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Kentucky: Scott County Homeowner Holds Burglary Suspect At Gunpoint

March 17, 2009

Georgetown, Kentucky

From WLEX of March 16, 2009

Scott County Homeowner Holds Burglary Suspect At Gunpoint

A burglary suspect doesn’t get far after breaking into one Georgetown home.

Just before 2 a.m. Monday, Georgetown Police said Joshua Slone stood at the back door of a house on Citation Court knocking on it.

When he didn’t get a response. police said Slone kicked in a window and made his way into the living room.

Around the same time, the homeowner met Slone with his shotgun and held him inside until police arrived.

No one was hurt.

Joshua Slone is being held in the Scott County Detention Center facing burglary charges.


Indiana: Man shot by homeowner after attempted break-in

March 17, 2009

Evansville, Indiana

From WFIE of March 15, 2009

Man shot by homeowner after attempted break-in

An Evansville man was shot after, police say, he tried to break into a home.

The home-owner said the man broke through the back door, and that’s when he shot the intruder, but the story doesn’t stop there.

The intruder was then run-down by his own get-away car.

Neighbors said police were on the scene for several hours processing evidence and looking for clues that would help them track down the accomplices.

Sunday mornings events aren’t easily forgotten.

“I looked out my peephole and saw a man head to toe in blood,” neighbor Katherine Vessels said.

Evansville police said it all started at 5:00 Sunday morning when 26-year-old Derek Shaun Clark kicked in the door of Derrick Murray’s home on East Riverside Drive.

Police said the suspect entered the home and told the victim he was police.

Murray said he could tell from the tone of his voice something wasn’t right.

“They were talking in street slang, so I ran to my bedroom to get my rifle and as he came in with his hand-gun drawn I, I just fired at him,” Murray said.

Police said Clark stumbled out of the house leaving a trail of blood behind him.

He attempted to get in his get-away car, but neighbors said he never made it inside.

“The white car was parked in front of my house and they backed up and ran over him and then he backed up and then they backed up into the alley and into him again,” Vessels said. “Then, they took off.”

Vessels said she now fears for the safety of her children, and is considering moving out.

“It just blows my mind that that would happen right in front of my house like that,” Vessels said. “I have three kids, I wouldn’t want that around anybody’s kids.”

Still shaken up, Murray said he’s here to stay, and also said if those crooks come back, they better beware.

“I think a family man is the most dangerous person because they’ve got more to lose like I do,” Murray said.

Clark is in intensive care at St. Mary’s.

In 2003 he was convicted of drunk driving and in 2007 he was convicted for possession of marijuana.

Detectives said they will release an official statement regarding Sunday’s shooting on Monday.

Michigan: Oshtemo Township homeowner fires shots at burglars

March 13, 2009

Oshtemo Township, Michigan

From the Kalamazoo News of March 10, 2009

Oshtemo Township homeowner fires shots at burglars

An armed homeowner in Oshtemo Township scared off a pair of burglars earlier this week when he fired two shots from his gun, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured, according to a press release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said two suspects broke into the house in the 7000 block of West H Avenue Monday afternoon. They were confronted by the armed homeowner, who fired two shots before the suspects fled in a small vehicle.

Deputies located the vehicle and arrested one of the suspects, an 18-year-old man, lodging him on home invasion charges at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

Police continue to look for the second suspect, who was only described as a “small individual with longer hair,” the press release said.

Ohio: Bond Hill Apartment Resident Shoots, Kills Robber

March 7, 2009

Bond Hill, Ohio

From Local 12 of March 4, 2009

Bond Hill Apartment Resident Shoots, Kills Robber

A Bond Hill man shot and killed a robber who tried to break into his home this morning.

Police were called to the 7600 block of Glenmeadow Lane around 9:45 a.m.

Two men reportedly broke into an apartment there. The apartment owner was shot in the leg. The victim then opened fire on the suspects. One robber, 19 year old Gerald Womble of Avondale was shot and killed in the hallway outside the hallway. The second robber escaped.

One man who was waiting in the parking lot for his granddaughter told Local 12 he heard four or five shots. It’s not clear whether the apartment resident pursued the robbers out of the apartment.

The resident who was shot in the leg was taken to University Hospital and he is expected to be okay.

Louisiana: Woman kills home invader; 2 men booked

March 7, 2009

Ville Platte, Louisiana

From the Times-Picayune of March 6, 2009

Woman kills home invader; 2 men booked

Two men have been booked on charges stemming from a home invasion that ended when a Ville Platte homeowner shot and killed a 19-year-old man she said had pulled a gun on her boyfriend, police said Friday.

Gavin Herbert, 18, and Charles Grace, 34, both of Ville Platte, were held on $500,000 bond each in connection with the home invasion late Tuesday that left 19-year-old Antonio Thompson dead, said police Lt. Craig Nicholas.

Herbert is accused of participating in the holdup and home invasion while Grace was suspected of planning it, Nicholas added.

He said Herbert was booked on seven counts of aggravated kidnapping, and one each of armed robbery and aggravated burglary, and Grace on 10 counts of conspiracy: seven of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, two to commit aggravated burglary and one to commit armed robbery.

According to police, Herbert and Thompson broke into one house Tuesday, waited for residents to return, robbed homeowner Kaninsky Larnette and then took him at gunpoint to the home of Nedra Gallow, his girlfriend.

Gallow, 24, said in a publish account that she answered a knock and found Thompson holding a gun to Larnette.

“He ordered us to get on the floor. He hit me with his gun,” Gallow told The Advertiser. “My mama started screaming. He pushed her down, and I ran to get the gun to protect myself and my family.”

She and Thompson pointed their guns at each other, she said, and she ordered him to leave.

She said Larnette then grabbed Thompson. While they wrestled on the floor, she shot Thompson once in the leg, according to the report. She also said Larnette grabbed the other man’s gun, but she was afraid Thompson had another.

“He kept digging in his pocket like he was going for another gun, and I shot him again,” Gallow told The Advertiser. “I was not trying to kill anyone. I hated to do it. But I had to.”

Texas: Alleged intruder shot, killed in Rusk Street home

March 7, 2009

Weatherford, Texas

From the Weatherford Democrat of March 4, 2009

Alleged intruder shot, killed in Rusk Street home

The victim of an early morning shooting had reportedly broken into a house on South Rusk Street and was assaulting a 34-year-old male in the home, when a resident shot and killed the alleged assailant. Robert Earl Bardwell was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
Weatherford Police report officers were dispatched to the 500 block of South Rusk Street at approximately 1:13 a.m. in regards to the shooting. 
The initial investigation showed Bardwell went into the house without consent of the resident and assaulted his 34-year-old son. 
The resident, identified as a 66-year-old white male, attempted to warn the assailant by firing one shot from an automatic pistol into the ceiling. However, when Bardwell reportedly failed to heed the warning and continued to assault his son; the resident shot the intruder, fatally wounding him.
Police say the 66-year-old has not been arrested.
Whether the shooting was self-defense or a criminal offense will be determined by the Grand Jury.

Georgia: Lilburn homeowner shoots, kills intruder at door

March 1, 2009

Lilburn, Georgia

From WTVM of February 27, 2009

Lilburn homeowner shoots, kills intruder at door

TeGwinnett County police say a homeowner shot and killed 1 of the intruders when two men kicked in his front door.

The incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. Friday when the men knocked at the door and when no one answered, kicked it in.

Police spokeswoman Illana Spellman said the resident fired, striking and killing one in the doorway. She said the second man ran away and police using search dogs were unable to find the man.

No charges have been filed in the incident

Florida: Homeowner foils burglary attempt in NW Tallahassee

February 26, 2009

Tallahassee, Florida

From the Tallahassee Democrat of February 25, 2009

Homeowner foils burglary attempt in NW Tallahassee

A resident on the 2100 block of Padlock Place heard what appeared to be someone breaking into their home earlier this morning. According to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the homeowner stated a burglar was attempting to break the glass on a window.

“There have been several burglaries in this area in recent weeks,” said Sgt. Tony Drzewiecki, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said about northwest Tallahassee. “We don’t know if this is related to those recent burglaries; however, we have uniformed deputies in the area now and we are working on any leads.”

Drzewiecki said the resident, armed with a shotgun, investigated. Upon finding an unknown person breaking into the home, the owner fired a shot, which missed, and the suspect fled.

Padlock Place is tucked away next to the Lake Talquin State Recreation Area and about a mile from Maddox Road.

No one was hurt in the incident, and deputies are searching for the persons responsible for the break in.

Anyone who notices anything suspicious or has information about the spate of burglaries in the area has been encouraged to call the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-8477.

Texas: Fort Bend Homeowner Shoots, Kills Armed Man Angry Over Being Refused Entry To Party

February 25, 2009

Fort Bend, Texas

From the Fort Bend Now of February 23, 2009

Fort Bend Homeowner Shoots, Kills Armed Man Angry Over Being Refused Entry To Party

A homeowner in the Providence neighborhood shot and killed an armed man who may have been seeking retribution after being kicked out of a party on Saturday night.

The name of the dead man hasn’t yet been released, “pending forensic confirmation,” the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement issued Monday morning.

However, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case said the dead man is believed to be “a pretty high-ranking member of a gang,” whom the homeowner appears to have shot while “defending his property and his family.”

According to the sheriff’s office statement, deputies responded to a disturbance and possible shooting incident at 10:48 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 8700 block of Warrenford Drive, between Bellaire Boulevard and Bissonnet St. west of State Highway 6.

“Upon arrival, Fort Bend County deputies found an unidentified male lying in the street, the victim of an apparent fatal gunshot wound.”

The sheriff’s office didn’t name the homeowner or reveal details of the shooting incident.

But the law enfocement source familiar with the investigation said the dead man and one or more companions had approached the homeowner’s house and tried to enter, because one of his children was having a party there.

But the dead man and his companions were told to leave, and initially did so, the law enforcement source said. But then they came back.

“One of them approached the man” who owned the house “and threatened him.”

Both the homeowner and the alleged gang member were armed with handguns, the source said. At least one shot was fired, and the man who tried to crash the party was killed.

“Due to the circumstances surrounding this incident, this case will be referred directly to the grand jury,” the sheriff’s office statement said.

Louisiana: Shreveport homeowner shoots, wounds burglar

February 23, 2009

Shreveport, Louisiana

From KSLA of February 20, 2009

Shreveport homeowner shoots, wounds burglar

A man police say was trying to rob a house ended up in the hospital after he was shot by the homeowner.

It happened just after midnight Friday morning in the 2800 block of Corbitt Street.

Police say the homeowner entered the house and discovered 28-year-old Fredrick Dickerson inside. Police say the homeowner grabbed a gun and shot Dickerson in both legs.

Dickerson managed to run away but was caught just around the corner.

Police say he could be connected to other crimes in the area.

“Our detectives did locate some other items on his person that may have been stolen in other crimes,” said Shreveport Police Corporal Bill Goodin.

Dickerson was taken to LSU Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. After he was treated for his wounds he was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on a charge of attempted burglary.