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Suspect armed with hammer shot by homeowner in Lucerne Valley

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. ( — A 27-year-old suspect armed with a hammer was shot by a homeowner after forcing entry into her home.

It happened on April 16, 2021, at about 9:14 am. in the 36700 block of Foothill Road in Lucerne Valley.

The victim reported the suspect later identified as Robert Garcia forced his way into her residence through a back door.

According to sheriff’s officials, “the suspect entered the residence wielding a hammer and threatened to kill the female victim.”

Fearing for her life, the female victim shot the would-be intruder. Officials said Garcia walked away from the residence and was located lying on the side of Foothill Road.

Garcia was airlifted to a trauma center, however, an update on his condition was not available at the time of this release. Officials said the female victim was not injured.

Bringing a hammer to a gunfight?

Hammer-wielding man breaks into Pearland home, shot multiple times after attacking gun-wielding homeowner

PEARLAND, Texas – Police said a person wielding a hammer forced his way into the back of a home in Pearland Saturday night and attacked two people inside.

The home invasion happened in the 2200 block of North Houston Avenue near East Plum Street at 10:35 p.m.

Police say during the hammer attack the homeowner managed to grab his gun and shoot the intruder multiple times.

Three people are in the hospital and their condition is unknown as of this writing.

With ‘friends’ like this……….

Holly Township man shoots drunk friend who pulled knife

A fight between two men in northern Oakland County last weekend led to one being shot, Michigan State Police said Monday.

A man arrived at his friend’s house in Holly Township intoxicated on Sunday night, and “an argument occurred on the back porch of the home after the visitor was asked to leave,” state police said on Twitter.

“During the argument, the visitor pulled a knife and went towards the homeowner who was in possession of a registered pistol at the time.”

The resident, in turn, fired a single round, striking his friend, state police said.

Both men called 911. The visitor was taken to a local hospital for his injuries.

Investigators learned he had open warrants for domestic violence as well as operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The man was turned over to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, state police said.

The investigation findings will be turned over to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for review of possible charges.

I’ll go into no further detail than to observe that I consider the homeowner to have a kindly disposition in not having shot the crim in some other ‘extremity’.

Neighbors shocked after homeowner shoots naked intruder

LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The name of the suspect who broke into a house and was shot by the homeowner has been released.

It happened on Bulgar Road in Alkol Monday just before 2 a.m. Law enforcement say they received a call a naked man was trying to break into a home.

According to West Virginia State Police, Jeffery Roberts II, 28, had broken the door to the residence to get inside. Troopers say the homeowner shot Roberts once in the shoulder. He was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

Woman shoots man breaking into her Lexington apartment

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A man is in jail after police said a woman shot an intruder at her home early Tuesday morning.

The woman called 911 around 3:30 a.m. and said she shot at a man who was breaking into her apartment in the 500 block of Hollow Creek Road, just off Russell Cave, Lexington police said.

About 15 minutes later, a man walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said that man, 42-year-old Keith Jackson, was the same man involved in the incident at the apartment.

Jackson was arrested on charges of burglary and terroristic threatening.

He has since been released from the hospital and is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.

One Of Two Men Shot After Forcing Way Into Area Home, Beat Residents

One of two men was shot after the duo allegedly forced their way into a home to confront the resident about a previous altercation.

Andre Fogo, age 32, and Rachain Wilson, age 28, both from the village of Monticello, were arrested on Friday, April 2, after New York State Police responded to a report of a shooting in Monticello, said Trooper Steven Nevel.

When troopers arrived on the scene they found that the victim, later identified as Wilson, had been driven to Garnet Health Medical Center in Catskill, for treatment of the gunshot wound, Nevel said.

Troopers located the vehicle as it arrived at Garnet Health Medical Center Catskill. An investigation revealed that both Fogo and Wilson forced their way into an apartment to confront the resident about a previous altercation, Nevel said.

Fogo and Wilson began beating the resident of the apartment. Another individual in the apartment fired his weapon and struck Wilson, he added.

Fogo and Wilson then fled the area. The individual who fired the weapon is a licensed gun owner and provided the state police with all proper documents.

Wilson was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

State police took custody of Andre Fogo and Rachain Wilson and charged both with burglary and remanded them to Sullivan County Jail in lieu of bail.

The New York State Police were assisted by the Village of Monticello Police Department, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sullivan County District Attorney Office.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Caddo County Homeowner Involved In Shootout With Home Invasion Suspects

LOOKEBA, Okla. –  Caddo County investigators said a homeowner opened fire on two suspects breaking into his home.

Deputies were called to a home on County Road 1140 in Lookeba on March 22 after the homeowner noticed two suspicious men circling his home.

“He called his brother-in-law which lived down the road from him and told him he might want to come down because he is fixin’ to get burglarized,” caid Caddo County Sheriff Spencer Davis.

Deputies said Tyler Cuccias, 22, and Scotty Runzel, 30, began kicking in the homeowner’s back door.

“When he (the suspects) entered the house, the homeowner fired a shot in his direction, didn’t hit anybody,” said Davis. “Then the suspect fired a shot back at the homeowner.”

The homeowner’s family member began chasing both suspects as they drove away. The suspects began firing shots through the sunroof as they did.

The suspects eventually crashed into a tree nearby and ran away on foot.

Calls were made to dispatch as citizens spotted the two suspects in a field.

Runzel gave himself up to law enforcement shortly after the crash, while Cuccias launched an hours long manhunt.

Cuccias eventually surrendered to police in a nearby field.

The sheriff hopes both suspects learned a valuable lesson.

“I would not advise breaking into anything in rural Oklahoma because they don’t mess around,” said Davis. “Somebody might end up getting hurt.”

Both suspects were found with meth on them and are already convicted felons.

Runzel and Cuccias were booked on complaints of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree burglary and shooting with intent to kill.

Mount Hope resident disarmed, fatally shot would-be robber during home invasion

SAN DIEGO —  A would-be robber was disarmed and fatally shot by a 62-year-old resident during a home invasion in the Mount Hope neighborhood of San Diego on Tuesday night, police said.

The incident unfolded around 9:10 p.m. at a house on 43rd Street between J and K streets, just north of the Greenwood Memorial Park and Mortuary, when the resident came home to find two men waiting for him outside.

Police Lt. Matt Dobbs said one of the men pointed a gun at the resident and demanded property. The resident was then led into the home, where the men began rummaging for valuables.

Dobbs said the resident was able to disarm the gunman, then pointed the gun at him. The man reportedly charged the resident, who fired the gun several times.

The other intruder ran off, and the resident called 911.

Officers found the 39-year-old man who was shot inside the home. They started CPR on him before medics arrived and took him to a hospital, where he died. His name was not released.

Investigators do not believe the resident knew the attackers, Dobbs said.

He said the resident was cooperating with investigators and was not considered a suspect in a crime. “The case is being investigated as a home-invasion robbery that resulted in a fatal shooting,” Dobbs said in a statement.

Asked if investigators believe the resident acted in self defense, Dobbs said the District Attorney’s Office will evaluate the situation. “We do the investigation and present the facts to the DA who will opine on whether a valid self defense claim exists,” he said in an email.

Use of deadly force in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – There are currently no charges filed against a woman who police say shot and killed an ex-boyfriend who was trying to get into her apartment Wednesday afternoon in Central Lubbock.

There is an indication there will not be any charges against her.

Police say 26-year-old Selena Carrion was punched in the face before her ex left her apartment and came back. The boyfriend, 26-year-old Leroy Hammond-Williams, is said to have kicked in the door and grabbed her as she ran upstairs.

That is when, police say, Carrion shot and killed him.

”This case is almost textbook self-defense,” Mark Snodgrass, Lubbock attorney who has practiced for around 25 years, said.

Legally, Carrion had every right to defend herself in this situation, he said. That is because in Texas, people are presumed innocent in their use of force if someone is unlawfully trying to enter their home.

But it has to be reasonable. That means someone, without a doubt, though they were in immediate danger.

Are victim supposed to ask the age of those robbing them before defending themselves?

Victim in attempted carjacking shoots 14-year-old suspect

A Lyft driver who fell victim to an attempted carjacking shot the 14-year-old suspect, Philadelphia police say.

Neighbors on a quiet East Oak Lane block were still on edge Monday after gunfire had them scrambling from their beds this weekend.

Police say two teens, ages 14 and 15, called for a Lyft ride on the 6600 block of North 7th Street, and when the driver arrived things quickly turned violent. According to police, the two attempted to take the 50-year-old driver’s car.

One of the two teens pulled a gun and threatened the Lyft driver, but he had a license to carry and pulled out his own weapon, according to investigators.

Police say the driver shot the 14-year-old suspect in the leg. The 15-year-old stayed at the scene as police arrived. Investigators recovered the gun the teens used and it turned out to be a BB gun.

The Lyft driver was not injured during the incident.

It comes just a week after surveillance cameras captured a carjacking of a 52-year-old driver in Northeast Philly.

Police tracked down the carjackers to West Philly where a 17-year-old was arrested.


Off-duty Chicago police officer shoots man breaking into his home in Albany Park

An off-duty Chicago police officer shot someone breaking into their home in Portage Park in the second police shooting early Wednesday on the Northwest Side.

The officer shot the man in his face about 12:55 a.m. as the man broke into the officer’s home in the 3100 block of Belle Plaine Avenue, Chicago police said.

The man was rushed to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition, police said. No other injuries were reported.

Area Five detectives and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability were investigating.

Resident Shoots Man Crawling Through A Window Of A San Antonio Home

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A man has been shot to death as he tried to climb through a window of a home on the East Side.

Police were called to the home on Shelburn Drive at around 10 P.M. Sunday.

The man was shot several times as he tried to get in through a window in the back of the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Whether or not the deceased and the shooter knew each other hasn’t been determined.

The shooter was brought in for questioning and is said to be fully cooperative with police.

No charges have been filed.

Intruder shot trying to break into Daytona Beach motel room

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Deputies are searching for a man and woman who they said tried to break into a room at a popular motel in Daytona Beach. One of the suspected intruders, the man, was shot.

It happened at the Motel 6 on International Speedway Blvd. around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

They said the people in the room shot at the intruders, hitting one of them.

“The pair attempted to enter the room via a window, awakening an occupant who fired a gun at them, injuring the male,” the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said

The pair then ran from the motel toward Tomoka Farms Road. Deputies are now searching for them. Detectives are asking the public to be on the lookout for the two suspects.

Homeowner shoots man trying to enter his house in Ohio Co.

OHIO CO., Ky. (WFIE) – A man was taken to the hospital after being shot early Saturday morning in Ohio County.

Authorities say they responded to the 3200 block of Livermore Road in Hartford for an unknown person attempting to unlawfully enter a residence just after 4 a.m.

According to authorities, Joe Snooks, of Paducah, was trying to get inside the residence when the homeowner fired one round from his handgun and shot Snooks in the right knee to protect himself and his family.

We are told Snooks appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

Authorities tell 14 News Snooks was taken to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Off-Duty Pentagon Officer Shoots Teen Who Tried to Rob Him

A teenager was shot as he allegedly tried to rob a man who turned out to be an off-duty Pentagon police officer, according to D.C. police.

A 16-year-old boy armed with a BB gun attempted to rob the officer in the 1200 block of Mississippi Ave SE near Oxon Run Park about 9:20 p.m., police said. The officer tried to disarm the teen, then fired their service weapon.

The teen was hit in the arm and taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The off-duty officer works for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

The teen was charged with assault with intent to commit robbery while armed.

On my way to my first duty station at Fort Lewis, the first time I saw the name of the town on the interstate highway sign, I knew I was in for it. Was it pronounced ‘Pie-A- Lup’? Pie-A-Loop? My mind boggled when I learned it sounded something close to Phwallop.

19-year-old Puyallup resident shoots two of three armed intruders

Two men were shot by a tenant in a Puyallup apartment complex after three armed intruders entered the residence intending to “commit a burglary or home invasion robbery,” Puyallup police said Wednesday.

Investigators believe that the two men who were shot, along with a third, were armed when they entered a Riverside Park Apartments unit around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, Puyallup police said.

Once inside the residence in the 3100 block of East Main Avenue, the three men were confronted by an armed 19-year-old who fired multiple rounds at the intruders, police said.

“Officers arrived to find a very chaotic scene with two individuals having been shot and multiple reports of individuals and vehicles fleeing the area. The two individuals who had been shot, both of whom were males in their early 20s, were located some distance from each other,” police said on Twitter.

The two shooting victims were taken to a trauma hospital in serious condition, police said. The third suspect is being sought.

Police said investigators do not believe the incident is random or that there is a threat to public safety.

Puyallup police said the tenant’s self-defense claim will be evaluated to ensure it is within state law once criminal charges are filed against the armed intruders. Police said the 19-year-old is cooperating in the investigation.

Suspect shot by Granger homeowner following police chase

GRANGER, Ind. (WNDU) – UPDATE: A police chase that started in Goshen ends with the driver shot by a homeowner in Granger.

Investigators say the driver ditched his car in the area of bittersweet and Cleveland and took off on foot into the 11000 block of Anderson Road.

Sometime after, police say a homeowner found the suspect in an outbuilding and fired one shot at the suspect.

That’s when a short time later, St. Joseph County Police arrived on scene.

The suspect was shot once and taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover, according to investigators.

Officers at the incident scene did not discharge their weapons.

Due to the involvement of the multi-agency pursuit and injury to this individual, per protocol, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was activated and is currently handling the investigation.

Suspected burglar killed after attempted invasion of West Side apartment

Columbus [Ohio] police said a resident shot and killed a suspected burglar early Sunday morning when the man entered an apartment on the West Side.

Police were called at 1:58 a.m. to an apartment on the 3400 block of Wilson Woods Drive near Wilson Road on a report of a shooting. The suspected burglar, identified as 36-year-old Allen Lester McKinney, was found outside on a walkway unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound.

A medic pronounced the North Side man dead at 2:07 a.m. at the scene.

The apartment’s residents — a 24-year-old female and a 23-year-old male — told police that the man had forced entry into their residence before one of them shot him.

Columbus police say McKinney’s death is the 42nd homicide in the city this year.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting and will refer their findings to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, which may present the case to a grand jury.

Denver homeowner shoots and kills intruder

A Denver homeowner shot and killed an intruder Saturday, according to Denver police.

The shooting happened in the 2200 block of Lafayette Street at about 9:15 p.m., a police spokesman said.

“This incident is being investigated as a homicide in which an adult male intruder was shot by the homeowner,” police tweeted Sunday.

Police spokesman Tyrone Campbell could not say Sunday why the man was considered an “intruder” or whether he was inside or outside the house when he was shot. He could not provide any additional details on the circumstances of the shooting.

The Denver District Attorney’s office will determine whether criminal charges are warranted, police said. The man who was shot and killed has not been publicly identified

One arrested, one shot by resident after reportedly breaking into Union County home

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – One person was shot after he reportedly broke into a home in Union County early Sunday morning, according to deputies.

Deputies say two people, one armed with a handgun, broke into an occupied home around 12:45 a.m. on Rock Hill Church Road.

Once they got into the home, the resident of the home grabbed a rifle and fired several shots at the home intruders, according to officers.

Deputies say one of the men went to Novant Matthews suffering from a gunshot wound in the thigh area.

the second suspect who broke into the home was identified as 29-year-old Aaron Elijah Ross, from Charlotte.

Ross was arrested and taken to Union County Jail on a charge of first-degree burglary.

The other suspect remains hospitalized but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. After he is released from the hospital, he will face similar charges as Ross, deputies say.

Armored truck crew shoots robbery suspect at North Austin bank

An armored truck crew shot a gunman who tried to rob them Friday morning at a bank in the North Austin neighborhood.

An armed passenger of an SUV stepped out and demanded money from a guard as he unloaded an ATM, according to a statement from Chicago police.

The security guard, who worked on the truck, took out his own gun and fired shots, striking the person in the “center of his torso area,” police said.

The robbery happened about 8:40 a.m. at a BMO Harris Bank branch at 4959 W. North Ave., police and the FBI said.

The wounded male drove off in the dark-colored SUV and was not in custody, police said. He was last seen going west on North Avenue.

The FBI responded to the incident, according to an FBI spokesperson.

Police initially said there was an exchange of gunfire, but later clarified that only the security guard had fired shots. No other injuries were reported.

Northeast Columbia home invasion victim shot and killed intruder

COLUMBIA MO – Columbia Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Fair Lane at approximately 8:45 a.m. Friday for a report of a burglary with a weapon.

Upon arrival, police found one male suffering life-threatening injuries near the residence and later was pronounced dead at the scene. The individual was identified as Jacob D’Agostino, 20, of Columbia, a CPD release says.

While investigating, officers learned that the deceased male was the suspect who illegally entered the residence on Fair Lane. As a result, the victim of the home invasion shot D’Agostino.

According to a KOMU 8 reporter at the scene, there were six CPD units at the scene and one unit of assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

There were no other reported suspects.

2 killed when person they were trying to rob opens fire

HOUSTON – Two people were killed Wednesday when a person they were trying to rob in north Harris County opened fire, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The shooting was reported about 2:45 p.m. in the 4500 block of Shelton Road.

Gonzalez said a person was eating lunch in his car when two other people walked up and tried to rob him. He said that was when the person pulled out a gun and shot the two people trying to rob him.

Gonzalez said the person jumped out of his car and fled the scene in the car believed to be driven by the two people attempting to rob him. He said the person later returned and is cooperating with investigators.

The sheriff said investigators will forward their information to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office who will decide whether charges are necessary.

Beverly man, 69, with concealed carry license, shoots at 3 would-be robbers, injuring 1

A 69-year-old concealed carry license holder defended himself Tuesday night against a group of teenagers in a stolen vehicle when they approached him in Beverly ( ‘community area’ in Chicago ) and demanded his belongings, police said.

Instead of handing over his wallet or other items, the man drew his handgun and shot toward the group of boys trying to rob him about 10:35 p.m. in the 10600 block of South Leavitt Street, according to a statement from police. One of the attackers was shot in the knee, police said.

Two of the three people have since been charged, Karie James, a police spokeswoman, said. They were 15 and 16 years old, she said. The person who was shot in the knee has not been charged with a crime and James did not release his age.

When the 69-year-old shot at the three people, they ran back to a gray Ford Fusion and drove off, authorities said. Police initially misidentified the color of the vehicle as red

They managed to get as far as the Gresham neighborhood, but the Ford crashed in the 8700 block of South Vincennes Avenue, according to police. All three people took off running, but soon were caught by Chicago police officers.

Authorities later learned that Ford Fusion had been reported stolen Sunday night, James said.

The three were taken to an area hospital for evaluation. (pity they didn’t get the full free ride to the morgue.)

Chick-fil-A robbery suspect captured by Colony Square visitors

Plenty of people love Chick-fil-A, but how many would be willing to confront an armed man suspected of robbing one of the Atlanta restaurant chain’s locations?

According to Atlanta police, multiple people who witnessed a robbery in progress at the Colony Square restaurant did just that, stepping in to confront and subdue the armed suspect.

One of those people was armed, and at some point during the confrontation, he fired several shots, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer C.J. Johnson said. He and several other Colony Square visitors were able to disarm the suspect, 23-year-old Willie Gloston, and hold him until police arrived, Johnson said.

Officers were sent to the Midtown restaurant about 3 p.m., according to Johnson. Witnesses told investigators that a man walked into the store and demanded money from a cashier. The man was later identified as Gloston.

It’s not clear if they gave the man any money, but the cashier fled to the back of the store and the suspect left.

As Gloston tried to leave Colony Square, he was confronted by bystanders and witnesses, leading to the gunfire and his capture, Johnson said. He was taken to the Fulton County Jail, where he remains.

Gloston is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Police said no one was hurt by the gunfire. No charges have been filed against the bystander who fired the shots, Johnson said.

An investigation is ongoing.


2 Athens residents killed, 2 jailed in attempted Barrow County robbery

Two Athens (Georgia) residents were shot to death and two more are in jail after authorities said the four attempted to rob a person Tuesday in Barrow County.

Those killed were identified as Jose Barrera, 19, and Erika Contreras, 19, according to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, which released the names Friday.

The two were shot to death during an attempted robbery on Beech Creek Circle, a neighborhood east of Winder off Georgia Highway 82, according to deputies.

Julio Rivera, 20, and Alphonzo Gonzalez, 19, were arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault. They remain in jail without bond.

Deputies said the man targeted for robbery was in a vehicle when the two suspects were shot. The man, who lived on Beech Creek Circle, was with an Athens woman when they stopped due to car trouble, according to the incident report.

The victim “heard footsteps and turned to his right and saw a gun in his face, so he shot the male,” the report said. The report contained no information on the shooting of the other suspect who was killed.

The robbery victim, who was shaking, told deputies he could not give a more detailed statement at the scene because he “did not know what else to say,” according to the report.

Deputies earlier said the two shooting victims were found near the scene of the robbery attempt, which occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m

Suspect fatally shot in head, homeowner shot in leg after masked men invade home in Chesterfield County.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) – A suspect was fatally shot in the head and a homeowner was shot in the leg after masked men invaded a home in Chesterfield County Friday morning.

The incident happened at a home off Highway 207.

Officials say two masked men went into a home and one of them shot the homeowner in the leg.

That same homeowner then got into a fight with the other masked man before the homeowner’s son came out with a shotgun and shot the man in the head who was fighting his father, according to authorities.

The masked man who fired the first shot reportedly got into a small white car and headed towards North Carolina.

The masked man who was shot in the head, identified only as a 17-year-old male, was flown to a hospital in Charlotte with life-threatening injuries. That 17-year-old male suspect later died from his injuries.

While investigating, the Union County Sheriff’s Office helped search for a white car.

Officials detained 21-year-old Noah Daniels who will be charged with burglary in the first degree, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Officials say 23-year-old Austin Lee Drake will face the same charges when deputies find him. Deputies say Drake tried to rob the same house back in Dec. 2020, and was out on bond for that incident at the time of this crime.

Homeowner shot during home invasion in Chesterfield County
Daniels, Drake and the 17-year-old male suspect who died were all involved in the home invasion. Officials did not specify who, between Daniels and Drake, was the other masked man who went into the house.

In addition, officials detained a 17-year-old woman for questioning, and she’s currently facing charges of accessory after the fact.

Details remain mostly limited as the investigation continues.