Archive for the ‘stalking’ Category

November 14, 2007

Hessville, Indiana

From Chicago’s of November 14, 2007

Police: Woman Shoots Stalker To Death After Break-In

Woman Endured Many Incidents With Stalker, Police Said

An accused stalker was shot to death Monday night by the object of his obsession after he broke into her Hessville home, police told the Northwest Indiana Times.

Hammond resident Ryan Lee Bergner, 41, was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds to his abdomen shortly after 10:30 p.m. at a local hospital.

According to the Times, Bergner went on a date with the 51-year-old woman last June, and his behavior became obsessive, offensive and violent then on [sic].

On Monday night, the woman was watching television in her living room when she said she heard Bergner break a bathroom window near her back door and called 911.

A friend had given the woman a pistol for protection earlier in the day.

After the 911 operator told her to lock herself in her bedroom until police could come, she ran upstairs to do so and retrieved the gun.

This was the second time in recent days that Bergner broke into her home, breaking a back window, destroying a clock radio, and stealing several of her undergarments over the weekend.

Police records show Bergner also had tried to kick in the woman’s front door a week before that, and also accosted her at her job and being ejected from the business by her co-workers.

He also was suspected of slashing her Jeep’s tires on at least two occasions, police records show.

“This isn’t over yet,” Bergner told the woman on Nov. 3, according to police reports.

Hiding in her closet on Monday night, the woman said she heard Bergner enter the bedroom, then watched as he opened the closet door.

She said she told him to stop, but he kept coming. She fired the gun three times.

She said he then proceeded to choke her violently before collapsing to the floor.

“I was shaking so bad, I didn’t think I’d hit him,” the woman recalled Tuesday afternoon. “He just kept coming… I didn’t want it to end this way.”

Bergner had not been charged over any of the half-dozen previous complaints made against him.

“We only went out on that one date,” the woman told the Times on Tuesday. “I got a look at his temper, and realized I didn’t want anything to do with him. But he wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

From NBC5 of January 10, 2008

911 Tape Captures Horror Before Fatal Shooting

Police in Northwest Indiana have released the audio tape of an emergency call for help.

A woman was reportedly watching TV when she heard a window breaking in her home and called 911.

She then hid in a closet, armed with a gun.

The tape captures the woman struggling with a man, repeatedly saying, “Stop it. Stop it.”

The woman eventually shot and killed the intruder. Police said she will not face charges, because she acted in self defense.

Click here to listen to all of the chilling 911 call


June 7, 2007

DeRidder, Louisiana

From the Leesville Daily Leader of June 7, 2007

Alleged attacker shot by ex-girlfriend in DeRidder

Members of the DeRidder Police Department responded to a call from a residence on Bilbo Street last week, where Paul Lee Williams had been shot in the leg.

According to the police Williams had been stalking his ex-girlfriend and earlier in the day threatened her outside of a local store.

The ex-girlfriend, whose name was not released, immediately went to the Police Department and filed a report. Because she was afraid for her life members of the police department escorted her home and secured her house.

After the police left she locked all of her windows and doors.

The police described that sometime after dark the victim felt as if she were being watched and walked out onto her porch where she noticed that the skirting around her house had been disturbed. Williams then emerged from beneath her home and ran toward her.

She immediately went back in to her home and retrieved a pistol which she had been carrying for protection.

She allegedly fired at Williams and missed. She went back into her home and picked up the phone to call the police when Williams forced open the back door and entered her house.

She shot at him two other times, hitting him once in the leg as she dialed the number for the police department.

Williams fled the scene and the police found her at the end of her driveway near the road with the gun in one hand and the phone in the other.

After searching the surrounding area the police found Williams in the garage of a nearby house.

Williams was taken to a local hospital where his wounds were treated and then booked into the DeRidder Jail.

He was charged with Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Stalking and other charges.

He also has a criminal record with two other stalking charges.

April 26, 2007

Dallas, Texas

From the Dallas Morning News of April 25, 2007

Police: Man kills daughter’s boyfriend

A Dallas man fatally shot his daughter’s estranged boyfriend in Pleasant Grove late Tuesday after he attacked her, police said.

Byron Hutchinson, 20, died at a local hospital. Larry Overshown, 54, was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was being held Wednesday in the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

According to police, Mr. Hutchinson and the woman had been having problems, and she obtained a protective order against him. She has a child with him, police said.

Mr. Hutchinson came to the residence in the 900 block of Cedarvale Court about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses told police that he began hitting and shoving the woman in the yard.

Mr. Overshown came out of the house and told Mr. Hutchison to stop attacking his daughter, police said.

Witnesses told police that Mr. Hutchinson tried to hit Mr. Overshown, who then shot him once in the chest. Mr. Overshown called the police.

“He was a very cooperative and concerned parent,” said Sgt. Gene Reyes, a homicide unit supervisor. “He got tired of this Byron Hutchinson coming over and causing problems for his daughter.”

A grand jury will decide whether Mr. Overshown will be indicted.

January 17, 2007

Cedar Key, Florida

From the Chieftan Citizen of January 16, 2007

Man who got shot in face is arrested for stalking

A Cedar Key man who was shot in the face Nov. 29 and hospitalized has been arrested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of aggravated stalking.

Roger Frederick Bartell, 51, of 13450 S.W. 72nd Pl., has also been charged with battery and violation of a protective injunction against repeated violence, arrest reports show.

The Sheriff’s Office reported at the end of November that a man had been shot in Cedar Key in a domestic incident, but they would not make details public as the subject was hospitalized and the investigation was ongoing with the help of the State Attorney’s Office.

Now, officers allege that Bartell’s injuries were the result of his stalking a woman and burglarizing her home with plans for an attack.

“On the morning of the incident, he secreted into the house and waited for her,” Sgt. Scott Tummond said. “She happened to be armed with a .38 pistol, and when he tried to grab her she brought the gun to action, firing once and striking him in the chin.”

Tummond said Bartell fell to the floor, while the woman called 911 and fled for her safety.

Deputies and police from Cedar Key responded, and Bartell was transported to a hospital for treatment, which reportedly included an operation for a severe throat injury.

Tummond said their investigation led them to determine that no charges should be filed against the victim, whose identity is being withheld in accordance with state law.

“It was pretty obvious he was where he wasn’t supposed to be,” he said.

Tummond added that they had waited for more than a month to make the arrest because Bartell was hospitalized and on a feeding tube.

“There wasn’t any sense in effecting an arrest,” he said. “We’re a jail, not a hospital.”

Tummond said Bartell had posted a $60,000 bond and had been released from the jail, but he is on a home medical care program.

He added that the victim has since moved to a safe location.

June 25, 2006

Huntington Station, New York

From the New York Daily News of June 25, 2006

L.I. woman slays armed ex

A Long Island woman shot her armed ex-boyfriend to death when he barged into her bedroom early yesterday morning, police said.

Carol Lama, 50, of Evert St. in Huntington Station, told cops that she had kept a loaded shotgun beside her bed since breaking up with Robert Travers, who lived about 5 miles away.

Lama shot Travers, 50, once in the chest after she was awakened by him entering her room about 1:20 a.m. and saw a pistol in his waistband, she told police.

A handgun was recovered, cops said. “She tells us that previously he had entered her home when he had been told not to, so she kept the shotgun for protection against him,” said Suffolk County Homicide Squad Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.

It was unclear how Travers gained access to the home.

No charges were filed, Fitzpatrick said. “We took statements, and they will be reviewed by the district attorney,” he said.

Lama told police that Travers had physically abused her in the past. She said the two had not been romantically involved for years, but Travers had been stalking her.

May 30, 2006

Boring, Oregon

From Beaverton’s of May 30, 2006

Intruder Shot Multiple Times

A 9-1-1 call from a woman in Boring reported that a man who had been harassing her, broke into her residence and her boyfriend shot the intruder multiple times.

It happened at about 2:30 a.m.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s officials say the woman told them the intruder had been stalking her. She says the man physically forced his way into her residence.

The man, reported to be 49-years-old, was shot multiple times with a handgun in the upper torso and is reported to be in stable condition. He was air lifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Authorities say he drove a motorcycle to the address before the shooting.

The woman knows the man by name but denies ever having any type of prior romantic involvement.

No arrests have been made at this stage of the investigation.

March 15, 2006

Waxahatchie, Texas

From the March 2, 2006 Daily Light:

Donald Ellis, 41, of Avalon was indicted on a charge of violating a protective order and stalking.

“The violation of a protective order is a felony because he violated it by stalking,” Wilson said, noting the indictment also is enhanced due to prior convictions for forgery and failure to stop and render aid.

An incident Nov. 27 in Midlothian led to Ellis’ arrest, with Wilson saying police were already aware of his behavior as the victim had been documenting that for some time.

“He had appeared at the victim’s doorstep and police were called,” Wilson said. “She had, in a panic, fired a shotgun at him.”

Ellis, who was not injured, left the scene and hid under a fifth-wheel type trailer, Wilson said. “While he was hiding, he called the dispatchers and said he was a shot. An astute dispatcher was able to get him to reveal his location. He was located and arrested on an initial charge of public intoxication.”

October 15, 2005

Sandy Springs, Georgia

From Atlanta’s of October 14, 2005

Woman’s Alleged Stalker Fatally Shot

Gunfire Startled Apartment Residents

A man was fatally shot early Friday at a Sandy Springs apartment complex, apparently during a dispute over a woman by a former boyfriend and her current boyfriend.

The 35-year-old man, whose identity was pending, was pronounced dead at the scene following the shooting at the Stratford Apartments, located in the 5400 block of Glendridge Drive.

Police were called to the complex shortly after midnight. Residents reported hearing at least two rounds of gunfire at the apartments, which has a gated entrance.

Police said the ex-boyfriend of the woman managed to get into the complex, where he confronted the woman and her new boyfriend. Police said an argument ensued before the current boyfriend pulled out a weapon and shot the man in the head.

Gary Syblis, a spokesman for Fulton police, said it appears that the ex-boyfriend had been stalking his former girlfriend.

The 28-year-old man who shot the other man said the shooting was in self defense. It was not immediately clear if the man would be charged in the shooting.

May 26, 2005

Cloverdale, Georgia

From the Savannah Morning News of May 25, 2005

Shooting victim was harrassing ex-girlfriend

Carey Heyward was shot and killed after stalking the mother of his child, a police report says.

A 26-year-old woman called Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police twice Monday night and early Tuesday to complain about Heyward’s harassment, according to a police report.

She made the second call after her friend, Darryl Kent, shot and killed Heyward as he tried to break into the woman’s Cloverdale home.

When police arrived at 1434 Chevy Chase Road around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, they found Heyward, 35, lying in the backyard with a gunshot wound to the bottom of his face, the report says.

He was dead at the scene, emergency workers told police.

Heyward and the Cloverdale woman used to live together, but separated about three months ago. They had a 10-month-old daughter, the woman told police.

But according to the police report, the woman had previous problems with Heyward and had even taken out a restraining order against him prohibiting any further contact.

Heyward ignored the order this week when he showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home.

The first time, he rang the door bell and yelled for the woman to answer the door. After she refused, he broke a front window and tried to climb in, the report says.

The woman called police.

Heyward finally left when he saw Kent inside the home, according to the report.

Kent, who was over to watch television, decided to stay the night in case Heyward returned, the woman told police.
And that’s what happened.

Around 3 a.m., the couple awoke to tapping on the window and the sound of Heyward calling the woman’s name, the report says.

She shouted for him to go away and said she was calling police.

As she was about to dial 911, she heard glass break and then a gunshot, the report says.

Then she ran outside and called 911. No one inside the house was hurt, police said.

Police arrived to find Heyward dead. A .380-caliber semi-automatic weapon lay on the sofa, next to the front door, according to the report.

Police declined to say if Heyward had a weapon.

Police questioned Kent, 38, and released him without charges, police spokesman Bucky Burnsed said.

The police interview will be forwarded to the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office and may be presented to the grand jury, police said.

Georgia law says a person can threaten or use force against another to defend himself against force that is likely to cause death or great injury, or when it is to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

Georgia corrections department records show that Heyward has been in and out of jail since 1989 on various charges, including aggravated assault, possession of cocaine and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.