Archive for April 12th, 2009

Man, woman dead in murder-suicide in Colorado Springs

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: Colorado, murder-suicide |

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Police say the weekend shooting deaths of a man and woman in a central Colorado Springs home were the result of an apparent attempted murder-suicide.

Colorado Springs police Sgt. Steve Noblitt on Monday said the two had been identified as 38-year-old Fidencio Ordaz Gonzalez and 36-year-old Paula Ordaz, both of Colorado Springs.

A SWAT team responding to a report of shots fired found a Gonzalez dead and Ordaz critically injured Sunday afternoon. Ordaz was hospitalized in critical condition but died Monday.

Authorities haven’t said which person was the shooter. But police say a woman at the home told officers she believed her father had a gun and that her mother was with him inside. More on

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Party fight takes a young man’s life

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, New Jersey |

Camden, New Jersey – On Sunday night, 18-year-old Sergio Rivera did something that family and friends said the hard worker rarely did — attend a party outside of his home city, Camden.

“We just wanted to enjoy ourselves, dance with some girls and relax for once in a lifetime,” said Rivera’s close friend, Jerome Corbet, 20.

But, Corbet and Rivera’s family members said the enjoyment ended with a small bump that started the fight that ultimately led to their loved one’s death in Lawnside.

Rivera was shot multiple times around 10:40 p.m. on Sunday and died outside of the Wayne Bryant Community Center on East Charleston Avenue, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office. The shooter remains at large.

“During the brawl, one of the people fighting Rivera drew a gun and fired it into the floor. That person left and Rivera followed him out. The gunman allegedly shot Rivera outside,” Camden County Prosecutor spokesman Jason Laughlin said in a released statement.

Rivera’s family and friends said they were “really hurt” by the situation and upset that Lawnside officials were not on site, providing security during the event, which about 150 people attended. More on Courier Post

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Man Shot To Death At Greensboro Night Club

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, North Carolina |

Greensboro, NC– Greensboro police say around 5:15am, Sunday, officers respond to the Lost Dimensions on Farragut St. on a shooting call.

When they arrived on the scene, investigators found 30 year old Carlton Smith dead from a gun shot wound.

Greensboro Police Detectives are continuing the investigation.

They ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 373-1000 or the Criminal Investigation Division at 373-2255. More on

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boy, 12, kills his 11-year-old nephew

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, South Carolina |

ST. MATTHEWS, S.C.  – Authorities say a 12-year-old South Carolina boy killed his 11-year-old nephew by shooting him in the head during an argument in their rural home.

Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth says Langley Rudisell IV was pronounced dead at a Columbia hospital about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, more than an hour after his 12-year-old uncle pointed a shot gun at him and fired a single bullet.

An autopsy Monday determined Rudisell died from the gunshot wound to his brain.

Sheriff Thomas Summers said he expects to decide Tuesday whether to file any charges. He said he does not foresee any charges against the victims’ grandparents, who had custody of Rudisell and were home at the time.

Summers said the two were being raised together.

St. Matthews is about 35 miles south of Columbia. More on

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Hunter Shot, Killed by Game Warden

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: North Carolina, shot by police |

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. – A wildlife official said a veteran game warden acted in self defense when he shot and killed a hunter on the hunter’s property Saturday, the first day of turkey season.

Officer Mark Minton shot Clyde Coffey around 7:30 a.m. on Coffey’s property north of North Wilkesboro. Minton is a 12-year veteran of the force.

Robbins says the family owns a hunting cabin and about 30 acres in Wilkes County. She said her father was in the place he loved, at his cabin off Cane Creek Church Road. Around 7 a.m., Clyde Coffey and his two grandkids went behind the home at 7 a.m. to hunt turkeys.

“He’s minding his own business sitting in a tree stand. He hadn’t been there long. My dad had a gun, he was turkey hunting! But my dad’s gun never fired. And ther was only two of them there, and my dad’s gone. He can’t tell his side,” said Clyde’s daughter Debbie Robbins.

Officer Minton, a 12-year-veteran of the Law Enforcement Division of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was on patrol on the opening day of the 2009 spring wild turkey season in North Carolina.

An armed confrontation with a hunter resulted in Officer Minton firing a shot, apparently in self-defense, which led to the death of the alleged assailant,” Penny Miller said in a release from Wildlife Resources Commission.

Robbins said her father was hard of hearing and she’s afraid that may have caused a miscommunication between him and the officer.

“My dad hadn’t saw a ranger in that area in 25 years, so how would he know what one looked like? And if the guy’s telling him who he is, can my dad hear him? Is he walking towards him saying, what? I can’t hear you?,” said Debbie Rollins.

The investigation of the shooting is being conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with prescribed procedures. Officer Minton is currently on paid administrative leave.

Wildlife officers are trained under the state’s Department of Justice standards which give them authoritiy to use deadly force.

The last time a North Carolina Wildlife Officer was involved in a shooting was November 1980 when the officer was killed and the suspect wounded.  More on

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Man dies after shooting family, self

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Florida |

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A Miami Beach, Fla., man died hours after shooting his wife, daughter and himself, police said.

The man, whose name was not immediately disclosed, shot his family before turning the gun on himself Sunday, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

The man’s 14-year-old daughter knocked on a neighbor’s door just before 4 a.m. Sunday, saying her father had shot her and her mother, the newspaper said.

The family was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where the man subsequently died.

His wife was in critical but stable condition Monday after surgery and the daughter was in stable condition, the newspaper said.

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