Thursday, December 29, 2022

Atlantic Beach, FL

 12/27/22 channel 4 Jacksonville:

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Atlantic Beach has been ruled a justifiable homicide, according to records on the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office’s Open Data and Transparency site.

Investigators in August determined the teenager was shot and killed during a confrontation in August. Loved ones identified the man as Trevaj Cheek.

Per its agreement with the Atlantic Beach Police Department, JSO worked the case, and its transparency site indicates Cheek’s death was ruled justifiable because he was shot during the commission of an unspecified crime.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Dublin, CA

 11/29/22 East Bay Times:

A 38-year-old Castro Valley man fatally shot Nov. 20 by another man police said he was attacking with a baseball bat inside a Dublin apartment was identified Tuesday as Kenneth Krainski.

Police said after the incident that they were investigating the shooting as self-defense. Investigators were preparing this week to present the case to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether to file charges.

The man who did the shooting has not been identified. He was released after questioning.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Houston, TX

11/1/22 ABC channel 13:

Deputies responded to multiple reports of gunshots at about 6:20 a.m. near 12100 Mountain Daisy. When they arrived at the neighborhood, deputies say the victim, Joseph Wiltz, had suffered a gunshot wound and they provided lifesaving measures.

Wiltz was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.

After investigating, officials revealed that Wiltz came to his ex-girlfriend's house and began assaulting her, stemming from domestic violence.

Official say that the woman's son, 27-year-old Javon Small, stepped outside of the home and saw Wiltz trying to get his mother out of her car. Small shot the suspect when he fell off the car and began approaching him.

The full case was presented to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, who declined to file any charges in the case. The case will be presented to a grand jury for review.

The case is listed as a justifiable homicide.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Sioux Falls, SD

 10/25/22 Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

A jury has decided, after days of hearing testimony and arguments, that a Sioux falls man was justified in killing of another man two years ago in self-defense.

Marcus Jerell Anderson, 34, was facing two counts of first-degree manslaughter, one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

After the jury deliberated late into Monday night, their final verdict found Anderson was only guilty on the possession of a firearm with a prior felony conviction. Anderson was acquitted on his most serious charge, first-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to life in prison.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Channelview, TX

9/10/22 KTRK:

CHANNELVIEW, Texas (KTRK) -- Two armed men were shot and killed by a 17-year-old while they attempted a home invasion, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

On Friday at about 10:40 p.m., deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to an in-progress shooting call in the 16000 block of 1st Street.

ABC13 obtained surveillance footage showing four suspects arriving and parking next door to the home.

Nearly two minutes later, two suspects are seen running back to the car before driving off.

Upon arrival, deputies said they located two men with apparent gunshot wounds on the lawn along the side of a residence.

The two other suspects were found on the lawn along the house and were pronounced dead, according to Gonzalez.

A woman, a 12-year-old boy, and two 17-year-old men were inside the home during the attempted home invasion but were not injured, Gonzalez said.

Deputies said one of the 17-year-olds retrieved a shotgun and discharged it several times, striking the two intruders. 

Monday, August 29, 2022

West Palm Beach; FL

7/9/22 WPEC:
The tables turned on an armed person who was shot and killed after announcing plans to "shoot up the crowd" on Sunday night.
"According to officers, a 911call came in saying someone had been shot, the caller also said he shot the person who took a short-barreled shotgun out of a car, threatening to "shoot the crowd up".

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Lexington, SC

 8/23/22 Lexington County Chronicle:

The shooting death of a home invader in Lexington has been ruled a justifiable homicide.

Lexington Police relayed the decision from the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office about an Aug. 16 incident, during which a man and his brother-in-law, 33-year-old Matthew Stanfield of Colorado, exchanged gunfire.

The release notes that “it was found that the male victim acted in self-defense ... during a home invasion and violent assault.”

Stanfield had made previous threats against his sister, wife to the male victim, and their children, the release states.

“This incident began minutes after the male victim had left for work when he was notified with an alert on his mobile phone that someone was on his property,” the release recounts. “Viewing the security camera on his mobile phone, he saw that Matthew Stanfield was outside of his home and immediately called dispatch to report an unwanted guest.

“When the male victim arrived home, he heard glass breaking from the door on the side of the house and advised the dispatcher of the home invasion in progress. The male victim entered his home and confronted Matthew Stanfield as he was trying to break into the bathroom where the female victim was hiding by striking the door repeatedly with a metal bat. Matthew Stanfield and the male victim fought for several minutes and then Matthew Stanfield went outside reaching into a large backpack that he had brought with him. 

“The male victim, believing that Matthew Stanfield was arming himself with a firearm, went to get his handgun. Matthew Stanfield took a rifle from the backpack and began shooting at the male victim as he ran into the bedroom where he was able to get his handgun. The two exchanged gunfire resulting in Matthew Stanfield’s death and the male victim being shot in the arm and shoulder with non-life-threatening injuries.”

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Norco, CA

8/2/22 Fox News:
An 80-year-old California liquor store owner was caught on video opening fire at a would-be robber with a shotgun, prompting the suspect to run out of his business screaming "he shot my arm off!" 

Friday, July 15, 2022

Escambia Co., FL

7/14/22 Fox News:

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office released video of a Florida homeowner firing a rifle at home intruders as deputies try to identify the fourth suspect. 

Three of the suspects approached the victim's home while a fourth waited in a car. When the victim unlocked the front door, two of the men allegedly pushed their way inside and started attacking him, while the third waited outside with a handgun. 

The victim was armed but lost his gun during the scuffle, then ran to the back of his house and grabbed an AK-47-style rifle, which he started firing at the intruders, Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said. 

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Phoenix, AZ

 6/26/22 Fox News:

Phoenix, Arizona homeowner shot and killed two men who were attempting to break into the home Saturday morning, police said, according to reports. 

When police arrived before 8 a.m. in response to several 911 calls, officers found the two alleged intruders on the ground in front of the home.

"Witnesses told the officers the shooter was inside the home next to where the men were lying," Sgt. Philip Krynsky told FOX 10 Phoenix. 

"The officers were able to successfully carry the men to await paramedics. The officers were able to communicate with the three occupants of the home and they were detained peacefully."...

Krynsky explained that the people detained in connection to the shooting gave consistent stories of self-defense during the investigation into the incident.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Clearwater, FL

 6/22/22 WFLA:

Officers said the woman woke up to find Justin William Wright, 26, in her bedroom before he attacked her. Police said he lived on the same road as the victim.

“She was able to reach out and call 911 during this attack, but the attack persisted,” CPD Chief Daniel Slaughter said. “At which time, she was able to retrieve a gun that she had lawfully.”

The victim managed to get a gun and fatally shot him in self-defense, according to police. Slaughter said the woman had injuries that were consistent with a self-defense situation.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Tacoma, WA

 6/2/22 News-Tribune:

After shooting at a suspected car thief on Monday, Pierce County Council candidate Josh Harris has not been arrested or charged by police. Harris said that he fired shots in self-defense at the man in the vehicle because he tried to run him over. Harris, who has a concealed weapon permit, fired at least four rounds from a 9mm handgun at the driver, saying he only did so “to protect my life.” Harris filed in May to run as a Republican for the Pierce County Council District 7 seat to represent Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas, Fox Island, and parts of north and west Tacoma, according to previous News Tribune reporting.

The man that Harris shot was taken into custody on Tuesday and is still in the hospital, where he is being treated for wounds. Once released, he will be arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and assault.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Charleston, WV

 5/26/22 WCHS:

Dennis Butler was killed after allegedly shooting at dozens of people attending a graduation party Wednesday near the Vista View Apartment complex. No injuries were reported from those at the party.

Investigators said Butler was warned about speeding in the area with children present before he left. He later returned with an AR-15-style firearm and began firing into the crowd before he was shot and killed.

“Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night,” Charleston Police Department Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett said.

Officers did not go into detail, but said Butler did have an extensive criminal history.

What could have been another tragedy of huge numbers of deaths ended up as one dead killer.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Philadelphia, PA

3/30/22 Philadelphia channel 6:

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police are investigating after a would-be robber was shot and killed Wednesday in North Philadelphia.

Officials say a male suspect pulled a gun and tried to rob the store on the 1400 block of Master Street around 12:30 p.m.

That's when a customer, who has a license to carry, reportedly shot the suspect twice in the abdomen. The suspect died from his injuries at the hospital.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Chicago, IL

3/25/22 Chicago channel 5:

A taxi driver shot a man attempting to carjack him Thursday night in Austin on the West Side.

About 6:30 p.m., a man was driving a red Mitsubishi for a taxi service when he was called to the 5400 block of West Van Buren Street, Chicago police said.

Three males entered his vehicle, and one pulled out a handgun and demanded the 30-year-old driver’s car, police said.

The driver then shot the man, 30, striking him in the forearm and hip, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said.

The two other attempted carjackers fled the scene and the Mitsubishi crashed into two vehicles, police said.

The driver had a valid concealed carry license, according to police.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Taylor Co., FL

 2/23/22 Patch:

Gregory Gregory Miedema, 33, was a wanted sex offender accused of shooting a deputy multiple times, law enforcement officials said.

Authorities said Miedema shot a Florida deputy, then forced his way into a house and traded gunshots with the resident. The homeowner suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder, while Miedema was fatally shot.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Las Vegas, NV

 2/14/22 KLAS:

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A homeowner fired gunshots at a group of burglars breaking into his home, injuring at least one who was identified when he left a car, registered in his family’s name, in front of the crime scene.

The shooting happened Monday, Feb. 7, in a gated community near Cimarron Road and Oakey Boulevard.

The homeowner told police he was in an upstairs bedroom around 7:30 p.m. when his dogs started to growl, an arrest report obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team said. The homeowner then looked at home security cameras on his phone, seeing four people wearing hoods and masks attempting to break-in.

The man then went into his closet, got dressed and grabbed his gun.

As the burglars gained access to the house, the homeowner walked into a balcony area, which opens to the floor below, shooting at three of the suspects five times, the report said.

One round hit one of the suspects. All four suspects then ran from the home, police said.

During their investigation, Metro police noted an unregistered Audi sitting in front of the victim’s home. The VIN number came back to a woman out of Texas with the last name Freeman.

About an hour after the shooting, a man, later identified as Leroy Freeman, 28, arrived at Spring Valley Hospital with a gunshot wound, police said.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Colorado Springs, CO

 2/4/22 Fox News channel 21:

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs officers are investigating after a home invasion turned into a shooting Thursday night.

Around 10:30 Thursday night, Sand Creek police officers were dispatched to 300 Gahart Drive when three suspects invaded a home. According to CSPD, shots were fired before officers arrived.

When officers reached the scene, they found a blood trail leading away from the home that ended a block away.

Birmingham, AL


A teen robbery suspect was shot to death Saturday afternoon by a parking lot attendant near the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.

Police identified the slain teen as Chico Guest. He was 17 and lived in Center Point.

The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at 10th Avenue and 18th Street North. That is near the DEA and FBI headquarters.

Sgt. Rod Mauldin said officers responded to a report of a person shot. They arrived on the scene to find Guest unresponsive on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest.

He was pronounced dead on the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service....

Mauldin said the preliminary investigation suggests Guest and the other wounded person were involved in a robbery when they were shot. The victim of the robbery – the shooter - was working as a parking lot attendant when the robbery occurred, and he shot the suspects.

Mauldin said the attendant has been cooperative in the investigation.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Shrewsbury Township, PA

 1/14/22 York Daily Record:

A man reported in court documents that he acted in self-defense when he pulled the trigger during an altercation earlier this week near Interstate 83 in Shrewsbury Township.

In a petition for an emergency protection-from-abuse order, the man wrote that James Lynch Sr., 57, of Shrewsbury Township, attacked him at 11:30 a.m. on Monday. He said he was in his vehicle with his son.

Next, the man reported, Lynch “went for a firearm on his person.”

“I defended myself using my firearm killing Jim Lynch,” the man said. “I was held and released by the State Police with no charges.”

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Bourbon, MO

 1/11/21 Fox channel 2:

Testimony lasted the entire day and when it was over, the six-person coroner’s inquest jury ruled it was “justifiable homicide” which backs the shooter’s self-defense claim.

Surveillance video played in court showed the suspect was in King’s home about an hour before the shooting. The video is from inside King’s living room, and you can see and hear both men being friendly with one another. The prosecutor said the suspect brought King a marijuana joint so he could calm down from a dispute with another neighbor. You could hear King tell the soon-to-be shooter, “Love you, brother!”

About an hour later, another video from outside shows King in pajama pants and no shirt going to the shooter’s trailer where he allegedly pushed through the door, threw his neighbor’s TV inside the trailer, and grabbed another. There’s no video inside, but another outside angle shows a disturbance on the porch and then King is shot dead.

The suspect told police he not only shot in self-defense but also shot King’s leg first, which he claimed only made King angrier.

Court evidence today offered no answers about what the final argument was about, with sometimes bizarre testimony about what neighbors heard as their last words. One witness testified he heard King yell “No more internet for you!” before he was shot. Others said they heard King yell “I thought we were friends,” and then the shooter answer, “We were,” before firing three shots.

Both men were intoxicated. A deputy coroner testified that a toxicology screen on King found THC, amphetamine, and methamphetamine. A sheriff’s investigator said the suspect’s screen found THC and alcohol.