Archive for April, 2009

Shooting death of 12 year old boy under investigation

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Texas |

Jasper County, Texas – The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department tells KFDM News it’s investigating the shooting death of a 12 year old boy.

Chief Deputy Ralph Nichols says the sheriff’s office received a 9-1-1 call at about 4 p.m. Thursday from someone reporting that a 12 year old boy had been shot in the head with a 20 gauge shotgun.

It happened at a home on Walton Drive in Cougar Country near Buna.

Nichols says the sheriff’s office is still investigating the details surrounding the death. More on KFDM

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Neighbor suspected in shooting death of Jackson woman

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Mississippi |

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The 911 call came in as a burglary in progress on South Valley Falls Road. “One of the occupants of 922 called in, said someone was trying to break into his house,” says Jackson Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Scott.  “Once police arrived, they found the deceased body of a white female, she had been shot multiple times in the living room of this house.”

Police believe the man who called 911 is the man who pulled the trigger. The victim, 49-year-old Kalia Sprayberry, lived at 918 South Valley Falls Road, next door to the house where she died.

Sprayberry had been shot four times.  “She’s got gunshot wounds in her abdomen, shoulder and lower torso,” says Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart.

Police weren’t ready to say whether Mississippi’s Castle Doctrine would apply in this case. The two-year-old state law allows anyone with or without a gun license to shoot an intruder who unlawfully enters their house or dwelling. It may depend on whether the occupant’s life or property was threatened, and police have taken the alleged triggerman in for questioning to find out exactly what happened. More on WLBT.com

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Man killed over suspicion of stealing money

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: Alabama, dispute - acquaintance |

Montgomery, Alabama – Samuel Washington Jr., 51, of 3435 Doris Circle was charged with murder in the death of Jerome Herman Adams, 45, of Hope Hull.

Both men have extensive criminal histories, and illegal narcotics were found on the ground next to the victim when officers arrived, Maj. Huey Thornton, police spokesman, said.

Washington’s criminal record includes theft- and drug-related offenses, and Adams also has faced drug charges in the past, court records show.

The killing apparently stemmed from a dispute between the two involving $200 Washington suspected Adams of stealing from his garage, Thornton said.

Officers found Adams about 5:51 p.m. Thursday lying in front of a residence in the 3400 block of Doris Circle. He was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head. More on Montgomery Advertiser

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Woman charged in shooting death of 75-year-old man

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: Alaska, dispute - acquaintance |

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage police have charged a 28-year-old woman for the shooting death of a man in east Anchorage early Thursday morning.

The man, 75-year-old Samuel Black, died after police found him shot at a home on Kimberlie Court off East 42nd Avenue near Lake Otis Parkway.

Sherrie Ina Wilson, 28, is charged with second-degree murder and drunken driving.

Residents at the home told police that Wilson stayed there on occasion and that her and Black had been drinking and arguing that evening, according to the APD.

After a neighbor reported a disturbance at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, patrol officers responded to the area and noticed Wilson nearby driving a pickup truck erratically. They arrested Wilson for DUI.

When officers responding to the initial disturbance call reached the Kimberlie Court home, they found Black, the home’s owner, dead from gunshot wounds.

Thursday’s shooting is Anchorage’s seventh homicide of 2009. More on KTUU.com

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Teen shot dead and two others wounded in neighborhood shooting

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Illinois |

Chicago, IL -Two men were being held without bail Saturday on charges they fatally shot a teen and wounded two others in what authorities said was a gang-related slaying last week in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

Cortez Powell, 25, of the 700 block of North Lockwood Avenue and Brian Ward, 22, of the 9500 block of Maple Drive in Rosemont each face one count of first-degree murder and other gun-related charges in the death of 16-year-old Damier Love.

Cook County Assistant State’s Atty. Emily Stevens said Love and two men, age 45 and 53, were in front of a liquor store in the 5300 block of West Chicago Avenue around 12:45 a.m. Thursday when three men approached and started shooting.

Love, of the 4800 block of West Hubbard Street, died at the scene. The Marshall High School enrollee was the 34th Chicago Public Schools student killed this year. More on Chicago Tribune

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Suspect Charged in Brother’s Death

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Tennessee | Tags: , |

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Police have arrested a shooting victim’s brother for his death and for injuries to a second person.

20-year old Ronzy Echols has been charged with Reckless Homicide for the shooting death of his brother, 26-year old Terry Echols.

The incident occurred April 29, 2009 on the 1200-block of Turkey Run in South Memphis.

According to Memphis Police, Terry and another teen where involved in some sort of physical altercation. Ronzy fired his weapon, presumably to break up the fight.

Emergency crews were called to the scene and transported Terry Echols to The Med where he later died. More on myfoxMemphis.com

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Teen charged in the shooting death of a man in nearby neighborhood

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: murder, New York |

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo homicide detectives have arrested a teenager who they say shot to death a Kenmore man Wednesday in the city’s Riverside section.

Jerome Thagard, 16, of Philadelphia Street was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Steven Northrup, 31, of West Girard Avenue, Kenmore.

J. Richards, chief of detectives. Northrup’s body was discovered

The crime occurred at around 9 p. m. Wednesday. More on Buffalo News

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Teen shot to death by an 18-year-old man over argument

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Pennsylvania |

Pittsburg, PA – The suspect, Donald Jones, 18, is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail in connection with the fatal shooting of Walter Boyd, 16.

Pittsburgh homicide detectives said the two had been among several youths arguing in the 600 block of Brushton Avenue when one of them pulled a pistol and began firing.

Mr. Boyd, wounded several times in the shooting, ran a short distance to Mac Can Do’s Bar at Brushton Avenue and Kelly Street. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where he died. More on Post-Gazette.com

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Man Charged in Defense Attorney’s Death

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Hawaii |

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Honolulu police on Thursday charged a man with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a defense attorney at his Kailua home.Police arrested Daniel Kahanaoi, 45, shortly after Tuesday night’s shooting at his home in the Ahuimanu area in Kaneohe.

Kahanaoi shot attorney Craig Kimsel twice, in the neck and the back, according to court records.

Police said they believe the shooting may have stemmed from a jealous rage over an ex-girlfriend. Rusty Anoba said she was hiding from Kahanaoi at Kimsel’s home on Oneawa Street that night.

Anoba was once Kimsel’s client and girlfriend.

Both Anoba and Kimsel had separate restraining orders against Kahanaoi prior to the shooting. More on KITV.com

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Boyfriend Charged In Woman’s Shooting Death in bed

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Texas |

EL PASO, Texas — Las Cruces police arrested a man they accuse in the shooting death of 19-year-old Noel Brown Tuesday morning. Police found Brown lying on a bed with a gunshot wound to her stomach. She was taken to Mountain View Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Christopher Michael Mata, 21, told detectives that he and Brown were drinking and having a barbeque at her apartment Monday evening. Mata said they went back to his house and were getting into bed when a loaded weapon that he keeps nearby fired, striking, Brown said police. More on Kfoxtv.com

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Roommate charged in 18-year-old man’s shooting death

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: accident, Oregon |

Portland, Oregon – Andrew Gabriel Perez, 11750 E. Burnside St., was arrested Tuesday after Portland police were called to the house at about 2:30 p.m. and found 18-year-old Chance Domingo Caron dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. Perez and Caron lived together at the house.

Perez was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of criminally negligent homicide.

Homicide detectives investigating the incident think the shooting might have been an accident. More on Outlook Online

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Pacific man, 19, arrested in shooting death

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: murder, Washington |

Seattle, WA – A 19-year-old Pacific man was arrested Tuesday morning after he allegedly shot and killed another man, according to a spokesman for the Auburn Police Department.

The identity of the slain man, who was 29, has not been released.

The victim, an Auburn resident, was shot in the chest shortly after 11 a.m. in an alley in the 500 block of K Street Southeast. More on Seattle Times

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Man shot by police while lunging for officer’s gun

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Pennsylvania, shot by police |

Philadelphia, PA – A 28-year-old year old Logan man was killed by police yesterday during a violent confrontation with officers.

The incident began about 1 p.m. when the patrolman, Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, asked a group of people to move from the corner of Warnock Street and Lindley Avenue. That’s when Anthony Temple, whose mother described him as schizophrenic, confronted DeCoatsworth and lunged for his gun, police sources said.

During a struggle, DeCoatsworth’s gun went off, striking Temple, who then ran off, according to sources.

As Temple fled down Lindley, he encountered Officer Sean Boyle, who works for neighborhood services, police sources said. A second confrontation unfolded, with Temple grabbing Boyle’s gun as the two struggled. An officer from the 35th District, James Kelly, arrived as backup and shot Temple, who collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene by medics a short time later. More on Philadelphia Inquirer

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Florida Law protects SUV owner who shot, killed woman

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Florida, self defense |

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Authorities do not plan to file charges against a Florida orange grove owner who fatally shot a 21-year-old woman, saying he is protected under the state’s controversial “no retreat” law.

But the woman’s boyfriend faces second-degree murder charges in her death, because the woman was shot to death during an alleged felony — the theft of an SUV.

Tony Curtis Phillips, 29, didn’t fire a single shot. He didn’t even know his girlfriend, Nikki McCormick, was dead until police showed him an online news story.

Police said McCormick accompanied Phillips as he attempted to steal the SUV from a barn in an orange grove near Wahneta, Florida, before daylight Tuesday.

Grove owner Ladon “Jamie” Jones opened fire as the SUV approached him, according to an affidavit released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Phillips fled; McCormick was shot in the head and later died. More on CNN.com

Authorities said Jones is protected by Florida’s “no retreat” law, which gives him the right to use lethal force if he reasonably believes his life is in danger. Phillips, however, faces charges because police allege he was committing felony grand theft auto at the time of McCormick’s death. More on CNN.com

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Hunter shot to death on the opening of hunting season

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: accident, West Virginia |

Walkersville, West Virgina – Investigators with the DNR continue their efforts to find the person responsible for the death of a turkey hunter in Lewis County on the opening day of spring gobbler season.  Thirty-two year old Shawn Stewart of Walkersville was killed on opening day Monday. His body was discovered a day later after authorities launched a wide-scale search. DNR Lt. Jim Vance in Elkins tells MetroNews Stewart was killed by a shotgun blast that struck his face.  Vance says that information leads them to believe the shooter probably knew they had shot somebody.

“I think he followed all the safety rules,” said Vance about Stewart’s position. “Back up against the tree, out in the open.  He was set up to call a turkey and he was what I always like to call ‘defensive hunting’.” More on West Virgina MetroNews

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man who killed his estranged wife was shot by police

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, murder-suicide |

O’FALLON, IL — Police were called to what they thought was an apartment burglary Monday night but once inside, they were confronted by a man who refused to put down his rifle and by the body of his estranged wife.

An officer shot three times at James Jenkins, 44, of East St. Louis, hitting him once and killing him, Illinois State Police Lt. Jim Morrisey said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. His estranged wife, Adrinne Jenkins, 40, was shot twice in the chest and was already dead about 9:15 p.m. Monday when officers entered apartment B at the Chevy Chase Apartments, 207 Estate Drive.

James Jenkins called police from his cell phone at about 9:05 p.m., reported a burglary and officers spent time in the neighborhood looking for the suspects Jenkins described.

Two O’Fallon Police officers knocked on Adrinne Jenkins’ apartment door while a supervisor remained outside. The officers opened the unlocked door, walked in and saw Adrinne Jenkins lying on the floor and immediately called for an ambulance.

They then saw James Jenkins, who held a rifle pointed at them, and they ordered him several times to put down the gun. He refused and one officer shot him. Jenkins did not fire the rifle. The officer’s bullet hit him in the left arm and the bullet passed into his chest. More on bnd.com

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Man killed himself on second trip to gun range

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Florida, suicide |

CASSELBERRY, FLorida – Jason Kevin McCarthy, 26, was at Shoot Straight on U.S. Highway 17-92 about 11 a.m. Monday and asked about renting a gun, Casselberry police Officer Joseph Nas said in a report that has just been released. McCarthy was handed paperwork to fill out, “but he stated he had something to do first and left the store,” Nas wrote.

He came back about 5:40 p.m. and that time he filled out the paperwork and rented a 9mm handgun.

No one saw McCarthy shoot himself, but the suicide was verified by a surveillance video, police said. Employee Adam Schulman told police he instructed McCarthy on how to safely use the gun and watched him shoot at his target on a monitor for about five minutes before turning to wait on a customer.

He said he realized something was wrong when another customer pounded on the glass and told him McCarthy had shot himself.  More on Orlando Sentinel

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19-year-old man shot dead by accident as friend shows off gun

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: accident, New York |

Bronx, New York City – Investigators believe a 19-year-old Bronx man was accidentally shot to death Sunday by a friend who was showing off his handgun, police sources said.

Juan Acevedo took a bullet to the chest as he was hanging out with pals in an apartment just two blocks from the new Yankee Stadium, police said.

Paramedics reached the mortally wounded teenager at the E. 164th St. home just after 1:30 a.m. and took him to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, but Acevedo died an hour later, police said.

A tipster told investigators that Acevedo had been drinking with friends when one man decided to show off his gun, a police source said.

The man fumbled with the weapon and inadvertently let loose a round that felled Acevedo. More on NY Daily News

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Death in Decker Police Shooting Ruled Suicide

Posted on April 26, 2009. Filed under: Maryland, suicide |

LEONARDTOWN, Maryland — The State Medical Examiner’s Office has preliminarily determined that the death of Daniel Decker, 46, of Leonardtown, on April 26 was the result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Decker was also shot by Deputy First Class Shawn Cathcart. Deputies encountered Decker in the home of his ex-girlfriend after a manhunt led them to the residence on Sunday. Police were called to the residence the day before after the woman reported that Decker had broken into the residence and threatened a murder-suicide. She escaped unharmed.

The incident started on Saturday around 5:26 p.m. when police were called to a residence on Belvidere Lane in Leonardtown. Police determined that Decker unlawfully entered the victim’s residence and began a verbal dispute with her. The woman asked Decker to leave the residence and he refused. Decker produced a long gun and made threats towards the woman and himself. The woman attempted to leave the residence but Decker grabbed and continued to detain her against her will.

On Sunday police say they received information indicating Decker may have returned to the victim’s home. At approximately 10:20 a.m., deputies responded back to the residence and attempted to make contact with Decker via telephone and loud speaker. Deputies subsequently entered the residence to search, at which time they encountered Decker. Police say Decker was armed and gunfire was exchanged with deputies. Decker was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.  More on Southern Maryland Online

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Argument Leads To Shooting Death Of Amarillo Man

Posted on April 26, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Texas |

Amarillo, Texas – Amarillo police are investigating the shooting death of a 65-year-old man.

Police report an argument among several family members led to the shooting at around 9:45 Saturday night at 4718 Cherokee.  Appling’s 15-year-old relative has been booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on a murder charge. More on News Channel 10

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