Police in Palmetto say Brian Williams, Palmetto’s City Commissioner, opened fire when a man running from officers after crashing into a different house tried to force his way inside.
Around 10pm on Thursday, officers attempted to stop a vehicle being driven recklessly on 4th Street West, but the driver fled and crashed into a home on 600 block. The driver and passenger both took off running after the crash. Police say they managed to grab the passenger immediately but the driver, 22-year-old Avelino Misreal Vasquez-Perez of Palmetto, ran off.
Police say Vasquez-Perez climbed a six-foot fence and ended up in the backyard of a home on the 600 block of Riverside Drive, which is less than a quarter mile away from the crash. Police say once in the backyard, Vasquez-Perez forced his way into the garage and was trying to get into the home through an interior door when he was confronted by the homeowner, Brian Williams.
Williams ordered Vasquez-Perez to the ground and instructed his daughter to call 911. According to police, when Vasquez-Perez tried to physically push past Williams to get out of the house, Williams opened fire.
Vasquez-Perez fled the house and was immediately taken into custody. He was transported to Blake Medical Center with two gunshot wounds and is listed in stable condition.
Vasquez-Perez is charged with burglary, battery and resisting arrest. He will also face traffic charges.
Palmetto Police say although the investigation is ongoing, Williams acted in self-defense and will not face any charges.
One person was critically injured in a shooting during an armed robbery in south Wichita on Friday afternoon, officials said.
Wichita police were called to the 2700 block of South Seneca at around 2:44 p.m. for a reported armed robbery, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. One shooting victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, the supervisor said.
Lt. Chris Halloran said a customer at the checkout counter of the B and H Fast Trips convenience store shot at least one of four people trying to rob the store.
“A customer was in line when four individuals came in at gunpoint and demanded money,” he said. “The citizen also got robbed and the citizen pulled a gun and shot at the suspects.”
A man was wounded in a shootout after men broke into his apartment near Uptown on Thursday night, police said.
Police arrived at the apartment in the 5400 block of Beverly Hill, near Richmond Avenue, around 9:15 p.m. The front door was kicked open, and the victim wasn’t home, said Lt. Larry Crowson of the Houston Police Department.
The officers got word from Bellaire police that the homeowner was in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the rear, Crowson said.
The homeowner told police that he grabbed his gun after several men busted into his home, sparking a shootout. It’s unknown whether any of the suspects were hit.