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Texas: Police: Suspect treated for gunshot wound then jailed

June 18, 2009

Wichita Falls, Texas

From the Times Record News of June 10, 2009

Police: Suspect treated for gunshot wound then jailed

A man was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg then taken to the Wichita County Jail on assault charges in connection with an incident Monday, said Officer Harold McClure, public information officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

Perrion Lavell Warrior, 46, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault family violence in connection with the incident. His bond was set at $60,000 and he was being held Tuesday in the Wichita County Jail.

According to reports:

Police were called to the 500 block of Marconi to check on reports of shots fired about 10 p.m.

Officers talked to a 44-year-old woman who said she was threatened by her live-in boyfriend. She said he was intoxicated and they were arguing in the bedroom.

Her 24-year-old daughter lives next door and came over when she heard the commotion. At about the same time, the victim’s 22-year-old son showed up.

The woman’s children arrived and found the suspect holding a knife to the woman’s throat.

Both children asked the suspect to put the knife down and tried to get him to leave. He threatened them, and said they would all be dead before he left.

The son left the room, came back with a handgun, and shot Warrior once in the left leg.

The suspect was taken to the emergency room in a private vehicle, where police took him into custody and then to jail. His injury was not considered life threatening.

The assault victim’s son does not face any charges for the incident because the shooting was considered self-defense.


Pennsylvania: Oakmont police nab shirtless, tipsy home intruder

June 11, 2009

Oakmont, Pennsylvania

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of May 27, 2009

Oakmont police nab shirtless, tipsy home intruder

Oakmont police said they arrested an intoxicated man early Sunday as he attempted to enter a house in which the owner had armed himself.

The man, Brian Adam Witkovitz of Elicker Road, Plum, gave no statements and indicated no motive as to why he tried to enter two houses in the 600 block of Ninth Street about 3 a.m., according to the police report.

Police said officers responded about 30 seconds after the owner of a house called the Allegheny County emergency dispatcher to report a burglary in progress. Officer Joseph Cattani observed Witkovitz, who was shirtless, open the storm door to the attached garage, according to police.

Despite instructions to the contrary from the dispatcher, the homeowner had armed himself in anticipation of meeting the intruder.

Cattani, backed up by another officer, entered the garage and subdued Witkovitz without incident before the suspect entered the house.

Witkovitz has been charged with burglary, criminal attempt, public drunkenness, loitering and prowling at night, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and simple trespass. He is free on a non-monetary bond.

Oakmont Police Chief Dave DiSanti praised his officers for their quick response.

“They managed to keep the burglar from bumping into the armed homeowner,” he said. “You can see how bad it would have been, had there been a confrontation. It took a lot of fortitude for Cattani to enter the garage.”

Arkansas: ‘Case cleared’ in shooting of dazed intruder

May 6, 2009

Conway, Arkansas

From the Log Cabin Democrat of April 24, 2009

‘Case cleared’ in shooting of dazed intruder

There will be no charges against any involved in an April 11 incident that resulted in a 20-year-old Conway man being shot in the leg after intruding into a home.

Paul Willey told a Conway Police Department detective Brian Williams that he had been awake for several days and had entered “a hypnotized state.”

Willey said this hypnotic trance “is why he was walking on cars and swinging through trees,” Williams wrote in a supplementary report released Thursday.

In his apparently dazed state Willey entered a Baxter Drive residence believing that a friend lived there and jumped out of a second-floor window when confronted by a homeowner armed with a Walther PPK .380 caliber handgun.

This homeowner told Williams that he fired two shots “into the ground in an effort to get the suspect to stop” as Willey fled through a neighbor’s yard. He said he wasn’t aware that one of the bullets had hit Willey in the leg, causing what is described in the report as a “through and through” injury that bled very little. Willey was treated and released by Conway Regional Medical Center that day.

The families of Willey and the homeowner who shot him have “all decided not to pursue charges (against) each other,” Williams wrote, and 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden has “advised that he will not file charges per the victims’ request.”

“No further action taken, the case will be exceptionally cleared,” the report concludes.

South Dakota Forced Entry Leads To Shooting

April 9, 2009

Brookings, South Dakota

From April 9, 2009 KELO-TV:

Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting that happened shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday in Brookings.

According to officials, Brookings Police responded to a report that a resident had shot someone breaking into his house early Thursday morning.

Twenty-three-year-old Bradley Joe Odens was found fatally wounded inside the house. Odens was later pronounced dead at the Brookings Hospital.

Police say initial reports indicate Odens may have been confused about where he was, but was warned by the 28-year-old resident that he was at the wrong address. Odens then continued to make forcible entry and was shot by the resident.

Odens lived two houses away from the incident, but police say the two did not know each other.

California: Suspected Drunk Driver Shot In The Arm By Home Owner

March 14, 2009

Los Osos, California

From KEYT of March 13, 2009

Suspected Drunk Driver Shot In The Arm By Home Owner

San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputies and officers with the California Highway Patrol are investigating a bizarre incident that left one homeowner cleaning up a mess and sent a 18-year-old driver to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Sheriff Investigators are trying to figure out why Los Osos’ resident Chris Saletta shot 18-year-old Nicole Galvez in the arm.

According to Saletta, Galvez plowed her PT Cruiser through Saletta’s fence and into the backyard of his home on the 2000 block of Sombrero Road. Saletta says, he awoke to find Galvez driving her car wildly through his back yard and he was forced to shoot her because he thought she would crash her car into his children’s bedroom.

Saletta told investigators, the female driver of of the Cruiser collided with a water well pump, ran over his kids bikes and hit the rear porch support to his home. Saletta called 911 to report the rampage then armed himself and tried to approach Galvez.

According to Saletta, Galvez refused to get out of her car and continued to drive towards Saletta’s home. Saletta said, fearing for his families safety, he then fired one round from a .22 caliber rifle through the passenger side of the car. He told investigators he fired the shot because Galvez was headed straight for his children’s bedroom.

The Cruiser came to an abrupt stop after Saletta fired the shot. Saletta wounded Galvez with a single shot to her upper arm.

Galvez was taken to Sierra Vista Hospital, was treated then arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

A preliminary investigation by the Sheriff’s Department reveals that Saletta lawfully fired his weapon in self-defense.

Colorado: No Charges to Be Filed Against Colorado Man Who Shot Intruder

January 29, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colorado

From Fox News of January 28, 2009


A Colorado Springs resident will not be charged for fatally shooting an intruder who tried to break into a home that he apparently thought was his, prosecutors said Tuesday.

James Parsons is protected under Colorado’s “Make My Day” law, which allows people to use deadly force in self-defense in their home against intruders, according a statement from the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Parsons shot 22-year-old Sean Kennedy, an assistant golf pro at a Colorado Springs golf course, on Dec. 28. Kennedy had been drinking that night and apparently thought he was breaking into his own house, which was a block away.

Police handed over the case to the district attorney’s office, which determined Parsons had “reasonable belief” that he and his girlfriend were in danger.

Prosecutors said Kennedy broke a window in the back door and was reaching inside to unlock it. Two dogs inside barked persistently as the couple shouted for him to leave. The ordeal lasted more than four minutes.

“A reasonable person in those circumstances would have believed that [Kennedy] was going to do a crime against them or property,” said newly elected District Attorney Dan May, who oversaw the review of the shooting.

Kennedy had been drinking at a Colorado Springs golf course, and his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit for driving in Colorado when he pulled up to the Parsons’ house in his pickup truck, The Gazette newspaper reported.

Friends and family members believe Kennedy thought he had arrived at his own home, which he shared with roommates.

He got out of his pickup and began shouting and beating on Parsons’ door.

“[Kennedy] continued to beat and pound on the door, during which time the resident told his girlfriend to call 911, and he went into the bedroom to get his gun, a revolver,” the DA’s office said.

Kennedy went to the back of the house, forced open a screen door, smashed a window and was reaching to unlock the deadbolt, investigators said. Parsons then shot at him three times.

Two bullets went through Kennedy’s arm and into his torso, May said.

Arkansas: Malvern Man Holds Intruder At Gunpoint Until Police Arrive

December 18, 2008

Malvern, Arkansas

From KTHV of December 17, 2008

Malvern Man Holds Intruder At Gunpoint Until Police Arrive

A Malvern family gets an unexpected visitor in their home and the next to arrive is police.

It started out as a normal morning for the Newborns last Thursday, but as Lester Newborn was getting out of the shower he says his worst fears were realized as he heard his daughter scream “There’s someone in the house!”

Lester Newborn adds, “I have no idea what she was planning on doing all I know is she came in my house.”

Newborn says the intruder probably walked through the neighborhood looking for an open door or window and happened to find theirs. “I was messing with Christmas lights outside and I left a window unlocked and that’s the window she came through.”

His daughter Brittney Newborn adds, “She came in through my bedroom window and she took the screen off and she just came in. I heard her making noise in my room I was in another room I just came in to see what it was and she was just standing right there.”

Brittney says as she screamed for her dad she left the room and he walked in with a .357 hand gun.

Newborn adds, “We’re all blessed because evidentially she was on some kind of drugs or something because she didn’t resist at all. The weapon is for protection in my home and I’m glad and thankful I didn’t have to shot her.”

Malvern Police tell us they do patrol more often during the holidays, but it is up to you to make sure your home is safe and secure and if you have a registered gun you have the right to protect yourself.

Detective Randy Neal with Malvern Police says, “You don’t want to take anyone’s life and chances are you never know what their intentions are he did the right thing he never pulled the trigger on her.”

Detective Neal says they’ve had a string of robberies this holiday season. He continues, “Just keep everything locked that’s a big deterrent usually when we get residential burglaries because it’s not locked 90 percent of the time.”

The Newborns say they learned their lesson and this Christmas will be especially meaningful.

Brittney says, “It will be different for me because it will make me extra thankful for my family and so thankful that this situation didn’t turn out tragically.”

Police say the intruder is 30-year-old Jennifer Draper. She’s being charged with residential burglary and held on $5,000 bond.

Days earlier in Hot Spring County a homeowner held two intruders at gun point. Police say they had items in their car from previous burglaries.

Alaska: Homeowner opens fire on intruder

November 20, 2008

North Pole, Alaska

From the Anchorage Daily News of November 18, 2008

Homeowner opens fire on intruder

A homeowner interrupting a burglary in progress late last week morning opened fire on the intruder as the burglar approached him and his wife, Alaska State Troopers said.

The burglar was not hit by the shots but did sustain minor injuries when he “went through the window” while fleeing the home, troopers said. Responding officers brought in a dog and tracked down a suspect, Bowen Alexander, 18, a short distance from the home, troopers said.

Troopers say Alexander had been drinking when he crashed his vehicle, broke into a home and entered the homeowner’s vehicle. For reasons that were not immediately clear, Alexander then fled to the neighboring home, where the homeowner shot at him, troopers said.

Alexander was booked at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, criminal trespass, assault and resisting arrest.

Oklahoma: Homeowner opens fire on intruder

November 3, 2008

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

From the Tulsa World of November 2, 2008

Homeowner opens fire on intruder

A 19-year-old man was shot several times by a homeowner Saturday night after he reportedly broke into the home, police said.

The victim, Stephen Richardson, was taken to an area hospital, where his condition was not immediately available.

Authorities said officers were dispatched at 9:40 p.m. to the home in the 3100 block of West Norman Circle.

Officers said Richardson reportedly was drunk when he entered the house, where the homeowner shot him.

Maj. Mark Irwin said Richardson “thought he was breaking into his (own) house.”

He said he wasn’t sure whether Richardson lived in the vicinity. Officers attempted to interview Richardson, but he was too drunk to be coherent, Irwin said.

Police are investigating the shooting.

Alabama: Granny Shoots Intruder

November 3, 2008

Pennsylvania, Alabama

From the WTVY of November 2, 2008

Granny Shoots Intruder

An investigation is underway in Pennsylvania after police say a 75-year-old
granny shot a man who allegedly broke into her home.

The woman was sleeping upstairs, when an intoxicated man entered her home. She first asked him politely to leave, but when he proceeded up the stairs she grabbed her 38 caliber revolver and shot the man in the groin.

Turns out the man lives nearby and accidentally walked into the wrong house.

Police are investigating the case, but so far no charges have been filed.