Man killed in apparent self-defense shooting in Stead

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — An investigation is underway after an apparent self-defense shooting left one man dead in Stead Thursday night.

Officers with the Reno Police Department responded to a home off Lagoon Drive near Mayors park just after 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 on the report of a shooting.

Police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Investigators said everyone involved in the shooting stayed on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Authorities believe the shooting was an act of self-defense and no arrests have been made at this time.

Police investigate stabbing in South Tulsa as self-defense

TULSA, Okla. — Police say they’re investigating a stabbing that took place Wednesday night in south Tulsa as self-defense.

According to the Tulsa Police Department, a man was hitting a home near 63rd and Peoria with a stick and looking into the window.

Police said the teen then went out to investigate and the suspect hit him with a stick.

According to police, the teen defended himself with a kitchen knife and stabbed the suspect multiple times, including in the chest.

Police said the suspect was later taken to the hospital and is now in critical but stable condition.


Woman reportedly shoots, kills potential attacker in Colorado Springs

A man was fatally shot when he reportedly tried to assault a woman in Colorado Springs early Monday, according to police.

Around 1:15 a.m., police responded to a shooting at an apartment complex in the 6900 block of Alpine Currant View, located directly southwest of Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard.

The woman who reported the shooting said she had been “about to be attacked by a male she just met,” so she shot him and then left the area, police said.

Officers located the woman in her car at a nearby hospital and found a deceased male in the apartment complex parking lot, officials said.

The woman was interviewed and released , police said.

One dead, one arrested following attempted home invasion in Spring Valley

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A man is dead, and another is in custody following an attempted home invasion in Spring Valley on Wednesday morning.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, reports of a shooting at a single-family residence in the 3300 block of Iberia Street around 9:02 a.m.

The caller claimed that two individuals dressed in dark clothing and masks attempted to enter their residence, and their son shot them.

Officers arriving on the scene made contact with the caller, who was identified as a 70-year-old man, and his son, who was identified as a 50-year-old man and the shooter. According to LVMPD Homicide Lieutenant Jason Johansson, both subjects with not be facing charges, as the shooting was determined to be in self-defense.

The father told officers that one of the suspects appeared to be dead in the backyard, where officers would discover the body of a 20-year-old man. Medical personnel arriving on the scene would declare him deceased.

The second suspect involved in the attempted invasion was seen leaping over the wall in the backyard and fleeing the scene in a gray sedan.

About 10 minutes after the initial 911 call, LVMPD also received reports of a reckless driver who drove through a parking lot on Tropicana and Jones at a “high rate of speed.” The vehicle was then seen leaving the lot headed eastbound on Tropicana.

Lt. Johansson says the vehicle was later involved in a collision on Tropicana and Decatur, where the sedan struck two other vehicles. After crashing, the suspect exited the vehicle, and police observed a “non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower leg.”

The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital and is currently in custody.

LVMPD will be looking into recent burglaries in the area to see if there are any possible connections. Lt. Johansson says that police have identified at least one incident of interest.

It’s currently unclear if the suspects were armed at the time of the incident.

Officers will be in the area for the next few hours to conduct an investigation into the incident. Drivers are advised to use caution when traveling in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

“Right now, it’s just gonna come down to interviewing, getting the rest of the surveillance footage, and serving a search warrant on the house and the vehicle,” Lt. Johansson said.

Resident shoots, kills attempted burglar at West Melbourne apartment

Police in West Melbourne are investigating after an attempted burglary turned into a deadly shooting inside an apartment complex early Sunday morning.

According to the West Melbourne Police Department, officers responded to an apartment at the Reserves of Melbourne off Doherty Drive for reports of a shooting inside an apartment.

Officers learned that multiple, possibly armed, subjects had forcefully entered an apartment. According to police, one suspect had a gun.

The apartment’s resident, armed with their own firearm, shot multiple times and struck two of the subjects.

One was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead. The second person who was shot also went to the hospital, where they are currently being treated.

Many in the neighborhood were caught off guard. “Oh my God. Sick, wow,” said Sarah Goodman, who has a relative in the apartment complex.

“I noticed six police cars and the yellow tape way out there,” Miles Svikhart, a resident, said. “Yes, it’s very scary,” a resident said.

After getting over the initial shock, people we talked to felt like the people in the apartment really had no choice.

“I mean, I’m a proud Second Amendment person myself. So if you invade my home, I’m going to protect my space,” Goodman said.

“The homeowner had to do something,” Svikhart said. “It’s self-defense. That’s why you have a gun. If he didn’t have that gun, I’m sure he’d be in a lot more trouble.”

At this point, no charges have been filed against the person who shot the home invaders. The State Attorney’s Office will handle that decision.

In the meantime, police are working to find out the motive and if they knew each other.

West Melbourne police say at least three people were in the apartment at the time of the home invasion. No one involved in the incident has been identified.

All sorts of crazy drugs out on the street.

‘He was like a lion in a cage’: Naked man shot dead inside restaurant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — One of the owners of a North Memphis restaurant says she was forced to shoot a naked intruder who threatened her and her family members inside the North Hollywood business late Monday night.

The woman, who did not want to be identified by name, said the man dressed only in sneakers showed up to Mr. Potato Head asking for water and managed to push his way inside, shutting the self-locking doors behind him.

She said the man became enraged when he couldn’t leave the restaurant, began damaging property, and jammed the doors trying to get out. She said he also punched her in the chest and continued to come toward her even though she was holding a gun.

“I was just afraid of his strength,” she said. “I’m pointing at him, asking him to calm down and stay away or get out of the store which the door was jammed, and he had no way out, so therefore I was between a rock and a hard place, and I just did what I had to do,” she said.

The woman said she fired one shot at the man when he charged her and shot him again when he picked up a chair to throw at her sister.

“It’s just a scary sight, and I know that people are saying what they could’ve done, what they would’ve done, but until you’re in a situation, you never know what you will do, especially when the fear hits you. You never know what you’re going to do. He was a big guy, big enough to hurt me,” she said.

The woman’s sister, who began live streaming after the shooting, said the man was like a lion locked in a cage. She said when they called the police, the naked man was on the ground, and she and her sister and brother were still locked inside the restaurant.

She said she went on Facebook to let loved ones know what was happening.

“If the police came in and arrested us or anything, my family needed to know. Somebody needed to know where we were or what was going on with us.”

Memphis Police said a man was transported to the hospital in critical condition and later died. They said a woman was detained but haven’t released any details about the shooting.

The woman who fired the shots said she was taken into custody but is not facing any charges.

She said she never wanted to take another life.

“I’m not a monster. I would never hurt anybody purposely. I just feared for my life and just did what I thought I was supposed to do,” she said. “I didn’t want him to die or anything like that. I just didn’t wanna be the one my mom had to claim to identify.”

The sisters said they recognized the man from the neighborhood. Police have not identified him.

Attempted armed robbery in Alpharetta thwarted by armed bystander

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A quick draw at a fast-food restaurant as police say a bystander stepped in and shot a robber. Now, the police are waiting to book the suspect on some serious charges once they get out of the hospital.

Police say a 57-year-old man tried to rob the manager at gunpoint, but a man who had just pulled in to order some food also had a gun.

“I’m glad somebody was there to help the people who could have been a victim,” said Shameerah Bates, one of the customers of the Zaxby’s restaurant located on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta where the attempted armed robbery took place.

It was closing time on Sunday night. Police say as the manager was leaving, an armed man approached him in the parking lot and tried to rob him.

“An independent witness observed the robbery in process, and intervened in the robbery, and shot the suspect after the suspect pointed his firearm at the witness and the victim,” said Alpharetta Police Lt. Andrew Splawn.

Alpharetta Police raced to the restaurant and set up a perimeter.

Investigators say the man had run into the woods to try to get away.

Officers were eventually able to track him to his location. They found he had two bullet wounds to his leg.

He was rushed to the hospital, but when he gets out, the 57-year-old man will face a number of charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police say the bystander with the gun ill not be charged.

“Georgia law allows a person to use reasonable force to protect themselves or a third party when they believe an individual or themselves is going to suffer serious bodily harm or death,” said Lt. Splawn. “We do believe this is going to be a defensive third-party incident, so at this time we don’t anticipate any charges for the witness.”

“I’m glad he was here and was able to stop him. People do stupid stuff, and there’s consequences,” said Angie Trapino, another Zaxby’s customer.

Police say the manager was shaken up and went to the hospital for some superficial injuries to be checked out, but is expected to be OK.

Homeowner needs target lessons.

Homeowner shoots intruder, and he responds, ‘You’re gonna have to kill me.’ So homeowner shoots him again

A homeowner shot a home intruder a second time after the intruder appeared to taunt the owner over the first gunshot wound he sustained, Georgia police said.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb told WAGA-TV that the incident unfolded at a residence on Thursday when the homeowner called police about an intruder. At the same time, the home’s alarm company was alerting the police about an intruder.

Babb says that the homeowner confronted the intruder in the basement and gave him a warning. After that, he fired one gunshot and struck the intruder.

The homeowner then took up a position at the top of his staircase on the second story of the home.

Babb said that the suspect started going up the stairs and said to the homeowner, “You’re gonna have to kill me.”

So the homeowner reportedly shot him a second time.

Deputies arrived about that time, and Babb said they struggled with the intruder to take him into custody. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment for his two gunshot wounds.

Babb told WAGA that the suspect was connect to a “string of crimes” that include a possible murder outside of the state of Georgia. Police are working with law enforcement authorities in that separate state.

Police believe that the man chose the home at random and had tried to gain entry into other homes in the upscale neighborhood.

Authorities have not released the identities of the homeowner or the suspect. They expect to release more information about the incident as their investigation continues.

Fayette County is in the northern part of the state and includes about 120,000 residents.

Here’s a local news report about the incident:

That last paragraph does nothing but prove that Assistant State Attorney is a moron, and/or a liar.

Gun-toting Florida man turns tables on sister’s ex who broke down front door

An armed Florida man who rushed to defend his sister from an abusive ex-boyfriend will face no charges after fatally shooting him, according to the local sheriff’s office.

“If someone points a gun at you and cocks it, you can shoot them,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons told WEAR News of the incident that unfolded last week.

Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home within the Silver Lake Mobile Home Park last Tuesday and found an unidentified 26-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Investigators said the man was the ex-boyfriend of a 24-year-old unidentified woman who lives in the home. The man reportedly broke the woman’s door down, entered the home and struck her “several times,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The woman grabbed her phone and texted her neighboring family members, including her 23-year-old brother who rushed to her home to protect her.

Investigators said another argument broke out when the brother arrived, and the ex-boyfriend pulled out a gun and aimed it at the brother.

“At one point, the male that forced entry into the trailer pulled out a handgun, pointed it at her brother and cocked it,” the sheriff said.

The woman’s brother was also armed, and he fired two shots at the man, killing him.

The brother is not facing charges, according to the sheriff’s office. The State Attorney’s Office added in a comment to WEAR News that recent Florida laws have expanded the scope of self-defense for residents.

“‘Stand Your Ground’ has expanded the area of the castle,” Assistant State Attorney John Molchan told the outlet. “We used to have the ‘Castle Doctrine,’ which said that your home was your castle and that you could use deadly force to defend yourself from a murderer or a person committing a forcible felony.”

Teen shoots man who was reportedly breaking into his home near 75th Avenue and Camelback Road

PHOENIX — A man is hurt after he was shot by a teenager while trying to break into a home in Phoenix late Friday night.

Phoenix police say they were called to the area near 75th Avenue and Camelback Road just after 10 p.m. for the report of a fight.

When officers arrived, they found a man had been shot, he was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police learned the man who was shot was trying to force his way into a home he does not live in and had no connection to.

A woman and a teenage boy who lived in the home confronted the man as he was trying to force his way in.

That’s when the teen reportedly shot the suspect.

The teen told police he shot the man in self-defense, and police say self-defense is consistent with other witnesses and evidence at the scene.

The man who was allegedly breaking into the home is facing charges, but it is not clear what those charges are.

Concealed carry holder shoots invader in Belmont Cragin; surge in FOID holders in Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police late Tuesday were investigating a home invasion turned violent the day before in Belmont Cragin.

Holes in the door frame of a house in the 2100 block of North Meade Avenue show where at least one bullet hit Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, as CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported, police said the homeowner who pulled the trigger was well within his rights.

The man who shot the intruder has a valid Firearm Owners Identification card and Concealed Carry license, police said.

CCL instructors said the surge in residents wanting to have and use a gun legally has continued well after the height of COVID-19.

Concealed carry instructors Creative and Alexis Scott were demonstrating with plastic guns and practice targets when we met with them. But they said the scene in Belmont Cragin on Monday is the number-one reason residents continue to sign up for their classes.

“It’s our right to protect our home; our dwelling,” said Creative Scott.

Chicago Police said a 26-year-old man was in his house on Monday afternoon when a man broke in.

The resident, a licensed FOID and CCL holder, shot the intruder twice in the chest.

The suspect was taken to the hospital in serious condition, and charges were still pending late Tuesday.

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Armed intruder killed during Slidell home invasion early Tuesday morning

SLIDELL – A home invader was killed after forcing his way into a Slidell home early Tuesday morning.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said the attack happened around 1 a.m. at a home on Rue De La Paix. The department said a 911 call initially came in around that time, but the caller hung up before law enforcement could get details on the situation.

Authorities called the number back and a woman explained that the intruder entered the house and got into a fight with the homeowner and another person who was staying there.

All three involved in the encounter were hurt, and the unnamed burglar was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. One of the people who was inside the home at the time of the attack remains hospitalized in stable condition.

At this time, investigators believe the attacker targeted the home and that it was not a random break-in.

Woman shot after allegedly kicking in door during home invasion at north Harris County apartment complex

HOUSTON – A woman believed to be a home invasion suspect was shot after kicking in a door at an apartment complex in north Harris County Tuesday, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office said.

Constable deputies were called to 311 N. Vista Dr.

According to investigators, a caller told them that a woman kicked in her door and she fired her weapon, striking the suspect.

EMS is at the scene for the suspect. Her condition is not known.

Woman shot after allegedly kicking in door during home invasion at north Harris County apartment complex
Woman shot after allegedly kicking in door during home invasion at north Harris County apartment complex (Harris County Precinct 4)

Constable deputies have not provided any additional information at this time.

Car burglars don’t get any more leeway

Man shot by person that allegedly broke into his car in Bloomfield
(who was also shot by the victim)

Police said a man and apparent thief are injured after an attempted car burglary turned into a violent confrontation in Bloomfield on Thursday.

Officers were called to a home on Cottage Grove Circle at about 5 a.m. for a reported car break-in and shots fired incident.

A homeowner told authorities that someone had broken into his car, which was parked in his driveway. The alleged thief approached him and the man fired what he described as a warning shot into the ground.

That’s when the suspect ran towards a vehicle parked in the road, grabbed a firearm and shot at the man, hitting his arm. The alleged thief fled the scene, according to police.

The homeowner was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Police later discovered that the suspect walked into a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to his face.

Hartford police said a car with shell casings and blood was located on Madison Street, which is near the hospital. The vehicle was seized and towed to the Bloomfield Police Department.

Detectives responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. 23-year-old Yavier Ruiz-Valez was arrested and faces several charges in connection to the incident, including assault with a firearm, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, burglary, larceny and more.

Suspected car burglar shot by vehicle’s owner outside SW Houston apartment complex

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A suspected car burglar was shot in southwest Houston early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Houston police responded to a shooting call at an apartment complex in the 6200 block of W. Airport Boulevard shortly after 4 a.m.

At the scene, a citizen waved officers down and told them their vehicle had been broken into.

The vehicle owner told HPD they noticed their car had been broken into, and then they spotted two individuals nearby. That’s when a shootout began with the suspects, the owner said.

The suspects allegedly stole a handgun from the car before the shootout.

One of the suspects was shot and officers applied two tourniquets at the scene. He was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.

No one else was injured, HPD said. It’s unclear if the second suspect got away.

Homeowner shoots 2 suspects breaking into vehicle in DeKalb County neighborhood

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A shooting investigation is underway in a DeKalb County neighborhood.

DeKalb County police told Channel 2 Action News at 2:35 a.m. Monday, officers received reports of a person shot at a home on Leicester Way SE.
When officers arrived, they found two people who had been shot.

The identities and conditions of the shooting victims have not been released.
Police believe two people were breaking into cars when a homeowner confronted them.
One of the suspects raised a gun and pointed it at the homeowner and the homeowner shot both suspects.

Police say the homeowner is not facing charges at this time.

The two suspects are stable and remain hospitalized.Charges are pending for their arrest.

Armed robber shot during stick up on Canal Street

New Orleans Police say an armed robbery gone wrong ended with a store clerk shooting a suspect.

“The NOPD is investigating a shooting in the 4700 block of Canal Street. Initial information shows a male victim located on scene with a reported gunshot wound to the hand,” Senior Public Information Officer Aaron Looney said in an email.

Further investigation revealed that the person shot was allegedly one of the robbers. “The subject injured by gunfire is considered to be one of two reported suspects in this incident. The injured suspect was transported to a local hospital via EMS for treatment. The second suspect reportedly fled the scene.”

Looney says the call came in just before 2:00am.

An initial police report said, “Suspects entered business at location. One suspect produced handgun. Store clerk produced handgun and fired shots toward suspects, striking one suspect.” The investigation continues.

Homeowner shoots intruder wanted by sheriff’s office

BUTLER, Pa. — According to Butler City Police, a man broke into a house where the homeowner held him at gunpoint and eventually shot him.

Channel 11′s Rich Pierce spoke to the homeowner, Jeremy Cox.

“Nothing was really going through my head except for the fact that I didn’t want to kill him, but if I had to kill him, I would,” Cox said.

“It was a loud bang and a scrape sound. We just kind of looked at each other like, ‘What the hell was that?’” Cox said. He and his girlfriend had just ordered pizza when they heard the noise and went downstairs to investigate.

Cox says Harvey was halfway through the door when he saw him. He grabbed his gun while his girlfriend called 911.

“He said he was hiding from the cops and they were outside,” Cox said. The cops were not outside.

Jeremy says Harvey had a mostly empty liter of vodka with him and appeared intoxicated. He told Harvey to put his hands on the washing machine.

“I took a step back again, he took a step forward. He kept telling me, ‘no, no, no’ then I fired a shot to the side of him to hopefully scare him,” Cox said. “He said ‘no’ and he came forward again. I shot him in his side.”

The bullet grazed Harvey. According to police, he was treated for the wound at Butler Hospital. Jeremy is still thinking about pulling the trigger.

“It is. It’s weighing on me a lot because a lot of people are telling me I should’ve taken his life. Other people are saying ‘you did good’ by not taking his life. It’s kind of eating at me.”

According to Butler Police, Harvey had been wanted by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. He’s facing a felony burglary charge once he’s released from the hospital. Jeremy will likely face no charges.

Man shot in the neck while trying to break into neighbor’s home

JACKSON, MI – A Jackson man was shot in the neck Monday morning while he was allegedly trying to break into his neighbor’s home after she yelled at him.

Police were called at about 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, to a townhouse in the 1200 block of Heather Drive for report of man with a knife smashing the windows of a woman’s home while apparently trying to get inside, according to the Jackson Police Department.

While en route to the scene, police were told shots were fired and the man had been shot by the woman, police said.

The man, 19, suffered a single gunshot wound to the neck and was taken to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital for emergency treatment. He currently is listed in stable condition, police said.

The preliminary investigation indicates the woman, 26, heard what sounded like a domestic dispute in the adjacent townhome and began knocking on the wall telling them to keep it down, police said.

After being told to be quiet, the man exited his home with a knife and began breaking the woman’s window leading her to call 911, police said.

The woman then shot the man as he allegedly tried to get inside the home, police said.

No arrests have been made. It is believed the woman was acting in self-defense, police said.

The incident remains under investigation. Once completed, the case will be sent to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Would-be burglar shot by homeowner; 2 charged with attempted murder

MAINE (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office said a homeowner defended his house from two would-be burglars this week.

According to a news release, two Binghamton residents, Jayvon Phillip; 21 and Rozlyn Warthen; 31, have been charged with attempted murder and attempted burglary after a botched home invasion on Bradley Creek Road in the Town of Maine on Aug. 23.

Around 10 p.m., officers responded to the location and determined that a masked suspect had tried to get into the home unlawfully and pointed a gun at the homeowner.

According to the office, the homeowner exchanged gunfire in front of his home with the suspect. Two shots were fired by the homeowner and eight were fired by the suspect. Eventually, the suspect fled the area before deputies arrived.

Detectives responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. The detectives believed that the suspect sustained a gunshot wound during the shootout. The homeowner was not injured. The sheriff’s office said the homeowner was in his legal right to defend himself and his home.

Authorities said the incident was not a random attack and the homeowner was specifically targeted.

An investigation determined that Phillip and Warthen went to the home armed with illegal handguns in an attempt to burglarize the home. Phillips sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and is being treated at a hospital. Information about his condition was not released.

Phillip and Warthen were charged with the following:

Attempted murder in the second degree, criminal liability for the conduct of another, a class B felony
Attempted burglary in the first degree, a class B felony
Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, a class B felony

Would-be robber shot, killed by Metairie cab driver he targeted

A man who tried to rob a Metairie taxi driver at gunpoint was shot and killed when the cabbie fired his own pistol in self-defense early Monday morning, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The death of Gerald Pope, 23, was classified as a justifiable homicide, said Capt. Jason Rivarde, a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. The taxi driver, 43, will not face criminal charges, according to authorities.

Gerald Pope
Gerald Pope Photo from NOPD

The shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. near the intersection of Robertson Street and Merit Way (map)

The cab driver, who was not publicly identified, shot Pope multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Tim Genevay, a spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.

“The driver was presented with a threat to his life,” Rivarde said in explaining why the shooting is being considered justifiable.

Sheriff’s Office investigators suspect Pope is the man who robbed two other drivers from the same cab company, according to Rivarde.

Pope matched the description of the robber in a holdup at 3 p.m. the day before the shooting and another reported last week, Rivarde said. No other details were immediately available about the two earlier robberies.

When asked why the Sheriff’s Office did not release any information about the fatal shooting on the day it occurred, Rivarde said, “The sanctity of the criminal investigations comes before anything. In an investigation like this, ensuring that information about the shooting was not publicly available was very important.