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North Carolina: Duke student shot during struggle with would-be robber

August 14, 2009

Durham, North Carolina

From WRAL of August 9, 2009

Duke student shot during struggle with would-be robber

A Duke student struggled with a man who tried to rob him, resulting in gunfire that wounded him and possibly the would-be robber, Durham police said.

The student and a woman were walking in the 500 block of Watts Street shortly before midnight Saturday when a man armed with a gun approached them from behind, police said. He ordered the pair to put their hands on their heads and started to search them.

A struggle ensued over the gun, and two shots were fired, police said. The student was shot in the abdomen, and the attempted robber fled.

“I was pretty sure that it was shots, not firecrackers. … It was like right here, and the woman, she was screaming her guts out,” said Anita Akella, a Duke graduate student who lives nearby.

The victim, whose identity hasn’t been released, was treated at a nearby hospital. The woman was uninjured.

The gunman was limping when he fled and might have been shot, police said. He was described as black, approximately 40 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a stocky build. He has bulging eyes. He wore a gray shirt and dark jeans.

The shooting happened one block from Duke’s East Campus, where first-year students are to move in next week.

Graduate student Melanie Oberman said the shooting happened outside the apartment she recently rented.

“I definitely don’t feel comfortable living in the house until I have security put in,” she said. “I had no idea that something could happen right outside my door like that.”

Residents said Trinity Park neighborhood has long been a safe area.

“It makes me very sad, more than it does fearful,” homeowner Sally Spears said. “But the world we live in now has turned into the situation that it is.”

Anyone with any information about the shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.


Arizona: Evidence at UA-area double-shooting consistent with self defense

October 17, 2008

Tuscon, Arizona

From the Arizona Daily Star of October 16, 2008

Tucson police: Evidence at UA-area double-shooting consistent with self defense

Evidence in a fatal shooting of two home invaders by a University of Arizona student appears to be consistent with his story that he was defending himself, police said.

At least one of the invaders was armed with a gun during the incident, which occurred shortly after 12:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The 23-year-old student was home alone in the 800 block of East Adams Street — near North Euclid Avenue and East Speedway — when the home invasion occurred.

There was a knock at the door, at which time he armed himself with a gun because of the late hour, Pacheco said.

The man at the door asked for someone and the student told him that the person did not live there, Pacheco said.

The student looked past the man he was speaking with and saw another man who had his face covered and was armed with a gun.

He attempted to retreat into his home but the men made their way in, Pacheco said.

The student called police to report the shooting and when officers arrived at the guest house they found the two men dead inside just past the doorway.

Their names and exact ages were not released, but one was in his mid to late 20s and the other was about 25 years old, Pacheco said.

The UA student was questioned and is cooperating with police, Pacheco said. His name is not being released.

There is no indication that the student is or has been involved in any criminal activity, police said.

Pacheco could not say what the men were looking for or if they had possibly gone to the wrong house.

The case will be presented to the Pima County Attorney’s Office for a determination on whether the double homicide was justified, Pacheco said.

Ali Adelmann, a UA sophomore, just moved into the neighborhood this semester and was concerned about what happened.

“It really worries me,” the Phoenix resident said. “All we can do is keep our doors and windows locked.”

Jenny Wise also moved into the neighborhood in August. The 19-year-old sophomore said she wasn’t home at the time.

She had gone to a party and upon arriving home around 2 a.m. found her street taped off and flooded with police.

“It’s really the scariest thing,” Wise said. “I’ve lived a sheltered life. This seems like a nice little neighborhood. I don’t know what I would’ve done if two guys tried to get into my house.”

Man With Baseball Complains About Driving; Leaves When Pistol Appears

August 9, 2008

Hilton Head, South Carolina

From the August 9, 2008 Island Packet:

Slow driving led to a confrontation between a 22-year-old Citadel student and an unidentified man involving a baseball bat and a pistol on Hilton Head Island on Thursday afternoon, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The student, who was lost, had been driving slowly on Beach City Road looking for a doctor’s office when he pulled into a parking lot to look at a map, according to the report.

A man driving a Porsche pulled in behind him and approached him carrying a baseball bat. The man was yelling about the student’s driving.

The student pulled a Glock 23 pistol from his glove box and got out of his car, the report stated.

The man with the bat put his hands up, returned to the Porsche and drove away.

The student called the sheriff’s office from his parents’ Hilton Head home. He was not charged in the incident.

Ann Arbor College Student Shoots, Kills Intruder

January 20, 2008

Ann Arbor, Michigan

From the January 19, 2008 Detroit Free Press:

Andrew Myrick, a 28-year-old University of Michigan student, was inside his house in the 1500 block of Jones Drive on Wednesday night when David Copeland, 29, of Ypsilanti and three other men broke in, Ann Arbor Deputy Police Chief Greg O’Dell said.

Two of the suspected intruders were arrested Thursday and charged with robbery. But on Thursday, the Washtenaw County prosecutor called Copeland’s death “justifiable homicide,” O’Dell said.

September 18, 2007

Orem, Utah

From the Daily Herald of September 18, 2007

Orem man shoots attacking pit bull

If John Erickson hadn’t had his gun with him when a neighbor’s pit bull attacked him, there’s no telling how bad things might have been.

Erickson, 22, was walking up to his house on 400 South near 700 West in Orem on Wednesday when a neighbor’s pit bull bit him from behind. As he rode his scooter to his house around 8:30 p.m., Erickson saw the dog sitting calmly while a neighborhood girl petted it. Then he parked and took three or four steps toward his house when the dog bit him.

“All of a sudden the dog grabbed my leg from behind,” he said.

He swung his scooter helmet at the dog, which backed off for a moment. But when the dog charged forward, Erickson, who has a concealed weapons permit, drew his 9-millimeter pistol and fired at the dog’s head. Erickson said he worries about what would have happened if he hadn’t been armed.

“There’s nothing I could’ve done. I couldn’t run. There’s no way I’m going to outrun it. There’s nowhere I could go,” said Erickson, a student at Utah Valley State College.

Even more, he said he worries about what would’ve happened if the dog had attacked his wife, Lynn Ann, who came home just two minutes before him, or the many children who walk down that street on their way to and from Orem Elementary School.

Erickson’s mother, Lyn Erickson, who lives across the street, said she used to dislike her son’s gun.

“Now I’m saying, ‘I’m just so thankful he had a gun.’ I’m just so thankful because what would you do?” she said.

At Erickson’s request, no charges were filed against the dog’s owner, said Orem police spokesman Lt. Doug Edwards. Vicious animal citations and letting dogs run free are misdemeanor offenses.

“You can’t allow your dog to run at large. It doesn’t matter how they get off the property, whether it’s a hole (in the fence) or a broken leash. Dogs can’t run loose,” Edwards said.

The dog survived the shot to the top of its head. Erickson said the owner initially planned to euthanize the dog because its veterinary bills were expected to be as high as $4,000. But the owner had a change of heart and decided not to put the dog down, he said.

The owner of the dog, who Erickson said moved to the neighborhood several weeks ago, was not identified and could not be reached for comment. Orem police would not release the owner’s name because no charges were filed.

Erickson said he is now concerned because the hole in his neighbor’s fence has not been fixed — a pile of branches now blocks the hole — and the dog owner has another pit bull that he worries could get loose and hurt someone.

“Every day little kids from Orem Elementary walk right past the house. It could’ve been one of the little kids, it could’ve been my wife who got home two minutes before me,” he said.

Lyn Erickson said she plans to talk to police about the hole in the neighbor’s fence.

April 25, 2007

Los Angeles, California

From the Boston Globe of April 25, 2007

Cops: USC students hold off gunman

Students wrested a gun away from a University of Southern California student who had been asked to leave an off-campus party after threatening a young woman, police said Tuesday.

Zao Xing Yang, 19, was arrested early Sunday and is being held without bail, Chief William Bratton said at a news conference.

Some students at the party, held at a student’s home, overheard Yang making intimidating statements to the woman and threatening her with violence about 3 a.m. Sunday, Bratton said.

Yang began arguing with the host, who noticed Yang was holding a gun, he said.

“Several students wrestled the gun away from Yang and held him until campus security and then LAPD officers arrived,” Bratton said.

Detectives searched Yang’s off-campus room Monday and found a safe containing methamphetamine packaged for sale, a .44-caliber Magnum revolver and several hundred dollars in cash, Bratton said.

Yang is charged with making criminal threats, assault with a firearm and personal use of a handgun. If convicted, he faces up to 18 years in prison.

April 24, 2007

Akron, Ohio

From the University of Akron‘sThe Buchtelite of April 24, 2007

Student fires gun near campus

APD and UAPD seek help finding suspect after late-night altercation on Cross Street on Thursday

Two men fired shots at each other Thursday morning near campus. Andre Darnell Smith, a 30-year-old part-time University of Akron student, allegedly fired at 23-year-old Terrell Garr at Garr’s apartment on Cross Street, according to police reports.

The incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. after Smith approached Garr’s apartment and knocked on the door asking for the location of a fraternity while allegedly brandishing a gun. Garr told Akron police he ran upstairs to retrieve his roommate’s gun and when he returned, Smith was in the middle of the road and fired at him. Garr returned fire, claiming it was self-defense.

No one was hit.

Following the incident UA released a special edition Zipmail requesting students’ help.

“The City of Akron Police Department and the university are requesting your help in locating a suspect involved in an off-campus incident,” the Zipmail said. “If you know about the location of the suspect or have any information about him, please contact APD or UAPD.”

Smith is described as black, approximately six feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds. APD and UAPD are looking for Smith, who faces charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault. There are warrants for his arrest.

January 25, 2007

Lubbock, Texas

From Lubbock’s of January 25, 2007

Tech Students Get Their Guns Up to Stop Burglars

For the second time in less than 48 hours, a Texas Tech student is forced to put two would-be burglars on the other end of the gun barrel. But these Tech students are finished being targets and are fighting back by turning the trigger on the crooks. Around 8:30 Tuesday night, Ron Harmon was at his home at 5705 Grinnell studying, when he heard someone rattling his front door knob. Relying on instinct, Harmon grabbed his gun and hid.

“So I waited and acted like I wasn`t home and they broke in the back door” says Harmon.

Two Hispanic men busted down his back door. When one of the men entered his roommate’s bedroom, Harmon made his move.

“I told him I`d kill him if he didn`t stop” he says.

One suspect escaped by running out of the back door, but 17-year old Thomas Jeremy Martinez wasn`t so lucky.

Harmon forced Martinez to get on his knees and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Martinez had only one thing to say, “Don’t kill me.”

Lubbock police officers arrested Martinez, but this is the second time this week that a Tech student`s house has been burglarized. And this is the second time a Tech student has put the bad guy on the other end of the barrel.

“I came home and there was a car parked in an unusual spot. My door was open and I walked inside. The gun was by the door and there were some guys in the back. I yelled and fired two shots into the ground to scare them off” says Matt Hoskinson.

On Monday, Hoskinson came home from class to find three men raiding his home and he too grabbed a gun.

“They took the T.V. off the wall and PS2, but dropped it when I shot at them” says Hoskinson.

“I think it`s a shame they’re targeting college students. There have been several cases of it” he says.

Harmon and his roommate just moved into this house on January 1st. Since then, they say they have seen the guys who broke in scoping out the house. Despite this, Harmon says they have no plans of moving out. But they say they will keep that gun.

Both Harmon and Hoskinson had concealed handgun licenses.

September 8, 2006

Gainesville, Florida

From the University of Florida’s of September 8, 2006

Attack leads to gunfire

Two SFCC students were attacked outside their southwest Gainesville apartment early Thursday morning, according to a police report.

One student, Clinton Howard, used a .45 handgun to thwart the two attackers, shooting one in the chest.

Two men were charged with burglary and battery, and one was taken to the hospital after receiving “nonlife-threatening injuries,” according to the report.

Colin Douglas Williams Jr., who lives in Alachua, was arrested not far from the crime scene, near the intersection of Southwest 13th Street and Southwest 16th Avenue, at 9:14 a.m.

Patrick Jensen Fort, who was shot in the attack, was also arrested.

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February 18, 2006

Richmond, Virginia

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch of February 18, 2006

Self-defense ruled in fatal shooting

Charges against VCU student are dropped in the Dec. 10 death

A murder charge against a Virginia Commonwealth University student in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Richmond man was withdrawn after authorities determined the student acted in self-defense.

The Richmond commonwealth’s attorney’s office confirmed yesterday that Omari Al-Qadaffi, a VCU senior majoring in computer science, has been cleared in the Dec. 10 shooting death of Lawarren Arkeis Williams on Mosby Street. At the time, Al-Qadaffi’s father insisted his son had shot Williams in self-defense after being confronted outside a coin laundry by Williams and another man, one of whom had a gun.

Wajid Al-Qadaffi had said the confrontation was the culmination of a long-running conflict with his family initiated by a group known as the “700 Boys,” a reference to the block on which they live in Mosby Court.

Omari Al-Qadaffi did not admit his involvement in the shooting until a police canvass of the area brought investigators to his door. He was charged after he declined to provide police with additional information about his involvement.

After Al-Qadaffi’s arrest, however, authorities were able to obtain crucial information from the student after working with his lawyer, defense attorney Christopher Jones.

“He was initially uncooperative, but once he talked with us and gave us all the information, everything he said was forensically correct,” said Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Learned D. Barry. “All the information was verified, and we determined that he fired in self-defense.”

Murder and gun charges were officially withdrawn in Circuit Court on Jan. 12.