Archive for April 4th, 2009

Man shot his wife and himself in their home

Posted on April 4, 2009. Filed under: Florida, murder-suicide | Tags: |

Miami Lakes, Florida – The Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce is mourning the violent and disturbing death of its president, David Waud.

According to media reports, police said Waud shot his wife, Carol Waud, and himself on Saturday in their Hialeah home.

Waud was also identified as president of local company Profit Inc.

The chamber released a statement to members Monday, saying directors of the organization were deeply saddened by his death.

The statement called Waud a “mentor, leader, champion of the children’s education and a wonderful human being,” and asked for prayers for the family.

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Pittsburgh Gunman Kills 3 Police Officers

Posted on April 4, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, Pennsylvania | Tags: , |

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and “lying in wait” opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.

Police Chief Nate Harper said the motive for the shooting isn’t clear, but friends said the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Richard Poplawski, 23, met officers at the doorway and shot two of them in the head immediately, Harper said. An officer who tried to help the two also was killed.

Poplawski, armed with an assault rifle and two other guns, then held police at bay for four hours as the fallen officers were left bleeding nearby, their colleagues unable to reach them, according to police and witnesses. More than 100 rounds were fired by the SWAT teams and Poplawski, Harper said.

The three slain officers were Eric Kelly, 41, Stephen Mayhle, 29, and Paul Sciullo III, 37. Kelly had been on the force for 14 years, Mayhle and Sciullo for two years each. Another officer, Timothy McManaway, was shot in the hand and a fifth broke his leg on a fence.

Poplawski had gunshot wounds in his legs but was otherwise unharmed because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, Harper said. He was charged with three counts of homicide, aggravated assault and a weapons violation.

The shooting occurred just two weeks after four police officers were fatally shot in Oakland, Calif., in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001. The officers were the first Pittsburgh city officers to die in the line of duty in 18 years.

“This is a solemn day and it’s a very sad day in the city of Pittsburgh,” Harper said. “We’ve seen this kind of violence happen in California. We never would think this kind of violence would happen in the city of Pittsburgh.”

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