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Milwaukee Robber Shoots Accomplice in Gunfight

August 15, 2009

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

From the August 14, 2009 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

A 17-year-old killed Thursday by a man he was trying to rob had been ordered to stay out of trouble in March after he pleaded guilty to taking a woman’s car on a joy ride.

Kevin Ollie, also known as Devin, was supposed to participate in a substance abuse treatment program, stay in school or hold down a job and perform 20 hours of community service, according to a deferred prosecution agreement he signed March 23.

Less than a month later, Ollie tested positive for THC, according to a July 11 letter from a juvenile justice program that was monitoring him.

On Friday, the Milwaukee Police Department Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer identified Ollie as the teen killed early Thursday as he and a 19-year-old associate tried to rob a man in the 2600 block of N. 1st St.

The deceased teen shot his accomplice during the robbery attempt, according to police.

The district attorney’s office is reviewing the shooting to determine whether charges will be brought against the target of the robbery, Police Department spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said.

When the suspects confronted a 22-year-old man on the street he pulled out his own gun and shot the younger teen, Stanmeyer said. Somehow, the older teen was shot and suffered a non-life threatening injury, Stanmeyer said.

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Wisconsin: Security guard kills would-be robber, police say

June 10, 2009

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

From the Journal-Sentinel of June 3, 2009

Security guard kills would-be robber, police say

A security guard shot two men who were trying to rob a check cashing business on Milwaukee’s northwest side Wednesday afternoon, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

Ronald Reed, 24, was shot in the back and collapsed in an alley behind the building at 3906 N. 76th St., where he was pronounced dead, police said.

His cousin, Vidal Mason, 22, turned up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was in critical but stable condition late Wednesday.

The men were identified by family members at the scene.

Reed and Mason were arrested in 2005 for committing an armed robbery together, Assistant Police Chief James Harpole said. Both were convicted of two counts of armed robbery in 2006, according to online court records.

The men were armed with guns when they entered Check Into Cash about 3:40 p.m. and ordered everyone to the floor, including the security guard, according to Harpole and a statement from the Police Department.

One man told the other to shoot the guard, who got up and fired shots at both men, according to the statement.

“He felt that he was going to be shot or that someone else was going to be shot, so he took defensive action,” Harpole said.

Reed ran from the store and collapsed in the alley, Harpole said.

Mason also ran from the store and wound up at a hospital.

No one else inside the store was injured, Harpole said. Money taken during the robbery was recovered, said the department’s statement.

The security guard, who is in his 20s, was being interviewed by police, Harpole said. The preliminary investigation suggests the guard was properly licensed to carry a gun on the job, he said.

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Milwaukee Security Guard Shoots BB Gun Armed Robbers

June 10, 2009

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

From the June 7, 2009 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

The two men who were shot by a security guard while trying to rob a Milwaukee check cashing business last week were armed with realistic-looking BB guns, according to a Police Department spokeswoman.

Ronald X. Reed Jr., 24, was shot in the back and died at the scene, police said. His cousin, 22-year-old Vidal D. Mason, was shot in the abdomen.

The BB guns “looked very much like authentic weapons,” police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz wrote in an e-mail.

The men also used BB guns while committing a string of armed robberies in 2005, court records show.

Reed and Mason were wearing masks when they entered Check Into Cash, 3906 N. 76th St., on Wednesday afternoon and ordered everyone to the floor, including the armed guard, police said at the time.

One cousin told the other to shoot the guard, who got up and fired shots at both men, police said.

Reed ran from the store and collapsed in a nearby alley. Mason also ran and turned up at a hospital a short time later.

The preliminary investigation suggests the guard, who has not been identified, was properly licensed to carry a gun on the job, police said.

The guard is employed by Pratt Security and Investigations. The company’s president, John Pratt, said the company and its employees have the proper licenses and permits. He declined to answer questions about the robbery and shooting.

The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office will review the incident Monday, Schwartz said.

Reed and Mason also were armed with BB guns when they committed five armed robberies together over four days in 2005, targeting people returning home late at night on the city’s west side, according to a criminal complaint filed against them.

Both were convicted in 2006 of two counts of armed robbery, according to online court records.

Reed was sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Elsa Lamelas to three years in state prison – with credit for 263 days for time served – and five years of extended supervision, the court records show.

He was released from prison Aug. 26, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Lamelas sentenced Mason to two years in state prison – with credit for 236 days for time served – and five years of extended supervision, according to court records.

Mason was released from prison Aug. 21, 2007, according to the Department of Corrections.

Ripon, Wisconsin Burglar Caught At Gunpoint

June 10, 2009

Ripon, Wisconsin

From June 1, 2009 Chicago channel 7:

This Town of Ripon homeowner was craftier than the armed burglar trying to rob his house.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department officials say the homeowner held a 23-year-old man attempting to steal cash, firearms and other items by gunpoint until police arrived around 1:20 a.m. Friday.

Lt. Bill Flood says the homeowner saw lights on in his house, crept into his driveway, retrieved a handgun and waited for the burglar to come out.

Ripon police and sheriff’s deputies arrested the victim’s 24-year-old girlfriend in a nearby vehicle. Officials say she dropped him off.

Racine, Wisconsin Bicyclists Defends Himself From Robbers

May 8, 2009

Racine, Wisconsin

From the May 6, 2009 Racine County Journal Times:

RACINE — Four teens knocked a 42-year-old Racine man from his bike Friday night. He thought they were going to rob him.

The man pulled a Smith and Wesson revolver from his side holster, pointed it at the sky and yelled, “Gun!”

The four suspects ran, and the man flagged down a Racine police officer.

The incident will perhaps mark the first time a new opinion allowing open carry of firearms is put to the test here, as it conflicts with another state statute that makes it illegal to possess a gun within 1,000 feet of a school, if not on private property.

The Racine man involved, who asked not to be named and declined to comment on the alleged robbery attempt when contacted by The Journal Times, was assaulted in the 1100 block of Grand Avenue, which is within 1,000 feet of Walden School, 1012 Center St.

Police did not arrest the man. After he was treated for head and wrist injuries at the scene by Racine rescue, officers escorted the man home and returned his gun to him.

But that doesn’t mean charges won’t be filed against the man, and police are questioning how such situations should be handled in the future.

“It’s difficult with the way the laws are written to carry (a gun) and not get into trouble,” said police spokesman Lt. Jim Dobbs.

He said the new open carry ruling will probably prompt more and more people to wear firearms, but in many places in the city, even stepping off their front porch would mean they are breaking the law.

“People will break the law inadvertently,” Dobbs said. “We want clarification from the state on what we should be doing.”

Last month, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sent out a memo saying openly wearing a holstered gun is not illegal. While Wisconsin law states a person cannot legally carry a concealed weapon, it does not address carrying a firearm in plain sight.

The opinion has created many questions, now including the apparent conflict between the existing statute over possessing a firearm near a school.

UPDATE: From the May 15, 2009 Racine Journal Times:

RACINE — The armed bicyclist who scared off a group of teens he believed were trying to rob him earlier this month will not be charged, the Racine County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

In a letter to the 42-year-old Racine man, who has asked not to be identified, District Attorney Mike Nieskes wrote, “After speaking with the investigating officer on this matter, I have decided it would not be in the greater interest of justice in the community to charge you with violation of Wisconsin Statute regarding gun free zones.”

According to police reports, the man was riding his bicycle in the 1100 block of Grand Avenue on May 1 when he was knocked from his bicycle by four teens. The man told police he thought the group was trying to rob him, so he pulled out the revolver he was openly carrying in a side holster. Reports said he pointed the gun at the sky and yelled, “Gun!”

The group of teens fled and the man flagged down a Racine police officer. During the assault, the man suffered a wrist injury. He was treated at the scene by Racine rescue.

Police did not arrest the man. They escorted him home and returned his gun to him.

However, the incident raised questions from law enforcement because the man was armed within a 1,000 feet of a school, which is illegal under state statute. The current law conflicts with a recent opinion by the state Attorney General’s Office which said it is legal to openly carry a firearm.

In his letter, Nieskes said the decision not to charge the man was based on the recent determination of the attorney general, along with the man’s lack of prior criminal record and no showing of irresponsible use of the firearm. “I don’t believe it would be appropriate to charge you,” Nieskes wrote. “I will presume that you understand that despite the announcement by the Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin regarding open carry, that you and all other individuals, a notable exception being on-duty police officers, are barred from possessing a firearm in certain circumstances and place.”

Wisconsin: Shooting victim faces charges

November 4, 2008

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

From the Dubuque Telegraph Herald of November 2, 2008

Shooting victim faces charges

A man shot by his neighbor while he allegedly was vandalizing her home is charged with criminal damage to property — and the neighbor isn’t expected to face any charges.

The criminal complaint filed in Crawford County Circuit Court said 53-year-old Harvey Townsend used a metal fence post to smash 16 windows and a storm door of the neighbor’s house in Steuben Oct. 20.

According to Sheriff Jerry Moran, the neighbor, a 54-year-old woman, said she fired warning rounds from a pistol but didn’t intend to hit Townsend, who fled and was located by a police dog in a nearby woods with a wound to the abdomen.

The woman has since filed for a temporary restraining order against Townsend. A hearing on that action is scheduled Monday — the same day Townsend is due for his preliminary hearing.

Wisconsin: 8th Grader stops invader with BB gun

October 11, 2008

Madison, Wisconsin

From WKOW of October 10, 2008

8th Grader stops invader with BB gun

13 year old Jack Theisen had to make a quick decision when two would-be robbers were in the process of coming through an unlocked, basement door, and Theisen was home alone.

Theisen grabbed his Red Ryder model BB gun and shot the first invader in the shoulder, scaring off both men.

“He’s resilient,” Jack Theisen’s father, Mike Theisen told 27 News.

Mike Theisen said his son, an eighth grade student at St. James Catholic School, has taken a hunter safety course and is proficient and safe with guns.

Theisen said his son spotted the two men as they cased the front of the house on Sherman Avenue, perhaps believing the house was empty since most of the lights were out around 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Theisen said Jack Theisen then watched the men make their way to the home’s side entrance.

Theisen said he rushed home from his nearby restaurant after his son called and told him of the emergency.

“I did have a conversation with him that calling 911 would have been the more appropriate thing to do than be a hero,” Theisen told 27 News. “But he’s just that kind of a kid. He’s responsible and wise for his age.”

Theisen said Jack Theisen’s contingency plan was to run from the men and on to the home’s second story roof through a secluded door.

Police officials said they are looking for the two home invasion suspects, who they describe as white men around eighteen years old, with one of the men about 6’0” and 200 pounds.

Theisen said another home invasion in his lakeside neighborhood took place in the spring. Theisen said his family had not rehearsed a plan of action in the event of a burglary or robbery attempt at their home.

Theisen said while he has mixed emotions over his son confronting intruders, he said he is proud of him. “He’s got guts.”

Madison Home Invader Flees When Shot At

October 7, 2008

Madison, Wisconsin

From the October 1, 2008 Madison Capital Times:

Madison man shot at an armed intruder to his residence Tuesday morning but missed in what police said was not a random home invasion.

Madison police said the incident happened about 10:53 a.m. at a residence in the 1800 block of Browning Road on the city’s northeast side.

Two residents at home, a man and a woman in their 20s, said the suspect, a male in his 20s, was carrying a handgun and forced his way in through a door.

“The male victim grabbed a rifle, prompting the perpetrator to flee,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. “The resident shot at him but missed.

Wisconsin: Chased by armed homeowner, would-be thief drops plasma TV

May 29, 2008

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

From the Greenbay Press Gazette of May 28, 2008

Chased by armed homeowner, would-be thief drops plasma TV

A burglar stole a big-screen TV from a town of Sheboygan home this morning but abandoned the item while fleeing an armed homeowner, according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. at a home on Hunter’s Glen Drive, Capt. Dave Adams said.

According to Adams:

The homeowner’s wife woke up when she heard the burglary and roused her husband, who armed himself with a handgun and went to investigate. The burglar or burglars were gone by the time the man reached the living room and discovered his 42-inch plasma TV was missing.

Deputies used a police dog to track the suspect south from the home. The TV was found nearby in a line of trees, but the dog lost the scent soon after.

Milwaukee Man Defends Himself From Roommate

April 23, 2008

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

From the April 14, 2008 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

A man who was shot to death about 3:45 a.m. Saturday in a flat in the 2900 block of S. 7th St. has been identified as Joseph Biando, 40.

Police said Sunday that Biando had first fired a shotgun at a 29-year-old man who was living in the same flat. Police declined to name the younger man. They said he was unarmed when he was hit by a blast from the shotgun, got a handgun and shot Biando more than once. The younger man is hospitalized but is expected to live.

As of Sunday, police were not characterizing the shooting as a criminal homicide. Prosecutors will likely review the case and determine whether to charge anyone or rule the incident a justifiable homicide.