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Alabama: Bingo hall robber shot and killed by security guard in Walker County, Alabama

August 13, 2009

Walker County, Alabama

From the Birmingham News of August 3, 2009

Bingo hall robber shot and killed by security guard in Walker County, Alabama

A Walker County man who authorities say shot up a bingo hall Saturday night during a robbery was shot and killed by a security guard, according to the Walker County sheriff.

William G. Cantrell Jr., 43, was declared dead at the scene after he was shot multiple times by a security guard at It’s Your Lucky Day Charity Bingo at 20 Pineywoods Sipsey Road, Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said.

According to Tirey, Cantrell entered through the front door around 11 p.m., fired his shotgun into the ceiling and yelled: “This is a robbery. Everybody get out of here.” As he headed toward the cashiers’ cages, Cantrell fired more shots at the ceiling, then fired at a cashier’s cage and a safe, Tirey said. As two security guards approached, Cantrell turned his gun toward them and one of the guards shot him multiple times, the sheriff said.

Security cameras captured much of the scene, Tirey said. Authorities also interviewed about 40 to 45 witnesses, he said.

“It is a regrettable situation,” Tirey said. “We’re very fortunate we didn’t have a lot of injuries. The potential was there.”

Tirey said Cantrell arrived at the bingo hall in a vehicle he had stolen a couple of hours earlier. He robbed a Jasper business of the vehicle around 8:40 p.m., the sheriff said.


Alabama: Store owner says robber shot himself

July 19, 2009

Birmingham, Alabama

From the Birmingham News of July 14, 2009

Store owner says robber shot himself

An owner of the Vineyard Food Market told The Birmingham News that a man shot himself dead as he ran after robbing the store on Tuesday night.

The owner said he fired a shot at the fleeing man, who had grabbed money in the store and ran, but he did not think he had hit him.

Police have not confirmed that account of the incident, but said the dead man had attempted to rob the store on Crestwood Boulevard.

Jerry Tucker, owner of Crestwood Antiques a few doors down from Vineyard Food Market, was called to the scene because an alarm went off at his business after a bullet went through a window. Tucker, who has been in business there for eight years, said it’s a nice community, but there is a lot of crime.

Tucker said his son-in-law closed a computer store that he had owned in the same shopping center after several break-ins.

Tucker said the owners of the Vineyard are well-liked by members of the community.

“This is tragic. They are really good folks,” he said.

Robbery Victim Shoots Robber in Buttocks

March 7, 2009

Opelika, Alabama

From the March 6, 2009 Opelika-Auburn News:

An Opelika man approached by a gunman demanding money Thursday night took matters into his own hands by drawing his own weapon and shooting the robber, police said.

The report states the robbery took place at 11:46 p.m. in the 1000 block of York Avenue, Opelika police Capt. Allan Elkins said. The victim shot the robber in the buttocks, Elkins said.

The injured robber was transported to East Alabama Medical Center, where he is being treated and detained, Elkins said. As of Friday morning, no arrest had been made, Elkins said.

Father Shoots Son In Self-Defense

January 30, 2009

Oak Grove, Alabama

From the January 16, 2009 Birmingham News:

An Oak Grove man shot his son late Wednesday after authorities say the son attacked his mother with a broomstick and then stabbed his girlfriend.

Colter Roberts, 21, was in stable condition at UAB Hospital with two wounds from his father’s 12-gauge shotgun, said Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Randy Christian.

Deputies received a 911 hang-up call from a home on Camp Oliver Road just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The dispatcher tried to call the number but got no answer. While deputies were en route, someone called back, screaming that a father had to shoot his son who was attacking the family, Christian said.

Investigators say Colter Roberts had first attacked his 48-year-old mother with his fists and then beat her with the broomstick. He then went after his 30-year-old girlfriend with a knife.

Colter Roberts’ 7-year-old sister was in the home, but not injured, Christian said.

Colter Roberts then ran from the kitchen into a hallway with a knife, screaming that he was going to kill everyone in the house. He also used the knife to slash the walls of the hallway and headed into the bedroom where his father was sleeping.

Van Roberts, 48, tried to talk to his son, but told police his efforts were unsuccessful. He described his son as “a madman running at him with a knife, screaming,” Christian said.

Van Roberts grabbed his shotgun and warned his son, but the son failed to drop the knife. Van Roberts fired one shot, striking his son in the arm.

Colter Roberts continued with the attack, and his father fired another shot, striking him in the torso, Christian said. Colter Roberts has a history of drug abuse and violence, Christian said.

Alabama: Man shoots alleged attacker

January 7, 2009

Pell City, Alabama

From the Cullman Times of January 5, 2009

Man shoots alleged attacker

A Pell City man is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he allegedly broke into a Hanceville residence and attacked the owner Saturday.

According to Hanceville police reports, the gunshot victim was 32-year-old Charles Kendrick.

“He was shot once in the stomach with a 25-caliber automatic,” said Lt. Jimmy Rodgers of the Hanceville Police Department. “Further investigation has ruled it was a self-defense shooting.”

Rodgers said the shooting took place at approximately 7:20 p.m. at a residence on Commercial Street.

“The owner of the residence was at home when this guy (Kendrick) jumped on him and began to fight him,” Rodgers said. “The owner went inside and locked the door and retrieved a handgun.”

Rodgers said Kendrick allegedly then began smashing the back windows of the residence and tried to enter.

“The owner pointed the gun at him to prevent him from entering,” Rodgers said. “The gun was unloaded at this point.”

Undeterred, Kendrick allegedly continued to break the window and then entered the home, Rodgers said. The homeowner then went into his bedroom and locked the door.

“The perpetrator kicked in the door, at which point he was shot by the resident,” Rodgers said.

Paramedics treated Kendrick at the scene and then transported him to UAB Hospital.

An investigation revealed the attack was a type of domestic violence situation, Rodgers said.

“The homeowner’s girlfriend has kids by the perpetrator, and apparently he was upset about the kids and took it out on the boyfriend,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers noted Kendrick could face criminal charges once he is released from the hospital, including a charge of burglary.

Alabama: Police: Wounded wife grabbed gun, killed husband

January 7, 2009

Rosinton, Alabama

From of December 31, 2008

Police: Wounded wife grabbed gun, killed husband

Neighbors on a rural road in Baldwin County didn’t pay much attention to the Cowan residence until gunfire erupted there two days before Christmas, revealing a deadly case of domestic violence.

Investigators said an enraged James Cowan Jr., 39, shot 42-year-old Pamela Cowan in the chest about 5:30 a.m., following a stretch of abuse that started the night before.

He had poured gasoline throughout their small home, dousing his wife and the bed in which she lay.

Then he stacked cushions from furniture on and near his wife and blocked the door with furniture as officers arrived.

But his wife managed to pick up the .357-caliber handgun he had put down briefly and shot him in the head, sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Anthony Lowery said.

James Cowan was airlifted to a Mobile hospital where he was pronounced dead. Pamela Cowan was treated at a Pensacola, Fla., hospital and was expected to recover.

A county grand jury later will review the evidence, but Lowery said no charges were filed.

“There’s no reason to believe she didn’t act in self-defense,” Lowery told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday in his Bay Minette office.

During the 13-year marriage, Pamela Cowan had obtained two protective orders against her husband, citing his violent moods, then tried to revoke both, including one about two weeks before the shooting. She told a judge in a letter that her husband needed “one more chance” to change his life. She wrote she had seen a therapist and hoped to save her marriage.

There was no indication the protection order was revoked. The judge in her case did not immediately return a phone message Wednesday.

As the investigation continued Wednesday, it was not immediately clear what set off last week’s shooting. Lowery was among the officers on the shooting scene.

“She was fairly coherent when we were in there,” he said, adding that details at the scene matched her account. The gasoline fumes made it “tough to stay in there,” he said.

Pamela Cowan’s father, Charlie Wilson of Loxley, told the Press-Register, “At times she is all right; at times she is down.” Wilson could not be reached for further comment.

A public fundraising effort has been set up to pay her medical bills.

A funeral director in Robertsdale said Wednesday services for Cowan were incomplete.

Alabama: Robbery suspect shot dead, alleged accomplice wounded

December 26, 2008

Anniston, Alabama

From the Huntsville Times of December 25, 2008

Robbery suspect shot dead, alleged accomplice wounded

A would-be robber was shot dead overnight Wednesday and his alleged accomplice was wounded after they attempted to rob the owner of a gas station near Anniston.

Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said the gun-toting suspects and the owner got into a shootout around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller’s Oil Company on U.S. 431.

Amerson said 21-year-old Takeem Pope of Anniston appeared to have died of a single gunshot wound. The other man, 19-year-old Blake Jackson, also of Anniston, was shot in the arm.

Amerson declined to name the owner, but said he acted in self-defense. He was not injured. Authorities said charges are pending against Jackson, who was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment.

Alabama: Men shot in break-in attempt

December 12, 2008

Nitrate City, Alabama

From the Times Daily of December 4, 2008

Men shot in break-in attempt

A Colbert County homeowner shot two men who reportedly were trying to break into his house early Wednesday, leaving both hospitalized recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Three Florence men face charges over the break-in bid, Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May said.

Charged with second-degree burglary were:

# Justin Peake, 22, 330 Reddoch Road, Florence.

# Holland Noah Elkins, 19, Darby Drive, Florence.

# Jason Douglas Reynolds, 18, 127 Patsy Drive, Florence.

Peake, a student at the University of North Alabama and 2006 member of the golf team, and Elkins were both injured, May said. Peake was in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital on Wednesday night, while Elkins had surgery and was transferred to a private room at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence and was in stable condition.

Authorities said the homeowner reported that the men were trying to kick in the back door at his home at 6720 Second St. The break-in occurred around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators say Reynolds, a student at UNA, was the driver of the getaway car. He was not injured.

Investigators said the homeowner shot Peake and Elkins multiple times with a 9 mm pistol after they kicked in the back door of the residence, which is just past East Colbert Baptist Church. The sheriff said neither Peake nor Elkins were armed.

Peake, who was found lying in the yard, was flown to Huntsville Hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit.

After being shot, Elkins was taken to E.C.M. Hospital by Reynolds, who was driving Peake’s silver Mercedes.

May said Peake’s Mercedes was found by Florence police on Reddock Road in Florence, which is in the affluent Heathrow subdivision.

“We were able to locate the driver (Reynolds), and he was interviewed by investigators and admitted that he took (Peake and Elkins) to the residence to burglarize the residence,” May said.

He said it’s unclear what the burglars were after or why they chose the eastern Colbert County residence.

“We understand that one of their friends may have told them that something of value was inside the residence and that they would want to get their hands on it,” May said.

He said the burglary plan was sidetracked when the men were confronted by the homeowner as they kicked in the door.

“We got a call at 12:38 a.m. from the homeowner that two people had broke through the back door and he had shot one or both of them,” the sheriff said.

Authorities said Peake was likely shot seven or eight times, while Elkins was shot at least twice.

May said the homeowner turned over the weapon to sheriff’s investigators.

The homeowner said he lived alone and moved into the house just over two years ago.

May said the homeowner reported an attempted burglary that took place at the residence Monday night.

“He said someone had been calling his house (Monday) and hanging up, and the telephone numbers were some he didn’t recognize,” May said. “Then when he got home from work Monday evening, someone had tried to get into the back door of his porch.”

The sheriff said the homeowner told investigators the hang-up calls began again Tuesday.

“And they lasted into the night,” May said. “So (the homeowner) said he got suspicious and cut out all the lights and was just sitting and waiting when they broke through the door.”

It is the second home invasion reported in the Shoals this week and the third in Colbert County within a week.

Alabama: Birmingham teen murder suspect in wrong place, mother says

December 9, 2008

Birmingham, Alabama

From the Birmingham News of December 5, 2008

Birmingham teen murder suspect in wrong place, mother says

The adoptive mother of a teen charged with capital murder of an acquaintance who was killed while the two were robbing someone Sunday said her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Malik Hameed, 17, is remorseful over his involvement in a weekend robbery that left his accomplice, a family friend, dead, said his mother, Hamidah Hameed, 56.

“All he’s been doing is crying and asking me to come get him,” Hamidah Hameed said. “He keeps saying, `Mama, I’m sorry.’ I told him he had a chance to think and make a different choice, but he didn’t think. He just asked me to hug him and hold him.”

Police say Malik Hameed and Patrick Cortez Levert, 26, were shot Sunday in the 100 block of Cotton Avenue Southwest while trying to rob a 39-year-old man at gunpoint.

The man pulled a gun and shot both, police said.

Levert, found on the sidewalk, was taken to UAB Hospital, where he died. Someone drove Hameed to Princeton Baptist Medical Center, where he was treated and later taken into police custody.

Though Hameed didn’t shoot Levert, he is charged with capital murder because he was a conspirator in a crime that resulted in death, police said.

Hamidah Hameed said witnesses have told family members her son wasn’t armed.

“We haven’t been able to verify whether he was or wasn’t armed,” said Birmingham homicide Sgt. Scott Thurmond. “But from talking to him, he knew what was going on prior to getting there. He knew the deal.”


Alabama: Shot teens attended Vigor, police say

November 9, 2008

Mobile, Alabama

From the Press-Register of November 4, 2008

Shot teens attended Vigor, police say

Two teens shot during a robbery attempt Friday apparently followed their victim to his home after seeing him withdraw money from an ATM miles away, police said.

Seventeen-year-old Antonio Austin was killed in the confrontation. Nineteen-year-old Robert Howez was shot in the back and taken to the University of South Alabama Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition Monday.

Howez will face a charge of first-degree robbery upon his release, authorities said.

Both teens were listed as students at Vigor High School, said Deputy Chief James Barber.

Barber declined to identify the 60-year-old man who was the alleged robbery target, saying the man does not currently face criminal charges in the shooting, which has been characterized by Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. as a case of self-defense.

Police have also questioned two other teens investigators believe were in a car just down the street from the attempted robbery, Barber said.

The car left the area when the shooting started, according to police.

Investigators were still trying to determine what role the people in the car might have had in the robbery, Barber said.

“We don’t have probable cause to charge them at this point,” he said. He declined to release the names of those two teens or what schools they attend because they haven’t been charged.

The attempted robbery, according to police accounts, occurred like this:

The man was returning to his home on West Belvedere Circle, near Hank Aaron Stadium, shortly after 6 p.m. Friday when, as he was getting out of his car, he was accosted by two teenagers, one armed with a revolver.

The armed teen demanded that the man hand over the money from the ATM. Instead, he drew his own pistol and opened fire.

Howez could face a murder charge in Austin’s death even though he didn’t fire the shot that killed him, Barber said, as Alabama law allows criminals to be held liable for the death of an accomplice killed in the commission of a violent felony.

“That will be a question for the district attorney,” Barber said.