Man killed after attempting to break into Simpson Co. home

An investigation is underway in Simpson County after a man was killed during an alleged home break-in.

On Monday night just before 9 p.m., Simpson County 911 dispatch received a call of a burglary in progress with shots fired at 135 Dan George Road. The caller stated that a naked man, later identified as Clint Jones Jr., was attempting to break into her mother’s home next door.

According to Simpson County officials, the woman’s husband then went next door and confronted the alleged suspect. The two men reportedly began fighting and shots were fired.

Jones was shot in the torso and arm, authorities said.

Deputies arrived and Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is still under investigation and the findings will be presented to District Attorney Chris Hennis of the 13th judicial district for review.

Good grief. It took him long enough. If I was a voter in the Ft Smith area, I might be looking for a better candidate to replace this goober in the next election.


Prosecutor says deadly physical force justified in Fort Smith shooting

FORT SMITH — A Fort Smith man who stopped a shooting rampage in May by killing the gunman won’t face criminal charges, prosecutors said.

Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue announced his decision Wednesday in a letter to Police Chief Danny Baker. Shue said after reviewing the investigative reports surrounding the shooting, his office concluded Wallace A. West, 58, was justified under Arkansas law in the fatal shooting of Zachary Brian Arnold, 26.

West shot Arnold after Arnold killed Lois Hicks, 87, in her home at Three Corners Apartments at 3600 S. 74th St., according to police.

“Mr. West acted lawfully when he shot Mr. Arnold and likely saved a number of lives in the process,” a Police Department news release states. “At last count, Mr. Arnold had fired 93 rounds from his semiautomatic rifle before Mr. West was able to stop him. There were no other fatalities or injuries, though a number of residents were home at the time of the assault.”

The Police Department started receiving calls of a shooting at the apartment complex about 7:15 a.m. May 15, according to Shue. Arnold came out of his apartment firing a semiautomatic rifle while yelling at his neighbors to come outside, according to police.

Hicks came outside to check on Arnold, who chased her into her apartment and shot her multiple times.

West, identified in the Police Department news release Wednesday as an off-duty employee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, woke to the sound of gunshots, Shue wrote. He ran outside and saw Arnold shooting into Hicks’ apartment.

West then grabbed a bolt action rifle, which was scoped and loaded, from his gun cabinet, stepped onto his balcony and fired once at Arnold, missing him because he was “shaking so badly,” according to his witness statement.

Arnold turned and fired several rounds at West.

Arnold went back into his apartment, presumably to reload, and he came back outside, Shue wrote. He began walking down the complex, rifle in hand, according to West. West took a second shot, which struck Arnold in the head and killed him.

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San Antonio man fights back and shoots suspect after attempted home invasion

SAN ANTONIO — One person is in critical condition after being shot while trying to rob a home, police say.

At 11 p.m., the San Antonio Police Department said they got a call about a shooting at the 200 block of North San Ignacio Avenue.

According to an SAPD sergeant two male suspects entered to the home where there were four people inside. One of the men in the home opened fire on the suspects who were trying to rob the house at gunpoint. An exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the resident began. One of the suspects was hit, police said.

The suspect fled in an unknown vehicle and showed up at Children’s Hospital downtown and has since been transported by ambulance to University Hospital where he is in critical condition, authorities said.

The shooter/victim is cooperating with police, claiming self defense and is currently not facing charges at this time, officials say.

Police said the people in the home apparently knew who the suspects were. There were no children in the home.

Just because you’re the only one with a gun doesn’t mean you’re going to automatically be the winner of the fight.


A man who is suspected of killing one and injuring three was allegedly stoned to death with garden rocks.

The brutal killing came after a fight broke out at a party in Fort Worth, Texas on Monday morning.

The suspect allegedly shot a total of three people, before he was killed by partygoers.

“Fort Worth police say the crowd defended themselves with gardening stones, killing the gunman,” a local reporter said……..
The injured victims are expected to survive.

Woman claims self-defense in South Nashville shooting death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman is claiming self-defense in a deadly shooting in South Nashville.

Angela James, 51, tells Metro Nashville police that 49-year-old Phillip Hawkins, Jr., held her at gunpoint while she drove around the city for two hours looking for his truck that was reportedly being driven by an acquaintance. She said he became increasingly agitated during this time.

When James and Hawkins arrived at his residence on Scotwood Drive a struggle over the gun occurred. Police say during the altercation at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the gun went off and hit him in the chest. They found him dead in the front seat of a white sedan.

The investigation is ongoing.

16-year-old boy shot, arrested during confrontation in Douglas

A 16-year-old boy was shot and arrested during a confrontation with a man Sunday in Douglas.

Just after midnight, a 41-year-old man was standing near his vehicle in the 2900 block of South State Street when he was approached by a teenage boy with a handgun, Chicago police said.

The man, who had a concealed carry license, shot the 16-year-old in the arm, police said.

The teen left the scene and officers later found him and took him into custody, police said. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition.

Area Three detectives are investigating.


Man crashes after being fatally shot in shoot-out in East Side neighborhood

A 26-year-old man crashed his vehicle and died after being shot multiple times Sunday in a shoot-out in the East Side neighborhood, according to Chicago police.

About 5:45 p.m., he was driving a vehicle southbound on Avenue L, along with three other male passengers, when they began shooting at a group of males sitting on the porch of a home in the 9700 block of South Avenue L, police said. The group of males returned fire, striking the 26-year-old multiple times.

He continued to drive the vehicle, but later crashed into a parked car, police said. The 26-year-old was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He has not yet been identified.

A 16-year-old boy was taken to Trinity Hospital for treatment for a laceration, Chicago fire officials said. It is not known if he was on the porch or inside the vehicle.

Area Two detectives are currently questioning a person of interest.

A St. Joseph woman will not be charged in the shooting death of her husband because she was acting in self-defense, the Buchanan County Prosecutor said Friday.

ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A St. Joseph woman will not be charged in the shooting death of her husband because she was acting in self-defense, the Buchanan County Prosecutor said Friday.

Dawn Applegarth admitted to shooting her husband, Mark Applegarth, 60, at their home on May 7, authorities said.

Prosecutor Ron Holliday said investigators determined the shooting occurred because of domestic violence and Dawn Applegarth was in fear for her life or serious injury at the time.

Mark Applegarth was prosecuted for domestic abuse against his wife in January, according to online court records

An autopsy found methamphetamine and THC in his blood at the time of the shooting, The St. Joseph News-Press reported.

Police: Dale City homeowner acted in self-defense in non-fatal, July 6 shooting of suspected intruder

Prince William County police will not charge a Dale City homeowner who shot a man on his front porch who he encountered after hearing what sounded like someone trying to break into his house, police said Friday.

Detectives with the Prince William County Police Department’s violent crimes unit concluded an investigation into the July 6 shooting, which occurred in the 4300 block of Glendale Road in Dale City.

A 43-year-old man was shot but not fatally wounded during the incident.

In consultation with the Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, the shooting was determined to have been an act of self-defense, according to 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok, spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department.

Officers arrived at the home at about 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, to find a 43-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. Upon questioning the homeowner, who was initially detained by police, officers learned the homeowner shot the man after he heard what sounded like someone trying to open his living room window and then heard someone on the porch and went outside to investigate, police said in a news release at the time of the incident.

The announcement comes just one day after a fatal shooting in Dale City that was determined to be a justified act of self defense.

Early Thursday, July 22, a 44-year-old woman shot and killed a masked man armed with a handgun who approached her from the side of her house in the 4100 block of Hoffman Drive.

The woman had left her home at about 12:25 a.m. that morning to walk her dog when she encountered the man, Perok said in a July 22 email.

Police have identified the victim of the fatal shooting as Azhar Laurent Smart, 20, of Triangle, according to a police press release.

Would-be robbers shot by armed shoppers in Los Angeles

A man armed with a handgun defended himself during an attempted robbery in Los Angeles, and left two suspects with bullet wounds to the legs, police say.

“Words were apparently exchanged, and the victim ultimately produces a handgun, apparently to defend himself and others in his group from the would-be robbery suspects. The victim fired his weapon towards the suspects and then all parties immediately fled the location,” the Los Angeles Police Department recounted in a press release Tuesday.

The attempted robbery unfolded Monday on Melrose Ave. when two men exited an idling Dodge Avenger, with one of the men producing a handgun.

Video footage shows the men confronting a man with a shopping bag and two women who were standing on the parking lot.

The male victim, who was reportedly the target of the robbery, produced his own handgun and sent the two suspects running as he opened fire.

Police arrested and identified the two suspects as Nicholas Brown and Markeil Hayes, both of Los Angeles, and said they were both booked on attempted robbery and are currently on parole.

Brown sustained a gunshot to the upper left thigh while Hayes was shot in the right calf. Police are still searching for the third suspect and asking the public for help tracking him down.

“The Los Angeles Police Department is aggressively addressing a rise in violent crime in the Melrose area over the past year and is pursuing all leads involved in this and other crimes,” police added in the press release.

Police did not immediately return Fox News’s request for additional comment on the crime.

Homicides in Los Angeles are up 25% this year, with South Los Angeles seeing a 50% increase in killings.

Man shot dead by person he was trying to rob in downtown St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A man was shot and killed while attempting to rob a person in downtown St. Louis late Sunday night, St. Louis police said.

The shooting took place in the 500 block of N. 14th Street, about a block south of Washington Avenue, around 11:40 p.m. Officers said the preliminary investigation suggests the man was trying to rob a victim at the location when he was shot.

Monday morning police said the attempted robbery victim left before officers arrived at the scene and has not been located. Two guns were reportedly recovered.

Homicide detectives are handling the ongoing investigation.

Stabbing Wednesday Night In Pottstown Was Self-Defense

POTTSTOWN, PA — Police determined a stabbing on Wednesday night in the 100 block of N. Charlotte Street in Pottstown was done in self-defense.

Johon Ford, 38, of Norristown, was found on N. Charlotte St. with a minor stab wound in his chest around 8:40 p.m., Pottstown Police Department Chief Michael Markovich reported. Ford was found near the Tri-County YWCA office on King Street and was taken to Reading Hospital and was released.

A police investigation determined another man had stabbed Ford, but in self-defense, Markovich confirmed.

Neither of the men wanted to be interviewed or discuss the incident further, Markovich said.


Prosecutor rules man acted in self-defense when he shot neighbor who broke into his home

A 37-year-old Yakima man won’t be charged after shooting a neighbor who broke into his mobile home.
Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said Friday the man was defending his fiancée and their six children in June when he shot Jose Mendoza-Martinez multiple times in the chest.
“If (the man) reasonably believed that he and/or those with him were in imminent danger or a threat of great personal injury, he could use lethal force, which he did,” Brusic wrote Friday. “I find that the force used was both reasonable and necessary under the law.”
Brusic noted that Washington law allows people to “stand their ground” and defend themselves when they are in a place lawfully, such as their own home.
Mendoza-Martinez, 38, was shot multiple times in the chest after he was found inside a bedroom of a mobile home at the Almost Sunshine RV Park, 218 E. N St. on June 24.
When the family came home around 7:45 p.m., one of the daughters found Mendoza-Martinez lying in her bed and told her mother, according to Brusic’s summary of police reports. As the mother got her children out and called 911, the man got a Glock pistol and went into the bedroom, pointed the gun at Mendoza-Martinez and told him not to leave the room, Brusic’s letter said.
Mendoza-Martinez had removed a fan to get into the bedroom window, and Brusic said police found a glass pipe, lighter, cigarette butt, a small piece of foil and a plastic bag.
The woman and her children heard yelling in the house, with the man telling Mendoza-Martinez “This is not your house,” Brusic’s letter said. Mendoza-Martinez lunged at the man, who fired five shots, killing Mendoza-Martinez, according to Brusic’s letter.
The man then left the home, put his gun on the tire of his truck and waited for police with his hands up. Brusic said the man had a valid concealed pistol license.
Mendoza was a neighbor, police said. An autopsy ruled Mendoza’s death a homicide, the seventh in the city this year, and the 15th in the county.

NLVPD investigating fatal shooting at apartment complex as self defense

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — North Las Vegas police are investigating a homicide near East Carey Avenue and N. 5th Street Wednesday morning.

About 8 a.m., authorities received a call about a man in his 30s shot multiple times at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of East Carey Avenue, near North 5th Street.

“A man who was identified as the shooter was  detained and questioned by detectives. At this point, the event is being investigated as a ‘self defense’ shooting, but the investigation is still ongoing,” according to NLVPD Officer Alexander Cuevas.

He was taken to UMC hospital where he later died.

Gig Harbor homeowner fatally shoots man who broke into his house

A Gig Harbor [Washington] homeowner fatally shot an intruder Sunday evening, after the man appeared to break into the wrong house, police said.

The incident began shortly after 10 p.m., when the unidentified man drove to an address near the corner of 80th Street Northwest and Rosedale Street, said Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Darren Moss.

The man drove up into the front yard of the home, broke a window, entered the residence, then began “marching up their stairs.” Asked whether he was armed, Moss said the man “had a large bottle of alcohol with him.”

“The homeowner fired and hit the suspect, who passed away right there,” Moss said. “We believe that the deceased’s family lives just around the corner somewhere, so he broke into the wrong house.”

Moss said that the man was “yelling and screaming at the people inside the house.” He said the homeowner was questioned over the shooting, adding that investigators in the early stages were treating it as an act of self-defense.

Man shot and killed during attempted home invasion in Naples [Florida] gated community

A man was shot and killed while attempting a home invasion Saturday morning in a North Naples gated community, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office says.

At around 4:30 a.m., the suspect fired a single gunshot through the front door of an occupied residence in Raffia Preserve, detectives said in a news release. A confrontation between the suspect and an armed resident ensued outside the home, which ended in the resident shooting the suspect.

The suspect, who detectives are working to identify, was transported to a local hospital where he died, CCSO said.

No arrests have been made, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation is ongoing, but detectives said it was an isolated incident with no danger to the community.

Homeowner shoots, kills distraught man who tried to break in and threatened family near Battle Ground

A homeowner shot and killed a distraught stranger who got past a locked gate, tried to push his way into the house and threatened to hurt the family inside, Clark County sheriff’s officials said Friday.

Deputies were called to a home near Battle Ground in a rural area of the county about 9:45 p.m. Thursday after a 911 caller said an “unknown and unwanted man” was at the front door of the home and trying to get inside, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The caller said the stranger had gotten past a locked driveway gate and was trespassing.

Sheriff’s officials didn’t immediately identify the homeowner or the man who was killed.

The man appeared to be emotionally distraught and was agitated, according to the statement. The homeowner answered the door armed with a handgun and tried to speak to the man.

The man tried to push past him into the house, but the homeowner eventually calmed him down and talked to him on the front porch as others in the home hid in a back bedroom, sheriff’s officials said.

The 911 caller reported that the man at one point told the homeowner to shoot him and threatened to “go after” or “hurt” the homeowner’s wife if the homeowner didn’t shoot him, sheriff’s officials said.

The homeowner was still trying to calm down the man when the man assaulted him, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The homeowner then shot the man, who died at the scene, sheriff’s officials said.

The homeowner and residents of the home near Northeast 176th Avenue and 202nd Street in unincorporated Clark County have cooperated with the investigation, sheriff’s officials said. No arrests have been made, they said.


Gunfire erupts when West County homeowner confronts burglar

EUREKA, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Eureka police are investigating after a homeowner confronted a burglar rifling through his truck and it turned violent.

As the suspect was running away, surveillance video captured him shooting at the homeowner, who returned fire.

“It happened so fast, I didn’t know he had a gun,” said the homeowner, Jesse Leuthauser.

It happened just before 1:00 a.m. on White Doe Court. The bullet the suspect fired at Leuthauser missed him. Eureka police are not sure if the suspect was hit. Police believe there were three suspects involved. They took off in a Nissan after the shooting.

“I’m not scared of them. I’m going to take these guys head on if they come back,” said Leuthauser.

Leuthauser is worried they will return because he believes the same guy have been at his house before.

“This is the third time in three months that it’s happened. They stole it on May 23 and took me 11 days to get it back, and it was destroyed,” said Leuthuaser.

Leuthauser said several of his neighbors’ cars were also hit early Friday morning. Eureka police believe the trio is behind as many as 12 break-ins Friday alone.

“We believe it’s an organized group that’s out there targeting, they’re using stolen vehicles, they are armed. What they’re looking for is weapons and other valuables,” said Lt. Mike Werges with Eureka police.

Werges said this type of crime is on the rise across the St. Louis metro. His department is stepping up patrols, which will include unmarked cars and license plate readers since many of the vehicles used in these crimes were reported stolen.

“I think that at times we live in a kinda a false sense of security. This is a very safe community; however, you wake up to motion in your driveway, you go out to confront someone, which you think maybe is just stealing change and you end up being involved in a violent altercation,” said Werges.

Leuthauser’s situation is proof that even a well-lit home and an obvious camera mounted on the garage won’t always stop criminals. He said the criminals’ boldness is what he finds most alarming.

“It’s getting old, you know? Someone is going to get hurt, someone is going to get shot,” said Leuthauser.

OKC Dispensary Owner Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect

OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro dispensary owner fought back Tuesday in an attempted armed robbery, police said.
According to Oklahoma City police, a robbery suspect was armed with knives, started making demands and smashing cases.

At last check, the man was hospitalized at OU Health in critical condition. Police and eyewitnesses said this crime is becoming all too common.

“They have a product that a lot of people want,” said Al Jenkins who lives nearby. “They’re a cash only businesses and they have a few things that criminals want. Something that’s untraceable like marijuana and then cash,” said Oklahoma City Police Lieutenant Isaac Goodman.

Jenkins lives near the dispensary at Northwest 23rd and Villa. After hearing a commotion, he went to investigate. “I just couldn’t understand why an alarm on the building would go on in the day,” said Jenkins.

He said police responded immediately. “I heard a screech, a tire screech. I didn’t know what it was until I came around the corner and it was police officers showing up on the scene,” said Jenkins.

According to police, the armed suspect stormed in and began making demands.“An armed subject came inside and started breaking display cases. He was armed with two knives threatening the owners inside the business,” said Goodman. After refusing to leave, police said the business owner took action. “The owner pulled a handgun and shot the suspect in defense of himself,” said Goodman.

Theta Hale works at a nearby dispensary and said it’s getting dangerous. “It is concerning. It makes you think if this is what you want to do,” said Hale.

Police said criminals should think twice “The majority of dispensaries in our city limits are staffed by folks that are armed because they know it’s a risky business and they also have very elaborate security systems,” said Goodman. No one else was injured in the shooting.

Appears that the California court system with its lax parole/probation policy is the proximate cause of the crime increase. Of course, another way to look at it is that the courts are thinking that a significant number of homeowners will likely solve the criminal problem the old fashioned way.


California homeowner shoots, kills armed intruder after man kicks down door

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTXL) – A Northern California homeowner fatally shot an armed man – who was on parole for another home invasion – after he kicked down the homeowner’s door Tuesday morning, police say.

On Tuesday, a piece of plywood covering the front door of the home on Vintage Valley Drive in Fairfield is the only sign that something happened.

“I’m kind of blown away,” neighbor Nathan Biggs said. “I’ve lived here all my life, 18 years. Probably the most eventful thing that’s happened in this neighborhood.”

Police said the couple in the home were having breakfast when they saw an unknown man through their Ring camera who knocked on their front door.

The homeowners didn’t answer.

“The suspect did ultimately kick the door down, kicked it off the hinges and attempted to make entry into the house,” said Fairfield Police Department’s Lt. Jausiah Jacobsen. “The homeowner defended themselves, fired rounds. The suspect ended up fleeing and [the homeowner] obviously called us, asked for us to come and help him.”

When officers arrived, they found the intruder across the street, suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the chest.

Despite first responders doing CPR, the man died at the scene.

“He was in possession of a semi-automatic handgun that was loaded with an extended magazine,” Jacobsen said.

Neighbors were concerned for the welfare of the homeowners, stopping by, even bringing flowers.

“They’re a wonderful family. And they’re well-liked in the community. And I’m just really grateful that nothing more serious might have happened to them,” said Cordelia resident Tamer Totah.

….when one of her friends took his gun and shot him, according to the arrest report. However police are still trying to determine who shot him.

The person who pulled the trigger could be facing a charge of battery with the use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm…..

And idiotic statements like this is why it will never be definitely determined just who shot the thug.


Man beating woman at Sahara Las Vegas was shot with his own gun

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man shot at the Sahara Las Vegas on Sunday, June 27 was in the process of beating a woman when one of her friends took his gun and shot him, according to the arrest report. However police are still trying to determine who shot him.

The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. in a hotel hallway on the 22nd floor. That’s where police found Brandon Dangerfield suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

According to Dangerfield’s arrest report, his former girlfriend said he had shown up uninvited to her birthday party at a hotel room on the 22nd floor and then tried pulling her out of the room through the front door after threatening to shoot her girlfriends.

During the physical fight, the ex-girlfriend told police, Dangerfield choked her, hit her in the face, and dragged her face across the carpet causing a “rug burn on her right temple and swelling to both eyes.” In addition, the officers noted Dangerfield’s hands on her neck caused petechiae (broken capillary blood vessels) to her right eye, the report said.

During this fight, the woman’s girlfriends attempted to protect her which resulted in “Dangerfield suffering numerous scratches on his face and chest.”

“It is believed during the fight the women had with Dangerfield, one of them was able to obtain Dangerfield’s gun and shoot him,” the report said.

The person who pulled the trigger could be facing a charge of battery with the use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm.

At one point, Dangerfield’s injuries were considered life-threatening but following surgery doctors said he would survive the gunshot wound.

Dangerfield is facing a charge of battery domestic violence strangulation and was booked into Clark County Detention Center in absentia.

Intruder shot, killed by homeowner

CORDELIA, Calif. — A home intruder was shot and killed by a homeowner in Solano County on Tuesday morning, according to a public official.

Police said Tuesday afternoon they had a spokesperson en route to the scene but did not release their account of the incident.

According to an account that Council member Catherine Moy posted to social media, a man “kicked a door off its hinges” at a home in the 600 block of Vintage Valley Drive in Cordelia after knocking and getting no answer at the residence. The intruder then entered the home.

“The homeowner was inside with his wife and had armed himself with his legally owned .357 Magnum after seeing the suspect on his Ring camera,” the account Moy provided went on to say.

The homeowner then fired two shots at the suspect, who fled the home and collapsed across the street.

The homeowner called 911, and police responded and found the shot suspect.

The suspect, who had been shot in the chest area, was pronounced dead, according to Moy’s post.

According to the account Moy provided, a gun was found on the ground next to the suspect. It’s unclear if the suspect brandished the weapon at any point.

“Horrible situation,” Moy wrote in her post.

No other information was provided.