Archive for May 9th, 2009

Family Questioning Shooting Death of Former Soldier

Posted on May 9, 2009. Filed under: shot by police, Texas |

Corpus Christi, Texas – A Sinton family is questioning an officer involved shooting that took the life of 28 year old Sylvester Villasana Saturday evening.Several witnesses at the scene told 3 News the man was holding a cellphone up to his ear. Police say the man had a knife in his hand.

Capt. Tim Wilson of the Corpus Christi Police Departments Investigation Division says, “(the) 28 year old suspect got out of the car. He walked away officers that were following him to the empty field. He turnaround, pulled out a knife, and started walking toward an officer. The officer attempted to taze him. The tazer did not work. He kept walking toward the officer. The officer was telling him to stop and at that time, when he kept walking, the officer fired several shots.”

Eyewitnesses to the shooting say they saw a cellphone in his hand. Lara Cruz is a receptionist at a dentist office and saw the shooting. She doesn’t believe police had to shoot. More on

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Man killed by police was carrying BB gun

Posted on May 9, 2009. Filed under: California, shot by police | Tags: , |

Oakley, California – A 37-year-old suicidal man shot and killed by Oakley police officers Saturday night was carrying a BB gun that looked like a real Smith & Wesson handgun during the standoff, according to investigators.

The shooting happened about 7:50 p.m. when Oakley officers found Alan Openshaw near Lois and Mallard lanes after he had mentioned suicide and made threats toward police to dispatchers. He later led them on a pursuit that ended in the 900 block of Almond Drive when he exited the vehicle, put the gun to his head, and continued making threats to kill himself and harm police.

Officers used a 40 mm weapon firing high-velocity sponges in an attempt to disarm him, according to the sheriff’s office, which contracts to provide police services to the city. Openshaw then pointed the gun at police, and several officers discharged their firearms and shot him. More on Mercury News

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Man fatally shot had pointed gun at nightclub security guard

Posted on May 9, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Texas |

Fort Worth, Texas – A 23-year-old man who had been thrown out of an east Fort Worth club was fatally shot by one of the owners early Saturday after reportedly pointing a gun at an unarmed security guard.

Police said Monday that they will consult with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office to determine whether the 34-year-old club owner will face charges in the death of Michael Angelo Vela.

The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. outside Club Hip-Notic at 2934 E. Lancaster Ave.

According to witness statements to police, a group of four to five men, including Vela, had been escorted out of the club shortly before the shooting after they began throwing beer bottles and fighting with other patrons.  More on

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Police Investigating Homicide in Allentown

Posted on May 9, 2009. Filed under: murder, Pennsylvania |

Allentown, PA – Police in Allentown are investigating their third homicide of 2009. It took place at about 2:15 Saturday morning, at a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Spring Garden Street. Police say they were responding to the report of a gunshot, when they found a man – 35 year old Joseph Botz, of Allentown – on the ground with a bullet wound to his upper body. Botz was taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he later died. More on

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