Paper may not stop bad guys, but LEAD sure will.

Man killed in Casselton shooting broke into woman’s apartment despite restraining order,

Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner identified 58-year-old Randell Ray Burton as the man who was killed Monday at 15568 37th St. SE. Edwin Charles Kester Jr., 54, was at the apartment because a woman, who feared Burton would come after her, wanted to sleep safely.
Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner holds a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at the Cass County Law Enforcement Center, Fargo, regarding a fatal shooting Monday in Casselton. 
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner holds a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at the Cass County Law Enforcement Center, Fargo, regarding a fatal shooting Monday in Casselton. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

CASSELTON, N.D. — A Fargo man who was fatally shot early Monday morning, Oct. 18, in a Casselton residence broke into the home where he had threatened to kill his girlfriend a week earlier, according to court documents and law enforcement.

Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner identified 58-year-old Randell Ray Burton as the man who was killed Monday at 15568 37th St. SE. Edwin Charles Kester Jr., 54, called 911 to report that he shot Burton at the apartment, Jahner said during a Tuesday news conference.


Randell Burton
Randell Burton


The address of the shooting matches Club 94, a bar and grill just north of Interstate 94. Though the apartment was connected to the bar, Club 94 bar was not involved in the shooting, Jahner said.

Burton broke into the home moments before Kester shot him with a revolver, Jahner said. The apartment belonged to a woman who shared an “on again, off again” relationship with Burton, according to court documents that detailed domestic violence and terrorizing charges against Burton.

Continue reading “”


EUGENE, Ore. — An alleged burglar was shot and killed after entering a south Eugene apartment early Monday morning, Eugene police said.

The Eugene Police Department responded to reports of a burglary in progress around 3:40 a.m. at South Crest Apartments on Donald Street. According to officials, neighbors called 911 to report gunfire before patrol officers were able to arrive on scene.

When police arrived, they found the suspect inside the apartment and tried to perform CPR, but he was already dead.

A man and a woman live in the apartment. Officials said it was the man who pulled the trigger on the suspect. Both of the residents of the apartment were cooperating with police.

Violent crimes detectives have been notified and are investigating the incident. There is no ongoing threat to the public.

This is a developing news story.

Intruder who threatened to return to Calaveras County home killed during 2nd break-in

An intruder was shot and killed by a homeowner after deputies said he broke into the same house twice in two days.

Just after midnight on Sunday, Calaveras County deputies responded to a home in the 7000 block of Gabor Street in Valley Springs for a report of a forced entry.

When deputies arrived, two men in the front of the home said that an unknown man, later identified as 28-year-old Lennin Elizalde, had kicked down the front door and began assaulting them. One of the men then told deputies that he had shot the intruder in self-defense.

Elizalde was declared dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

During the investigation, deputies found that Elizalde had been arrested the day before for breaking into that same home.

Officials said that the people living inside the home had recently bought it through a real estate company, and while moving, the two residents found that Elizalde had broken into the home through a side door.

Elizalde was the son of the former owner of the home, officials said. The new owners of the home had called 911, but Elizalde had left before deputies arrived, but told the new owners he intended to return to the home.

He was later arrested by patrol deputies on illegal entry, possession of meth and vandalism charges. While being taken to jail, Elizalde told the deputy that he believed the home was still his property and he planned on going back.

The patrol deputy submitted an application to get Elizalde’s bail increased due to the statements he was making on returning to the home, but was ultimately denied by the judge because of the misdemeanor arrest charges.

The new residents of the home were not arrested or cited. The investigation is ongoing.

Armed 95-year-old foils home invasion in Covington County

COVINGTON COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) – The Covington County Sheriff’s Office is crediting a senior citizen with forcing an alleged burglar into retreat, which ended with his capture.

Sheriff Blake Turman said Timothy Ray Jordan, 40, broke into a home on Fisherman’s Road near the Dozier community Friday evening. The 95-year-old homeowner was reportedly napping in his living room, but the back door’s shattering glass woke him up.

The sheriff said the homeowner armed himself and caught Jordan ransacking the kitchen. He said Jordan also hurled a chair through the dining room window at some point.

According to the sheriff, the armed senior citizen did not run away. Instead, he ordered Jordan to leave. The suspect did, and the homeowner called 911, Turman said.

Turman said deputies saw Jordan behind a home on Hub Road. They pursued the suspect, who ran inside the home. Further investigation revealed that Jordan had also burglarized that Hub Road home, according to the sheriff.

He was taken into custody at the Hub Road residence.

Investigators say Jordan initially started his “burglary spree” at an adjacent home’s gazebo before going to the Fisherman’s Road address.

Jordan was charged with second-degree and third-degree burglary, as well as second-degree and third-degree criminal mischief.

He is currently being held in the Covington County jail without bond for probation violation. The investigation is still ongoing.

“The victim protected himself and his property from a career criminal. The victim was at a disadvantage physically, but his weapon enabled him to protect himself. The investigation revealed that Jordan fled the residence because the homeowner had armed himself. Thank God this had a good ending, and the victim should be commended on his courage and quick thinking,” Turman said.

Atlanta home invasion suspect shot while attacking disabled resident

ATLANTA – A homeowner turns the tables on man police say broke into his northwest Atlanta house.

Investigators tell FOX 5 just after 11 p.m. Wednesday the suspect busted into the Dahlia Avenue house. After entering through the window, police say the alleged home invader grabbed two kitchen knives. He then allegedly went into another room and tried to stab a resident who uses a wheelchair.

Another resident opened fire on the suspect, shooting him in the stomach and arm. The suspect was found nearby by officers. Paramedics rushed the injured home invasion suspect to Grady Memorial Hospital. He underwent surgery and was in stable condition as of late Thursday morning.

The homeowner told detectives he didn’t know the guy who broke in and has no idea why his house was targeted.

Police block street where home invasion shooting took place
Tyrell Johnson, 36, was later identified as the suspect. He will be charged with burglary and booked into the Fulton County Jail once he is released from the hospital.

Neither the homeowner nor the disabled resident suffered any injuries.

Georgia police say woman who tried to rob 2 men at gunpoint was shot to death by own firearm

Georgia police on Wednesday identified a dead female robbery suspect who allegedly tried to rob two men at gunpoint inside a vehicle but was shot and killed by her own gun during a struggle.

The Warner Robins Police Department said its officers were dispatched at 12:30 a.m. Sunday to the 100 block of Fred Drive and found 21-year-old Kyndal Reynolds with a gunshot wound. Reynolds was transported to Houston Medical Center, where she died.

Tywana Antonette Cody, 42, has been charged with being a party to a crime of aggravated assault, party to a crime of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and felony murder. She is being held at the Houston County Detention Facility.

Reynolds and another woman, 42-year-old Tywana Antonette Cody, met two men earlier in the night. While all four were together inside a vehicle, Reynolds “attempted to rob the male companions,” police said. Investigators believe one of the men attempted to disarm her, and Reynolds was shot with her own weapon during a struggle.

“All parties stayed on scene and met with investigators,” police said.

Cody has been charged with being a party to a crime of aggravated assault, party to a crime of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and felony murder. She is being held at the Houston County Detention Facility.

“Investigation reveals Ms. Cody was working in concert with Ms. Reynolds to rob the men,” police said.

Armed man killed during attempted home invasion in Gahanna

A suspected intruder was shot and killed during an attempted home invasion at an apartment complex in Gahanna Sunday night, police said.

Officers responded to the shooting at 876 Falcon Hunter Way at the Residences at Central Park around 8:30 p.m., police said.

A 911 caller stated he had heard a knock on the front door, and he shot an armed man who attempted to push his way into the apartment, police said. The caller also saw a second man running away.

Paramedics transported the injured man to Mount Carmel East Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators were questioning the resident and another occupant.


Manhunt ends with homeowner shooting suspect accused of injuring Maricopa County deputy
Clinton Hurley, 30, was shot by someone after attempting to rob a residence in Tonopah, officials said.

TONOPAH, Ariz. — A suspect accused of critically injuring a Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy in Avondale was shot Saturday night.

Officials said that 30-year-old Clinton Hurley was shot by a homeowner around 6:30 p.m. when he attempted to enter a home near Buckeye and Wintersburg roads in Tonopah. He was airlifted to the hospital after the shooting where he is in critical condition.

Hurley and the homeowner had a “history” and gunfire was exchanged, according to Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone.

Hurley was wanted by law enforcement after a sheriff’s office deputy was found unconscious and bleeding allegedly after an altercation with him on Saturday morning.

The deputy has since been put on life support.

In a press conference, Penzone said that Hurley was released from prison in December 2020 after being found guilty of a crime committed on a child. Court records indicate that Hurley served 10 years for attempting to molest a child.

Hurley was being processed on felony warrants when he allegedly attacked the deputy before stealing his vehicle at the sheriff’s office substation near Dysart Road and Van Buren Street, officials said.

Penzone announced a $10,000 reward through Silent Witness for Hurley’s location following the incident.

Woman fires shots after suspect tries to sexually assault her

A woman in Rock Hill [South Carolina] fired shots at an attacker who tried to sexually assault her Monday night, police said. The attack happened before 10 p.m. in the 600 block of AutoMall Parkway just south of Celanese Road near Interstate 77, said Lt. Michael Chavis of the Rock Hill Police Department.

The victim told officers a man wearing a blue hoodie and skinny jeans grabbed her and tried to pull her pants down, Chavis said. The victim told officers she fought back against the suspect as the suspect attempted to pull the woman into nearby woods, Chavis said.

The victim was armed, Chavis said. The victim was able to pull her gun and fire shots that caused the suspect to flee on foot toward Celanese Road, Chavis said. It is unclear if the suspect was hit in the gunfire, Chavis said.

The victim then called police. Patrol officers, detectives, forensic units, and K-9 teams tried to track the suspect but were unable to find him, Chavis said.

Rock Hill police are investigating if Monday’s attack is related to an incident in the same neighborhood where a woman was assaulted by a suspect who exposed himself before fleeing, Chavis said. In that incident on Sept. 8 a different female victim was walking when a young man approached the woman and asked if she wanted to make $50, according to a statement from the police department. The suspect touched the woman’s buttocks and grabbed her as she walked away, police said.

Man shoots, kills alleged intruder who broke into his Montgomery County home

POOLESVILLE, Md. — A homeowner shot and killed a man he said allegedly tried to break into his home in Poolesville, Md., according to Montgomery County Police Department.

The incident happened in the 18000 block of River Road Monday morning, police said.

Shiera Goff, a Public Information Officer with Montgomery County Police Department, told WUSA9 that the homeowner claims he heard sounds in his home and went to investigate. They said the homeowner was on the phone with dispatchers when several rounds were heard fired through the phone.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found an adult man dead inside one of the rooms in the home.

At this time, investigators are trying to figure out why the alleged intruder targeted the specific home. It remains unclear how the alleged intruder entered the home in the first place, but police believe it was an isolated incident.

The homeowner is at police headquarters speaking with investigators.

Police say they’re familiar with the home, and that there’s a shooting range inside. There’s a sign outside warning people about the shooting range. There’s also a sign saying “Birds Aren’t Real,” which experts say refers to a strange internet meme or conspiracy theory that the C.I.A. killed President Kennedy because he refused to replace birds with drones.

The identity of the deceased man is unknown at this time.

Goff said police are consulting with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office to determine whether to file charges.

Homeowner shoots, kills intruder attacking him in Old Fourth Ward

ATLANTA — Police say a Monday shooting in northeast Atlanta that left one person dead and another in the hospital happened during a home invasion.

According to a statement from the Atlanta Police Department, the intruder was shot dead after breaking into a house in Old Fourth Ward and attacking the homeowner.

Investigators say it happened not far from David T. Howard Middle School at 134 Howell Street NE on Monday around 1 p.m.

The intruder allegedly attacked the man who owns the home when they were confronted about breaking in, officials say. The man then shot the intruder and accidentally shot himself too.

Police say the homeowner was taken to the hospital after the incident and is expected to recover. The intruder, however, has died.

A spokesperson with Atlanta Public Schools said the exterior doors to the campus were locked, no students or staff were allowed outside during the investigation, and all after-school activities were canceled at the school. No students or staff had any reported injuries.

Police say the homeowner stayed on the scene after the fatal shooting and was cooperative with the investigation. No charges are expected to be filed in the case.

Baton Rouge man tries to rob woman of Xbox; victim shoots him with her own gun

A man who robbed and shot at a woman who was selling him an Xbox fled and was arrested after she managed to wound him with her own gun, Baton Rouge police say.

Police issued an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Dane Johnson on Sept. 29, the day after the shooting. He was booked Wednesday evening on counts of attempted murder and armed robbery.

Authorities responded to a report of a shooting at Willow Bend Apartments, 11070 Mead Road, around 8:10 p.m. on Sept. 28, according to the affidavit. Upon arrival, they found shell casings and the victim inside her home.

The victim told police Johnson contacted her earlier that afternoon to buy an Xbox she listed on Facebook Marketplace. He agreed to meet at her apartment when Johnson got off of work later that evening.

When Johnson arrived at the apartment, he approached the victim and held a black pistol to her head, the affidavit said. The victim dropped the gaming console and fled to her car. Johnson picked up the Xbox and began shooting at the victim.

The victim was able to get her hands on her own pistol, fire several shots at Johnson, then flee to her car and call police.

Police were later notified of a man with gunshot wounds being treated at Oschner Hospital. He said he had been shot while walking on North Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

Officials took pictures of the man treated at Oschner and the victim immediately identified him as the man who robbed and shot at her.

Armed man shot and killed attempting to force himself into home

A suspected intruder was shot and killed during an attempted home invasion at an apartment complex in Gahanna, Ohio, Sunday night, police said.

A resident in the 800 block of Falcon Hunter Way called 911 to report a shooting around 8:31 p.m.

The man reporting the incident told police someone knocked on his door and upon answering it, a man with a gun tried to push his way in. That’s when the man living in the apartment said he shot the suspect and observed a second man take off running.

When Gahanna officers responded to the scene they found two men living in the apartment, and a man on the ground with a wound to his chest.

Officers performed CPR until relieved by Mifflin Township Medics. The man shot was then taken to Mt. Carmel East Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police continue investigating the incident, including the people involved. They will be working with the Franklin County Coroner’s office to determine the cause of death of the alleged suspect, as well as identity.

Barbershop burglary suspect on parole for 2013 break-in

A man accused in a burglary at a Dededo barbershop earlier this month was on parole for a separate burglary case.

Albert Torres Tedtaotao, 48, had just been released from the Department of Corrections in July 2020 in connection with his 2013 burglary conviction.

According to prison records, Tedtaotao was also arrested in 2012 on charges of burglary, theft of property, fraudulent use of a credit card, and criminal mischief.

He was also arrested in 2002 and 2004 on separate burglary charges.

On Sept. 15, Tedtaotao broke into Dave’s Barber & Beauty Shop in Dededo when he was caught by the owner removing coins from the cash register, court documents state.

Investigators learned the suspect allegedly used a crowbar to pry open the typhoon shutters and glass.

The owner told the suspect to stop and to leave the shop before the suspect allegedly rushed toward the owner with what he believed was a pistol in his hand.

The owner then pointed his firearm at the suspect and shot him, documents state.

The suspect was taken to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his chest.

Tedtatotao, in this latest case, faces charges of burglary as a second-degree felony with intent to commit theft.

Man shot, killed near downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX – Police are investigating a shooting after a man was found dead near downtown Phoenix.

According to Sgt. Ann Justus with Phoenix Police, officers responded to an area near Third Avenue and Roosevelt Street at about 3:15 am. on Oct. 5 for reports of a shooting.

Once at the scene, officers found a man with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim is identified by police as 28-year-old Pete Barnett-Gearhart.

“A man advised officers he shot the victim in self-defense after a fight. That man remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. The case will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review,” said Phoenix Police Sgt. Ann Justus.


Would-be carjacker shot by victim

Police are investigating after a man attempted to carjack another man, but the would-be robber was shot Saturday afternoon in a potential act of self-defense, according to the Pomona Police Department.

According to police, the incident took place in the 500 block of East Franklin Avenue at about 12:32 p.m., when a man with a handgun confronted another man and attempted to carjack him.

The man who initiated the robbery, however, was the one who was shot.

Police did not say how many times the man was struck by gunfire, nor how many rounds were fired.

Police also did not say if the potential robber was struck by gunfire from his own weapon or if the would-be victim brought his own gun — nor did they provide the identity of either man involved — but they did confirm that the handgun used in the initial robbery attempt was recovered at the scene.

The man who initiated the robbery attempt was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and he is in stable condition. No one else was injured, police said.

In a press release, the PPD identified potential charges of attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon (firearm), as well as charges for a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying an unregistered firearm and carrying a loaded firearm.

Police in Texas say ‘armed citizen’ shot robbers at fast-food restaurant, killing 1 suspect

Texas authorities say an armed customer intervened during the attempted robbery of a fried chicken fast food restaurant, fatally wounding one gunman and sending a second suspect struck by gunfire to the hospital.

Port Arthur police responded around 8:45 p.m. Friday to an aggravated robbery happening at the Church’s Chicken location at 1849 Jefferson Drive. Detectives learned that two suspects armed with handguns were robbing the restaurant, but an armed citizen intervened and a shootout ensued.

“Several shots were fired and both suspects were struck,” the Port Arthur Police Department said in a press release. “The suspects fled the scene and were later located by police officers.”

One of the suspects was later pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said. The second was located at Normandy Apartments, KFDM reported, and was brought to the emergency room for treatment.

The armed citizen remained at the scene, was questioned by detectives and then released. The incident is still under active investigation by Port Arthur Police’s Criminal Investigations Division. It happened just a day after another armed robbery at a Jack in the Box in the same town, Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso told KFDM it was not immediately clear whether the same two suspects were responsible.

OSBI investigating after intruder shot and killed during burglary at Guthrie home

GUTHRIE, Okla. (KFOR) – A deadly shooting occurred early Friday morning just north of the metro. A homeowner opened fire on an intruder inside his home and now the search is on for at least one other suspect who got away.

“Where are you at right now?” said the 911 dispatcher.

“I’m hunkered down in the living room,” the homeowner said.

“What’s going on?” the 911 dispatcher said.

“Burglary. A person has been shot,” said the homeowner. “Oh my God.”

This call came into Logan County dispatch early Friday morning.

“Can you hurry?” said the homeowner.

“Yes sir. I’ve got people headed that way already,” the 911 dispatcher said.

Norman man shot while inside home, police believe incident connected to string of shootings into homes
The homeowner called for help, saying more than one person had broken into his home and that he opened fire on the intruders.

“I shot the other person,” said the homeowner.

“Where did you shoot one of the burglars?” said the 911 dispatcher.

“I think the upper right shoulder,” said the homeowner.

“Where in the house did you shoot them?” said the 911 dispatcher.

“Living room,” said the homeowner.

A Guthrie-area burglary ended with one of the two suspects shot and killed.
The shooting happened at a rural Logan County home just southwest of Guthrie.

“The homeowner reported there were multiple people. At least two, maybe three, that he could hear in his home,” said Brook Arbeitman, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

“He retrieved his gun and fired his weapon at the intruders. It was 2:30. It was dark. As soon as he fired his gun, he called 911 to report the incident.”

The gunfire struck one woman who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A nearby neighbor told KFOR the owner had noticed things missing from the house and chose to stay the night.

The 911 call confirmed previous burglaries.

“They’ve pilfered this place numerous times, stealing everything, everything I’ve got,” said the homeowner.

Items were left lying in the grass outside the home, including a small dirt bike by the road, believed to be left by one of the burglars.

OSBI is leading the investigation, still searching for the others involved.

“Nobody is in custody at this point,” Arbeitman said.

OSBI officials tell us they are working to identify the woman’s next of kin. Her name hasn’t been released to us yet.

Home invasion thwarted after resident fires shots; suspects sought

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Shreveport police are working to find two men after an attempted break-in on Thursday morning.

Officers got the call to a residence in the 8100 block of Pines Road. That’s near The Club at Huntington.

According to police, the resident heard a banging at his door. When he went to check two men cloaked in all black pushed their way in.

The resident then fired three shots at the intruders. Police did not say if they were armed.

Police believe that the pair got away in a white sedan.

That’s quite the shiner the burg bungler is sporting


CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A man who broke into a woman’s home and attacked her in front of her child late Tuesday night was detained and held at gunpoint by neighbors until deputies arrived, according to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies received reports of an assault and shots fired in the 700-block of Caves Highway just after midnight. Upon arrival, the deputies found 31-year-old Justin Thurman being held at gunpoint by several neighbors.

According to the Sheriff’s Office investigation, Thurman forced his way into a home in along Caves Highway. Once inside, he assaulted a woman in front of her child, stole property from her home, then tried to get away in a pickup truck.

While the man was driving off through the yard, he reportedly hit a parked car, smashed into a children’s play structure, then crashed into another house on the property and damaged it.

As Thurman continued trying to get away, the Sheriff’s Office said that a neighbor confronted him with a gun and shot out the tires on his truck to disable it. A group of neighbors then forced him out of the pickup and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

The Sheriff’s Office said that Thurman, who knew the female victim, was arrested and taken to the Josephine County Jail on two counts of Burglary I and single counts of Attempted Assault IV, Attempted Assault III, Criminal Mischief I, Criminal Mischief II, Criminal Mischief II, DUII, Reckless Endangerment, and Reckless Driving.

The author of this article, Jesse Wells, needs to go back to the University of Iowa journalism school and get his money back, because this is one of the worst articles I’ve read in quite awhile.

Anderson woman shoots and kills man suspected of breaking into her home

ANDERSON, Ind. — An Anderson woman shot and killed a man suspected of breaking into her home overnight.

911 dispatchers received a call from a female homeowner in the 1300 block of E. 8th Street around 12:47 a.m. The woman told police there was a break-in at the home, and she shot the suspected burglar.

By the time police arrived, they found the alleged suspect dead in an upstairs bedroom.

With home surveillance cameras rolling, prosecutors insist a man forced his way into the woman’s home.

Prosecutors ‘insist‘ ?

“Neighbors had videos of him parking in front of the residence and looking through windows, ultimately breaking through the door and pulling a weapon out,” said Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.

Prosecutor Cummings says the suspect could also be heard on video asking for money and pretending to be law enforcement.

“There was audio, and you could hear what he was saying inside. He said, ‘It’s the police.’ He was claiming to be police officer, but he had a mask on,” said Cummings.

After retreating upstairs, police claim the homeowner shot the suspect then ran to a neighbor’s house, and police were called.

Police ‘claim‘ ?

“You know seeing it a few houses down, it’s unnerving for sure,” said neighbor Anthony Alfarano.

Anthony lives along 8th street and carries a firearm himself.  He believes, if the case is proven to be a home invasion, the woman had a right to defend her home and her children.

“Self protection is your right in your home,” said Alfarano.

“Inside a person’s house they can use deadly force, and that’s called the castle doctrine,” said attorney Mario Massillamany.

Attorney Massillamany, who isn’t involved with the case, also points out state lawmakers recently expanded the castle doctrine to provide even greater civil and criminal protections to homeowners.

“The castle doctrine in Indiana is a pretty strong law. You do not have a duty to retreat,” said Massillamany.

“In your home is probably the most protected place you can be,” said Cummings. “If you’re breaking into someone’s home in the middle of the night, if you don’t get shot or killed you should feel fortunate.”

For their part, Anderson police did not want to comment on the shooting but say the case remains an active investigation.

The Madison County coroner later identified the man killed as 40-year-old Jeffery Flowers.

The scene is just a few block south of Anderson University, although there is not believed to be a connection.

Detectives believe Tranquillity shooting that killed one was self-defense

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Investigators believe a Wednesday shooting that killed a man in Tranquillity was self-defense.

Mark Castro, 27 of San Joaquin, was shot and killed Wednesday after detectives believe he had forced his way into a trailer and was confronted by the homeowner. Investigators say the homeowner told Castro to leave and instead of complying, Castro “presented a threat to the homeowner.”

Around 1:45 p.m., deputies were called out to a home near Lincoln and James avenues for a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they found Castro suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a trailer on the property. Deputies say he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fatal shooting at Victoria apartments occurred during home invasion

A Victoria [Texas]apartment shooting that left one man dead occurred as he and a group of people attempted to force their way into a resident’s home, authorities said Friday.

The resident, who was injured in the shooting, exchanged gunfire with the group, and the group fled the scene before police arrived, according to a Victoria Police Department news release.

It is unclear how many people were involved in the shooting or whether they were associated with the resident. Department spokeswoman Lauren Meaux declined to answer those questions, citing an ongoing investigation.

The man found dead at the scene by police was identified as Jacob Escobedo, 19, of Brady. Escobedo was part of the group that attempted to force their way into the home, Meaux said.

The resident, who was identified as Keanu Sanchez, 25, of Victoria, suffered injuries authorities determined were not life-threatening, according to a department news release.

On Tuesday at 6:54 p.m., police were dispatched to Victoria Place Apartments, 701 E. Airline Road after receiving calls about gunshots in the area. After arriving just minutes later, they discovered Escobedo’s body and Sanchez, who was injured.

An autopsy conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Escobedo’s cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Friday evening.

Meaux declined to disclose Sanchez’s current condition.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation. Additional information is not available at this time,” Meaux said.

Meaux said investigators think the shooting was an isolated incident.

Intruder shot, killed inside Midtown Atlanta apartment

An intruder was shot and killed late Wednesday inside a Midtown Atlanta apartment after a resident came home and discovered him, officials said.

Investigators remained at the scene into Thursday afternoon at The Mark Atlanta apartments on Spring Street, which is near the Midtown MARTA station and marketed as student housing. According to Atlanta police, officers were called to the complex about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after shots were fired.

They located a man with a gunshot wound who was pronounced dead at the scene.

“At this time, the incident has been classified as a death investigation and homicide investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident,” police spokesman Sgt. Jarius Daugherty said Thursday morning.

A spokesperson for Landmark Properties said the shooting occurred after a tenant came home and found someone inside his unit.

“The resident confronted the intruder, who was shot and killed,” Kelly Gray told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, adding that no other injuries were reported. “Landmark Properties takes all acts of violence of this nature very seriously and our team is fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation into this incident. The safety of residents and on-site staff is our primary concern and we have a zero-tolerance policy for criminal activity on our property.”

Daugherty said the shooter remained at the scene and cooperated with police. He was questioned by investigators and later released. Authorities have not released the name of the man killed.

St. Louis homeowner shoots and kills intruder

ST. LOUIS– St. Louis homeowner was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a man who entered his home, that’s according to officials.

Police say a 40-year-old homeowner shot the intruder after he came into the home and tried to assault him. It happened on the 4500 block of Alcott Monday night around 11:40 p.m.
Police have identified the intruder as 58-year-old Michael Norman.

Officials say the homeowner had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his hand and that the other man was found near the entrance to the home with several gunshot wounds.

Police took both men to the hospital. The man who entered the home died.

The Circuit Attorney’s office refused charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action citing self-defense.

Juvenile cites self-defense after killing man with arrow

DITTMER, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Missouri are investigating the death of a 40-year-old theft suspect killed by an arrow shot by a juvenile, who said the man came at him menacingly.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak on Tuesday announced details of the incident that happened Friday near the town of Dittmer. The man killed was identified as Michael Stotts of Dittmer.

An attorney for the juvenile’s family told authorities that the juvenile was walking to a tree stand to hunt deer with a bow and arrow. He allegedly saw Stotts trying to steal a lawn tractor and wood splitter.

The juvenile called his father, who arrived and confronted Stotts. Authorities say that during the confrontation, Stotts ran toward the juvenile.

The attorney said the juvenile warned Stotts several times. When Stotts didn’t stop, the juvenile fired the arrow.

The sheriff’s department said the property has been the site of several recent thefts.