Archive for May 10th, 2009

San Jose man killed by police was mentally ill, father says

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: California, shot by police | Tags: , |

San Jose, CA – “Don’t kill him! He’s mentally ill!” That’s what Brian Duy Pham, 29, shouted as police officers rushed into his Berryessa neighborhood home just about noon Sunday, according to family members.

His brother, Daniel, had just attacked him with a knife.

27-year-old had allegedly moved toward police with a knife. Two officers first used a Taser to try to subdue him, then shot him with their handguns. He died at the scene.

Police Monday identified the officers as Matthew Blackerby, with two years on the force, and Brian Jeffrey, a three-year officer. Both are on routine administrative leave. The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury to determine if the officers have any criminal liability. More on Mercury News

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Man arrested in death of Cut Off woman

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Louisiana |

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lesley Peters said deputies have booked 22-year-old Toby Gray with second-degree murder. She said Gray knew the victim, 37-year-old Raquel Barrios, for about two to three weeks.

Peters said the shooting, which took place in the Alidore community Sunday night, happened after an argument over money that Barrios supposedly owed Gray. More on

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Man fatally shot in Philadelphia neighborhood

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: murder, Pennsylvania |

Philadelphia, PA – A man in his early 20s was fatally shot in the city’s Oxford Circle neighborhood Friday night, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released pending family notification, was shot multiple times in the 1200 block of Elbridge Street. The shooting was reported at 9:57 p.m.

The man was taken to Aria Health’s Frankford Campus and pronounced dead at 10:37 p.m.

Police reported no arrests or motive as of yesterday. More on Philadelphia Inquirer

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9-year-old girl shot to death in York

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: bystander, Pennsylvania |

York, PA – A 9-year-old girl was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon.Ciara Savage, of Lancaster, was in the 500 block of South Duke Street when she was shot in the back about 2:35 p.m., York County Coroner Barry Bloss said.

Darren Moore, who lives further north on the block, said he worries about his own daughter. Kids can’t be kept inside all the time, he said. But he said he frequently hears gunshots outside at night. They echo, and he said it’s hard to know where they came from, much less the reasons behind them.

“That’s pretty much commonplace,” Moore said. “A couple of times a week.”

Witnesses told police the shooter was in a red or burgundy vehicle, and an abandoned vehicle matching that description was found nearby, city police Lt. Tim Utley said. He could provide no further details about the vehicle. More on York Daily Record

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14-year-old girl shot to death a 12-year-old boy

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: accident, Idaho |

MARSING, Idaho – a 14-year-old girl found a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol in a closet of a residence she was visiting around 2 p.m. Sunday. She brought the pistol into the living room where the boy, Marcos Jaramillo, and a friend were watching television and accidentally fired one round while handling the firearm, officials said.

The shooting occurred inside the home of the 14-year-old’s sister, a 17-year-old mother of a 2-year-old who lives at the home with her boyfriend, according to Owyhee County Sheriff Daryl Crandall. The gun belonged to the 17-year-old’s boyfriend, who was not present when it was fired.

The eldest sister was home at the time of the shooting

The bullet struck Marcos on the right side of the head and exited the left side. He was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise by air ambulance. He was in critical condition on Monday and died just before midnight.

Gun locks are available free of charge in Owyhee County at the sheriff’s office in Murphy and at the sheriff’s substations in Marsing and Grandview.

“We’re trying to promote as much safety as we can with the (free) gun locks,” Crandall said. More on Idaho Press

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Naked suspect arrested in Washoe Valley shooting death

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: murder, Nevada |

Rene, Nevada – Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a man suspected of shooting two men Sunday afternoon in Washoe Valley, killing one of them and injuring another in the U.S. 395 area.

The shooting happened at around 12:30 p.m. near northbound U.S. 395 and Bellevue Road in Washoe Valley. One man was killed in the shooting, and another man was shot as he stopped to help the injured man, Keast said.

The suspect had allegedly fled the scene by driving south on U.S. 395 and turning onto Bellevue Road, where he crashed his car into a ditch, Keast said. He fled that scene on foot and ran to the home where police later located him, she said. More on

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12-year-old Boy Dies After Accidentally Firing Gun

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: accident, Oregon | Tags: , |

A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself Sunday in the western Oregon town of Hammond, police said.

Warrenton police said a bullet from a .22-caliber pistol struck and killed Austin Matschiner. The gun used in the shooting belongs to his family. The sixth grader died in his room Sunday morning, medical examiners said.

Police said Matschiner was an avid hunter and was at home with his mom when the gun went off. More on

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