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  • Police: Montana Man Laid Trap, Killed Teen

    04/30/2014 10:01:39 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 110 replies
    Newser ^ | 4/30/14 | Matt Cantor
    A Montana couple frustrated by recent thefts allegedly set a trap for potential burglars—and upon hearing a would-be intruder after midnight on Sunday, the husband fired four shots into the darkness, he says. Now, Markus Kaarma of Missoula has been charged in the death of German exchange student Diren Dede, 17, who was hit by bullets in the head and arm, the AP reports. The couple had set up sensors and cameras around their garage, whose door they left open; Kaarma's wife, Janelle Pflager, left her purse there "so they would take it," she said, per court documents. She reportedly...
  • Man Charged With Killing Burleson County Deputy No Billed by Grand Jury

    02/08/2014 9:33:59 PM PST · by Free in Texas · 32 replies
    KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 ^ | Fri 8:50 PM, Feb 07, 2014 | By: Clay Falls and Michael Oder
    WASHINGTON COUNTY A Burleson County Grand Jury declined to indict the man who shot and killed a Burleson County Sheriff's Deputy who was serving a search warrant in December. Investigators were executing a search warrant at Henry McGee's mobile home near Snook when the shooting happened. News 3 takes a look at why deputies had targeted McGee's home. 28-year-old Henry Magee is no longer charged in the shooting death of Burleson County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Sowders. A grand jury decided there wasn't enough evidence for him to stand trial on the capital murder charge. McGee admitted to shooting Sowders before...
  • [South Texas:]Family of would-be burglar killed by Edinburg restaurant owner plans civil suit

    05/29/2013 3:48:24 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 42 replies
    KGBT ^ | 05.28.2013 | Ryan Wolf
    Family and friends of the late Gilbert Medina, Jr admit he is guilty of a lot of things. They said he was a drug addict, a panhandler and a bad father. "My heart just breaks because Medina was part of the family, part of our hearts," Victoria Gutierrez, Medina’s cousin said. They do not believe he deserved to die last March, when he tried to burglarize the Pumpjack restaurant off Monte Cristo road in Edinburg. "Not to kill a person...I don't think it's worth it," Catalina Ozuna, Gilbert's mother said. "I don't think it's worth it to kill a person....
  • (South Texas:)Edinburg PD: Robber slain at site of repeated break-ins

    03/13/2013 7:10:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies
    The Monitor ^ | 3-12-13 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    EDINBURG — A restaurant owner fatally shot a man who police say appeared to have climbed through the roof of the establishment early Tuesday morning. About 4 a.m. Tuesday, Gilbert Medina broke into the Pumpjack Mexican Restaurant, 711 W. Monte Cristo Road, said Lt. Oscar Treviño, an Edinburg police spokesman. The restaurant had been broken into three times before in recent weeks, having cash and TV’s stolen, Treviño said. Since the thefts had previously taken place on weekends, police investigators had been preparing a surveillance operation for this coming weekend to catch burglars in the act, Treviño said. In the...
  • Has Texas’ ‘castle doctrine’ law really caused more killings?

    07/03/2012 8:14:29 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 46 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 2 June 2012 | Rodger Jones
    That’s unknowable, yet the headline in the Houston Chronicle would have you think Texas’ 2007 law is stirring up more business for the state’s county morgues. It says: Texas justifiable homicides rise with ‘Castle Doctrine’ It might be a useful story except for that detour it has your mind take with the verbal gymnastics. See, there’s a difference between homicides rising “with” the Castle Doctrine and “because” of the Castle Doctrine law that Texas lawmakers passed in 2007 to clarify a person’s duty to retreat when fearing danger. The story’s lead anecdote was about a thief who was shot dead...
  • Pharr Police Say Botched Home Invasion was Random[1 shot in South Texas]

    06/27/2012 7:34:36 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies
    KRGV ^ | June 26, 2012
    PHARR - Investigators say a random home burglary today went awry leaving one suspect shot, another in custody and a third one on the lam. Officials said three men broke into a home on the 700 block of West Bronze Avenue just after 11 a.m. The homeowner confronted the intruders and shot one in face with a shotgun. He held a second suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. The third suspect fled the scene in a green Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. The injured suspect is in stable but critical condition at a local hospital. "We're trying to piece this...
  • Two homeowners with guns confront intruders in Pierce County(WA)

    04/06/2012 4:58:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    nwcn.com ^ | 5 April, 2012 | NA
    BONNEY LAKE, Wash. – Two Pierce County homeowners pulled guns on people trying to break into their homes Thursday morning. Bonney Lake Police said a man was napping at his home in the 8000 block of 205th Avenue East when he heard someone ringing the doorbell. He ignored it, but then heard the person kicking the door. The owner grabbed a shotgun and confronted the intruder. The suspect then fled in a pickup truck, but not before the homeowner fired a shot. Police say there was no indication the car or the intruder was hit. Police said they are searching...
  • Thieves are greeted more often with guns when trying to burglarize homes (Must See Video)

    04/06/2012 5:29:28 AM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 37 replies
    Q13 FOX News ^ | 4-12-12 | Parella Lewis
    A rash of home burglaries has resulted in homeowners drawing weapons on thieves, sometimes with fatal results MUST SEE VIDEO - Two young men who were trying to break into Angela Tallman's house in Gig Harbor Thursday got a major surprise when Tallman appeared at a window, tapped her handgun against the glass to get their attention and gave them a look of, "Come on in, let's play."
  • Poll: Should the Florida Legislature repeal the Stand Your Ground law?

    03/31/2012 10:29:23 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 57 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 25 March 2012 | David Simon
    Reader poll/web vote with barf-worthy opinion piece.Opinion: Welcome to Florida. Beware of gunmen standing their ground
  • Potted plant thief shot in head by homeowner, S.A. police say

    02/15/2012 2:01:47 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 45 replies
    kens5.com ^ | 15 Feb 2012 | KENS5 Staff
    SAN ANTONIO -- Police say a homeowner on the city's northwest side shot a man in the head Wednesday morning for trying to steal a potted plant from his yard. The homeowner, in his 60s, grabbed his handgun around 8 a.m. and took several shots a man he claims was stealing a potted plant and other items from his yard at 708 Shadwell, said Sgt. Chris Benavides, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department. Officers caught up to the suspect at the Cabana Apartments, where he lives. He told officers that he had just finished dropping his kids off...
  • Suspect arrested in Huffman home invasion(TX)

    02/13/2012 6:18:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    khou.com ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Staff
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Investigators have made an arrest in a home invasion near Lake Houston, thanks in part to fingerprints left at the crime scene. The home invasion happened Wednesday, on Yonder Way in the Commons subdivision. According to Harris County deputy constables, a mother and her 10-year-old son were home by themselves when two robbers broke in. The woman put her son in a closet and grabbed her gun, shooting at – but missing – one of the suspects. On Thursday, deputies said they caught one of those suspects, Bradley Wayne Turner. They believe the other suspect is...
  • HPD investigates fatal store shooting(TX)

    02/13/2012 6:24:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 10 February, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON - A northwest Houston food store owner shot and killed a man he said was trying to rob him, but police did not find a gun on the man, investigators said Friday. Houston police said the 49-year-old owner of the New Land Food Store, 822 West Little York, called 911 at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and said a man was trespassing. Investigators said Terrance Hall, 33, was agitated when he entered the store and tried to get into a back room. When he couldn't, he climbed onto an ATM machine, over plexiglass and fell behind the counter, police said. During...
  • Study draws link between gun carriers and risky behavior

    06/28/2011 5:23:58 PM PDT · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 6-28-11
    As Wisconsin heads toward lifting a ban on carrying concealed weapons, researchers at the University of California-Davis have turned up some unsettling information about those who may take advantage of the law. In a study using 15-year-old data -- the most recent available -- published online in the journal Injury Prevention, the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program says those who carried concealed weapons or who had confronted someone with a gun were twice as likely to be heavy drinkers than non-gun owners. Gun owners who drove with loaded weapons were four times more likely to hop behind the wheel...
  • Family of dead burglary suspect question police account

    04/29/2011 2:27:02 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 40 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | 29 Apr 2011 | David Slade
    A relative and friend of Bobby Gadsden, the 21-year-old who was shot dead by a Moncks Corner homeowner while burglarizing the man’s house, say police have been misleading about the case and that they are asking federal authorities to investigate. Police two weeks ago decided that the April 13 shooting was justifiable. Two alleged accomplices in the burglary were arrested. This morning Gadsden’s uncle Tyler Williams and family advocate Zoe Spencer laid out a list of what they said are inconsistencies that throw the police account of the shooting into question. Chiefly, they cite previously unreleased crime scene photos that...
  • Neighbors testify to gunfire in Castle Doctrine case

    03/07/2011 7:30:03 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    kens5.com ^ | 7 Mar 2011 | Joe Conger
    SAN ANTONIO-- Belinda Nieto told a jury she was watching television when she was interrupted by gunfire outside her home. She said it terrorized her. “I just threw myself on the ground. I honestly thought I was being attacked by gangs," Nieto said. "That’s how it sounded.” Nieto was one of several neighbors asked by prosecutors to describe the scene where Ray Lemes took aim with his glock pistol at an intruder in his home. Lemes is on trial for murder in the 437th District Court in connection to a shooting that happened in front of his home in August...
  • [South Texas:]Sheriff's deputies investigate "firefight" in Palmview

    01/11/2011 7:22:12 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 11, 2011 | Neal Morton
    PALMVIEW -- A "Trespassers Will Be Shot" sign stood in the front lawn of a residence here where Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies worked late Monday night to investigate an alleged gun battle. Sheriff Lupe Trevino confirmed investigators were now trying to link reports of several shots fired in the neighborhood at around 9:20 p.m. Monday to an unidentified shooting victim dropped off at Mission Regional Medical Center soon after. A resident at a home on the Farmosa Avenue cul-de-sac in Palmview told deputies he used his own assault rifle to defend himself after noticing several armed and masked men approaching...
  • [Texas:]HPD: Homeowner shoots suspect allegedly stealing roofing materials

    01/10/2011 8:35:27 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 32 replies
    KHOU ^ | January 10, 2011 | staff
    HOUSTON – A quick-thinking neighbor helped thwart a couple of criminals attempting to steal thousands of dollars worth of roofing materials from a southwest Houston home, according to Houston police. Police said a resident noticed two men taking shingles off the roof of a house on Belle Park at Corona around 11:30 p.m. No one lived at the home, which was under renovation, but the homeowner lived nearby. The neighbor called the homeowner , Raul Rivera, who arrived quickly with his hand gun. The two suspects hopped off the roof when confronted by the homeowner. One immediately fled on foot...
  • 4 Police Officers Shot in NJ

    09/24/2009 2:59:03 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 89 replies · 4,910+ views
    Philly.com/AP ^ | 09/24/2009 | NA
    4 Police Officers Shot in NJ The Associated Press LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Four Lakewood police officers have been shot executing a search warrant in New Jersey. Deputy Chief Michael Mohel (mohl) says members of the tactical unit were serving a no-knock narcotics and weapons warrant around 2:25 a.m. Thursday when Jamie Gonzalez opened fire
  • Island Burglary Interrupted[Corpus Christi, Texas]

    03/11/2009 9:04:18 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies · 1,334+ views
    KIIITV News ^ | March 9, 2009 | Katy Kiser
    It's a story about a man who was in no mood to see his dream house got to the dogs. He was in no mood to be victimized by a thief again. Bryan Gully with the help of his neighbor Al Lizakowski hatched a plan to catch a crook, and police say they succeeded. 27 year old Eric Martinez has been arrested on charges of burglary, drug possession and evading arrest. Investigators believe Sunday Martinez might have packed up a bunch of items to steal from an island home under construction. He returned Monday to load up his SUV, but...
  • Rise in 'justified' shootings continues

    01/08/2009 4:40:25 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 76 replies · 1,562+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/08/2009 | Robert Crowe
    One week into the new year, San Antonio residents and police have already used deadly force to protect themselves or their homes in three incidents, resulting in two people dead and two injured. The shootings follow a year in which residents and police killed more than twice as many people as the previous year in what officials have deemed justified homicides, in which the shooter acted within the law. A fatal shooting of two suspected home invaders Tuesday night marked the latest example of a resident using deadly force to fend off intruders, authorities said. “It appears to be a...
  • Sheriff: Immigrant shot burglar teen[Mexican illegal in South Texas]

    07/22/2008 11:38:23 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 44 replies · 135+ views
    The Monitor ^ | July 21, 2008 | Ryan Holeywell
    MERCEDES - An illegal immigrant tasked with guarding a convenience store shot and killed a teenager who attempted to burglarize it, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said Monday. Silvestre Delgadillo, 28, remained on the run and authorities had "no idea" whether he fled to Mexico, Treviño said. Delgadillo, who was convicted in 2005 on a felony drug charge, has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony. But the actual homicide is complicated by Texas' castle law, which allows people to use lethal force to defend themselves and their property. Delgadillo is accused of...
  • Tunneling Intruder No Match For Homeowner And His Dog

    07/08/2008 11:30:59 PM PDT · by I still care · 34 replies · 565+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | July 9, 2008 | By VALERIE KALFRIN
    TAMPA - TAMPA - Robert Cash Jr. said he felt like somebody was targeting his Palma Ceia home. About two weeks ago, he found a claw hammer covered with a rag in a backyard flower bed. Last week, he saw the gate to his wooden privacy fence in the 4100 block of West San Luis Street had been opened. He secured it with a new lock. "It was obvious something was about to happen," recalled Cash, 40. "You don't know what to think." About 2:50 a.m. Saturday, everything gelled. Tampa police said Cash surprised a man who had tunneled under...
  • Joe Horn Covered by New Texas Deadly Force Law

    07/01/2008 1:47:10 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 44 replies · 187+ views
    DBKP ^ | July 1 2008 | LBG
    Albert Einstein once said "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." Yesterday DBKP wrote about Joe Horn, the Texas man who was cleared by the Harris County Grand Jury after he shot two illegal "immigrants" when they had broken into a neighbor's home in Pasadena TX in November. Horn's actions, that of a private citizen using deadly force against someone committing a felony, were covered by a new Texas statute, the Castle Law, or Senate Bill 378. “Don’t go outside the house,” the...