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Kansas: Bar owner shoots at fleeing suspects

June 9, 2008

Kansas City, Kansas

From the Witchita Eagle of June 6, 2008

Bar owner shoots at fleeing suspects

Police are looking for two suspects linked to a clash Thursday night that prompted a bar owner o fire several shots at the men as they fled.

The owner of Stix Bar, 2785 S. Meridian, asked two men to leave the bar shortly before 10 p.m., police said. One of the men reportedly told the owner, “I can do what I want, because I have a gun and you don’t.”

The suspects went outside and were still in the parking lot when the bar owner stepped outside. He ordered them to leave again, and they got into a red two-door Saturn.

They drove toward the bar owner and struck him with their car, then struck him again as they fled the lot, police said.

The 43-year-old bar owner fired several shots at the car, police said, and three bullets hit an unoccupied house in the 2400 block of West Greenfield. Police don’t know if the Saturn was hit.

Police are looking for a 22-year-old man known by name, and an unknown 18-year-old man. He is about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, with dark hair.

The bar owner suffered only minor injuries in the incident and was treated at the scene.


Kansas: Burglar greeted by gunfire

April 30, 2008

Overland Park, Kansas

From the Kansas City Star of April 30, 2008

Burglar greeted by gunfire

Overland Park police are investigating a business burglary where an employee fired shots at a suspect. But the suspect, who may have been hit, was able to get away.

The incident occurred at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday at Ratliff Guttering Company in the 5000 block of Mackey Street.

Police said a company employee had been sleeping in an apartment inside the business when he heard a loud crash coming from the garage area. The employee grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and went to the garage area to investigate.

The employee saw the garage door partially open and then saw a man inside near one of the company’s trucks. He then fired a shot and heard the man yell. The intruder then ran towards the garage door and the employee fired again.

Police found blood on the garage floor but could not find the intruder anywhere. They alerted hospitals and other area law enforcement agencies.

Wichita, Kansas: Home Invader Shot

December 14, 2007

Wichita, Kansas

From the December 14, 2007 Wichita Eagle:

Wichita police are investigating a break-in at an apartment that led to one of the suspects being shot.

Two men forced their way into an apartment in the 2700 block of East Ninth Street at about 6 p.m. Thursday, police reported, and began beating up a 26-year-old man who lived there. The victim broke away at some point and fired a shot at the two suspects.

One of them, a 24-year-old man, was hit by the bullet and later went to Wesley Medical Center, police said. He was admitted and remains hospitalized today. Police are still looking for the second intruder, a 31-year-old man known by the apartment resident.

The incident remains under investigation, police spokesman Gordon Bassham said, but the shooting “may have been self-defense.”

October 24, 2007

Wichita, Kansas

From the Wichita Eagle of October 24, 2007

Woman shot, man injured in domestic dispute

Wichita police are investigating a domestic violence disturbance that occurred Tuesday night in the 500 block of North Spruce.

Sgt. Jeff Davis said a 76-year-old man asked his 52-year-old girlfriend and roommate to move out. She poured bleach on him, a police report said, and then sprayed him with Mace. As she began hitting him with a frying pan, he pulled out a .38 revolver and shot her twice in the left shoulder.

Emergency workers transported both of them to Wesley Medical Center.

Doctors treated and released the man; the woman is in serious condition, Davis said. Police did not arrest the man, Davis said, but expect to arrest the woman when she is out of the hospital.

“We think this was a situation of self-defense,” Davis said.

October 15, 2007

Iola, Kansas

From the Iola Register of October 15, 2007

Woman shot in dispute

Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway will decide whether to file charges from an incident that involved discharge of a firearm in a domestic setting a mile southwest of Iola Saturday evening.

Sheriff Tom Williams said Don Hammer, when confronted by his wife, Geraldine, holding a handgun and aiming it at him, fired a single shot that struck her hand and sent the weapon flying to the floor. The confrontation came after the couple apparently had argued, William said.

Williams said Gerlandine Hammer, 68, riding a motorized scooter, retrieved a .25 caliber handgun from a cabinet just prior to the shooting. Don Hammer was armed with a .357 caliber handgun.

“When she confronted him with the weapon, he shot it out of her hand,” the sheriff said. “He then called 911.”

Geraldine Hammer suffered a minor wound to a finger. She was taken into protective custody and was released to family after a screening by mental health authorities.

Don Hammer also was taken into custody after Lee Roberts, a 911 dispatcher, convinced him to come from the house and give himself to officers, several of whom were waiting outside.
Hammer later was released.

“We looked at the scene and everything matched statements made by both of the Hammers” that it was self defense on his part, Williams said.

The case will remain open until Hathaway decides whether charges are warranted.

August 26, 2007

Wichita, Kansas

From the Wichita Eagle of August 25, 2007

Police: Clerk shoots, kills would-be robber

A man in his 40s died today after he was shot by an employee while he was trying to rob a Wichita pharmacy, police said.

The man walked into Salyer Pharmacy at 102 E. 21st St. about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. He had a handkerchief over his face and a gun in his hand, Wichita Police Lt. Sam Hanley said.

He demanded money from at least two clerks, Hanley said, and “at some point, they produced their own weapon” and shot the man. The man died about 20 minutes later at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Hanley said.

From Wichita’s of August 27, 2007

Dead Robber Identified in Self-Defense Case

Police have identified the armed robber who was shot and killed by a store employee Saturday morning.

Officers say 27-year-old Alexander Mies entered Salyer’s Pharmacy at 10:47am with a bandage over part of his face, exposing just one eye. He asked to pick up a prescription under an alias name. Mies then pulled out a handgun and pointed at the clerk.

At that point, a 58-year-old employee shot Mies once in head with a shotgun.

No customers were inside at the time – just three employees. A delivery worker arrived in the middle of the holdup.

Mies pronounced dead at 11:15 am. Police say the shooting appears to be a simple case of self-defense.

From of August 28, 2007


When the man pulled out a handgun in Salyer Pharmacy and demanded drugs Saturday, pharmacist Tom Lundberg bolted for a back room.

He didn’t go there to hide.

He went to grab his shotgun.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Lundberg said Monday.

When the intruder pointed his gun at Lundberg and his pharmacy co-owner, Lundberg didn’t hesitate.

He fired the shotgun once, hitting the man in the head and killing him. Police identified the man Monday as Alexander R. Mies, 27.

Here’s what police and Lundberg say happened:

About 10:45 a.m. Saturday, a man walked into Salyer’s, 102 E. 21st St., with a bandage wrapped around his head, leaving one eye exposed.

He approached the counter and told an employee he was there to pick up a prescription, but he used an alias, police said.

At that point, the man pulled out his gun while yelling and demanding Lortabs and narcotics, Lundberg said.

That’s when Lundberg ran to grab a shotgun he has kept at the pharmacy since a 1993 robbery attempt.

When Lundberg came out of the back room, he saw the intruder pointing the handgun at co-owner Fred Karban, Lundberg said.

At one point, the man ducked behind the counter and Lundberg thought he was going to leave.

“Then, he came right back up and pointed it at Fred,” Lundberg said.

“And then, he pointed it back at me, and then I shot him. That’s pretty much the end of it.”

Lundberg, 58, has been a pharmacist in Wichita for 35 years, the past 20 at Salyer’s.

After the police interviews, he finished out his work day, including delivering medicine to nursing homes. He was back at work Monday at the pharmacy.

Wichita police said they could present information about the case to the Sedgwick County district attorney’s office today for review.

Lundberg said he doesn’t expect the office to find he did anything wrong. He said that a police detective told him: “Obviously, if it was a problem, I wouldn’t be talking with you here,” at the pharmacy.

He said he had received several calls of support, and some customers who hadn’t seen him in a while stopped by.

“It’s kind of a sad deal,” he said.

“I feel kind of sorry more for his family. I just wish he hadn’t put me in that situation, is what I wish.”

From Wichita’s of September 12, 2007

Pharmacist Cleared in Self-Defense Shooting

A pharmacist who shot and killed a robber last month has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

On Wednesday morning, District Attorney Nola Foulston’s office released a report detailing what happened.

Investigators say Alexander Mies pulled a gun on a worker at Salyer Pharmacy at 21st and Broadway on Saturday, August 25. Mies entered the store with a bandage over part of his face, exposing just one eye. He asked to pick up a prescription under an alias name. Mies then pulled out a handgun and pointed at a pharmacist.

Another pharmacist, Tom Lundberg, reached for a shotgun behind the counter. Police say he ordered Mies to drop the gun, but when Mies didn’t, Lundberg fired once, hitting the robber in the head.

No customers were inside at the time – just three employees. A delivery worker arrived in the middle of the holdup.

Investigators ruled the shooting as a simple case of self-defense.

July 26, 2007

Topeka, Kansas

From Topeka’s of July 26, 2007

Robbery Foiled When Clerk Got to His Gun Sooner

A robbery quickly turned sour for the robber late Wednesday night when the cashier got to his gun faster than he could. According to Jim Cormier, who was working the register that night, the man came into Cormier Liquor, 2611 SE California, around eleven o’clock carrying a black gym bag.

When the man reached into the bag and began to reach for his gun, Mr. Cormier showed his own. The suspect took off running and headed south down the alleyway.

Police described the suspect as a black male, 5’4″, 135 lbs., wearing a black doo rag and a black silky scarf around the lower half of his face.

February 4, 2007

Wichita, Kansas

From Wichita’s of February 3, 2007

Men Critically Hurt in Fight

An argument between two men escalates, ending with one man stabbed and the other shot. Now police are trying to figure out what lead up to the bloody fight. It happened early Friday evening at a home in the 1700 block of South Sedgwick.

Police believe the two men were arguing over something when the fight escalated to violence. Apparently, one of men stabbed the other. Police say the person who had been stabbed then shot the attacker. Police believe the shooting was self defense.

Police say the man was shot multiple times but he managed jumped in the other man’s truck and took off. Officers had just arrived to find the stabbing victim when the shooting victim returned to the scene. The injured men were taken to the hospital. They’re both listed in critical condition.

Police interviewed neighbors to see if any of them heard or saw anything that would explain what led to this fight. They say it’s too early to tell if alcohol may have been involved.

January 23, 2007

Topeka, Kansas

From Topeka’s of January 22, 2007

Concealed carry permit holder shoots suspect

An Oklahoma concealed-carry permit holder thwarted a robbery at a Topeka convenience store Friday night, police said.

Police said 57-year-old Michael Mah shot a 17-year-old suspect who was trying to rob the Phillips 66 at 29th and Randolph, after telling him to drop his weapon. The owner of the store, Dean Yee, told police two men ran inside, when one of them pointed a gun at him and demanded money. Concealed weapons advocates said Mah did the right thing.

“The bad guys … better be careful who they pick on,” said Troy Powell, a retired cop who recently moved here from Texas.

Powell said the shooting is exactly what concealed-carry is intended for.

“The guy was right there on scene and had firsthand knowledge that it was happening,” said Powell. “I think he reacted appropriately and probably he could’ve saved that guy’s life and his own.”

Police said Mah shot the man just once.

“I don’t think any of these people that carry-concealed are wanting to do someone it, they’re just wanting to stop the guy, to keep him from hurting … someone else,” Powell said.

Mah had a concealed carry permit from Oklahoma, one of 22 states from which permit holders can also carry a weapon in Kansas, police said.

Powell said the shooting reaffirms the decision legislators made last year to override the governor’s veto and pass the law.

“This incident, it supports that they’re right,” he said. “Concealed carry is a privilege that citizens should have.”

Police said the man who shot the suspect likely won’t be charged with a crime, since he had a valid permit. But, the final decision will be left up to the district attorney.

January 3, 2007

Topeka, Kansas

From the January 3, 2007 Topeka Capital-Journal:

A 21-year-old man who was shot by a clerk during a weekend robbery attempt at a central Topeka convenience store remained in a local hospital Tuesday night, police said.

The man, identified by police as Arthur L. Crane III, was wounded at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Smokers and Convenience Store, 1237 S.W. Huntoon.

Authorities on Saturday night indicated Crane had been shot in the abdomen. Information on his condition wasn’t being released Tuesday night by Stormont-Vail Regional Health Care officials.

Maj. John Sidwell, Topeka Police Department spokesman, said Crane entered the business and held the clerk at knifepoint, demanding cash from the register.

Crane then stood in front of the clerk and put his hand toward his hip, Sidwell said.

The clerk, believing he was about to be shot, drew his own gun and fired at Crane, Sidwell said. The clerk wasn’t sure if anyone was hit as a result of the gunfire.

Crane fled the scene and about 45 minutes later went to Stormont-Vail, authorities said.