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Boise Thief Arrested By Bystander

July 19, 2009

Boise, Idaho

From July 18, 2009 KIVI channel 6:

Boise Police received a call of a man with a gun this afternoon at approximately 1:18 p.m. in the area of Americana and River Streets. As multiple Boise Police units arrived on the scene, they located two men with handguns and de-escalated the situation.

According to BPD spokesman Charles McClure, “Witnesses tell police that the original suspect, later identified as John Dickey, had stolen personal property from the victim at a nearby homeless shelter. The suspect fled on foot traveling Eastbound on River Street. As the victim chased the suspect on foot, a third man intevened in the chase by producing a handgun and ordering the suspect to stop. The suspect was on the ground and held at gunpoint when the third citizen — who was also a concealed weapons permit holder and only saw a man with a gun pointing it at someone, intervened and demanded that the other man drop his gun. Officers then arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody.”

At this time, the original theft suspect — John W. Dickey, 46 — has been taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor petit theft. Dickey has no known address.


Texas: Burglar Shot by Owner of Truck He Was Breaking Into

July 2, 2009

Odessa, Texas

From KOSA of June 25, 2009

Burglar Shot by Owner of Truck He Was Breaking Into

A burglar is in jail tonight after he was shot by the owner of the truck he was breaking into and apprehended by police.

It was the latest in a string of attempted car robberies at the Woodlands Apartment Complex where the shooting took place.

After a series of attempted car break-ins management here at the woodlands apartment complex told residents to contact police if anything else was going on. The other night one resident did just that but not before shooting and detaining a would-be burglar.

“Pow pow pow… just like that”.

Tony Lynch ran out of his apartment only to find a bleeding man on the ground.

“This is a really nice neighborhood. This is a real nice complex and it was a shock to me”, said Lynch.

Police say a resident fired two rounds at two would-be burglars… hitting one in the ankle.
Neighbors say it wasn’t the first burglary.

“The managers have put notes on the doors saying that everybody should be aware that we’ve been having some problems with breaking into vehicles”, said Lynch.

Vandalism hit this resident.

“Pretty upset. You have to go back and re-do everything and fix it up”.

After the break-in and shooting one witness tells us the gunman said he didn’t mean for it to go off. So was this an accidental shooting or did he take “don’t mess with Texas” a little too seriously?

“They kind of deserve it for breaking into a car”, said Ryan Dominey.

“Would you just let them break in? I would end up shooting them too” added Ryan Dodd.

Either way… it’s legal under Texas Penal Code 9.42.

“It authorizes a person to use deadly force to protect land or tanagible, movable property during the night-time”, says Cpl. Sherrie Carruth of the Odessa Police Dept.

It may be legal… but police say it’s rare. And Tony Lynch… wouldn’t pull the trigger.

“It aint worth it man… you can replace a car but you can’t replace a life”.

Los Angeles Car Burglar Shot In Face

May 15, 2009

Los Angeles, California

From the May 3, 2009 Los Angeles Times:

A man suspected of burglarizing cars in the Mar Vista area was shot in the face by a resident early this morning, police said.

The man was breaking into vehicles when he was confronted by a resident at about 1:40 a.m., said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Dennis Beacham.

“He was subsequently shot and sustained a gunshot wound to the facial area,” Beacham said. “It’s my understanding he’s in stable condition.”

Police did not release the name or age of the victim, and would not say whether the resident who shot him was arrested.

Updated: 5:33 p.m. Two young men accompanying the suspected burglar fled before police arrived, Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Herrera said. The shooting occurred in the 3800 block of Beethoven Street, and the gunshot victim was taken to a local hospital where he was in stable condition, Herrera said. “The shooter wasn’t arrested, it was in self-defense,” Herrera said.

Texas: Burglar shot dead in Cedar Hill driveway

December 12, 2008

Cedar Hill, Texas

From WFAA of December 5, 2008

Burglar shot dead in Cedar Hill driveway

Police said a Cedar Hill resident shot and killed a person attempting to break into a vehicle in his driveway Friday morning.

The gunfire erupted at 7:30 a.m. in the 9100 block of Sleepy Hollow, one of the city’s nicest, most established neighborhoods.

Police said the homeowner heard an alarm going off on his pickup truck. He grabbed a gun, went outside, and opened fire when he saw the alleged burglar attempting to remove a stereo system.

The suspect died at the scene.

“This is extremely rare,” said Cedar Hill spokesman Corky Brown. “This is a really quiet neighborhood like most of ours in Cedar Hill. It’s very shocking to the neighbors to have something like this occur.”

The names of the homeowner and the suspect have not been released.

The homeowner has not been arrested or charged at this point.

Mississippi: Man shot trying to steal SUV

November 26, 2008

Jackson, Mississippi

From the Clarion Ledger of November 24, 2008

Man shot trying to steal SUV

Jackson police said the property owner who fatally shot a burglary suspect Saturday night had a right to pull the trigger under the Castle Doctrine.

Brandon Lenard, 20, of Jackson was shot outside a row of townhouses on County Cork Road after he allegedly broke into a Cadillac Escalade parked in front, police said.

Police spokesman Lt. Jeffery Scott said no charges will be filed against the owner of the SUV, whose name was not released.

When the police investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to a Hinds County grand jury, Scott said.

Lenard is the fifth burglary or robbery suspect to be shot to death in Jackson by a homeowner, property owner or store employee since the Castle Doctrine law took effect in 2006.

Among other things, the Castle Doctrine says a person has “no duty to retreat” if the person believes he is in imminent danger. The law protects someone who uses deadly force in self-defense from being sued.

Just before 9 p.m. Saturday, Lenard allegedly broke into the Escalade while its owner was inside a townhouse just a few feet away, police said.

“The owner heard something outside, so he stepped out of the house to see what it was. When he saw someone was in his vehicle, he went back inside to retrieve a weapon. He then went back outside to confront the suspect,” Scott said.

Scott said there was an exchange of words between Lenard and the vehicle’s owner just before Lenard tried to run from the scene.

Police said that as Lenard was leaving, he is believed to have put the SUV owner’s life in danger. Scott would not say what he did.

“Our investigation has determined that the owner was in the imminent threat of danger based on items found at the scene, which I cannot elaborate (on),” Scott said. “We have made a determination that the actions of the property owner are in the parameters of the Castle Doctrine.”

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said Sunday that Lenard did have a gun at the scene.

Lenard was shot once with a shotgun, Grisham-Stewart said. She said the pellets entered the back and side of his head.

Scott said investigators think Lenard was driven to the scene in an unidentified vehicle. Police are trying to find who might have been with Lenard that night.

Neighbors would not comment Sunday about the shooting.


Alaska: Homeowner opens fire on intruder

November 20, 2008

North Pole, Alaska

From the Anchorage Daily News of November 18, 2008

Homeowner opens fire on intruder

A homeowner interrupting a burglary in progress late last week morning opened fire on the intruder as the burglar approached him and his wife, Alaska State Troopers said.

The burglar was not hit by the shots but did sustain minor injuries when he “went through the window” while fleeing the home, troopers said. Responding officers brought in a dog and tracked down a suspect, Bowen Alexander, 18, a short distance from the home, troopers said.

Troopers say Alexander had been drinking when he crashed his vehicle, broke into a home and entered the homeowner’s vehicle. For reasons that were not immediately clear, Alexander then fled to the neighboring home, where the homeowner shot at him, troopers said.

Alexander was booked at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, criminal trespass, assault and resisting arrest.

Texas: Watauga homeowner stabbed, shot with own gun during robbery

November 1, 2008

Watuagua, Texas

From the Dallas Morning News of October 29, 2008

Watauga homeowner stabbed, shot with own gun during robbery

A Watauga homeowner was stabbed several times and shot once with his own gun during a robbery early this morning, police said.

The incident occurred in the 6000 block of Sundown Drive in Watauga about 10 miles northeast of Fort Worth.

According to Watauga police, a man heard someone trying to break into a trailer parked in his driveway around 3:30 a.m.

Armed with a shotgun, the man confronted the intruder who stabbed him several times. The gun went off during the scuffle, and the homeowner was shot in the arm.

A neighbor who came to the help the homeowner was also stabbed multiple times, police said.

The homeowner, who police did not identify, was taken to Harris Methodist Medical Center in critical condition. Police said the neighbor drove himself to the hospital.

Police have no suspects or a detailed description of the intruder.

Tennessee: Riverview Homeowner Holds Shotgun On Thief

October 5, 2008

Riverview, Tennessee

From the Chattanoogan of October 1, 2008

Riverview Homeowner Holds Shotgun On Thief

Police said a Riverview homeowner found a thief in his car in his carport and held him at bay with a shotgun.

Lewis Card of Edgewood Circle said he heard his driveway alarm going off. He said he grabbed his shotgun and hurried outside.

Mr. Card said he spotted a black male inside his vehicle.

He said he held the shotgun on the intruder and ordered him outside the car. Then he directed him to lie down.

The homeowner said the man told him he was just after some change. Then he patted his pocket, causing the change to jingle.

He asked Mr. Card not to call police, saying he “didn’t want to go back to jail.”

With the shotgun still trained on him, he handed over his Tennessee ID card. Mr. Card said it appeared to be his correct card.

The man ran off after asking again that police not be called.

Mr. Card turned over the man’s ID card to officers.

A warrant was taken out charging Corey Cortez Abernathy with theft under $500.

Tennessee: Armed Homeowner Confronts Trailer Thieves

October 1, 2008

Shelby County, Tennessee

From Eyewitness News of September 30, 2008

Armed Homeowner Confronts Trailer Thieves

Sheriff’s detectives say a Rosemark man held two thieves at gunpoint who tried to steal a utility trailer from his front yard yesterday. Detectives believe the suspects may also be responsible for stealing other utility trailers.

About 11:30 yesterday morning, Steven Rutter, 57, who lives in the 8700 block of Rosemark Road in north Shelby County, heard a vehicle slow down in front of his house. Rutter saw a gray Dodge Ram pickup truck back into his front yard.

Two men then began hooking up Rutter’s utility trailer to the pickup truck. Detectives say Rutter got his pistol and confronted the two men. Initially, Jessie Brown, 51, of Munford and Kelvin Nathaniel, 45, of Drummonds, told Rutter a neighbor said they could use the trailer to move some hay.

Rutter didn’t believe their story and called for Deputies. Moments later, Brown and Nathaniel were taken into custody. Both were charged with Theft of Property.

Detectives say the investigation is continuing and the suspects may be responsible for other utility trailer thefts in Shelby and neighboring counties.

Florida: Police: Woman Shoots At Men Trying To Break Into Car

August 30, 2008

Miami Lakes, Florida

From NBC6 of August 25, 2008

Police: Woman Shoots At Men Trying To Break Into Car

Miami-Dade police said a woman opened fire on three men who were trying to break into a car in Miami Lakes early Thursday.

The three men were trying to break into a car outside a home near Northwest 57th Avenue north of the Palmetto Expressway at about 1:30 a.m., police said. Miami-Dade police said they think the men were trying to steal the car’s stereo.

A man and a woman who were inside the home came outside. When the man got into a confrontation with the three men, the woman started firing a gun, police said. Neighbors said they heard between four and seven shots.

“These subjects came here to do a crime,” said Bobby Williams of the Miami-Dade Police Department. “Once that crime was committed, the boyfriend came out to stop them or at least to talk to them. They attacked him, so she was in fear for her boyfriend’s safety and herself.”

Ilana Lopez was inside the home at the time of the shooting.

“If he was in my property, burglarizing one of our vehicles, she did what she had to do to protect it,” Lopez said.

The three men took off in an SUV, which police said was stolen. Police stopped the suspects outside a nearby CVS store and arrested them.

One of the three men had been shot in the chest and was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was in critical condition, NBC 6’s Steve Litz reported.

The investigation continues. The suspects were expected to face charges.

Lopez said the car stereo was stolen once before, about three weeks ago.

“What can I say? I’m just tired of this going on around here,” she said.

Florida’s “Castle Doctrine” allows a potential victim to respond with deadly force if an intruder or criminal has intentions of death or great bodily harm, Litz reported. If the shooting is justified, the person will not be prosecuted.

Police said the shooting appeared to be justified, so the woman who fired the shots might not face charges.

The woman had no comment for reporters Thursday morning.

The names of those involved have not been released.