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Louisiana: No charge against business owner who shot intruder

August 13, 2009

Shreveport, Louisiana

From the Shreveport Times of July 22, 2009

No charge against business owner who shot intruder

No charge is expected to be filed against the owner of Central Station who fired a shot at an intruder when the man lunged at him Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re not new to this,” Joseph Giglio, 68, of Shreveport, said of someone breaking into the defunct railroad terminal-turned-bar. The business in the 1000 block of Marshall Street has been burglarized 20 or 30 times, he said.

None of the previous burglaries ended in a shooting, Giglio said.

Jason Funderbunk, 35, hometown unavailable was rushed into emergency surgery at LSU Hospital in Shreveport in serious condition for treatment of a gunshot wound to his torso, according to a Shreveport Police Department news release.

Funderbunk was charged with one count of burglary and placed in police custody at the hospital Tuesday night. Hospital officials said they could release no information about his condition because of his status as a prisoner.

The security company that monitors Central Station detected an intruder in the unoccupied business shortly before 4:30 p.m. and alerted Giglio, who was at another of his operations, a plumbing outlet, according to police. Giglio armed himself and he and an unidentified bartender went to the bar, authorities said.

Giglio found someone hiding behind the counter and him to get on the ground while he called police, Giglio and authorities said.

Instead, the intruder leapt over the counter toward Giglio and tried to disarm the business owner. Giglio said he held the man away from the weapon with one arm and fired one shot.

“I tried to shoot him in the leg, but I don’t know where I got him,” Giglio said, explaining that police soon arrived and whisked him into a police cruiser.

The intruder “apparently entered the structure through a hole in the roof and was burglarizing the business there,” the police news release states.

Giglio alleged the intruder was attempting to access the cash register and safe, which are behind the counter.

The intruder did not brandish any type of weapon, Giglio said, but didn’t “leave me much choice.”

Ten Year Old Shoots Home Invaders

July 18, 2009

Port Allen, Louisiana

From July 17, 2009 WAFB channel 9:

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) – A ten-year-old boy left home alone with his sister used his mother’s gun to shoot an intruder in the face, police said.

Late Tuesday, West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies received a call to a Port Allen apartment complex after several shots rang out from inside one of the apartments. “You are out here trying to work and for someone to come and do that and invade your home is very hard,” the children’s mother said. She asked to not be identified.

Deputies say Dean Favron and Roderick Porter knocked several times on the apartment door. The two young children, a ten-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl, stood on the other side, terrified. “He told his sister to be quiet and seconds later, they started kicking on the door and finally kicked the door in,” said Sheriff Mike Cazes. The two children ran to their mother’s bedroom closet.

In a panic, the ten-year-old grabbed his mother’s gun for protection. “He did what I told him to do. I never told him to get the gun, but thank God he did,” she said. Once the two suspects opened the door, threatening the kids, deputies say the boy fired a bullet into the lip of Roderick Porter. The two men were taken to the hospital by a third suspect, who is a 15-year-old juvenile. Once they got to the hospital, they were later arrested. “It’s just hard. I don’t understand why they would do that. I know they have little brothers and sisters and they wouldn’t want anyone to break into their house,” said the mother.

Louisiana: Attempted robbery leads to deadly shooting

July 9, 2009

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

From WAFB of July 9, 2009

Attempted robbery leads to deadly shooting

Police say a deadly shooting on Alliquippa Street in Baton Rouge was apparently the result of an attempted robbery gone bad.

They say around 2:00 Wednesday morning two men rushed into a home attempting to rob the people inside.

Police say an 18-year-old inside the home grabbed his gun and started shooting, but so did a 38-year-old robber.

The robber died at the scene, while the 18-year-old remains hospitalized fighting for his life.

The second suspect ran off. If you can help police find him, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Louisiana: Business owner foils robbery try

July 9, 2009

Shreveport, Louisiana

From the Shreveport Times of July 9, 2009

Business owner foils robbery try

A business owner who fought back foiled a robbery try early today and may have wounded one of the men who tried to rob him, Shreveport police say.

At around 12:15 a.m., Shreveport police patrol officers were sent to Mitchell’s Transmission in the 3100 block of Morningside Drive after getting reports of an attempted robbery there. Officers learned that three men wearing ski masks, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, had tried to rob the owner as he closed the business. The business owner said he pulled out his handgun and fired two shots at the robbers, who ran off. The business owner was not injured.

About 10 minutes later, officers got a call from Willis-Knighton Medical center on Greenwood Road where a man had shown up at the emergency room with a gunshot wound. At the hospital, officers contacted one Derrick Glover, 20, who had a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Glover told officers he had been shot by an unknown man somewhere on Kent Street. Kent intersects with Morningside in the Caddo Heights neighborhood in central Shreveport.

Detectives are trying to determine whether the robbery try and the shooting are related. People with information on either incident should call Shreveport police detectives at (318) 673-6955 or CrimeStoppers at (318) 673-7373.

Louisiana: Clerk shoots suspect during armed robbery

July 9, 2009

Shreveport, Louisiana

From the Shreveport Times of July 7, 2009

Clerk shoots suspect during armed robbery

A suspected robber is being treated at a local hospital after being shot by a store clerk, and his accomplice is in police custody.

It happened about 7:25 a.m. at Cherokee Park Grocery store in the 300 block of North Thomas Street, north of downtown Shreveport, said Cpl. Bill Goodin, police spokesman.

Police say a clerk fired shots at two black males who entered the store with handguns and took some merchandise. One of the men was shot in the hip, Goodin said.

He is being treated at LSU Hospital in Shreveport with non-life threatening injuries. The other is being questioned by detectives.

Schriever, Louisiana Burglar Shot To Death

May 8, 2009

Schriever, Louisiana

From the May 7, 2009 Houma (La.) Today:

HOUMA — An armed burglary that ended with a homeowner’s brother fatally shooting a suspect was preceded by a rash of similar crimes in the area, deputies said.

About 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, two brothers who live in the 400 block of West Main Street discovered a pair of men — one of whom was armed with a BB gun — who had broken into one of the men’s garage.

The homeowner, Chris Derocher, and his brother, Bryan Derocher, live on the same property in separate homes.

Bryan Derocher called his sibling that evening when he saw two men walking around the property, deputies said.

When Chris Derocher, who was away from home, arrived, he noticed his garage window was damaged and a motion-sensor light inside the garage was turned on, deputies said.

Chris Derocher and his brother, who was armed with a handgun, opened the garage door and found the two men inside, deputies said.

One of the suspects, Terry Hayes, 34, brandished the BB gun at the men, and Bryan Derocher fired two shots, one of which struck Hayes in the torso.

Hayes died at the scene, deputies said.

Hidalgo said Hayes’ BB gun was indistinguishable from an actual gun.

The other burglary suspect, Charles Mouton, 42, of Thibodaux, was held at gunpoint by Bryan Derocher until deputies arrived.

Hayes had previously been arrested for armed robbery, theft, burglary, illegal possession of stolen goods and illegal carrying of a firearm, among other charges, deputies said.

Mouton had similar arrest history.

Louisiana: Authorities say fatal shooting was self defense

April 20, 2009

Denham Springs, Louisiana

From WXVT of April 19, 2009

Authorities say fatal shooting was self defense

Authorities say they believe a 49-year-old woman shot and killed her 26-year-old boyfriend in self defense Sunday morning in Denham Springs.

Mark Lockwood was dead at his girlfriend’s home when deputies arrived and a spokesman for the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office says Suzanne White told them Lockwood had put a knife to her throat and demanded that she tell him the location of the gun used in the shooting.

She told authorities she convinced him to remove the knife from her throat, but he was still holding it when she reached the gun and shot him.

Investigators believe White shot Lockwood in self defense and Jason Ard, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said no charges have been filed.

Louisiana: Man shoots Pit Bulls who were attacking his dog

April 14, 2009

Marrero, Louisiana

From WLTV of April XX, 2009

Man shoots Pit Bulls who were attacking his dog

A 26-year-old man shot three Pit Bulls who were allegedly attacking his dog, killing two, Thursday afternoon.

The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. in the 5100 block of Pritchard Drive.

According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Fortunato, the man said that his girlfriend alerted him to the fact that their dog was being attacked by other dogs and he went into his rear yard and found three Pit Bulls mauling his pet.

Fortunato said the suspect told officers that he tried to chase the dogs away, but when that didn’t work, he shot his gun at them, killing two of the dogs and causing the other one to flee.

The resident retrieved his injured Terrier and transported it to a local veterinarian for treatment.

No charges were filed against the resident involved.

Louisiana: Gunfire exchanged at car dealership in Sulphur

March 15, 2009

Lake Charles, Louisiana

From KPLC of March 13, 2009

Gunfire exchanged at car dealership in Sulphur

It’s a miracle no one was killed or injured last night at Billy Navarre Chevrolet in Sulphur. That’s where shots were exchanged between a police officer and an employee.. It was a miscommunication that could have been deadly.

It all started after a burglar alarm at the car dealership on East Napoleon. An employee arrived ahead of police and went inside to check the business. He had a flashlight and a gun. When police saw the employee inside they thought he was an armed burglar and fired shots, while the employee thought he was being fired at by a burglar. General Manager Ryan Navarre says the employee was crouched behind a desk. “I get the most horrific phone call I have ever gotten in my life. An employee is telling me that he’s being shot at and he had already called 911 and he still was trying to get help. He was hunkered down in the service department telling me somebody was shooting at him and he returned fire. It was just a horrible situation.

Windows on the northeast corner of the building were shot out. And there are bullet holes on various objects inside and out. Navarre says they were trying to call off police when the shots were exchanged.”Thank God that he didn’t get killed or that they didn’t get killed. And it looks like somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty rounds were shot outside and six from the inside. And it was just a failure of communication because I was on the phone with 911 telling them that my employee’s in the building.”

While a Sulphur police officer fired first Assistant Chief Glenn Berry says he had good reason to do what he did. “There’s no doubt in my mind the officer was justified. He felt that this man was about to shoot his partner in the back. He felt that with every fiber of his being. And he fired in defense of his fellow officer.”

Police say once officers have been summoned to a building an employee should never go inside– but should always wait outside with a key. Berry emphasizes, “Do not go into the business. Do not arm yourself when you go there. Wait in your vehicle until police arrive. Then open the door for them. Speak with the police. Don’t go into the business. In this case this could have been just a terrible tragedy.”

The employee was arrested and booked for unlawful use of a weapon, but it’s not certain whether formal charges will be pursued. An internal investigation is still underway by Sulphur police.

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.”