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Illinois: Alleged intruder shot and wounded

August 13, 2009

East Carondelet, Illinois

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of August 12, 2009

Alleged intruder shot and wounded

Officials said a man who lives in the 2300 block of State Street shot and wounded an intruder about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies said the intruder tried to break in because his ex-girlfriend was there. The male resident twice fought him off and then resorted to two shots to stop him, officials said.


Illinois: Man shot with his own gun in serious condition

July 15, 2009

Gary, Illinois

From the Post-Tribune of July 14, 2009

Man shot with his own gun in serious condition

A shooting Friday morning in the 1500 block of Clark Road resulted from a struggle by a man who brought a gun with him and was shot with it during the fight, Cpl. Gabrielle King said.

Ronnerial Luckett, 46, was shot in the forehead as he and Donnell Currin Jr. both fought to control Luckett’s handgun. The weapon discharged during the confrontation and Luckett was wounded.

Luckett was in serious condition after the shooting and an updated condition was not available Monday.

Detective Cpl. Michael Barnes is investigating the shooting, which police believe will be ruled as self defense, King said.

Illinois: Police: Man shot by store owner

July 12, 2009

Waukegan, Illinois

From the Daily Herald of July 8, 2009

Police: Man shot by store owner

A Waukegan man is in stable condition after being shot by the store owner he is charged with robbing.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Patricia Fix said officials are reviewing the details of the Sunday night shooting of Demitrius Newbill, 29. Newbill, who was shot in the chest, is at Vista East Medical Center.

Fix said Newbill, of the 500 block of Poplar Street, entered the Pasteleria Panaderia, 701 Yeoman St., about 8:15 p.m. The owner of the bakery told police Newbill had his left hand under his shirt and asked for a piece of paper and a pencil, Fix said.

Newbill wrote a note that said: “I have a gun. Give me all the money,” and handed it to the owner, Fix said.

The owner gave Newbill all the cash in the register, Fix said, and told police he believed he saw a gun in Newbill’s waistband as he did so.

Newbill then took the business telephone and cell phones from the owner and his employees, Fix said, and began backing toward the door of the store.

The owner told police he thought he saw Newbill reaching for the object in his waistband as he neared the door, so he took a .38 caliber revolver from underneath the counter and fired three times.

Police interviewed Newbill at the hospital, Fix said, and he admitted the robbery and that he told the store owner he had a gun.

Newbill, who was unarmed, has been charged with aggravated robbery and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Fix said police reports and witness statements are being reviewed to determine if anyone else will be charged.

The store owner has a current state firearm owner’s identification card, Fix said.

Court records show Newbill was convicted of robbery in 2003 and placed on probation, but he was found in violation of the probation and resentenced to five years in prison.

Illinois: Burglar Shot During Home Invasion

June 11, 2009

Hardin County, Illinois

From WSIL of June 10, 2009

Burglar Shot During Home Invasion

A home invasion late Tuesday night ended with an alleged burglar in the hospital, according to Hardin County Sheriff Tom Seiner.

The sheriff reported in a press release that the woman in the home shot the intruder.

The home on Tower Rock Road outside Elizabethtown belongs to Marty Impastato and her husband Bruce, who was not home.

Impastato’s daughter tells News Three that the man entered the home through an unlocked window. Shawna Stevens says the man is a friend of the family who visits the home regularly. She says she’s not sure why he broke in.

According to Stevens, Impastato grabbed her gun when she heard the man make his way across the house. Stevens reports that when the man entered the bedroom and rustled through the safe where the family keeps jewelry and prescription drugs, Impastato shot him.

Illinois statute makes it legal for the victim of a home invasion to shoot someone in their home if they believe they can prevent violence to themselves or others in the dwelling or they reasonably believe that force is necessary to prevent a felony.

The sheriff’s department is not releasing the name of the alleged burglar. He is described only as a white male in his twenties. Wednesday night he was in the intensive care unit at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He has not been charged.

Illinois: Cal City pizza delivery man scares off would-be robbers

March 31, 2009

Calimut City, Illinois

From The Times of March 30, 2009

Cal City pizza delivery man scares off would-be robbers

Calumet City Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery in the 100 block of Webb Street at 11:24 p.m. on Sunday.

Three men attempted to rob a pizza delivery man at gunpoint, Calumet City Police Commander Dan Zorzi said.

“(The victim) saw these guys approaching and got nervous,” he said. “When they came up and pulled a gun, he pretended he had a gun, and they took off.”

The suspects fled on foot and the victim drove off in his truck and flagged down Hammond Police at 157th Street and State Line Road, Zorzi said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Calumet City Police Department at (708) 868-2500.

Illinois: Gun shop employee shoots robbery suspect

March 7, 2009

Waukegan, Illinois

From the Lake County News-Sun of March 5, 2009

Gun shop employee shoots robbery suspect

Five suspects were in custody after a shooting incident Wednesday afternoon at Schrank’s Smoke ‘N Gun where police said robbery was the apparent motive.

One male suspect was flown to a hospital after suffering three gunshot wounds. An employee of the gun shop was treated at an area hospital.

According to witness accounts, a subject went behind the counter at the store at 2010 Washington St., and was engaged with a store clerk in a verbal altercation that turned physical, Waukegan Police Cmdr. Wayne Walles said.

At one point, the store clerk produced a pistol and fired at the subject, striking him in the chest twice and once in the leg.

The injured male suspect was flown by Flight For Life to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he was in surgery late Wednesday.

The store clerk inadvertently shot himself in the hand during the struggle, police said.

Two men outside the store were taken into custody immediately after the shooting. Police Chief William Biang said they were detained because they had been inside the store with the other suspect at some point.

Police later said a total of four people, besides the male who was shot, were taken into custody in connection with the incident.

“Four other subjects who were at the scene at the time of this incident have been located and are being interviewed by police,” said Walles. No identities in the case were released.

Two men who didn’t want to be identified at the scene at 1:45 p.m. said they had an appointment to sell or trade some guns, but couldn’t because of the police and emergency vehicle at the store.

“If we had come 15 minutes earlier, we would have been in there,” one said. They were both amazed anyone would try anything in the store because employees openly carry weapons, and the manager of the store is a marksman who teaches shooting classes.

Washington Street was shut down for about an hour and nearby Waukegan High School was put on lock down.

Police told the school to put “Code White” into effect, which means everyone must stay put, said Biang, but the school issued a “Code Red” instead, used when a gunman is inside the school.

The shooting is the second by a store employee in Waukegan in less than six months. A store clerk fatally shot a 20-year-old robber who tried to flee the scene of a grocery store on Lincoln Avenue in October after the North Chicago man entered the store carrying a gun and demanding money.

In January, the clerk was cleared of any wrongdoing by a Lake County grand jury which ruled the shooting was in self defense.

Illinois: Man shot during West Side home invasion

January 28, 2009

Chicago, Illinois

From the Chicago Sun-Times of January 19, 2009

Man shot during West Side home invasion

A man was shot by a resident of a home he was allegedly invading on the West Side late Sunday.

About 10 p.m., a man in his 20s was allegedly committing a home invasion and a resident inside the home at 4453 W. Cortez St. shot him, according to a Harrison District police lieutenant.

Charges were pending Monday morning against the man shot, who was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in an unidentified condition.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that the shooter would face charges also.

Harrison Area detectives are investigating.

Oak Park Robbery Victim Shoots Robber

December 27, 2008

Oak Park, Illinois

From December 22, 2008 Chicago Breaking News:

Oak Park police said a would-be armed robber got more than he bargained for when he attempted to steal a leather jacket from another man in the near-west suburb Sunday night.

The owner of the leather jacket, after being approached, shot the 25-year-old in the face, the arm and the pelvis near North Lombard and North Avenues, police said.

The man underwent surgery for his wounds Sunday night at Stroger Hospital in Chicago and is expected to survive, Cmdr. Clement Harbour said.

Police are seeking the gunman, and no charges have been filed in the case as of Monday, Harbour said.

Illinois: Dupo homeowner thwarts, handcuffs burglar

December 18, 2008

Dupo, Illinois

From the Belleview News Democrat of December 12, 2008

Dupo homeowner thwarts, handcuffs burglar

A Dupo resident fought back and made a citizen’s arrest when a man attempted to burglarize his home in the middle of the day.

A St. Clair County sheriff’s deputy responded at 1:16 p.m. Dec. 3 to a burglary in progress call in the 2800 block of Stolle Road in Dupo.

When deputy Cerether White arrived, he found Eric L. Kirk, 35, of 117 S. Fourth St. in Dupo, handcuffed outside the home with the 35-year-old homeowner kneeling on him.

The homeowner told White that Kirk had knocked on his door, and he didn’t recognize him when he looked out the window. The homeowner tried to run the license plate on a blue minivan Kirk was standing near but could not read the entire plate, so he decided to get his gun, according to the police report.

When the homeowner, whose name was not released by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, retrieved his gun and returned to the door, his dogs started barking. That’s when he noticed Kirk and the van were gone. The homeowner told police he then saw the van backed up to his garage and Kirk using a crow bar to try to open the garage door.

The homeowner called 911 to report the crime in progress and then fired two rounds into the ground near Kirk.

According to the police report, Kirk ran to the van and attempted to get away when the homeowner grabbed him, wrestled him to the ground and slapped handcuffs on him with the assistance of a neighbor.

“After interviewing the victim and a witness, (it was determined that) the victim shot his firearm in defense of his life and his home,” said Capt. Steve Johnson, chief investigator for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. “Although law enforcement never wants citizens to take the law into their own hands, in this incident, it was a volatile situation.”

Kirk has been charged with attempted burglary. His bail is set at $25,000, and he remains in custody in the St. Clair County Jail.

Illinois: Attempted Robbery Ends With Shooting

November 26, 2008

Rockford, Illinois

From WREX of November 19, 2008

Attempted Robbery Ends With Shooting

A 22-year-old man is under arrest after a morning shooting that started as an armed robbery attempt.

Police say C.L. Phillips got into 29-year-old Antwonne Hudson’s car on Searles Avenue, pointed a gun at him, and tried to rob him. Phillips drove the car to Sablewood Drive where there was an altercation, he got his hands on the gun, and shot Phillips in the foot.

Phillips was treated and released at Rockford Memorial Hospital. He is now charged with Unlawful Use of Weapons by Felon and Armed Robbery.