Archive for the ‘intruder’ Category

Ohio: East Side homeowner kills break-in suspect

September 23, 2008

Cleveland, Ohio

From the Plain Dealer of September 23, 2008

East Side homeowner kills break-in suspect

A man was shot in the chest and killed about 2:45 this morning by a homeowner who said the man had broken into his house.

Police said it happened in the 13400 block of St. Clair Avenue.

Lawrence Hanson, 65, said he was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into the house. When the Hanson went downstairs to investigate, he saw signs that his house was being burglarized. He went back upstairs, got dressed and grabbed his gun.

Hanson said he had no intention to shoot and kill a burglar morning. Hanson confronted the man, whose name has not been released, and ordered the intruder to stop.

The man approached Hanson. The gun went off, and the man fell to the ground, Hanson said. “I can’t believe I shot somebody,” he said, standing next to his garage.

Hanson was not arrested, but police seized the gun. The case is under investigation.


Indiana: Burglar takes gun from Franklin man, wounds him

July 18, 2008

Franklin, Indiana

From the Franklin Star of July 17, 2008

Burglar takes gun from Franklin man, wounds him

A Franklin man shot in his garage by an intruder Wednesday night remained at Methodist Hospital today, but Franklin police said the man was believed likely to make a full recovery.

James Duncan, 28, encountered the intruder shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday after he went to investigate a sound in his garage. Duncan lives in the 500 block of Hanna Place in the Canary Creek neighborhood.

After advising his wife to call 911, Duncan took a .22-caliber bolt-action rifle from his home before confronting the intruder. In an ensuing struggle, the intruder grabbed the gun from Duncan and shot him in the shoulder. The suspect then dropped the gun and fled.

“I’d just like to know who did it, and that’s what we’re working on,” said Det. Chris Tennell of the Franklin Police Department.

Police said the man was wearing a T-shirt worn by carnival workers at the Johnson County Fair, which is being held this week in Franklin. But Tennell emphasized that they do not know whether the suspect has any connection to the fair.

Duncan and his family had just returned from the fair themselves and were putting their two children to bed when Duncan heard the noise in his garage, Tennell said.

Doctors opted not to remove the bullet from Duncan’s shoulder, Tennell said, fearing they might damage muscle tissue or an artery in trying to extract it.

“Anytime you have a bullet in your body and you’re bleeding, that’s not good,” Tennell said. “But as far as gunshot victims go, they said he should recover fine.”

South Carolina: Man Remodeling Home Kills Intruder, Deputies Say

July 15, 2008

Laurens, South Carolina

From Fox Carolina of July 15, 2008

Man Remodeling Home Kills Intruder, Deputies Say

Deputies said a man who was sleeping in a home he was remodeling shot and killed an intruder who woke him up early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened at ½ Stevens St. just off Watts Street around 12:30 a.m.

Deputies said the man who is remodeling the home actually lives across the street, but had decided to sleep at the project home.

Something woke the homeowner up and he found someone inside the home, deputies said. They said the man fired twice at the intruder, killing him.

Deputies said the case appears to be self defense and that no charges will be filed.

The State Law Enforcement Division was called in to help with the investigation.

Oklahoma: Homeowner fire shots at intruder

July 10, 2008

Tulsa, Oklahoma

From KJRH of July 9, 2008

Homeowner fire shots at intruder

A homeowner shot his gun at an intruder Wednesday night. It happened near 49th and South Newport in midtown Tulsa.

Tulsa police tell 2NEWS that the homeowner missed when he fired a shot inside his house. The homeowner then forced the suspect outside, and fired another shot, missing.

There was a struggle, and the intruder got the homeowner’s gun. When police arrived, officers feared the intruder may fire shots at them. Officers quickly tackled the suspect and took him into custody.

North Carolina: Home Invaders Get Shot At

April 23, 2008

Statesville, North Carolina

From April 17, 2008 WSCO channel 9:

Statesville officers drove slowly and watched closely as they patrolled the neighborhood where gunshots erupted along School Street on Wednesday afternoon. A day care center is just yards away.

Margaret Campbell, a concerned neighbor, said, “It’s dangerous for the day care and the neighbors. I’m a senior citizen I can’t walk fast, much less run.”

Detectives said the frightening incident started when a man with a gun broke into a house, demanded money and then fired a warning shot. That’s when a robbery turned into a shootout.

According to detectives, the gunman shot at the house while he ran away. At the same time, two of the victims inside shot at the robber.

November 5, 2007

Southbury, Connecticut

From Rocky Hill’s of November 4, 2007

Man Shoots Home Intruder In Southbury

Intruder Involved In Car Crash, Police Say

State police said they received a call Sunday from a man who said he had encountered an intruder at his house.

John Nagy told police that he may have shot the intruder at his home, located at 44 Berkshire Road in Southbury.

Nagy told police that he was awakened at about 2 a.m. by a noise in the basement area of the house. Nagy said he went to investigate the basement area armed with a weapon.

He stated that he encountered a man who had entered the basement. The man advanced in the direction of the Nagy, and Nagy said he shot his gun in the direction of the intruder and left his home to wait for police.

Nagy told state police that he believed that the intruder was still in the basement.

State troopers entered the home with a state police K-9 to search for the intruder, police said.

The intruder was located by troopers in the basement of the home suffering from an apparent single gunshot wound.

EMS responded, provided emergency care at the scene and transported the wounded suspect to Waterbury Hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

The identification of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of family, police said.

Initial investigation by state police determined that the man was in fact the operator of a vehicle that had been involved in a one-car crash on River Road in Southbury.

The man fled the crash scene on foot and walked for about a half a mile and then entered the Nagy’s house, where he encountered the homeowner.

State Police Western District Major Crime Squad will handle the investigation at the crime scene by collecting physical and forensic evidence and conduct follow-up investigation, police said.

Nagy was not injured in this incident, police said.

At the conclusion of the investigation, all facts and circumstances of this incident will be reviewed with the state’s attorney, officials said.

October 24, 2007

New Bedford, Massachusetts

From New Bedford’s of October 24, 2007

Shooting victim now charged in connection with house break

A 24-year-old city man, allegedly shot in the neck during an armed house break, has been arrested on home invasion and gun charges in connection with the break.

Brandon L. Medeiros of 450 Kempton St. is charged with four counts of armed home invasion with a firearm, two counts of armed assault with intent to commit robbery with a firearm, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawfully carrying/possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, armed burglary with a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to New Bedford police.

Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said Mr. Medeiros will be arraigned on the charges today in New Bedford District Court.

He added that prosecutors will seek a dangerousness hearing to hold the suspect for up to 90 days while awaiting trial.

He said Steven Gagne, an assistant district attorney, has had preliminary discussions with Christopher Markey, the defense attorney for Mr. Medeiros, and a dangerousness hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Friday in New Bedford District Court.

The charges stem from a house break at 33 Sycamore St. about 8:15 p.m. Monday when a gun discharged during a scuffle between two suspects and the male occupant.

Mr. Miliote said prosecutors allege one of the suspects is Mr. Medeiros.

Mr. Medeiros was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford, and then flown by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital. Police found Mr. Medeiros when they responded to a report of a man shot laying in the street near 74 Parker St.

Mr. Miliote said Mr. Medeiros was not seriously injured in the shooting and will be present in court for his arraignment.

The spokesman did not identify the second suspect in the house break and said he remains at-large.

October 24, 2007

Flagstaff, Arizona

From Flagstaff’s Daily Sun of October 24, 2007

Man shoots, kills home invader

A Flagstaff resident shot and killed a man he knew who broke into his home Monday morning.

Flagstaff police received a 911 call at about 10:36 a.m. Monday to respond to a home on North Center Street in Sunnyside, said Sgt. Tom Boughner of the police department.

Once officers arrived, the resident told police that he had shot an intruder, who was a man he knew, Boughner said. How the resident knew the man who was shot is still under investigation.

“He said he heard a crash in one of the back rooms,” Boughner said, adding that the resident stated he saw the intruder and knew him.

“He reported he felt threatened by the intruder,” Boughner said. “He then shot at the intruder six times with a .45-caliber pistol.”

The intruder, who was shot three times, has been identified as Edward Matthew Duran, 22, a Flagstaff resident, Boughner said.

Duran is a convicted felon who was released from prison in November 2006 after being convicted in Coconino County Superior Court of three separate violent felonies, according to court records.

Boughner said the shooting does not appear to be drug- or gang-related, and that the resident has been cooperative with police.

The resident has not been arrested or charged with a crime.


October 15, 2007

Kansas City, Missouri

From the Kansas City Star of October 15, 2007

Shots exchanged during KC home invasion

An intruder who forced his way into a Kansas City home early this morning was chased off when a resident fired a shot through his closed bedroom door.

Kansas City police were called to the house in the 4100 block of South Benton St. about 1:50 a.m. and found signs that the front door had been pried open.

A 69-year-old man told officers that he was awakened by the sound of the door being forced open. The man said that as he heard the intruder approach his bedroom he fired a shot from a .40-caliber handgun. The suspect fired a return shot and fled.

Another man was sleeping in the house, but neither resident saw the intruder, according to police reports. The residents were not injured and there were no signs that a bullet hit the intruder.

October 3, 2007

Sacramento, California

From Sacramento’s of October 3, 2007

Manhunt Underway For Home Invasion Suspect

A manhunt is underway in the Florin Road area of Sacramento for a suspect following a viiolent [sic] home invasion.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies say a suspect broke into a home on Florin Road and the homeowner fired several shots at the man.

The suspect then took off on foot.

Deputies are going door to door looking for the suspect in the area around Florin Road between Watt and Florin Perkins.

They have even brought out dogs to search the area.

It’s unclear if the suspect was hit by the gunfire.

Apparently the homeowner was not injured.

From the Sacramento Bee of October 3, 2007

Homeowner shoots at man during attempted break-in

An alleged burglar left a critical piece of evidence behind when he attempted to break in to a south Sacramento home early Wednesday morning: his car.

James Villapando, 34, of Sacramento, parked his Toyota sedan in the driveway of a home on Florin Road, just west of south Watt Avenue, before allegedly attempting to enter the home through a window around 3:35 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Curran said.

The homeowner heard the man trying to get in, armed himself with a gun and fired several shots, Curran said.

Villapando was not injured and ran away from the home, leaving the car in the driveway, Curran said.

Deputies found Villapando hiding out in the area about two hours later.

Villapando, who was an at-large parolee, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and is being booked into Sacramento County Jail.