Man fatally shot after breaking into Orion Township house to attack ex-girlfriend

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (FOX 2) – A 67-year-old suspect was fatally shot after breaking into a residence to attack his ex-girlfriend in Orion Township Wednesday morning.

The suspect was fatally wounded by the ex-girlfriend’s stepson inside the house, on Elkhorn Lake Road around 10 a.m. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

The woman and her stepson retreated to an upstairs bedroom after Galen Gavitt broke into the residence using an ax. Once inside, the stepson – who had his own gun – barricaded the door and the woman hid in the attached bathroom.

Gavitt fired a shot through the door, causing the man, 36, to duck for cover on the floor. Gavitt came into the room, pointed a gun at the woman’s stepson and told him ‘I’m here for her’ Bouchard said.

“(Gavitt) moved towards the bathroom door, and at that point, the stepson fired one round from his weapon, which struck the assaulting suspect, who is down, deceased. So it kind of played out very quickly,” Bouchard said.

Gavitt had previously threatened to kill the woman, and already had a personal protection order and extreme risk protection order filed against him.

His ex-girlfriend had lived with him for 17 years in Tuscola County before she sought refuge in her stepdaughter’s house in Orion Township.

Gavitt broke into the home using the ax to break a basement window. Both the woman and her stepson were not injured.

Bouchard said that it appears Gavitt got his ex-wife’s weapon and took that to the Orion Township house to shoot his former live-in girlfriend. Gavitt’s own two firearms had already been confiscated from the state’s so-called Red Flag law by police in Tuscola County.

Although the investigation is ongoing, the sheriff said that the stepson’s actions appeared justified as Gavitt was going after his ex-girlfriend with a gun that he had already fired before forcing his way into the bedroom.

Bouchard said he didn’t know how the man bracing against the door was missed by the blind gunshot fired from Gavitt.

“By the grace of God,” he said. “It depends on where in the door it went through.”

Home invader shot by DeKalb County resident

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – An alleged home invader is recovering in the hospital after police say they were shot by a DeKalb County resident early Friday morning.

Officials say the shooting happened around 4 a.m. on the 3000 block of Bedevere Circle.

Police responding to the scene found a person who had been shot.

According to investigators, it appeared like the two people involved in the shooting had gotten into a fight earlier in the evening. After they separated, police say the suspect tried to break into the home and was shot.

The allegedly wanna-be home invader is expected to survive their injuries, police say.

Officers are not charging the homeowner at this time.

ECSO investigating fatal shooting in Warrington as self-defense

A man was shot and killed during an alleged robbery at the Forest Creek Apartments in Warrington on Friday evening, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

ECSO spokesperson Morgan Lewis told the News Journal that they are investigating the shooting as self defense.

“We don’t anticipate any charges at this time,” she told the News Journal.

Investigators discovered a video of two men getting into a confrontation with one another. The now-deceased man pulled out a firearm, and according to Lewis used it to rob the second man of his firearm.

Unbeknownst to alleged robber, the second man had another firearm and used it to shoot and kill the other individual, according to Lewis.

Lewis said the investigation remains open.

Prosecutor says deadly shooting in downtown Anderson appears to be self-defense

ANDERSON, Ind. — A deadly shooting in downtown Anderson may have been justified under the law, according to the local prosecutor.

Anderson police confirmed the shooter has not been arrested and the prosecutor said he does not expect to file any criminal charges in this case.

The violence took place just before 10 p.m. Monday in downtown Anderson.

While walking down the sidewalk along 9th Street, investigators believe a 51-year-old local businessman was playing a Pokémon-style scavenger hunt on his phone when a complete stranger ambushed him.

“Just about a block from the courthouse he was approached by a homeless person who punched him in the face and stole his cell phone,” said Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.

Cummings said that is when the robbery victim pulled out his gun in a parking lot along 9th Street and killed 43-year-old Michael Piercy, just a few hundred feet away from the Madison County Courthouse.

“Everything that’s been presented to me it looks like a very strong self-defense case,” said Cummings.

While the robbery suspect wasn’t armed at the time of the shooting, Indiana law does allow people to defend themselves from a physical attack.

“You can use deadly force to defend yourself or your property if you have reason to believe you could be injured or killed,” said Cummings.

Before he was killed, Piercy also allegedly threatened to harm several other people around downtown.

The prosecutor said while the shooting had a tragic outcome, so far it does not appear to be a criminal homicide.

“I mean this is one where someone defended himself and it could have been worse had he not had a gun, but gun violence is really over the top in the community and this town,” said Cummings.

In a press release on Thursday, Anderson police confirmed it’s believed that an altercation between the two individuals led to the shooting. At present, no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

Staff at north Topeka business shoot individual in response to alleged threats

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Police say staff at a local business shot a dangerous individual Wednesday in north Topeka.

Rosie Nichols with the City of Topeka told 27 News in a written statement officers with the Topeka Police Department (TPD) were called just after 11 p.m. on July 10 to a shooting in the 200 block of NW Independence Avenue. Law enforcement was told an individual entered a local business after it had closed for the day.

The individual allegedly pulled out a weapon and began threatening staff. This prompted staff to shoot the individual who then fled the area, eventually arriving at a local hospital.

Nichols said the individual is in stable condition and that officers have made contact with everyone involved in the incident. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Colorado Finds 1 in 4 Homicides with Firearms are ‘Justifiable Self Defense’

The number of times firearms are used in self-defense is difficult to quantify. In a rare analysis of data concerning deaths related to firearms, the Colorado Center for Health & Environmental data has produced figures that indicate firearms are commonly used for self-defense.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment analyzed 5,287  firearm-related deaths in Colorado from 2016 to 2020. Of those deaths, the vast majority, 73.6%, were suicides. 24.9% were homicides/assaults (about 1316). Of the homicides, 24.7% were justifiable self-defense (about 325).

Firearms availability has minimal if any, effect on overall suicide rates. Firearms availability may increase or decrease overall homicide rates. The preponderance of the evidence is the availability of firearms has either no effect or slightly reduces overall homicide rates. Increasing legal firearms carry appears to have a small but measurable effect in decreasing overall homicide rates.

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Homeowner shoots an attempted burglar in Valley Village

A Valley Village [California] home became the scene of a shooting investigation Monday afternoon after the homeowner fired his weapon at attempted burglars, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Investigators believe three masked men tried to break into the home on Addison Street near Colfax Avenue, but they were stopped by the property owner.

The homeowner fired his weapon, injuring one of the three suspected burglars.

While the injured suspect was conscious and breathing when officers responded to the scene, the other suspects ran away.

Man shot, killed in self-defense in Pike County

LOUISIANA, Mo. (First Alert 4) – Law enforcement is investigating a deadly shooting in Louisiana, Missouri, on Saturday.

Members of the Louisiana Police Department, Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the 800 block of North 4th Street in Louisiana, Missouri, for a call for a shooting Saturday. At the scene, they found a 53-year-old had been shot by a 24-year-old and was killed.

The deceased has been identified as Daniel W. Norris, 53, of rural Louisiana, Missouri.

According to police, early investigations are showing that the shooting happened in self-defense and is believed to be an isolated incident.

This is an active investigation.

Violent attack at Chicago beach involving concealed carry license holder leads to arrest

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A 17-year-old girl has been arrested after a violent attack at Chicago’s 31st Street Beach, police said.

Chicago police accused the 17-year-old of stabbing a 26-year-old woman during an argument on Saturday night.

It happened shortly after 11:30 p.m. at South Fort Dearborn Drive. According to police, the teen took a sharp object and stabbed the woman in her right arm.

The 26-year-old woman, a valid Concealed Carry License and Firearm Owner’s Identification cardholder, then shot the teen in the left shoulder.

They were both transported to hospitals in good condition.

Saturday’s attack was the latest in a string of shootings that have prompted aldermen to crack down on violence near 31st Street Beach.

Paris homeowner shoots intruder, investigation underway

PARIS, Texas (KXII) – An investigation is underway after a homeowner opened fire after allegedly catching an intruder in the act.

According to Paris Police, it happened around 5:30 a.m. on Johnson’s Wood Drive.
Police said the homeowner found the intruder in the kitchen after being alerted by the family dog.

The homeowner fired one shot with a handgun, but the suspect fled the scene.

Alliance Police Investigating Home Invasion and Homicide

ALLIANCE, Neb. (Wyoming News Now) – The Alliance Police Department is investigating a home invasion and a homicide.

Just before 2:30 AM this morning, police received a call from James Haller from the 100 block of South Flack Avenue. Haller told police that he had shot an intruder who forced themselves into his home. The suspect, Jerome Robb, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are still investigating the evidence, police say the evidence is consistent with what Haller reported to them. No charges have been recommended against the victim at this time.

Man shot and killed at Kenosha apartment, tenant faces no charges

KENOSHA, Wis. — A Kenosha apartment resident who shot and killed someone who burgled his home will not face charges, according to Kenosha police and the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office.

According to police, Izerion Cooper, 24, and Dieonte Lee, 20, committed a burglary at the Wood Creek apartments near 15th Street and 30th Avenue on Friday, June 21. Police said the two stole a gun from the apartment. Later, around 4:25 a.m., Cooper realized he had forgotten some of his belongings at the apartment and went back to get them.

When Cooper returned, the apartment was back home at the residence. Cooper and the tenant got into a physical fight. Police said Cooper was armed during the fight.

According to the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office and the Kenosha Police Department, the apartment tenant was within his right of self-defense when he shot and killed Cooper. At this time, no homicide-related charges will be referred or filed.

Police found and arrested Dieontre Lee, who they said was part of the original burglary. Lee is charged with burglary using a dangerous weapon and theft of a firearm.

Suspect shot in the face in self-defense at parking lot in Southside Estates

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the face early Sunday in the Southside Estates neighborhood, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Police said around 3 a.m., they responded to reports of a shooting in a strip mall’s parking lot on Atlantic Boulevard, near Anniston Road.

Initial investigation determined the man shot in the face is the suspect in a previous shooting.

According to police, the man and three other people were in a dispute and he discharged a shotgun at the group.

Then, one of the people in the group shot the man in self-defense.

Police said the suspect, who’s in his 40s, left in his car after being shot in the face. First responders found him at his home, and he was transported to the hospital.

Police said the victims were cooperating in the investigation.

3 people killed by NW Houston tenant during attempted apartment unit invasion

Three people have died after being shot by an apartment tenant during an alleged attempted home invasion at a northwest Houston apartment complex.

The incident occurred at 10580 Hammerly Boulevard in the Gessner Grove neighborhood and was reported at 3:12 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, and another person involved in the suspected invasion has been detained at the scene, per Houston Police Department.


2 men wearing nylon masks killed, 1 other hurt in Birmingham shootout during apparent robbery in Avondale

A shooting in south Birmingham left two people dead, and at least one other injured.

Multiple shots rang out about 11 a.m. Friday in the 4400 block of Fifth Avenue South. That location is the Oak Tree Apartments.

One man was pronounced dead in the parking lot. He was on the ground next to a work van, still wearing a black mask.

Two others were rushed to UAB Hospital where a second man was pronounced dead.

A third person sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Both men who were killed were wearing black nylon face masks, similar to the mask often worn by rapper Pooh Sheisty.

“We believe all of this stemmed from a robbery gone wrong,’’ said Officer Truman Fitzgerald. “Two of the victims both have ski masks on, the Pooh Sheisty mask.”

“We believe the third non-life-threatening victim may have shot them in attempted robbery,’’ he said.

He said detectives don’t believe Friday’s robbery attempt was a crime of opportunity – the person being robbed was likely targeted.

At least 13 shots were fired.

Fitzgerald said Friday’s victims are second and third homicide victims this week who were wearing the “Pooh Sheisty” face masks when they were killed. A 19-year-old killed in a Saturday night shootout outside East Lake Park was also wearing the same mask, he said.

“We can’t stress to you enough how important people, places and behaviors factor into the violence that is going on in our city,’’ he said.

“These are two men in 90-degree weather wearing ski masks,” Fitzgerald said. “You tell us what you think they were up to. That’s what we’re dealing with.”

The surviving victim, he said, were not with the men that were being killed.

Fitzgerald said the narrative so far this summer has been “broad daylight crimes.”

“This just goes to show you the level of carelessness the criminal element has,’’ he said. “Avondale Park is just walking distance.”

Fitzgerald said if the victims were in fact committing a crime, it’s important to note that those things don’t always go as planned.

“This comes from a place of love- young men, we live in Alabama where everybody has a gun,’’ he said. “Before you think you can get the drop on somebody, just remember that other person you think may be a victim, it doesn’t always turn out that way.”

Person who killed Malta home intruder was defending himself

Police have identified the man who was shot in a Malta mobile home park, in what is being called a case of self-defense. The suspect has been identified as Kurt M. Hubbard, 49, a resident of the Locust Grove Motel in the town of Malta, police said.

The shooting happened at around 11:30 a.m. on Friday. A man forced his way into a residence inside the Northway Estates Mobile Home Park and attacked a resident. The suspect, who did not know the residents, followed the person to a bedroom, to where the people who live in the home had hidden, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office said.

One of the residents grabbed a shotgun and fired two rounds, killing the suspect.

The residents of the mobile home park have been interviewed and released.

There is no threat to the community, according to Sheriff Michael Zurlo.

“At this time, the investigation has not revealed any criminal conduct by the resident who appears to have been defending himself inside of his home from a subject who was not known to him,” he said in a statement.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sherman homeowner shoots suspected burglar

SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) – A homeowner shot a suspected burglar in Sherman Monday afternoon, leading to the arrest of the person who was shot.

Sherman Police quickly responded to a call for shots fired that came from the home in the 1300 block of East Ida Road,

“Officers located the homeowner and detectives were called. To this point in our investigation, it appears that the firearms discharge was justified according to state law,” said Lieutenant Sam Boyle with the Sherman Police Department.

Sherman PD received the call from the homeowner around 5 PM. Within five minutes of arriving, officers detained an individual nearby, matching the description of a suspected home intruder.

“Allegedly, the other individual who has been detained was caught breaking into the homeowner’s shed behind his home, when the homeowner confronted him, the suspect allegedly charged him with a screwdriver and the homeowner is claiming self-defense with the discharge of the firearm,” said Boyle.

Boyle said that there were burglary tools located on the scene.

“There were some evidence found that would support the homeowner’s claim. We’re not seeing anything that refutes his claim at this point.”

When the individual, Jose Menjivar, was detained less than a block away, he was taken to a local hospital.

Menjivar suffered minimal injuries to his hand from the shot.

“We’ll confer with the DA’s office once we get some solidified facts and get a statement from the detained person,” Boyle said.

Menjivar was arrested for burglary of a building.

The investigation is still ongoing but charges will be filed against Menjivar for the burglary.

Longview man shot by homeowner after allegedly fleeing crash, trespassing in house

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) – A man has died after allegedly running from the scene of a crash and then attempting to break into more than one home on Sunday.

At about 12:38 a.m., a hit-and-run crash was reported to officers in the area of George Richey and Fenton Road, according to a release from the Longview Police Department.

When police arrived, they said they found one person trapped in an SUV. The driver of the other vehicle had fled the scene on foot, according to witnesses.

About 20 minutes later, the police department received a call about someone attempting to trespass in a home in the 3600 block of Stracener. The reporting party told police that a man attempted to enter his house and then ran off once the resident confronted him with a gun.

Several minutes later, someone from the 3600 block of Clemens Road reported a person had entered their home and been shot by the resident. The first officers on scene immediately attempted life-saving measures on the injured man, later identified as Johan Nino, 23, of Longview, the release said. He was then taken to a hospital by Longview Fire EMS, but died from his injuries.

Police said it is believed that Nino was the driver who fled the initial crash scene and then attempted to break into other homes before entering the house on Clemens Road.

Police have said they will continue investigating this incident, and there are no criminal charges being filed against anyone else at this time.

Homeowners hold burglary suspect at gunpoint in Arcadia

A burglary suspect confronted by an armed homeowner was held at gunpoint until police arrived in Arcadia [California] Sunday night.

Police responded to the residential burglary call in the 400 block of Walnut Avenue in the San Gabriel Valley shortly before midnight.

Investigators learned that several suspects exited the residence and were confronted by the homeowners as they waited for officers outside, a spokesperson from the Arcadia Police Department told KTLA.

One homeowner fired a gun into the air when a fight broke out between one of the suspects and another homeowner, the spokesperson said.

The homeowners then kept the suspect from fleeing until officers arrived.

That suspect, and three others who fled the scene in a vehicle, were all detained in connection with the incident, police said.

Police said no one was injured by the gunfire.

Paramedics treated the homeowner who was involved in the fight for minor injuries.

LUFKIN PD: Suspect in Vehicle Theft Fatally Shot in Self Defense

Lufkin [Texas] Police have released details on a shooting incident that took place Wednesday night.

The Lufkin Police Department is investigating a fatal overnight shooting stemming from an attempted vehicle theft with the victim’s family inside.

Marco Leyva, 25, told officers that he stopped at his business in the 1800 block of East Lufkin Avenue around 9 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday).

Leyva said that an unknown black male entered his running truck with his wife and baby daughter inside.

Despite Leyva’s warnings and offers of an alternative vehicle, a physical altercation ensued, resulting in the suspect being shot.

Upon police arrival, Leyva was detained while the suspect received medical aid but later died at a local hospital.

Despite initial difficulty in identifying the suspect, officers discovered a paper sack at the scene, suggesting a recent jail release. The Angelina County Jail is just a few blocks away from the site of the shooting.

Subsequent contact with the jail confirmed the suspect’s identity as Jarvis Houston, 47, of Lufkin. Jail officials informed officers that Houston had been released less than an hour prior on charges of assault/family violence causing bodily injury and an active warrant.

Surveillance footage from the business confirmed Leyva’s account of what led to the shooting. No charges are expected against Leyva, as the incident is believed to be a case of self-defense, however, it is being sent to the Angelina County District Attorney’s Office for review.


One person died after exchanging gunfire, and attempting to enter a home in Ponca City forcibly, police confirmed.

According to a press release from Ponca City Police, officers responded to a report of a home invasion with gunshots around 7:00 p.m., near West Central Avenue and South Flormable Street in Ponca City on Sunday.

Police say that when officers arrived on the scene, witnesses shared that a person had been shot after attempting to force his way into a residence, and fire shots at the residents who lived there.

Officers found 29-year-old Jacob S. Grudowski near the residence, with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Police shared that authorities attempted life-saving measures, but Grudowski was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police confirmed that Grudowski had been involved in a domestic situation with one of the residents at this home. When Grudowski arrived at the home, he fired multiple gunshots after attempting to enter the home forcibly, police said.

Grudowski exchanged gunfire with one of the residents, which resulted in fatal gunshot wounds, police confirmed.

CCL holder shoots at would-be carjackers on Chicago’s Northwest Side

CHICAGO (CBS) — A concealed carry license holder fired shots at a group who attempted to carjack him on the Northwest Side early Saturday morning.

Chicago police said around 3:30 a.m., a 34-year-old man was walking to his car in the 3700 block of North Spaulding Avenue when a black sedan pulled up, and three armed offenders exited and demanded the keys to his vehicle.

The man then pulled out his handgun and fired at the group, who returned to the sedan and left the scene, police said.

No injuries were reported, and no one is in custody.

Area 5 detectives were investigating.

3 Concealed Carry Holders Open Fire On Attackers Over Weekend, Shooting 4 People

CHICAGO — Three concealed carry holders across Chicago fired at their attackers in self defense this weekend, wounding four people in the three shootings, according to police.

Two of the shootings took place on the Northwest Side and one in Chatham.

At around 11:30 p.m. Friday, a 43-year-old man was arguing with three men in the 4700 block of West Wrightwood Avenue in Belmont Cragin when the three men then attacked him, police said. The 43-year-old then pulled out a handgun and shot three attackers.

A 29-year-old man was shot five times in his torso, a 22-year-old was shot once in his chest and a 55-year-old man was shot in his neck, police said. All three were taken to area hospitals in critical condition.

The shooter suffered blunt-force trauma to his head and body in the attack and was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition. The man was a concealed carry license holder, police said.

The man who opened fire is next-door neighbors to his three attackers, and the shooting happened during a party, neighbors told CBS 2.

The second shooting involving a concealed carry holder this weekend happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. That’s when a 34-year-old man was walking to his car in the 3700 block of North Spaulding Avenue in Irving Park when three people got out of a black car with guns drawn and demanded the man’s car keys, police said.

The man then pulled out his licensed handgun and shot at the car, prompting the robbers to flee the scene. There were no injuries reported, according to police.

Around 12:50 a.m. Sunday, a 50-year-old man was trying to break into a house in the 8100 block of South Champlain Avenue when a homeowner opened fire on the intruder, police said. The man was shot in his back and was taken by paramedics to University of Chicago Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, according to police.

The homeowner who opened fire is a registered concealed carry license holder, police said.

The three incidents remain under investigation by police and no arrests have been announced as of Sunday.

Since 2013, Illinois residents have been legally allowed to carry a concealed gun if they have the proper concealed carry license. To obtain a license, applications cannot have found guilty of felonies or certain misdemeanor offense, among other restrictions. License holders must also complete 16 hours of firearms training.