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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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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Murder now the charge in Sumter baby’s death

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: murder, South Carolina |

Sumter, SC – In the wake of a 1-year-old’s death from gunshot wounds Monday, Sumter police said Tuesday the suspect they are looking for will be charged with murder.

The father, Cabrall Archie Sr., 26, who was holding the youngster, had multiple chest wounds and remains hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

The incident happened shortly before midnight Friday. Police said Archie Sr. was talking with an unknown person when shots were fired. The other person fled.

The incident is the second time a child has been killed by a gun in Sumter in the last six months.

Last Halloween, a Sumter man was charged with fatally shooting a 12-year-old trick-or-treater with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Quentin L. Patrick, 22, has been indicted but not yet tried on federal gun charges, court documents show.

Federal prosecutors are alleging that Patrick, who is a convicted felon, had the assault rifle, a 9 millimeter handgun and ammunition for both at his home. More on

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22-year-old Man charged in shooting death over argument at a bar

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Montana |

PABLO, Mont. — A 22-year-old Idaho man is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a member of the Salish Kootenai College national championship basketball team.

Juan C. Aldana Villanueva, of Post Falls, Idaho, is charged with killing 21-year-old Tim Wolfe after an argument at a bar in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, late Friday night. Shortly after closing time, Villanueva allegedly pulled up in a car and shot Wolfe in the head. More on Fort Mill Times

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Neighbor charged in woman’s death

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Montana |

Evergreen, Montana – An Evergreen man arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 42-year-old woman was charged Monday with deliberate homicide.

Baron James Foster, 47, is accused of using a 9 mm handgun to shoot his neighbor, 42-year-old Michele Miller, in the head late Friday after an argument escalated into violence. Miller and her roommate had gone next door to Foster’s apartment for a visit, court records show. A man who was in the apartment when the shooting occurred said Miller arrived for dinner about 10:30 p.m.

But Foster and Miller soon got into an argument that eventually escalated into a physical confrontation. Investigators are still attempting to determine the reason for the fight.

Foster, who had brought out a rifle, a pistol, and a knife to show another guest, allegedly picked up the handgun and held it to Miller’s neck before firing twice. More on Daily Inter Lake

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Man’s shoot death ruled accidental

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: accident, Indiana |

Lyles Station, IN – A Lyles Station man was died on Friday after shooting himself with his own handgun, investigators say.

Pedro Alvarez, 31, who resided on West Railroad Lane in Lyles Station, apparently had been firing the gun earlier at his residence with a friend, according to Gibson County Coroner Barrett Doyle.

Alvarez was later handling the gun in such a way that it discharged, said Doyle, who ruled the shooting accidental. More on Princeton Daily Clarion

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Father, Son Found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: murder-suicide, Texas |

GARLAND, Texas ― Neither a Sachse family nor Garland police know what motivated a father to shoot his 10-year-old son and then commit suicide. Their bodies were found Friday morning near Firewheel Golf Park in Garland.

Police say they may never know why 37-year-old Matthew Knapp, an outwardly stable family man with no known legal or medical issues, would suddenly turn a gun on his son, 10-year-old Brody, and then kill himself.

A man walking his dog made the grizzly discovery – two bodies lying near a creek bed. Arriving police found a pistol near Matthew Knapp’s body. They believe he shot Brody and then himself. More

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Altercation results in shooting death

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: Alabama, dispute - acquaintance |

Shorter, Alabama -An altercation that began at a club in Shorter, on May 8 led to the shooting death of Adarius Woods.

According to Macon County Sheriff David Warren, 28, Willie Oliver, who lives on Robin Lane in Shorter, was allegedly involved in the altercation with Woods at the club. At approximately 12:45 a.m. on May 8, Oliver fired a gun into the air inside the club to dispel the altercation before immediately leaving the premises and returning home.

Warren said based on witness testimony that Woods contacted his uncle, Tim Woods, after Oliver’s departure. Tim Woods, Adarius Woods and Antione Jerido then allegedly went to Oliver’s home to rob him.

Warren said witnesses said Tim Woods allegedly exited his vehicle on Oliver’s property with an assault rifle. Oliver’s girlfriend, who’s name was not released, allegedly grabbed the gun after a heated exchange between all parties, knocking the magazine from the rifle.

Warren said allegedly Adarius Woods and Oliver fought as Tim Woods and Oliver’s girlfriend wrestled. Warren said witnesses said at that point in time Oliver fatally shot Adarius Woods in the chest. More on The Tuskegee News

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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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14-year-old girl shot dead by 16-year-old boy at home

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Illinois |

West Frankfort, IL – Charges have been filed in a West Frankfort shooting death.

Austin Sandefur, 16, faces two counts of first degree murder for the death of Elizabeth Obrecht.  Obrecht, 14, died Tuesday night after being shot at a home on West 7th Street in West Frankfort.

In court documents, authorities allege Sandefur shot Obrecht in the chest with a semi-automatic handgun. More on

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Argument over girl led to shooting death of 16-year-old

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Illinois | Tags: , |

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Authorities say two 18-year-olds have been charged in the drive-by shooting of a 16-year-old Cahokia boy.

DeShawn Bell of Centreville and Travon Watson of Cahokia were each charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Kenneth Allen.

O’Fallon Police Capt. Eric VanHook says an argument over a girl may have led to the shooting on Tuesday night.

It’s not clear if the teens have attorneys, and neither has a listed telephone number in Centreville or Cahokia. They’re being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. More on

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