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Indiana: Armed homeowner stops enraged man

August 14, 2009

Whiteland, Indiana

From WISH of August 13, 2009

Armed homeowner stops enraged man

A Columbus resident is accused of trying to break into a rural Whiteland home.

Patrick F. Ianni, 33, 4440 Post-horn Court, Columbus, was arrested on charges of residential entry and public intoxication.

At about 1:40 a.m. Thursday, Ianni kicked the door of a rural Whiteland home and broke the door jam but walked away after the owner threatened to shoot him if he entered the home, according to a police report.

“The only smart decision he made was not to enter that home,” Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Doug Cox said. “He’s alive today because he didn’t enter that house.”

Ianni had visited a comedy club in Indianapolis with his girlfriend earlier that night and they got into a fight, according to a police report. He demanded to be let out of the vehicle and she let him out near the Whiteland Road interchange of Interstate 65.

He woke two rural Whiteland residents by pounding on their door. He claimed he was a police officer who wanted to ask them a question.

The homeowner warned Ianni that he had a gun and would shoot him if he entered the house and Ianni responded that he had a knife and would stab the homeowner.

A sheriff’s deputy found Ianni staggering down the road with a bloody nose and he asked the officer if he could give him a ride.

Ianni yelled at officers, threat-ened to beat them up and told them he was a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who just wanted to ask the homeowners a question, according to the police report. The sheriff’s office checked with the FBI, who confirmed that Ianni isn’t an agent.

He’s being held at the Johnson County jail on $4,000 bond.


California: A Palm Desert man stops attempted burglary

July 12, 2009

Palm Desert, California

From the Desert Sun of July 11, 2009

A Palm Desert man stops attempted burglary

Palm Desert homeowner helped stop an attempted burglary of his home early Saturday morning.

At 3:40 a.m., the homeowner awoke to sounds of a window breaking toward the front of his home in the 43-600 block of Louisiana Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials.

The man saw two people standing in front of his home. He then armed himself with a pistol and chased the suspects as they fled north toward a golf course.

The man fired one shot, which caused the suspects to surrender until Palm Desert police officers arrived.

Steven Flores, 18, of Palm Desert, and a 16-year-old male teenager from Rancho Mirage were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary. Flores is in the county jail in Indio and the male teenager is at a juvenile detention facility in Indio.

The name of the juvenile is not being released because of his age, officers said.

Georgia: Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Would-Be Robber

July 9, 2009

Atlanta, Georgia

From WSBTV of July 9, 2009

Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Would-Be Robber

A quiet night in front of the television ended with a shoot-out in southwest Atlanta. A homeowner was in the hospital Thursday morning as police searched for the would-be robber.

Officials said a homeowner will recover after suffering a gunshot wound to the ear during a gun battle when someone tried to break into his home.

A shoot-out on Westmont Road between a homeowner and a would-be robber woke up several people in the neighborhood.

“I guess I would say about 15 to 20 rounds was exchanged,” said neighbor Otis Holliman.

The homeowner told Channel 2 Action News her husband was in the living room watching television when he heard a noise outside the house. He grabbed his gun to check it out and that’s when the gun battle erupted.

The husband was shot once in the right ear and was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Crime scene investigators found several bullet casings and a gun.

“The guy dropped the gun that was shooting at her husband,” said Holliman.

The suspect got away.

Holliman said criminals have been targeting his neighbors since they moved in.

“I think the house has been broken into three or four different times here recently,” said Holliman.

Doctors said the victim is in stable condition. The victim’s wife said once her husband gets out of the hospital, they plan to move.

Kentucky: Lexington doctor killed in shooting

July 8, 2009

Clark County, Kentucky

From WKYT of July 26, 2009

Lexington doctor killed in shooting

Police are investigating a deadly shooting over the weekend, involving a well known doctor in Lexington.

27NEWSFIRST has learned Rodney Mann was shot and killed Sunday outside a home on Four Mile Road in Clark County. We’re learning more information into what may have brought Dr. Mann to that home in Clark County.

The doctor, himself, recently contacted 27NEWSFIRST about an issue that sources now say may have led to the shooting.

About a month ago, Dr. Mann contacted NEWSFIRST about an incident he had in the parking lot of Sam’s Club in which he says a man keyed his car after an altercation. The damage was said to have cost Dr. Mann $1,100 worth of damage to his Acura.

Police say Dr. Mann then went to the man’s home in Clark County and began to slash the tires to his car. The homeowner caught Mann slashing the tires on his truck and came out to confront him.

Police say Mann had two guns and a knife on him and say during the fight the owner was able to get one gun away from him and shoot him.

At Mann’s doctor office, Thoroughbred Allergy and Asthma off Richmond Road, a note says all appointments on Monday have been canceled.

The doctor has been featured in a number of stories here on 27NEWSFIRST and was just a guest on our afternoon show three weeks ago.

Police have not charged the man who pulled the trigger. They’re investigating if the shooting was in self defense.

Mann grew up in Corbin and graduated from UK and the University of Louisville Medical School.

Dr. Mann served patients at both of his offices in Lexington and in Corbin.

Texas: Harris man fatally shoots teen at home

June 18, 2009

Harris County, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of June 18, 2009

Harris man fatally shoots teen at home

A homeowner who had twice ordered a teenager to leave the property — once while holding a rifle — shot the teen dead after the boy refused to leave and walked toward him, authorities said.

“He feared for his life,” said Harris County sheriff’s Lt. Rolf Nelson.

Dwayne Austgen, 69, was inside his north Harris County home in the 5500 block of Susanna around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed a teenager in his front yard, officials said. The man went outside, confronted 17-year-old Vidal Herrera, and told him to leave, authorities said.

After the teen left the property, Austgen noticed Herrera had left a crack cocaine pipe, officials said. Austgen then went back inside his home, taking the pipe with him, officials said.

A short while later, Herrera returned to the home, confronted Austgen about the pipe, and the pair argued, officials said. Austgen, this time holding a rifle, again ordered the teen to leave, officials said.

Herrera began to walk away but then approached the homeowner, who fired the .22-caliber rifle, striking the teen in the abdomen, officials said. Herrera was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died.

The case will be referred to a Harris County grand jury without charges.

Austgen could not be reached for comment.


Indiana: Gunshot scares off intruder

June 11, 2009

Richmond, Indiana

From the Palladium Item of May 30, 2009

Gunshot scares off intruder

A Richmond woman thwarted a break-in early Friday by firing a warning shot from a gun.

“She confronted him at the door,” Richmond Police Chief Kris Wolski said Friday. “She fired one shot to scare the person off.”

Wolski doesn’t think the incident is linked to a series of home invasions and sexual assaults of women that have plagued Richmond for about two years.

The 41-year-old female resident in the 200 block of North 21st Street heard a noise and rushed to get the semiautomatic gun, he said. Wolski said her possession and use of the gun was lawful.

Police were called to the scene at 1 a.m. The suspect was wearing a baseball cap under a hoodie, but that’s about all the victim could see, Wolski said.

“Hopefully the neighbors saw something,” he said. “We’re doing more scene processing and getting statements.”

At least eight attacks have been attributed to a man who stands about 5 feet 5 inches and strikes in the early morning hours while wearing a mask and dark hoodie.

Four more attacks are possibly linked. His female victims have ranged from a teen-ager to an 81-year-old woman.

Wolski acknowledged that the attacks are on the minds of residents, including Friday’s victim.

“She was aware of the other incidents,” he said. “Everyone is at a heightened level of awareness.”

The police department is getting numerous calls each day with tips about potential suspects in the attacks.

“I think we are making headway,” Wolski said.

Pennsylvania: Oakmont police nab shirtless, tipsy home intruder

June 11, 2009

Oakmont, Pennsylvania

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of May 27, 2009

Oakmont police nab shirtless, tipsy home intruder

Oakmont police said they arrested an intoxicated man early Sunday as he attempted to enter a house in which the owner had armed himself.

The man, Brian Adam Witkovitz of Elicker Road, Plum, gave no statements and indicated no motive as to why he tried to enter two houses in the 600 block of Ninth Street about 3 a.m., according to the police report.

Police said officers responded about 30 seconds after the owner of a house called the Allegheny County emergency dispatcher to report a burglary in progress. Officer Joseph Cattani observed Witkovitz, who was shirtless, open the storm door to the attached garage, according to police.

Despite instructions to the contrary from the dispatcher, the homeowner had armed himself in anticipation of meeting the intruder.

Cattani, backed up by another officer, entered the garage and subdued Witkovitz without incident before the suspect entered the house.

Witkovitz has been charged with burglary, criminal attempt, public drunkenness, loitering and prowling at night, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and simple trespass. He is free on a non-monetary bond.

Oakmont Police Chief Dave DiSanti praised his officers for their quick response.

“They managed to keep the burglar from bumping into the armed homeowner,” he said. “You can see how bad it would have been, had there been a confrontation. It took a lot of fortitude for Cattani to enter the garage.”

Texas: Local man reacts to an almost home invasion

May 15, 2009

Lubbock, Texas

From KCBD of May 13, 2009

Local man reacts to an almost home invasion

A local man wants your help finding two men who tried to break into his house, and he caught the almost home invasion on his web cam.

Many people would be frightened if they were at home and someone tried to break in, but Andy Hartman says he stayed calm because he had a weapon, and he knew the rules on when and how to use it. “I heard somebody knock on the door, and rang the doorbell. I thought it was just a salesman so I kind of ignored it,” Hartman said.

Every day when he gets home from work Hartman puts his wallet, keys, phone and gun on the kitchen counter. He carries his gun with him where ever he goes, and last Wednesday, he almost had to use it in the comfort of his own home.

Hartman’s home web cam taped someone kicking his back door repeatedly. In the video, you can see the shutters shake each time the person kicks. Hartman grabbed his phone, his gun and called 911. “I’m in my bedroom with a gun. They’re breaking in my house,” he said in the 911 call.

While waiting for police, Hartman stayed in a back room and listened as the intruder kicked his door more than 20 times. “The officers will want you to put the gun up once they’re there, but it’s okay obviously for you to have it while they’re still breaking in,” the 911 operator told him.

Hartman says he was able to stay calm because he knew exactly what to do. He took a concealed handgun class in January. “You know when you can and cannot use the gun, and when it’s time to use it you know how to use it,” he said.

The woman who led the class Andy took, Gay Lynn Stone, says, “The rules of deadly force for the state of Texas, it just simply says if your life is threatened or the life of another person is threatened then y ou have the right to protect you or that person.”

Stone says because Texas’ handgun laws are written loosely, he probably could legally shoot the intruder even before they entered the house, but she thinks Hartman made the right decision in waiting for the police. “He did exactly what he was supposed to do, and he treated it as if the use of deadly force would be the last resort,” she said.

Police arrived in less than three minutes, but the suspects got away. Probably better for him than if he had made his way into the house. When asked if he would have shot the intruder Hartman said, “Absolutely. No question in my mind.”

The police still have not caught the suspects, but Hartman believes two Hispanic males in their early 20s driving a gray Dodge Neon were involved.

Florida: Robbery Suspect Dies After Being Shot By Property Owner

April 29, 2009

Polk County, Florida

From the Central Florida News of April 28, 2009

Robbery Suspect Dies After Being Shot By Property Owner

A Polk County man shot at two robbery suspects Tuesday morning when he thought they were going to run him down.

One of the suspects was hit in the head and died, and the other is still at large.

The incident happened near a citrus grove on Rifle Range Road in the Wahneta area of Winter Haven.

Property owner Jamie Jones heard a commotion outside while working inside his shed just before dawn.

Jones told detectives a man and woman were driving away in his Land Rover. He said after they saw him, they tried to run him over.

Fearing for his life, Jones pulled the trigger.

One of the bullets hit 21-year-old Nikki McCormick in the head. While she lay bleeding in the passenger seat, the male suspect fled on foot.

McCormick was rushed to the hospital where she later died.

Detectives aren’t sure if the male suspect was hit. The property owner last saw him limping down a nearby street.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office searched for him by air and ground for hours but did not locate him. The sheriff’s office hasn’t been able to identify him.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says Jones likely won’t face charges, and he offers a warning to other would-be robbers.

“The word to the criminal is first — quit being a criminal, quit stealing,” Judd said. “But if you’re breaking into someone’s house, the homeowner is very likely to shoot you.”

Oklahoma: BA Shooting Likely Self-Defense

March 20, 2009

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

From Fox23 of March 17, 2009

BA Shooting Likely Self-Defense

a double shooting in Broken Arrow. One man, just identified by police as 40-year-old Rodger Dale McKnight, Jr. is dead. Broken Arrow Police say the other man, Randy Bryant, is considered the victim in this case. This all happened this morning around 7:30 in Broken Arrow at the Johanna Woods mobile home community. That’s where we find FOX 23’s Kaci Christian with the very latest.

“Broken Arrow Police tell me no charges are expected to be filed against Randy Bryant, the owner of this home behind me,” reports FOX 23’s Kaci Christian. “In critical condition at St. Francis, Bryant was shot in the chest with the same .32 handgun that killed McKnight. Police say, at this point, it’s being considered a case of self-defense.”

“We’re brand new to the neighborhood,” explains John McCuistian. “We’re just moving in, and we’re from Claremore, and just recently bought the house—yesterday.”

McCuistian was at the title company today, handling last-minute paperwork on his purchase of a mobile home on Kansas Street in Johanna Woods in Broken Arrow. He, his wife, Kandice and their son, Zane, impulsively decided to drive by their new place. That’s where they learned that the homeowner just three doors down had been shot after a struggle with a man believed to have been trespassing and trying to break into a vehicle on the property.

“It’s kind of scary,” McCuistian shares, “pulling up and realizing what happened today.”

Residents tell me Johanna Woods mobile home community is a quiet property with 235 homes. Only five lots are vacant, the property manager says. According to several people living in the neighborhood, management does background checks and keeps a close eye on residents, yet this morning, the unthinkable happened: a neighbor struggles with a possible intruder. A call comes in to 9-1-1, alerting law enforcement that a fight was happening in front of one of the mobile homes.

Units arrive within minutes, but by then, there’s one gun, and two victims.

The homeowner has been shot in the chest, and is in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, and the other man is dead.