Archive for May 6th, 2009

Man turns in self in shooting death investigation

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Texas | Tags: , |

PORT LAVACA, Texas – One of the men possibly involved in Wednesday’s shooting death of Joseph Martinez turned himself in Friday.

The man was not arrested, but was interviewed, said Port Lavaca Police Chief John Stewart.

Martinez, 26, of Houston, was shot in the neck about 10:33 p.m. Wednesday at the top of a staircase of a Port Lavaca apartment at 404 Holiday Lane. He was transported to the Memorial Medical Center, and pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. He suffered heavy bleeding in his neck.

The shooting occurred after an argument, witnesses said. More on Victoria Advocate

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Wesleyan Student Shot to Death in Cafe by stalker

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: Connecticut, murder |

A student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., was shot to death at a campus cafe on Wednesday, the university’s president said.

The president, Michael S. Roth, said the gunman was still at large.

The student, Johanna Justin-Jinich, class of 2010, who was from Timnath, Colo., was killed at her job at the Red and Black Cafe, Mr. Roth said in a statement on the university’s Web site.

Students, faculty and staff on campus were asked to remain indoors for about four hours while the police searched for the killer, he said.

A gun was recovered from the Broad Street Books store, where the cafe is located, according to the statement.Ms. Justin-Jinich’s former boyfriend, who was not identified, entered the cafe about 1 p.m. carrying a gun and wearing a wig. The station said that the wig was left behind. More on

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Couple, toddler son found shot to death in apparent murder-suicide

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: California, murder-suicide |

ORANGE, Calif. — A couple and their toddler son have been found shot to death in their Orange County apartment in an apparent murder-suicide, police said Wednesday.

An apartment manager who hadn’t seen the family in several days called police, who arrived Tuesday afternoon to find a 44-year-old man, his 42-year-old girlfriend and their 2- or 3-year-old son each dead with a single bullet wound to the head, Orange police Sgt. Mike Monjaraz said.

Investigators found a gun near the man and a suicide note he had apparently written, Monjaraz said.

“It appears that all three had been shot by the male,” he said. More on The Gaea News

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3 jailed, 4th man sought in shooting death of a teenager

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: Georgia, robbery |

Rome, Georgia – Three people have been arrested in connection with a brutal robbery Wednesday on East 19th Street that led to the death of a Cedartown teenager, but police were still searching late Thursday for the alleged gunman.

A warrant for murder was issued Thursday for Bryan Edward Williams, 39, of Rome, aka David Jones, who is considered armed and dangerous, said Lt. Gary Clayton of the Rome Police Department.

Police suspect he was the triggerman in the death of 19-year-old Jeffrey Pledger of Cedartown during a violent robbery attempt on East 19th Street in Rome around 5 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Trenton Tyrice Williamson, 18, of 406 Brown St., and Chiresco Rodriquez Montgomery, 28, of Cedartown, were also arrested and charged with plotting to rob Pledger. Police did not elaborate on their roles in the robbery. More on Rome News-Tribune

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Detroit police seek suspects in shooting death of man, 78

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: Michigan, murder | Tags: , |

Detroit — Police are searching for suspects in the death of a 78-year-old man who was shot Wednesday while driving on the city’s west side.

About 3:30 p.m., the man was in a car near Fenkell and Linwood when a white van pulled up alongside him and shot at the driver’s side, said Sgt. Eren Stephens Bell of the Detroit Police Department.

The man, whose name has not been released, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It was unknown how many people were in the van at the time of the shooting, Stephens Bell said. More on Detroit News

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Suspect in string of robberies is fatally shot by police

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, shot by police |

Chicago, IL -Police began to notice a pattern, matching the robber to 25 possible holdups, and planned a mission. They cast a net over several miles, using dozens of officers to try to catch the robber in the act.

About 7 a.m., a Chicago detective and an FBI agent were patrolling their sector when they saw a van matching that description near a Marathon gas station in the 6600 block of Montrose Avenue in Harwood Heights. The van pulled into the alley, a man got out and walked down the alley toward the store, pulling a surgical mask on as he went, said Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Tom Byrne. The officers radioed in a possible robbery in progress and then positioned themselves near the store’s door. The man came out, a gun in one hand and bag of cash in the other, and the officers ordered him to drop the weapon, Byrne said.

Instead, the man pointed the gun at the officers, Byrne said. The detective fired his gun, fatally striking the man, he said.

Police spent the next two hours searching for a possible accomplice but said later they think the man acted alone Wednesday. They are still pursuing a second suspect who may have taken part in earlier holdups, Byrne said. More on Chicago Tribune

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