Saturday, July 31, 2004

Grove, Oklahoma

From Tulsa’s of July 31, 2004

Shooting Near Grove Sends One Person To The Hospital

A Delaware County man is in the hospital after being shot by his ex-girlfriend. It happened early Friday morning near Grove.

Police say 44-year-old Dennis Jackson was shot several times while trying to crawl through the window of his ex-girlfriend's home. The woman told police she told Jackson not to come in and to leave, but he refused and kept saying he was going to kill her.

Police had been called to the residence earlier in the evening when the woman said Jackson refused to leave.

Parkman, Maine

From the Portland Press Herald of July 31, 2004

Parkman man shot armed neighbor

The attorney general's office has ruled that a Parkman man who shot and killed his neighbor in June was acting in self-defense and will not be charged with a crime.

David Tweedie, 40, shot William Glover, 33, when Glover allegedly approached Tweedie's Wellington Road home for the second time on June 19, armed with two shotguns and demanding beer.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew B. Benson said his office is satisfied that Tweedie was justified in using deadly force against Glover.

Tweedie told police that a man wearing camouflage clothing and carrying two shotguns came from the snowmobile trail behind his home to the back door at about 5:30 p.m., asking for beer. He would only find out later that the stranger was Glover, a neighbor from a couple of miles away whom he had never met.

Tweedie said when he told the man he did not have any beer, the man left and Tweedie called 911 to report the incident. Minutes later the man was back, he said, pointing the guns in his direction and toward his daughter.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Riverdale, Georgia

From Atlanta’s of July 30, 2004

Suspect Shot in Attempted Robbery

Riverdale Police say an employee of an insurance company shot one of two men who tried to rob him.

The incident took place late Friday afternoon at the All Risk Insurance Company at 6380 Highway 85 in Riverdale.

Police say two people walked into the business with the intention of robbing it.

According to a Riverdale Police spokeswoman, an employee pulled out a gun and shot one of the suspects.

Emergency personnel have taken the wounded suspect to Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, where his condition is not known.

Police are searching for the other suspect.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Mecklenburg, North Carolina

From the Charlotte Observer of April 30, 2004

Man fatally shot after breaking in, police say

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Mecklenburg prosecutors will decide whether to charge anyone in the Thursday morning shooting death of a man who was killed after he broke into a former girlfriend's west Charlotte apartment, police said. Officers called to LaSalle Street about 4:45 a.m. found Anton Durant, 35, dead on the front porch of an apartment. Police said investigators later determined that Durant broke into the apartment to confront an ex-girlfriend and was then shot during a struggle with another man. Police have identified the shooter but did not release the person's name because prosecutors had not decided whether charges would be filed.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found

Merrillville, Indiana

From the Munster of July 29, 2004

Businessman shoots man he says tried to rob him with a sawed-off shotgun

James Shema stood behind the front counter of his store Wednesday afternoon and calmly looked up from his work to greet a potential customer.

It was business as usual for the 60-year-old owner of Shema's Outdoor Sports, despite an attempted robbery Tuesday night during which a man allegedly threatened him, his wife, Kathy, and three customers with a sawed-off shotgun.

Instead of becoming a victim, the gun store owner and marksman reportedly shot and seriously wounded his attacker.

Having operated the business since 1975, Shema said he has had break-ins at the store, 7119 Broadway, but this is the first time there's been an attempted armed robbery.

"This was the first time, and I hope it's the last," the Hebron man said.

The experience, during which he said he thought he and the others might be killed, left him counting his blessings that he was able to react like he did and not remain a victim.

"I just did what I had to do. When he came in here with a shotgun and no mask on his face I didn't think he planned to leave any survivors," Shema said.

Shema, who owns a gun permit and is licensed to sell guns, said he also is an experienced marksman who competes.


Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Atlanta, Georgia

From the Atlanta’s of July 28, 2004

Home Invasion Suspect Dead

A suspect is dead and another man wounded after an apparent home invasion in downtown Atlanta early Wednesday morning.

Police answered a call around 12:30 a.m. to gated apartments across from the Atlanta Civic Center. A burglar entered the apartment and shot one of the men inside, police said. But the man's brother fired back at the suspect with a gun of his own. The suspect was dead at the scene, Police Sgt. Bob Creasy said. It appears the man who fired back was defending his brother, Creasy said.

The wounded man, who was shot in the chest and the leg, was brought to Grady Memorial Hospital for surgery. Police did not immediately release any names in the incident.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Bismarck, North Dakota

From the Bismarck Tribune of July 27, 2004

Soldier with 957th runs down alleged burglar

The sound of shattering glass, a woman's screams and the gentle nudging of his wife woke Chris Seil, a mechanic with the 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company, from a deep sleep at about 5 a.m.

About 15 minutes later an armed Seil had ran down the alleged culprit, David Bad Brave, 19, Bismarck, and turned him over to police. Bad Brave was charged Monday with breaking into an apartment, vandalizing vehicles and lying to police officers.

Immediately after the unexpected wake-up, the couple looked out their upstairs bedroom window and spotted a teenager standing next to the "wide open" front door. Seil said the door of their Boise Avenue residence was usually locked, but they left it open that night because they were expecting a late-night guest from Fargo.

"I yelled 'Hey you, stay right there,'" Seil said. The intruder ran away.

Seil said he had been trained to deal with alarms in the year he was stationed in Iraq. Ignoring the pleas of his wife to "just leave it," Seil grabbed a handgun from the night stand and ran out the door.

"I didn't even think, I just grabbed it," he said. "I think it was a military thing."

His wife, Trish Seil, watched from the bedroom window.

"I didn't know if this guy had a weapon, so that kinda freaked me out a little bit," Trish Seil said. "Chris just ran out, and I couldn't really see him for most of the time."

Barefoot and wearing only pajama bottoms, Seil jumped a fence and chased Bad Brave across apartment complex parking lots. When it looked like Bad Brave might escape, Seil said he cocked the handgun and told him to "stop or I'll shoot."

"I didn't know what he did in my house, if he hurt someone or stole something," Seil said.

Seil said Bad Brave stopped and attempted to punch him, but Seil kicked the intruder's legs out from under him and jumped on his back. Seil said he walked Bad Brave to a nearby police car holding on to the man's shirt and ponytail.

Gulfport, Mississippi

From the Biloxi Sun-Herald of July 27, 2004

Robbery victim shoots at home invader

An elderly, white-haired woman appeared calm Monday as she sat at a patio table and talked to investigators after her injured grandson fired at two robbers during a home invasion.

Her grandson, who was struck on the back of his head, found a gun and started shooting as two men ran from the home on Lewis Avenue, police said. At least one of the victims was tied with duct tape, police said at the scene after the 1:56 p.m. call for help.

Police said they found no signs of forced entry. A security-alarm sign in the front yard didn't stop the robbers from finding a way inside. South Mississippi law enforcement agencies have reported two home invasions since January. The other also occurred in Gulfport.

In Monday's incident, the grandson told detectives he was coming out of a bedroom when he noticed the two men inside, said Sexton. The grandson fell as one of the men struck him and managed to grab a gun hidden underneath a bed, Sexton said.

The injured man appeared alert and conscious and was able to walk to an ambulance by himself. His condition wasn't available later Monday, but police said his injuries didn't appear life-threatening.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Cabell County, West Virginia

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch of April 20, 2004

Police name suspect in shooting death

(Headline refers to a second incident)

West Virginia State Police continued to investigate Monday two shootings that took place Sunday evening, one a homicide.

No charges had been filed or arrests had been made Monday in connection with the shooting death of Joseph Adkins, 26, of 5007 Doss Hill Road. He died from a fatal chest wound shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday at the home of 33-year-old Jeffrey Bradshaw, 5231 Long Branch Road. Bradshaw is a suspect in the case.

"We’re still going through all this," said Senior Trooper Mike Pardee of the state police. "It does appear this incident was domestic-related between a (current) boyfriend and the father of the girlfriend’s little boy (an ex-boyfriend)."

The shooting appears to have been the result of a disturbance in which a victim had been there earlier in the day, said Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles. It appears Adkins came back, forced his way into the trailer and was shot after he made entry, he said.

"At this point, the investigation indicates there was no criminal act, that the shooting was done in self defense," Chiles said. "Just because somebody is killed, does not mean that it’s a crime."

But the investigation continues, he said.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Oakland, California

From the Oakland Tribune of July 25, 2004

Robbery foiled, man shot by store clerk

A MacArthur Boulevard store clerk with a .38 caliber pistol and an alert Oakland officer evened the odds in an attempted armed robbery Saturday morning, police said.

The alleged robber ended up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his shoulder and scalp.

The suspect, David Mosley, 37, of Oakland, was listed in stable condition. He was expected to be released into police custody, Oakland police investigator Darrin Downum said.

Downum said the would-be bandit entered the store at 6349 MacArthur Blvd. at 9:35 a.m., pointed a pistol at the clerk and told him to get down on the floor.

"The guy walks around the corner of the counter and the clerk fired at him," Downum said.

He was hit twice, once in the shoulder, and once in the head, a bullet went under the skin of the scalp and popped back out, Downum said.

"The guy flees in the car, dropping his weapon as he goes. The clerk calls 9-1-1 and witnesses gave the description of a Toyota Supra to police," he said.

A short time later, Officer Scott Schroeder saw the car at 79th and MacArthur. The driver inside was covered in blood, Downum said. He was identified by witnesses, he said.

The car turned out to have been stolen, Downum said. Investigators found the weapon the man dropped as he fled the scene. It was a BB gun, he said.

"This guy brought a BB gun to a gunfight."

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Pittsylvania County, Virginia

From Roanoke’s of July 23, 2004

Three separate crime scenes link together in Pittsylvania

Three crime scenes intersect and lead back to form one investigation.

Major Gary Goodson, Pittsylvania county: "We're seeing much more violent crimes in rural parts of the community -- there used to be a difference between city and county crimes but now I don't believe there is at all."

Wednesday, Pittsylvania county investigators find a burning Nissan near the Henry county border and then just two miles away, a body on the side of the road.

Police say the whole thing started in the 1200 block of Hill Creek road in the Dry Creek area. They say three men drove along a gravel driveway to the home of David Gammon --- attempted to kicked in the door and break-in and they actually fired shots at Gammon's house . Gammon fired back and that's when the three men drove away.

Investigators believe gunshots hit one of the three men, Jerry Weadon, the body found on the road.

They think the other suspects ditched him and burned the car.

Bullet holes in the Nissan were crucial in helping police fill in the blanks and eventually led to the arrest of Michael Wilson.

So with Weadon dead and Wilson in custody, that leaves just one of the three left to fiind, Timothy Thornton and police say don't go near him, call them first.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Wood County, Texas

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph of July 19, 2004

Wood County Sheriff Investigating Weekend Shooting That Injured One

Wood County sheriff's investigators are continuing to examine the circumstances behind a weekend shooting that left one man injured.

The incident happened Friday at a residence on County Road 4290, west of Winnsboro.

According to reports, a Winnsboro homeowner armed with a .22-caliber rifle shot and wounded an alleged burglar following a break-in at the residence.

The homeowner fired after the intruder threatened him and then refused to leave, records show. Authorities said the shot hit the intruder in the leg.

The injured man was transported to Winnsboro Presbyterian Hospital, where he came combative with responding officers, reported sheriff's Sgt. Kyle Henson.

Lt. Ed Shadbolt, Sgt. Tim Koonce and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers Brandon Owens and Tommy Barrett responded to aid in calming the suspect.

The suspect had to be restrained after threatening to kill the officers, records show.

He was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler for medical treatment.

Charges of burglary of a habitation and aggravated assault on a public servant by threat are pending.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Phoenix, Arizona

From the Arizona Republic of April 30, 2004 (No permanent link)
Homeowner shoots, kills intruder, 38

A 63-year-old homeowner fatally shot one of two brothers who were trying to break into his south Phoenix home, police said. The man, whose name was not released, heard a living- room window shatter and saw an arm come through the glass Tuesday afternoon at his home in the 1600 block of West Donner Drive, said Sgt. Randy Force, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department. "He's fearful, he knows there have been a lot of burglaries in the area," Force said.

Paradise Valley, Wyoming

From the Casper Star-Tribune of April 24, 2004

Conked, cuffed and collared

When 68-year-old Eugene Summers learned two fugitives were on the loose in Paradise Valley on Thursday afternoon, he did what any tried-and-true Wyomingite would do -- he got out his gun and took a look around.

The first clue was that the side door to his shop off Indian Paintbrush was locked. He never locks the door.

After he opened the bay door and saw the tarp laying in the corner, he was pretty sure he'd find what he was looking for. He never keeps the tarp there.

His stepson, Bobby Allison, had left work at Rocky Mountain Brake when he heard the news that two fugitives had ditched their stolen car and were hiding in Paradise Valley. Allison's kids were due home from school around that time, and he wanted to make sure they were safe, said Summers' wife, Carole.

Allison, armed with a shovel, and Summers, his .22 Ruger at the ready, made their way toward the tarp.

"I walked over and stepped on it," Summers said. "They moved a little."

Then they moved a lot.

One of the two fugitives grabbed a crowbar off the wall and swung it at Summers, who swiftly bashed him upside the head with his pistol, Summers said. The second fugitive jumped up and was just as quickly whacked on the noggin by Allison with his shovel, Summers said.

"They minded a lot better after that," Summers said Friday in an interview at his shop. "We just got everything quieted down."

Within moments the police had the fugitives on the ground and handcuffed.

Nashville, Tennessee

From the Nashville Tennessean of July 19, 2004
Man with long rap sheet killed during break-in

A Nashville man with a long record of arrests was shot and killed early yesterday morning when he broke into a Nashville woman's Madison apartment, police said.

Maurice Wilson Jr., 21, was fatally wounded shortly after he and at least one other person kicked in the apartment's back door at the Heritage House apartments on Heritage Drive, police spokesman Don Aaron said.

He added that the woman, 18, and her cousin, 21, had responded to a knock on the door about 1:30 a.m. and saw two masked men.

''The two women retreated to an upstairs bedroom as the suspects kicked in the back door,'' Aaron said. ''As one of them came to the doorway of the bedroom where the two women were hiding, the older cousin, who had retrieved a pistol from a nightstand, fired one time. The intruder was hit and died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head.''

Police did not release the names of the women.

The second intruder fired twice before fleeing, but neither woman was injured, Aaron said.

Wilson was wearing a nylon stocking and blue bandanna over his face. Over the past three years he had been charged with 38 offenses including unlawful weapon possession, domestic assault and drug possession, Aaron said.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Irvington, Alabama

From the Mobile’s of April 13, 2004

Irvington shooter, victim may have bumped heads before

New information has surfaced regarding the deadly shooting of a Theodore man in Irvington Sunday afternoon.

Family members say Sunday wasn’t the first time 52-year-old Wesley Vrazel came in contact with his shooter, 55-year-old Earl Rolls, Jr. Vrazel’s father says his son bumped heads with Rolls the day before he was killed at the same farm house when Vrazel went to visit a woman who lives there.

“He (Rolls) asked Wesley to leave,” said Vrazel’s father. That's when Vrazel tried his luck again the next day, but didn't make it out alive. The shooter claims he saw Vrazel reaching for what he thought was a weapon, so he fired his gun. Gerald Vrazel, one of Wesley’s brothers, says Rolls is lying about acting in self defense. “My brother owns a gun, but would never carry it with him," said Gerald Vrazel. "He keeps it locked up in his safe at his business in Theodore."

The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office would not confirm whether they found a weapon in Vrazel’s car Sunday. They say their investigation is continuing.

Subsequent news items about this incident have not been found.
Greece, New York

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle of July 18, 2004

Man is fatally shot by relative

A Rochester man was shot and killed by a relative Saturday while apparently violating an order of protection, town police said.

Officers were called to 238 West Hill Estates at 10:30 a.m. for a report of an attempted break-in. They found 43-year-old Russell Thurston of 600 Center Place Drive lying in the driveway, fatally shot in the torso.

Thurston was a relative of the homeowner, who had a valid Monroe County Family Court order of protection that barred Thurston from coming near the residence, police said. They would not identify the homeowner.

No charges were filed.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Anchorage, Alaska

From the Anchorage Daily News of April 7, 2004

Man shot in leg after argument outside club; investigation continues

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A 19-year-old man was shot in the leg outside a Muldoon billiards club Monday night but no arrests have been made.

The shooting took place outside the club at 500 Muldoon Road a little before midnight. Police say Daniel Vincent, 19, got into a verbal altercation with another patron inside the club and the argument spilled into the parking lot.

In the parking lot, Vincent was shot in the thigh area by the man he had been arguing with, police said. Officials would not say what the argument was about or release the name of the shooter.

Vincent was treated at a local hospital.

Sgt. Gil Davis said police took a statement from both parties.

"We've got a self-defense claim by the person who fired the gun," he said. Davis declined to elaborate, saying he did not want to jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

No subsequent stories about this incident were found
Columbus, Ohio

From Columbus’ of March 30, 2004

Police: 3 Shot Following Alleged Home Burglary

Two men who allegedly broke into an east Columbus home were shot late Sunday night along with the home's owner.

One of the suspects, a 32-year-old man, died outside the home, located along the 5300 block of Mendon Court, NewsChannel 4 reported.

Police said that they received numerous 911 calls from cellular telephones located inside the home shortly before midnight.

NewsChannel 4's Kyle Anderson reported that two men forced their way into the home and encountered the homeowner, a woman and two children. Two other men were in the home's basement, police said.

Authorities said they were investigating what led to the shootings, but when they arrived at the scene they found the homeowner and one of the alleged intruders shot inside the home.

Dawan L Wright was found dead in the back yard. He had apparently been shot, police said.
Crofton, Maryland

From the Baltimore Sun of July 15, 2004

Shooting victim may have been a burglar

The victim of a shooting Tuesday afternoon in Crofton apparently was shot multiple times after he was caught burglarizing a home by one of its occupants, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Police had not released the name of the victim, whom they described as a 40-year-old white male. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in serious but stable condition yesterday morning, police said in a news release. An updated condition was unavailable yesterday evening.

Police said the man was suspected in several other burglaries in the immediate area but that he had not been charged.

Sgt. Jim Cifala, the on-call public information officer, said last night that victims' names are not released if they are suspected of a crime. He said he had no additional details on the shooting.

Police officials were unavailable yesterday afternoon to discuss the incident.

Officers who responded to the incident about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday found the shooting victim in the parking lot of a nearby medical building, where he had collapsed.

The shooting occurred in the 1400 block of Defense Highway. Police declined to identify the occupant of the home in the news release, saying he had not been charged with a crime.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the state's attorney's office will determine if the shootings were justified, police said in a news release.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Grand Prairie, Texas

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram of July 16, 2004

Resident describes robbery that led to fatal shooting

James Burnett was taking a shower Wednesday afternoon when he heard his friend screaming from the living room.

Two men, armed with a handgun and a crowbar, had forced their way inside Burnett's north Grand Prairie apartment, he said. The intruders held Burnett and his female friend inside the bathroom at gunpoint while they ransacked the apartment for valuables, he said.

The robbers did not know that Burnett also had a gun.

"I could not believe what was going on," said Burnett, 38, who lives at the Fairways apartment complex on north Texas 360. "I tried to crack the door open. That's when they said, 'Touch the door again, and I'll shoot you.' "

They dragged him in the bedroom and made him unlock the safe they had found in the closet, he said. While one robber scooped dozens of valuable coins and jewelry from the safe, Burnett said he reached for his handgun sitting in a recliner by his bed.

"They hollered, 'What are you doing, what are you doing?' " Burnett said.

At that moment, Burnett said, the men began hitting him in the head and back.

"It felt like my eyeholes and brain were rattling."

Burnett grabbed the gun and began firing. He chased the men out the front door and down three flights of stairs, firing at them at least four times, according to police reports.

One suspect, 28-year-old Gerald Marshall of Arlington, was fatally shot in the side as he ran, police Sgt. Alan Patton said.

The second suspect got away, along with Burnett's collection of 1920s and 1930s peace silver dollars valued at $5,000, a $2,000 diamond ring and $400 in cash, he said. Burnett was unable to provide officers a detailed description of the suspect, and police are hoping to locate him via the rare coins.

Patton said investigators believe that Burnett was justified in using deadly force, but the case will be referred to a Tarrant County grand jury as standard procedure.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Durham, North Carolina

From the Durham Herald-Sun of July 14, 2004

Wife cleared in shooting

A domestic violence murder charge was dismissed Tuesday when a judge found there was not sufficient reason to prosecute 57-year-old Barbara Jean Gaddy in the May shooting death of her husband.

District Judge Craig Brown ruled that the evidence against Gaddy would not even support a manslaughter charge, let alone an allegation of murder.

Prosecutors could attempt to revive the murder charge with a grand jury indictment, but they indicated that such a move is unlikely.

Gaddy was accused of killing her 56-year-old husband, Jasper Romey Gaddy, with a single gunshot to the chest.

But defense lawyer Douglas Simons argued Tuesday that Barbara Gaddy shot her spouse only after he choked her briefly into unconsciousness and then pulled a gun on her.

"She came to and tried to get away," Simons said. "He kicked her all the way into another room. ... She had no way of getting out of there. She didn't want to kill him, but she didn't want him to kill her either.

"She was forced to do what she did," he continued. "He went for his gun. She had her gun. She got off the decisive shot."


Monday, July 12, 2004

Hartford, Connecticut

From Hartford's of July 12, 2004

Shoot-out in pizza parlor

A Hartford business man took the law into his own hands against a would be robber today.

This all happened early in the morning on Broad Street at Campus Pizza near Trinity College.

John Skouloudis has been carrying a gun everyday for the seventeen years he's owned Campus Pizza in an area know as Frog Hollow in Hartford.

Until today he never fired his gun. According to him, a would be robber came in and pointing a firearm.

Skouloudis ducked behind the counter and heard two shots fired. He pulled out his own gun and fired two shots in return.

When he looked up the robber was gone. Skouloudis still had his money and, more importantly, his life.

Pacific Beach, California

From the San Diego Union Tribune of July 12, 2004

Man shoots intruder breaking into home

A man who was at home with his wife and young child shot an intruder trying to break in early yesterday, police said.

The man was trying to get in through the front door of the home on Hornblend Street near the Mission Bay Golf Course about 1:52 a.m. The resident shot at the man, hitting him once in the ankle. The intruder ran away, but police soon found him.

They took the man to a hospital and then to the county jail.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Fort Worth, Texas

From the Fort Worth Star Telegram of July 11, 2004

Burglar killed by store owner

The convenience store was dark when owner Antonio Cuauhtli unlocked the door about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

He spotted the burglar about the same time the burglar saw him.

When it was all over, the Fort Worth businessman had fatally shot a man who apparently broke into his southeast Fort Worth store.

"I didn't know him," Cuauhtli said Saturday afternoon. "I didn't even look at his face. I didn't want to know who he was. That would make it too personal."

The break-in was the latest of about 10 burglaries at the store in the past year, Cuauhtli said.

"They know I have a gun now," he said. "Maybe they'll think twice before they try and rob me again."

No charges have been filed, and the dead man's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. Abdul Pridgen, a Fort Worth police spokesman.

Lumberton, North Carolina

From the Raleigh News and Observer of July 11, 2004

Security guard shoots father of girl giving birth

A security guard shot and killed the father of a teen-age girl giving birth at a hospital after he threatened the guard with a knife in the labor and delivery unit, authorities said.

Lumberton Police Chief Robert Grice said the shooting occurred late Thursday at Southeastern Regional Medical Center after security guard Johnny Thompson was called to break up a fight between the girl's father and boyfriend.

That's when the father, Billy Ray Oxendine, 37, of Lumberton, threatened Thompson with a knife, police said.

Thompson shot Oxendine with his .357 magnum, Grice said. He said he did not know how many times Oxendine was shot or where he was struck.

The shooting happened on the third floor of the hospital at about 11:20 p.m. No patients or visitors were hurt. Thompson has not been charged with a crime.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

From the Baton Rouge Advocate of July 10, 2004

Burglary suspect shot

A suspected burglar has been hospitalized after a Baton Rouge man broke up an apparent burglary Friday morning.

John McCarroll said he woke up to find a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of the house he owns, which is next door to the one in which he lives. McCarroll said he flashed a light into the house, and a man who has been suspected of several burglaries in the neighborhood came out.

McCarroll tried to apprehend the man with a .357 pistol, shooting his tires out. But McCarroll said the man tried to run over him so he shot him twice, once in the chest and again in the arm.

Police found the man's red Tahoe at home on 23rd Street minutes later.

"I wish he'd have been armed, because if he'd have been armed, he wouldn't be at the hospital right now," McCarroll said. "But I think that will stop the burglaries next door for a while."

Police said the burglar is 47-year-old Arthor McNeil of Baton Rouge. He remains in the hospital with minor gunshot wounds and has been charged with simple burglary and aggravated assault.

Lauderdale, Minnesota

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press of July 10, 2004

Burglar met with gunshots

Homeowner confronted intruder

A homeowner in Lauderdale shot and wounded a suspected burglar he surprised Friday afternoon as the bandit was leaving the home with a gun in his hand, police said.

The burglar apparently had taken the gun from the home and pointed it at the homeowner when the confrontation began, according to St. Anthony Police Capt. John Ohl.

The homeowner, whose name was not released, pulled another gun and fired several shots. At least two of them struck the other man, Ohl said.

The suspected burglar underwent surgery at Regions Hospital, and his condition was not available.

The shooting victim arrived at the home in the 1800 block of Carl Street on a bicycle. He carried no identification, and police had not determined his name, Ohl said. The suspect is an adult man, Ohl said.

The homeowner had been working outside and was walking around the side of the house when he spotted the suspected burglar, Ohl said.

Ohl said he didn't know why the homeowner happened to be carrying a gun at the time.

Bullet holes could be seen in two garages across the alley from the homeowner's garage. The neighborhood has many young children.

Monday, July 5, 2004

Jacksonville, Arkansas

From the Jacksonville Patriot of July 5, 2004

Home invasion thwarted by armed citizen

Two quick-thinking Jacksonville residents turned the tables on an apparent home invasion suspect Tuesday, police say.

Initially, a strange man got the upper hand on a female resident, who lists her address as 615 Northeastern Ave. in Jacksonville. The woman told police that she had heard a knock at the backdoor of the residence and thought it was the man whose address was also listed as 615 Northeastern Ave., as well.

The woman said that she then went to the door and opened it only to have a male suspect, later identified as Thomas Perrow III force his way into the residence. The woman advised that Perrow refused to leave and told her to stay put as well. Perrow also allegedly told the woman that someone was trying to kill him.

While the male suspect went into another room, the woman grabbed up her keys and fled to her van. Up the road, she met up with the actual man she had thought had been knocking upon the backdoor.

After the woman told him what had transpired at the residence, this man took a gun out of his truck and tried to gain entry through a side door of the residence. The man told police, however, he had to break the door to gain access because it had been locked with a chain.

The man advised that upon entering the residence, he observed a white male standing in the kitchen. The man told police that he then grabbed the white male by the shirt and pointed his gun at him while asking him, “‘Why he was at his house?’”

Perrow allegedly replied that he had been running from “some black males.”

No arrest report was accessible in connection with this case. However, Jacksonville Police Department officials indicated that Perrow now faces a burglary charge stemming from this incident.
Elton, Louisiana

From Lake Charles' of July 5, 2004

UPDATE: Elton Shooting

One person is hospitalized in Lafayette after a shooting Sunday night in Elton.

According to Jeff Davis Sheriff Ricky Edwards, it all started earlier in the day when Willard Brandenburg went to a house where his ex-wife was staying.

Edwards says Brandenburg returned later and tried to break down the door. When he finally got inside, deputies say Brandenburg grabbed a shotgun from his ex-wife and fired three shots. Edwards says the homeowner, Jesse Davis, shot back, hitting Brandenburg in the chest.

He is expected to recover from his injuries and Edwards says he'll probably be charged with attempted murder. Deputies do not expect to file charges against Davis.

Houston, Texas

From Houston's of July 5, 2004

The headline does not match the copy, to the extent that the one not shot got away.

Homeowner shoots one robbery suspect, holds other for police

A robbery suspect is hospitalized after some bad timing in a home invasion in southwest Harris County.

Police say the homeowner came to his home on Legend Springs near Willow Canyon just as two suspects were leaving his home. He pulled a gun and shot one suspect in the leg. That's when both men ran back into the house.

The one without a bullet in his leg managed to jump out a window and get away. The other suspect was stuck in the house and the homeowner held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Saturday, July 3, 2004

Rainier, Washington

From the Olympia Olympian of July 3, 2004

Shooting followed long feud

Gunman had restraining order against slain man accused of threats

A 49-year-old man shot and killed in a neighborhood southeast of Rainier had been accused in the past of making threats and vandalizing the property of the man who gunned him down.

Scott J. Keith, of 15117 McIntosh Lane S.E., died early Friday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from multiple gunshot wounds. Keith was wounded about 200 yards from his home, on the property of a family with whom he had feuded during the past few years, Thurston County sheriff's Capt. Dan Kimball said.

The shooter, Donald Skewis, 44, and his wife obtained a restraining order last year against Keith after they outlined in court a log of vandalism to their property, intimidating behavior and threats they alleged Keith and his family had made toward them.

The restraining order was in place when Keith approached Skewis around dusk with a baseball bat on Skewis' property on McIntosh Lane, just off 148th Avenue. Skewis ordered him to stop and fired his .357 revolver several times when Keith came toward him, Kimball said.

What prompted the deadly confrontation Thursday was still under investigation, he said.

"There was a history of issues between the shooter and the deceased," Kimball said.

He said Skewis was questioned but is not likely to be charged with a crime because the shooting appears to have been in self-defense.

Investigators found that in addition to the baseball bat, the victim had a footlong, sheathed knife tucked into the back of his pants. His blood was found on Skewis' property.


Tucson, Arizona

From the Tucson Citizen of July 3, 2004

Pregnant woman, husband shot by intruders

A pregnant woman and her husband were shot this morning during a home invasion on the Southwest Side, police said.

One of two gunmen was wounded in a shootout with the couple, police said.

The 38-year-old man and his 27-year-old wife were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, said Sgt. Judy Altieri, a Tucson police spokeswoman.

The woman, who is 8 months pregnant, did not lose her unborn child, Altieri said.

"I don't know if she was intentionally shot. There might have been a cross fire and she got caught in it," Altieri said.

Names of the victims are not being released.

The wounded gunman and another gunman had not been arrested early today, police said. But a wounded man turned up at Kino Community Hospital hours after the shooting, Altieri said.

Thursday, July 1, 2004

Turbeville, South Carolina

From the Manning Times of July 1, 2004

Clarendon homeowner shoots man in self-defense

A Manning youth was shot Friday when he and his companions refused to leave the premises of Willie McCray of Turbeville.

Jacob A. Cantey, age unknown, was shot once in the chest with a .22 caliber handgun.

According to Chief Deputy Joe Bradham, Cantey, along with Patrick A. Fordham, 18, of Manning and Jarrod J. Fordham, 20, of Pinewood, went to the McCray home to see McCray’s daughter.

“Patrick Fordham and McCray’s daughter have a baby together,” Bradham said. “Mr. McCray approached the three men in his front yard and Fordham said he wanted to see McCray’s daughter. McCray told Fordham that his daughter didn’t want to see him and told the three men to leave his property. McCray told investigators that he had already told Fordham not to come back on his property two times before Friday’s incident. Fordham said he was not leaving until he saw McCray’s daughter.”

Bradham said McCray went into the house and told his wife to call 9-1-1. While in the house McCray went and got the handgun and got on the phone with dispatch telling them they had better hurry. McCray told dispatch the three men said they weren’t going to leave and that they had threatened him. McCray told the three that the sheriff’s department had been called.

“The three men told Mr. McCray, ‘let them come,’” Bradham said. “After that was said, Fordham jump up on the hood of the car and Cantey came around the back of the car in a fighting position. At this point Mr. McCray thought he was going to be attacked by all three men and fired a single shot striking Cantey in the chest. It’s a clear case of self-defense. The three men are on Mr. McCray’s land saying let the police come and they are threatening him. When they advance on Mr. McCray, he shoots. Mr. McCray didn’t come around the corner pointing a gun but he didn’t hide the gun either and he didn’t shoot until he thought he was being threatened.”

Bradham said all three men continued to make threats but left the property after the shooting. On the way to Manning, they wrecked their car in a ditch. When a deputy arrived at the accident scene, he discovered that one of the passengers, Cantey, had been shot. Cantey, along with the other two men, stated to deputies that Cantey was shot not once but twice at a store near Turbeville but couldn’t remember the name of the store.

Bradham said McCray told the investigator he did fire a single shot but was not sure if he had hit anyone.

Cantey was transported to Clarendon Memorial Hospital, held overnight for observation and subsequently released.

Bradham said the investigation is still on going and no charges have been filed.