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Detroit Cabbie Kills Armed Robber

July 30, 2009

Detroit, Michigan

From July 23, 2009 channel 4:

The victim of an armed robbery shot and killed his robber Thursday morning, police said.Police said an armed man attempted to rob a cab driver at the Citgo Gas Station on McNichols Street around 5 a.m.

The cab driver pulled out a gun and fired several rounds, striking the thief three times, said police.

The man was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he died.

Police said the 38-year-old shooter called police to report the shooting. He is now in custody and being questioned.

Police said the cab driver had a legitimate license to carry a concealed weapon.

From the comments:

i helped his aunt write his obituary, and it saddened me to realize that the handful of pictures and the short paragraphs in the obituary summed up his brief life. that’s it. he was only 17. i wish he had listened to his family who tried to set him straight, but in his case — as is often the case for young, misunderstood black boys — the streets and his “friends” were louder. we’ll never know what or who freddrick could have been.


Pontiac Man Robs The Wrong Partygoers

July 20, 2009

Pontiac, Michigan

From July 19, 2009 Detroit channel 4:

Neighbors in one community said a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning after he interrupted a neighborhood party and robbed some of the partygoers.

“It’s like playground rules. They just broke one of them by going in and robbing and turning your back on someone,” neighbor Andre said.

Andre said 29-year-old Gregory Scott interupted a dice game in the basement of a house in the 300 block of Seward Street in Pontiac at about 3:30 a.m.

Andre said Scott pulled a gun on partygoers and robbed them. “He goes in, pulls out a gun, let off a shot or two to make the person come out his money, and he was fine with that and turned his back,” Andre said. “But everybody had pistols … lights went off on him then.”

Andre said the man was shot several times as he ran up the stairs and out of the house.

“He made it outside. He fell outside,” Andre said.

Neighbors said two other people were also wounded but were able to walk away from the scene.

Michigan: Neighborhood watch president shoots, kills dog; its owner disputes the need

June 25, 2009

Saginaw, Michigan

From the Saginaw News of June 25, 2009

Neighborhood watch president shoots, kills dog; its owner disputes the need

Tensions are high on a Saginaw street where the neighborhood watch president shot and killed his neighbor’s dog.

Jose Barajas, Southwest Saginaw Neighborhood Association president, told police he shot Onyx, a 50-plus-pound pit bull and shar-pei mix, with a 40-caliber Glock after the dog broke its chain and charged him at 1223 Maple on June 18.

Barajas said he was working outside the house next door when he heard a resident crying for help. Diana M. Fick, 52, said she was mowing her backyard about 7:30 p.m. when neighbor Samantha A. Griffus’ dog lunged at her. Fick said Onyx perched atop the tailgate shell and jumped off toward her, breaking his chain. She said she screamed for the owner and used the lawnmower as a buffer to keep the dog at bay.

Griffus didn’t hear her, but Barajas did. When the dog turned on him, he said he shot it two times.

Barajas “didn’t have an option,” Fick said “He popped him.”

Griffus, 19, said the dog was on a 10-foot chain attached to a tailgate shell on the lawn. She said Barajas had no right to shoot her dog because it hadn’t left her property.

Splatters of the dog’s blood are still on the tailgate shell, Griffus said. She said she thinks Onyx was chained when Barajas shot him and broke the chain afterward. A few weeks ago, Barajas had threatened to “shoot the dog if it pooped in his yard again,” Griffus said.

Barajas has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and often patrols his neighborhood as part of its watch group.

Saginaw police investigated and cleared Barajas.

“If I wouldn’t have been there, that neighbor would have likely gone to the hospital,” he said.

Griffus went onto her porch overlooking the area where Onyx was chained after hearing the gunshots and her dog “yarp.” Onyx had run off; Barajas was standing in her yard, his cell phone to his ear, with his gun visible in its holster, she said.

Barajas is “the greatest guy you ever want to meet,” Fick said. “It’s not like he just goes around the neighborhood shooting dogs.”

Wounded in the face and abdomen, Onyx ran toward the front of the home, approached the front door — where blood stains remain on the concrete steps of the porch — and ran across the street. Griffus found him in a neighbor’s kennel with the chain still clipped to his collar, Griffus said.

She took it to Great Lakes Pet Emergencies in Carrollton Township but returned with the dog because she couldn’t afford the $1,275 bill to treat it or $289 to euthanize it. Onyx died at 11:30 p.m.

Michigan: Gun Turned On Would-Be Robber

June 11, 2009

Detroit, Michigan

From WDIV of June 11, 2009

Gun Turned On Would-Be Robber

A 16-year-old was shot and wounded with his own gun Thursday morning during an attempted robbery on Detroit’s west side, police said.

Two teenagers, one carrying a rifle and the other a handgun, approached a man at the BPS Gas Station on Plymouth Road and the northbound Southfield Service Drive around 6:40 a.m.

The robbery victim grabbed a gun out of the teen’s hand and shot him with it.

The wounded teen jumped into a vehicle and attempted to drive away, but crashed into several cars on Forrer Street.

He was transported to Sinai Grace Hospital and is in stable condition.

The other robber fled the area. There are unconfirmed police reports that the second robbery suspect was arrested in downtown Detroit.

Michigan: Detroit woman fires shots through window at would-be intruders

May 15, 2009

Detroit, Michigan

From the Detroit Free Press of May 13, 2009

Detroit woman fires shots through window at would-be intruders

A homeowner on the Detroit’s east side thwarted three robbers by firing out of her bedroom as the men made their way up the steps inside her home, according to police.

A neighbor at 5 a.m. today noticed the three men breaking in the kitchen window of the home in the 900 block of Algonquin, according to Detroit Police.

He called the cell phone of the man who lives there, who was on his way home from work. The homeowner then called his wife, woke her and told her to get their gun.

Hearing footsteps on the stairs, she fired a number of shots, missing the thieves. The husband arrived home just as the men were climbing back out of the window, and they escaped.

Michigan: Man who assisted wounded store owner says he knows the suspect in Leonard Short Stop robbery

April 2, 2009

Grand Rapids, Michigan

From Grand Rapids News of March 31, 2009

Man who assisted wounded store owner says he knows the suspect in Leonard Short Stop robbery

When Amos Bell spotted the owner of the Leonard Short Stop chasing a masked gunman Tuesday morning, he didn’t hesitate to help.

He got out of the car he was riding in, and gave chase.

“(The owner) was running up the street with a gun,” said Bell, 18. “I knew it wasn’t going to be nothing good.”

Bell and the owner, who had been shot in the leg in the 10:40 a.m. holdup, lost sight of the robber, but police caught the suspect a half-hour later hiding in some bushes. Police brought Bell and the hobbled owner, whose name wasn’t released, to the scene of the capture to identify the robber.

Once there, it got a little more complicated for Bell: Not only was he a friend to the store owner, stopping to chat every day, but he knew the alleged robber, too.

“It was one of my buddies, that’s the bad thing about it,” Bell said. “A guy I’m cool with.”

Still, he said, he could not defend the robbery, particularly hitting the store, at 1038 Leonard St. NW, that serves the neighborhood and seems to sell virtually everything.

“He’s a nice guy,” Bell said of the store’s owner. “This is the corner store. He’s just trying to help us out.”

Police caught up to the suspect just after 11 a.m., and found a handgun, too. Officers were responding to a call that a store owner, armed with a long gun, was chasing a man who had just shot him.

The owner told Bell that he was shot in the leg when he refused the robber’s demand for cash. Police recovered the $800 reported stolen.

The owner returned to his store after Tuesday’s shooting, walking with a limp and the sides of his denims slit for examination by paramedics. Awaiting ambulances soon left after the man said he didn’t need to go to the hospital, Bell said.

The store remained closed after Tuesday’s shooting.

Michigan: Oshtemo Township homeowner fires shots at burglars

March 13, 2009

Oshtemo Township, Michigan

From the Kalamazoo News of March 10, 2009

Oshtemo Township homeowner fires shots at burglars

An armed homeowner in Oshtemo Township scared off a pair of burglars earlier this week when he fired two shots from his gun, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured, according to a press release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said two suspects broke into the house in the 7000 block of West H Avenue Monday afternoon. They were confronted by the armed homeowner, who fired two shots before the suspects fled in a small vehicle.

Deputies located the vehicle and arrested one of the suspects, an 18-year-old man, lodging him on home invasion charges at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

Police continue to look for the second suspect, who was only described as a “small individual with longer hair,” the press release said.

Michigan: Business owner shoots would-be robber

January 29, 2009

Auburn, Michigan

From WJRT of January 21, 2009

Business owner shoots would-be robber

A Bay County man went to great lengths to protect himself and his business Wednesday night after two people tried to rob him.

It happened just after 7 p.m. in the village of Auburn at Evergreen Insurance on Midland Road.

Police say the suspects wore masks when they tried to make their way inside. The business owner shot one suspect, and the other is still on the loose.

The suspects were believed to be armed. A suspect vehicle was located. Police say they believe the suspect that left the vehicle is on foot.

Michigan: Police: Dad shot son dead during home invasion

October 8, 2008

Battle Creek, Michigan

From the Lansing State Journal of October 1, 2008

Police: Dad shot son dead during home invasion

A Battle Creek man who allegedly shot and killed his stepson Monday night has been released from custody as the police investigation continues.

Gary Prado, 49, was questioned and then released after Battle Creek police said he shot James L. Keck, 30, of Scotts.

Detectives said it appears Keck broke into the house at 51 S. Mason St. and was shot as he was attempting to force his way into a bedroom where Prado, Darlene Prado, 48 – his wife and Keck’s mother – and Gary Prado’s 11-year-old daughter had taken refuge.

An autopsy Tuesday showed Keck was shot four times, including once in the center of the chest, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police reported the shooting at 6:57 p.m.

**Update November 1, 2008**
From the Battle Creek Inquirer of October 31, 2008

‘Man was shot in self-defense’

The Battle Creek man who shot his stepson in September killed him in self-defense, Calhoun County’s prosecutor ruled.

In a letter Thursday to the Battle Creek Police Department, Prosecutor John Hallacy said charges won’t be brought against Gary Prado, 49, in the shooting of James L. Keck.

“I am glad I am cleared of the charges because I didn’t have any wrong doing,” Prado said Thursday. “He said he was going to kill all of us and that is when I went into defense mode. I had to protect my family.”

Battle Creek police said Keck was shot and killed inside Prado’s Urbandale home just before 7 p.m. on Sept. 29.

The investigation showed Keck had threatened Prado and his wife (Keck’s mother) and had broken into the house and was trying to force his way into the bedroom where Prado, his wife and his 11-year-old daughter had taken refuge.

“(Prado) and his wife requested that Mr. Keck not come to the residence,” Hallacy wrote, “they locked the residence, they contacted 911, they retreated to a bedroom in the home, they closed the door to the bedroom and placed a dresser in front of the door, Mr. Prado warned Mr. Keck he was armed and finally Mr. Prado fired a warning shot before the fatal shots were discharged.

“Law provides protection to those who act to defend themselves and others who may be in danger,” Hallacy concluded. “Based upon the facts and the law it is clear that Mr. Prado’s actions were provided the protection of the law, in that he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Mr. Keck.”

Prado said Thursday he believes Keck had been drinking or smoking marijuana and was after him but Keck also had made threats against his mother.

“I heard the word kill and you go into protection mode to protect your family,” Prado said.

“I couldn’t take the chance,” Prado said. “I took a vow to protect her and being her husband I took the vows very sacredly and unfortunately I could not let him get the chance to hurt her. Something snapped in him that night and I couldn’t take the chance of him hurting my wife.”

Prado said the shooting continues to haunt him.

“I loved my son, he had a lot of good points and a lot of bad points. I have nightmares and wake up in the middle of the night. I have a 24-7 reminder of what I did. I have a constant reminder of what has happened to me.”

Kalamazoo Car Burglar Shot; Shooters Dies of Heart Attack

September 9, 2008

Kalamazoo, Michigan

From September 8, 2008 WOOD channel 8:

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo man died from a heart attack following a struggle with a thief at his residence.

It was around 4 a.m. Sunday when the incident occurred in the 1300 block of Homecrest Avenue.

Joe Rizzutto, 64, confronted the suspect who was trying to break into the Rizzutto’s vehicle. The two men got into a scuffle in the driveway and Rizzutto shot the suspect in a leg.

Rizzutto then suffered a massive heart attack. Officers arrived and began CPR on Rizzutto who was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The suspect, a 38-year-old Kalamazoo resident, was taken to a hospital where he is in serious condition.

Friends believe the attempted break-in was random and that Rizzutto was protecting his family and property.