DeKalb County homeowner shoots, kills man who broke into his home

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A man is dead after police say he tried breaking into a DeKalb County home early Thursday morning.

Investigators interviewed the homeowner, who they say shot and killed the intruder.

One neighbor told Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach that she heard two loud blasts and detectives said the homeowner used a shotgun. “It was that close, it was that loud,” one neighbor told Gehlbach, asking not to be identified.

DeKalb County police said they got a call of shots fired at a home on Peachcrest Road around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

The neighbor said she heard two shots while getting ready for work.

“it’s kind of hard to believe. I’ve been living here my whole life, never had a break-in, never had anything like that,” the neighbor said.

But Sandy Mize, who lives next door, wasn’t that surprised.

“We didn’t hear the shots, but around here there’s shootings going on all the time,” Mize said.

Dekalb police said the man who tried to break in was shot and killed inside the house by the homeowner. He has not been identified.

Investigators have not said if there was any connection with the suspect or if the intruder also had a weapon.

“We knew he had guns though,” Mize said.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was outside the home on Thursday night when a group of women from the Salvation Army came to the home to pray over it and offer assistance to the family.

Neighbor Gary Casten had no idea what brought all the police to his neighborhood and was speechless when he heard what had happened.

“Wow, I didn’t know,” Casten said. “You don’t have stuff like that happen around here.”

Neighbors said the homeowner lives in the home with his girlfriend but aren’t sure if there was a reason they would be targeted, or if it was just a random crime.

Gehlbach said it appears the homeowner will not face any charges because he was defending himself and his property.

“I just think it’s a sad state of affairs for the country,” one neighbor said. “In this case, somebody having a gun was a good thing.”

Armed civilian who stopped Greenwood Mall shooter named Citizen of the Year

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GREENWOOD — The City of Greenwood took time this week to honor the man responsible for stopping the gunman inside the Greenwood Park Mall in July.

Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers chose Elisjsha Dicken as the 2022 recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award for the city.

In his nomination letter, Myers recounted what occurred on July 17 inside the mall and shared thanks for the fast action of Dicken.

“July 17th started off to be another beautiful day in Greenwood. Unfortunately, it became one of the darkest days in our history. A lone gunman entered the Food Court in the Greenwood Park Mall. As he emerged from the restroom he began firing a rifle, killing 3 people.

Hearing shots ring out, Elisjsha Dicken immediately identified the shooter, took cover behind a pillar, drew his weapon and fired at the shooter from 40 yards away. He was able to eliminate the threat. While doing this Elisjsha also was waving innocent civilians to safety. There were countless number of innocent lives saved that day due to his quick and selfless thinking. The City of Greenwood and the residents here owe a great debt of gratitude to Elisjsha.

Because of his heroic actions the City of Greenwood proudly honors Elisjsha Dicken as the 2022 Citizen of the Year.”

Following the mass shooting at the mall, Greenwood Police Chief said the following of Dicken.

“I will say his actions were nothing short of heroic. He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun,” Ison said. “(He) was very tactically sound as he moved to close in on the suspect, he was also motioning for people to exit behind him. He has no police training and no military background.”

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Annually, the city recognizes a civilian, a firefighter, an officer and an EMT.

Two dead after Garland apartment resident shoots burglars in self-defense

Two suspected burglars were found dead at a Garland apartment complex after a man said they broke into his apartment and began firing shots. The resident returned fire, fatally shooting both, police said.

Just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Garland police were dispatched to a burglary in progress where gunshots were fired. Police responded to Woodlands at The Preserve, an apartment complex in the 4300 block of North Garland Avenue.

When they arrived at the scene, officers observed two men who suffered from apparent gunshot wounds, according to police. One victim was found inside the apartment, and the other victim was found outside near the same residence. Paramedics responded, and both victims were declared dead at the scene. The resident of the apartment informed police that the two men forced entry into his unit and began shooting at him. The resident said he returned fire back to defend himself, according to police.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner has not released the names or ages of the deceased men. Detectives are still trying to determine why the individuals targeted the apartment.

Suspect shot by CPL holder during robbery outside Detroit liquor store

DETROIT (FOX 2) – When a man tried to rob a man at gunpoint at a Detroit liquor store, the victim pulled out a handgun and shot the suspect.

According to a court filing, ShotSpotter picked up gunshots in the parking lot of Carmen’s Delicatessen just after 9:50 p.m. Feb. 8. When officers arrived, two people flagged them down. One man, Victim 1, had his hands over his head and said he had a concealed pistol license.

The pair told police that they went to the store and saw two men standing outside. One of those men was later identified as Joshua Fordham. They went into the store and were followed by Fordham and the other man.

Once they walked outside, Fordham, who was armed, allegedly followed the victims and threatened to kill Victim 2 if Victim 1 did not give him everything he had. Victim 1 said he gave Fordham his wallet. As Fordham was patting down Victim 1, he pulled out a gun and shot Fordham in the chest, the court filing said.

Police found Fordham on the ground with a handgun nearby. It appeared to have malfunctioned, police said.

Surveillance video confirmed what the victims told police.

Fordham, who is a felon with previous convictions for armed robbery and firearms violations, is now charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

18-year-old shot while trying to steal car; stray bullet hits nearby home in Tacony

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — An 18-year-old suspect was shot multiple times while trying to steal a car in Philadelphia’s Tacony section.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday on the 4400 block of Princeton Avenue.

Police say the 18-year-old and another suspect were in the process of stealing a Toyota Corolla, but the 26-year-old owner came outside.

That’s when a gun battle erupted on the residential street.

“I heard a few gunshots and then I heard more gunshots. And it was close to my window. So I jumped on the ground and then I heard my neighbors screaming,” said one resident.

The 18-year-old was shot four times and tried to run away. He made it to the 7100 block of Cottage Street before collapsing on the pavement.

“They found a handgun that the 18-year-old had in his possession and was firing at the 26-year-old that came out,” police said.

The suspect was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital and placed in critical condition.

Police say the other suspect was able to take off in the Toyota Corolla but crashed the vehicle into a nearby Jeep during the escape.

The Jeep belongs to the man who lives on the block. His home was hit by stray gunfire during the shootout.

He didn’t want to speak on camera but says the bullet flew past his head as he worked in his office.

Neighbors are shaken up by such a brazen crime right in the middle of the day.

“I just said, we have to police our own neighborhood at this point because no one else is going to do it for us. It’s a shame,” said Stephanie Dina of Tacony.

The car owner who fired the weapon was licensed to carry, police said.

No other injuries were reported. The second suspect was able to get away.

Man killed in Battle Creek in apparent self-defense shooting

BATTLE CREEK — A 40-year-old Fulton man was killed in a Wednesday shooting inside an apartment in what police are calling a self-defense shooting.

The man is accused of breaking into an apartment at Georgetown Estates, Battle Creek police said.

Officers responded to a distress call at the 1975 E. Columbia Ave. apartment complex around 9:41 p.m. Wednesday where they found Donald Richard Guthrie had been shot.

Guthrie was transported by LifeCare Ambulance to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo where he later died, police said.

“It appears that Guthrie had forced his way into the victim’s Georgetown Estates apartment, at which time the victim shot Guthrie,” police said in a release. “At this time, it appears that the victim acted in self-defense.”

The case will be submitted to the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office for review, police said. An investigation is ongoing.

Police declined to release any further details Thursday.

Man killed in Battle Creek in apparent self-defense shooting

BATTLE CREEK — A 40-year-old Fulton man was killed in a Wednesday shooting inside an apartment in what police are calling a self-defense shooting.

The man is accused of breaking into an apartment at Georgetown Estates, Battle Creek police said.

Officers responded to a distress call at the 1975 E. Columbia Ave. apartment complex around 9:41 p.m. Wednesday where they found Donald Richard Guthrie had been shot.

Guthrie was transported by LifeCare Ambulance to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo where he later died, police said.

“It appears that Guthrie had forced his way into the victim’s Georgetown Estates apartment, at which time the victim shot Guthrie,” police said in a release. “At this time, it appears that the victim acted in self-defense.”

The case will be submitted to the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office for review, police said. An investigation is ongoing.

Police declined to release any further details Thursday.

Dunning resident shoots suspected home burglar; reported burglaries up 54 percent in 16th District in 2023

A Dunning homeowner shot a suspected burglar in his left forearm at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, March 5, inside the owner’s house in the 3600 block of North Newcastle Avenue, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.

The resident reported that he was awakened by his dog barking and that he then called out his son’s name and when no one responded, he retrieved his gun and went to search his home, according to police.

He also told police that when he went to check the basement, his dog ran in front of him and made a distressing sound and that he then saw a man in the basement holding a dark object, police said. He told officers that he instructed the man not to move and fired one shot after the man allegedly began moving toward him, police said.

The basement lights reportedly were off during the interaction, police said.

The man, who was transported in serious condition to Lutheran General Hospital, reportedly told officers that “she told me” the side door would be open, police said. There were no signs of forced entry on the home’s side door, and it may have been left unlocked, police said.

The suspect, who was identified by police as Jeremy Tyler Polfliet, age 27, of the 3600 block of Esquire Lane, Georgia, was charged with residential burglary, police said.

The homeowner has an Illinois firearms owner identification card, police said.

The incident marks the second time this year in the 16th District that a resident shot a suspected home intruder. The other occurred on Monday, Jan. 30, when an 80-year-old man shot the intruder in his chest.


Home break-in under investigation in Roanoke County

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke County Police Department says a person was shot during a break-in at an apartment complex on Sunday morning.

Around 2:41 a.m. on March 5, officers responded to the North Point Apartments for a call of a break-in. At the scene, investigators learned the homeowner used their gun and the alleged intruder was shot.

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The yet-to-be-identified person was taken to the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Investigators say the homeowner is fully cooperating and the incident remains under investigation.

Man shoots, seriously wounds intruder on Northwest Side

CHICAGO (CBS) – A man shot and seriously wounded another man who broke into his home on the city’s Northwest Side early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened in the 3600 block of North Newcastle Avenue in Dunning around 1:20 a.m.

Chicago police say officers responded to the residence and found the suspect, 27, shot in the arm.

The victim told officers that he was awakened by his dog’s barking, heard a loud noise in the basement, and proceeded with his firearm to check.

The victim found the unknown suspect in the house who proceeded to walk toward him. The victim then discharged his weapon – striking the intruder, police said.

The suspect was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in serious condition and is in custody.

No further injuries were reported. Area Five Detectives are investigating.


Man turns the tables on attempted robbers

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police say an elderly man was shot while fighting back during an attempted robbery.

It happened just after 11 p.m. at 10th and York Streets in North Philadelphia.

Police say the 71-year-old man was heading home after picking up take-out food from a Chinese restaurant when two suspects tried to rob him.

That’s when the man pulled out his own gun, and he and the suspects fired shots.

The 71-year-old was hit in the leg and is expected to be OK.

The suspects ran off.

Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small said detectives are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area to see where they might have went.

“Hopefully these cameras recorded something that can help us,” Small said.

The victim was just a few blocks from his home when he was shot, Small added.

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Two people shot in attempted Glens Falls break-in

Two people were shot in Glens Falls, following what police are calling an attempted home invasion.

The two people shot were breaking into the home when a third person who lived there shot them, a city spokesperson said. The two remained at Albany Medical Center Thursday night, with one in critical condition.

Glens Falls Police and New York State Police were interviewing the alleged shooter and trying to determine what crimes were committed.

All three of the people involved are from the Glens Falls and Hudson Falls area, police said.

Local attorney Tucker Stanclift is representing the person suspected of firing the gun. He described a case of self defense as the break-in unfolded. He did not provide NewsChannel 13 with the identity of his client.

No one has been charged at this time.

Shootout during alleged attempted burglary in central Bakersfield, 2 injured

Two men are in the hospital after a shoot-out, police say happened during an attempted burglary in central Bakersfield Thursday night.

According to Bakersfield police, on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at around 7:04 p.m., officers were called to a home in the 2300 block Pine Street regarding reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from a gunshot injury.

Police said the investigation found that the man arrived home and saw an unknown vehicle parked in his driveway and several unknown men running out from his home towards the parked vehicle.

One of the men had a gun and began firing at the victim while he was inside his car, according to police. The victim, a licensed concealed carry permit holder possessing a gun, returned fire. Police said during the exchange of gunfire, the victim sustained a non-life-threatening injury.

The suspects were able to drive away in the suspect vehicle.

Bakersfield Police Department detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Police said 43-year-old Melvin Carter of Palmdale, was identified as one of the suspects after arriving at a hospital with a gunshot injury sustained during the shoot-out with the victim. Carter is in serious but stable condition.

Police said pursuant to the investigation, 36-year-old Frederick Minnoy III of Bakersfield was taken into custody for his role in the attempted burglary and shooting. Minnoy was transported and booked into the Kern County Jail for attempted murder, conspiracy, and attempted residential burglary.

Burglar arrested after being shot by homeowner in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) on Friday arrested a man accused of burglarizing a home after he was shot by the homeowner.

According to NCPD, officers responded to a home on Cambridge Avenue just after 4 a.m.

The suspect, later identified as John Jones (42), was involved in an altercation at the Cheap Way Gas Station where he allegedly put an acquaintance of the homeowner in a chokehold.

Jones then reportedly went to the home on Cambridge Avenue.

Jones kicked in both the screen and front doors of the home before the homeowner fired shots toward him, the report stated.

The owner told authorities that he did not recall striking Jones, and that Jones left the residence and tried jumping over a fence to flee.

Arriving officers found a trail of blood from the front door of the home to the roadway.

Police then found Jones standing outside on South Allen Drive and identified him.

While placing him into custody, police learned Jones had a warrant out of Charleston County.

Jones was charged with first-degree burglary. He was treated for his gunshot wounds at a local hospital.

IMPD says domestic incident led to deadly shooting of attempted home intruder

INDIANAPOLIS – A man is dead after police said he was shot trying to force his way into an apartment on Indy’s northeast side.

Just after 1 a.m., police were called to the Bayview Club apartments near 75th and Shadeland and found Cavin Pogue Jr. shot. The 31-year-old died after being taken to the hospital.

Police confirm the shooting appears to be domestic related.

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Because investigators claim Pogue was acting as a home intruder, his death, while still a homicide, does not appear to be criminal.

“People are allowed to use deadly force to protect themselves and their homes against intruders,” said attorney Mario Massillamany.

Attorney Mario Massillamany said Indiana lawmakers have given people a lot of freedom to defend their homes.

“Our legislature values that your home is your castle and you have a lot more protections than if you’re on the street,” said Massillamany. “You do not have a duty to retreat. You are allowed to feel safe in your own home.”

The death Tuesday morning is just the latest in a series of non-criminal homicides to start 2023.

Ten of the first 36 homicides this year have been deemed accidental, self-defense or cleared without charges.

That’s a dramatic increase over the last two years on the same date, when there was only one non-criminal homicide in 2021 and three in 2022.

Lincoln Park man, 73, opens fire on catalytic converter thieves

Chicago — A Lincoln Park man fired shots at a catalytic converter theft crew that pointed a gun at him overnight, according to a Chicago police report. No injuries were reported.

The 73-year-old man saw two thieves trying to steal his catalytic converter in the 2000 block of North Larrabee around 3:40 a.m. He confronted the thieves, and one of them brandished a firearm, prompting the victim to open fire, a police spokesperson said.

Both thieves escaped in a dark SUV, which struck a parked car as they fled the scene, according to police.

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Neighbors who called 911 said they heard yelling, followed by two or three gunshots. Police said the victim is licensed to own firearms.

Another round of catalytic converter thefts was reported in the area just after 5 a.m. One incident was reported in the 2200 block of North Cleveland, just a couple of blocks from where the shots were fired earlier. Witnesses said the thieves on Cleveland fled in a white Dodge Durango.

Homeowner shoots suspect in Ogle County home invasion

CHANA, Ill. (WTVO) — A suspect in a home invasion was shot by a resident in Chana early Sunday morning, according to police.

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to a home in the 9000 block of E. Fowler Road around 1:11 a.m.

When police arrived, they found the offender had been shot in the lower abdomen by someone living at the residence, authorities said.

The man was taken to the Rochelle airport and flown to Saint Anthony’s in Rockford via Life Flight helicopter.

Police said the suspect is in critical but stable condition. The incident is under investigation, police said, adding that charges are possible.