Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Columbia, SC: This Never Happens Back in New Jersey

1/26/16 WIST:
A 35-year-old New Jersey man has been identified as the armed robbery suspect who was shot and killed in a shootout during a botched robbery attempt at a Fort Jackson Boulevard barbershop.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says Adeyemi Herschelle Hannibal died due to multiple gunshots wounds.

Hannbal and a second, unidentified man attempted to rob the Next Up Barber and Beauty shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Several people, including children, were inside the business when two armed men wearing masks demanded and stole money from them.

Chauncy Harris witnessed it all unfold. It was a scene he will never forget.
 "He smacked me in the back of my head, and I said, 'Okay, this is probably when he's going to shoot me now and just sent an example and walk on out the door with the money,'" Harris said. "But that's when my man let loose. That's when everybody else had their stuff and was ready to take care of business."

Two of the victims with valid concealed weapons permits opened fire on both men. Hannibal was wounded in the exchange, ran from the barbershop and collapsed outside. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical staff a short time later, according to police.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

St. Louis, MO

From 1/18/16 KDSK:
The hunt is on for a robber that started a gun battle in a St. Louis Grocery store.

Sone Maniphonh is one 63 year old you don't want to mess with.

When her business, and her husband were threatened by a gunman, she sprang into action to protect them and nearly paid with her life.

You don't stay in business for 25 years without protecting what's yours.

On Jan. 4, Maniphonh had to prove it, while staring down the barrel of a gun held by this man.

“He walked in, and he wanted a 20 cent candy. I put right here, and he put gun on me. He point at me. After that he turn gun to my husband,” said Maniphonh.

As Maniphonh watched her husband struggle with the robber she grabbed her own gun.She never fired at the robber, fearful she would hit her own husband.

“I stand right here. He shoot one, two, three, four over there. I run follow him to go outside. I only try to protect myself, i don't know how to [be] scared,” said Maniphonh.

Maniphonh says she's had that gun under her register for more than 20 years, but she's never had a reason to use it before.

“Sometimes I cry at home, I say, 'Why they have to do it with us. I don't make too much money'. Business is slow,” said Maniphonh.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DeKalb County, GA

1/14/16 WVTM:
A metro Atlanta man says he’s thankful he had an old hunting rifle handy when two armed men burst into his home Wednesday and began pistol-whipping him and his mother.

Timo Hernandez, 28, recounted the attack the next day. He said his mother happened to be visiting him from Nashville. She cooked some chili for him at his home on Eastwood Drive. The two sat down at about 5 p.m. to eat. Moments later, someone knocked on the door.

"When I opened the door, these two guys stormed in with guns and started pistol-whipping me and took me to the ground," said Hernandez.

One of the intruders went after his mother, who was trying to escape.

"He started pistol whipping and kicking her in the side," he said.

The son's attacker demanded money and forced him through the house at gunpoint. He took him to a guest bedroom and threw him to the ground.

"He put a gun to my head,” Hernandez said, “and I just started fighting back."

Hernandez said it just so happened that his father's old hunting rifle was stashed away in that guest room. Hernandez had been thinking about refinishing it. During the scuffle, Hernandez managed to grab the rifle, and he started firing.

Bullets struck both men. Wounded, they both fled the house. One collapsed dead in a neighbor's yard. The other man hopped in a getaway car, but later collapsed in the parking lot of a Zaxby's restaurant. He remained in critical condition until passing Thursday from his wounds.

Police believe the men had been trying to impersonate police officers. Police badges and zip ties were found at the scene, police said.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Chicago, IL

1/13/16 WLS channel 7:
Two robbery suspects were shot by an employee at a cell phone store in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

The T-Mobile store in the 2000-block of East 95th St. was left riddled with bullet holes. If not for the employee carrying a weapon with a concealed carry license, the manager of the store says he might be telling a different story.

"I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers, employees to protect themselves in these cases. And our employee did a great job to protect themselves and the other employee," said Neil Tadros, store manager.

He says two men entered the store and acted like they were shopping for phones for a few minutes, then pulled out guns.

One employee ran to the back to call for help while the other pulled out his own gun and fired at the two suspects. He hit one of them in the groin and the arm, and the other in the abdomen and the arm.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Manchester, N.H.

From 1/6/16 WMUR:
MANCHESTER, N.H. —A 65-year-old Manchester woman shot and injured a man Monday night when he tried to rob her, police said.

Manchester police said the woman, who did not want to be identified, told them that she shot the man when he tried to grab her while she was trying to get into her apartment building. She said the man had been in a car that followed her into the parking lot of her apartment complex, police said.
Police identified the man as Michael Bontaites, 23, of Manchester. He was treated for a serious but not life-threatening chest wound at Elliot Hospital....

After she left her car, she heard another vehicle door close and heard someone approaching her quickly from behind, police said.

"Something in my head said to take the gun out of my purse," the woman told News 9.

With her hand on the gun now in her coat pocket, she told News 9 that she headed toward her apartment. She said she looked behind and saw a man following her.

The woman told police that a white man wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt ran past her and blocked her path.

"Ten feet from the front stairs. That's when he caught up to me, and he came around me and stood right in front of me. Right in my face," she said.

The woman told News 9 that the man yelled at her.

She said he reached out and tried to grab her, but she pulled her handgun from her pocket and shot him once in the chest at close range....

Investigators said the woman, described as 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 105 pounds, feared for her safety and has a valid concealed carry permit. Bontaites is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Police said the man fell to the ground while the woman ran inside the building. The man called 911 while he was on the ground....

The woman told News 9 that she had a valid concealed permit through the Manchester Police Department for more than 10 years.

"Last night was the first time I ever shot that gun in all the time I've owned it," she said.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Boulder, CO

From channel 7 Denver:
BOULDER, Colo. - Police say an intruder who was shot and killed inside a home in Boulder tried to break into other homes in the neighborhood just before the shooting.

The Boulder County Coroner's Office identified the suspected intruder as Roberto Zamora, 19, of Boulder.

Several neighbors told police the man was yelling at residents and banging on doors and windows as he tried to break in several homes on Pima Court.

When the man got to a home in the cul-de-sac, and banged on the rear windows, a man inside the home told police he told the female occupant of the home to call police and he grabbed his gun.
"At this point, the suspect had gone around to the front of the house and was banging loudly on the glass screen door, which was locked, continuing his attempt to break in," Boulder Police said. "The suspect shattered the glass screen door and then burst in through the front door."

Talhahassee, FL

From 6/6/15 Talhahassee Democrat:
Sept. 11- Manuel Camereno

Camereno, 25, was shot at a West Pensacola Street apartment complex in the early morning hours.
The State Attorney's Office in Tallahassee ruled the shooting a justifiable homicide after after it was deemed in self defense and there was a lack of evidence to prosecute Camereno's shooter.

Jackson, MS

From 5/18/15 WLBT:
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A kidnapper is on the loose after a dramatic crime on Pinewood Drive in Northeast Jackson Saturday morning. His partner in crime was shot and killed in what police are calling justifiable homicide.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart identified the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Edwin Robinson of Jackson.

Police said around 6:30 a.m., a man who lives nearby was leaving his house, putting some items in his vehicle, when he was approached by two armed men. They forced him back into his home to get his wallet, then they forced him into his own Toyota truck to drive to an ATM and get money. They all ended up on Pinewood Drive, where the offenders planned to leave the victim.

We were told one of the kidnappers threatened to go back to the victim's house to harm his wife, and that's when the victim grabbed his own gun from the truck, and shot and killed one of the kidnappers. His body was found lying in a patch of grass on Pinewood Drive.

The other kidnapper is still at large. Authorities describe him as a black male, wearing a bandanna and a dark colored shirt at the time.  He ran from the scene on foot, but is believed to be in a tan colored SUV with no tags. 

Dayton, OH: Second Use By This Resident

From 9/9/15 Dayton Daily News:
A Dayton woman targeted by criminals at least five times in 11 years fatally shot a man she said broke into her home Wednesday morning, the second intruder she has hit with gunfire in about two years.

The 46-year-old woman, who lives in the 200 block of Richmond Avenue, told officers the man smashed a window and entered the second floor of her Five Oaks neighborhood home. The woman’s brother said the intruder initially broke a first-floor window but could not get inside because of metal security bars installed after a burglary last month.

The same female victim, whose name police did not release, also shot and wounded a juvenile who kicked in her back door in June 2013, according to police reports and her brother, 54-year-old Efrim Goldsmith.

Dayton police said the initial evidence indicates the woman acted in self-defense.

The deceased was identified as 22-year-old DeBrandon Jurrod Dickerson, who is from Detroit, and who has only been in the Dayton area for about a week, officials said. Police said they do not believe Dickerson was acting alone.
This woman needs more ammo.  Also, another victim of bizarre naming syndrome.

Tampa, FL: Never Bring A Knife to a Gunfight

From 1/11/16 Tampa Bay Times:
TAMPA — A would-be robber was shot in the head Monday afternoon, according to Tampa police, after he threatened a convenience store clerk with a knife.

It happened about 3:30 p.m. at the Hope Food Store, which was the scene of another shooting less than a year ago.

In Monday's incident, Anthone Bryant, 22, walked into the store, approached the clerk, Mutasem Abusafyeh, 38, and showed what police described as "a large knife."

"He said something indicating he was going to rob the store," Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said.

Abusafyeh then picked up a handgun and shot Bryant in the head, police said. Bryant was taken to Tampa General Hospital with what police described as life-threatening injuries.

The clerk was shaken up, police said, but was not injured. Investigators were trying to determine whether Monday's shooting was a case of self-defense.

One other person was in the store during the shooting, police said. Detectives questioned that person and the clerk separately. Both gave similar accounts of what happened.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Springfield, MO

From 1/5/16 Springfield News-Leader:
The Springfield woman said she cringes to think what might have happened if her husband hadn't pointed a gun at the man and scared him off.

"Our Second Amendment right to carry is what saved our lives," Claxton said. "If we didn't have our right to carry, I feel like we wouldn't be here today."

Claxton said she and her family stopped to get gas at the Rapid Roberts on Sunshine Street just west of Highway 65 at about 8 p.m. Sunday when a man approached their car acting strange.

Claxton said she was in the vehicle with her four young children while her husband was pumping the gas.

Claxton said she reached over to try to lock the doors as the man approached, but she accidentally rolled down the window. Claxton said the man opened the door, leaned into the car and brandished a long knife.

Claxton said she yelled for her husband, Matt, to get his gun, and the man then began to leave.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

St. Louis, MO

From 1/1/16 Riverfront Times:
Illustrating the problem of quantifying these types of statistics, on Wednesday, police announced that a particularly nasty shooting death – a fatal gun battle earlier this month outside a North Pointe funeral – had been re-classified as a “justifiable homicide.” Basically, cops think the killing was in self-defense, which means it doesn’t fit the FBI classification used to tally crime stats nationwide.