard someone beating on the door. He saw the two men outside and told them to leave.”

According to authorities, Gadberry and Brown said Hooten forced his way into the home, pushing the door open. “Brown fell on top of an iron stove. He got up and the two men continued to harass him. He went back to the couch where he was sleeping and pulled out a pistol.”

Gadberry reportedly moved toward Brown and was hit on the head. “Hooten jumped on Brown and started choking him. When he felt like he was going to pass out he fired a shot, hitting Hooten in the abdomen.”

Hooten made his way outside where he passed out. “Gadberry went outside too. Hooten was taken by helicopter to the White County Medical Center in Searcy. He underwent a successful surgery.”

The two men are being charged with residential burglary and aggravated assault. “Hooten will be charged upon his release from the hospital.”

Brown is not facing any charges at this time, according to Burnham.

Florida: Port St. Lucie homeowner shoots man through kitchen window

July 30, 2008

Port St. Lucie, Florida

From the Publication of July 30, 2008

Port St. Lucie homeowner shoots man through kitchen window

A Port St. Lucie resident shot a man trying to break into his Northeast Floresta Drive home through the kitchen window Tuesday afternoon, and the bleeding man jumped into his car and drove it into a utility pole, police said.

The injured man was later airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, said Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Officer Robert Vega.

Police are not identifying those involved and no charges have been filed. The condition of the man who was shot wasn’t available Tuesday night.

Curious neighbors crowded around the crime scene that was sectioned off with yellow police tape to see what the police cars were doing in their neighborhood. Those questioned did not witness anything and did not know the homeowner.

The shooting occurred around 2 p.m., when the resident, a family friend, the man’s two young daughters and niece were in the house at 242 Northeast Floresta Drive.

When the doorbell rang, the family friend went to the front door and saw a man she didn’t recognize. She alerted the resident, who was asleep in the back bedroom. After he told her he wasn’t expecting anyone, he picked up his gun from his nightstand next to his bed and went to look out the front window, Vega said.

There, the resident saw the man jump his fence leading into his backyard. He said he did not know the man, Vega said.

When the resident took the three girls to a back bedroom, he said he heard the back sliding glass door shaking violently and saw the man shaking it, investigators said. When the man tried to open the kitchen window, the resident shot him, Vega said.

Police said they have no reason to believe the man knew anyone inside the house. The resident told police he called 911 when he saw the man run.

Vega said if someone enters your home, whether it’s legal to shoot that person depends on the circumstances.

“I think certain situations would justify it,” he said. “Whether or not this is one of those cases, we don’t know.”

Police on Tuesday night were still piecing together what happened

Vega said he believes the resident really thought he was being robbed, and that he will claim self-defense in the shooting.

There was an ambulance at the crime scene, which Vega said was there to check on the resident after his traumatic situation. He said the girls were pretty shaken up, but they were OK and were speaking with a victims’ rights advocate.


Texas: Car Owner Shoots Suspected Thief

July 30, 2008

Houston, Texas

From Click2Houston of July 29, 2008

Car Owner Shoots Suspected Thief

A car owner opened fire on a suspected thief early Tuesday, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Houston police said the car’s owner found the man sitting in his vehicle at the Gulf Pointe Apartments on Gulf Pointe Drive near Dickinson Road shortly before 4 a.m.

The car’s owner opened fire, wounding the man in the leg.

Residents said they heard at least two gunshots.

Investigators said the man was taken to Ben Taub Hospital. He is expected to survive.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has not said if the car’s owner will be charged.

South Dakota: Man Shoots Mountain Lion

July 30, 2008

Oral, South Dakota

From KCAU of July 29, 2008

Man Shoots Mountain Lion

A late report of a mountain lion that was treed by a rancher’s dog and shot near Oral, in far southwestern South Dakota.

The incident took place July 17 when Alan Burg was about to start his pickup and go to work.

After spotting the lion in a tree near his house, Burg shot it with a rifle.

The big cat jumped down and ran into some tall grass.

A game warden was called and dogs were used to track the mountain lion.

The wounded animal was found about 40 yards from the tree and was shot again.

Officials say shooting the cat was justified because of its nearness to the ranch house and the threat to animals and livestock on the ranch.

Oklahoma: Homeowner Guns Down MWC Burglary Suspect

July 30, 2008

Midwest City, Oklahoma

From KOCO of July 17, 2008

Homeowner Guns Down MWC Burglary Suspect

Authorities said a homeowner shot and killed a burglary suspect after a confrontation in a rural Midwest City neighborhood.

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Myers said the resident told deputies he spotted a man breaking into a large shed on his property and confronted him about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. When the suspect got into his car and tried to flee, the homeowner said he stepped in front of the vehicle to prevent the man from leaving.

The homeowner said he fired one shot from a shotgun as the suspected burglar lunged toward him in his car.

Myers said the man died at the scene. The names of the victim and the shooter were not immediately released.

Pennsylvania: Lowhill man chases ‘exterminators’ with knife, gun

July 29, 2008

Allentown, Pennsylvania

From the Allentown Morning Call of July 29, 2008

Lowhill man chases ‘exterminators’ with knife, gun

A 78-year-old man used a kitchen knife and a shotgun to chase three men posing as exterminators from his Lowhill Township home, according to police.

State police at Fogelsville issued a news release urging anyone with information to contact their station at 610-395-1438.

The incident happened between 6 and 7 p.m. Friday at a home on Route 100.

State police gave the following account in a news release:

A man who was 40 to 50 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 190 pounds with a heavy build and brown hair parted on the side entered the home through an unlocked front door. Upon entering, he advised the 78-year-old male resident he would do a free home extermination.

During the conversation, the homeowner noticed two other men rummaging through his residence. Both were between 25 and 27 years old, about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds and had thin builds and dirty blond hair parted on the side.

When the homeowner ordered them to leave his house, a fight broke out. While the homeowner struggled with one of the younger males, the older male restrained the homeowner. But the homeowner broke free, grabbed a kitchen knife and ordered all three men out of his house.

The older male tried to regain entry. But by then, the homeowner had a shotgun in hand.

The three men fled in a green van south on Route 100. They managed to steal about $10 in coins.

Mississippi: 84-year-old man wounds intruder

July 29, 2008

Hancock County, Mississippi

From the Sun Herald of July 29, 2008

84-year-old man wounds intruder

An 84-year-old man, who repeatedly held off an alleged intruder Sunday when the man tried to break into his home, finally got a gun in desperation and shot through a door, wounding the intruder in the leg.

At the time, the elderly resident was at home with his 74-year-old wife about 5 a.m. at their residence in the area of Adams Street in Bayside Park. Hancock County Sheriff’s Investigator Andre Fizer said the couple heard a disturbance as a man tried to break through the front door and also tried to enter through a back door and a rear window of the residence.

The resident called 911 and reported that the intruder was trying to force his way into the home, and was threatening to kill him. He held himself against the door to keep the man from entering.

“The victim stated that when he became physically tired from holding the door, he became fearful for his and his wife’s lives,” Fizer said.

As he grew weaker trying to hold off the intruder, the resident asked his wife to bring his .45-caliber Colt handgun. He fired one shot through a lower panel of the door.

“He was getting tired,” said Fizer, who listened to a tape of the 911 call during the ensuing investigation. “He said, ‘I knew the guy was going to eventually overcome me.’

Although meant as a warning shot, the round struck 20-year-old Wade Ledesma of Bay St. Louis in the lower left leg. He was initially taken by American Medical Response to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, then was transferred to University Hospital in Jackson. Ledesma was listed in fair condition Monday, Fizer said.

Deputies declined to release the name of the homeowner, saying the couple feared recrimination. Based on evidence and the 911 tape, no charges were filed against him.

From hearing the tape, “You could tell he was devastated,” Fizer said. “You could tell he was scared.”

It was not clear whether Ledesma knew his alleged victims. Pending his release from hospitalization, he faces charges of attempted burglary, malicious mischief, and disturbance of a family, Fizer said.

Deputies investigating the case included Fizer, Lt. Stacy Wilson, Sgt. Gary Dyess and Matt Schmidlin.

Mentally Ill Man Attempts Robbery in Restaurant

July 25, 2008

Tacoma, Washington

From July 22, 2008 KING channel 5:

Diners at Pacific Grill, an upscale downtown Tacoma restaurant, were confronted by a man who was dining alone Monday evening.

According to Tacoma Police, the man sat down and ordered beer, then got up, went into a private dining area and demanded money from the diners.

He told them this was a robbery and demanded their wallets.

“He comes in the room and says, ‘I want your wallet and your cash’,” recalled Dr. Charles Weatherbee who was seated with fellow doctors and drug reps.

One of the doctors, who had been at target practice earlier, pulled out his gun and ordered the suspect out, saying, “Get out of the restaurant now!”

The suspect left and was greeted by police officers outside.

Tacoma Police spokesperson Mark Fulghum says the armed doctor acted within the law, defending himself and others during a crime.

The suspect is now undergoing a mental evaluation. He faces one robbery charge and several attempted robbery charges.

Texas: Bouncer at Sugar’s strip club shoots, kills knife-wielding customer

July 25, 2008

Houston, Texas

From KHOU of July 21, 2008

Bouncer at Sugar’s strip club shoots, kills knife-wielding customer

Houston police on Monday were questioning the bouncer of a strip club who claims he was forced to shoot a customer over the weekend.

It happened at the Sugars club off the Gulf Freeway at Dixie Farm Road.

The customer was apparently drunk and angry about being told to leave the establishment.

Witnesses said he got a knife from his car and started slashing tires.

When the bouncer tried to stop him, the customer allegedly lunged at him with the knife.

That’s when the bouncer pulled out his weapon and opened fire.

The man died at the hospital.

Officials said no charges are expected to be filed.