Reported by World Socialist Web Site
On July 10, Jordan Begley, a 23-year-old factory worker, died after being hit with a Taser gun fired by police at his home in Gorton, a district of Manchester, England.
Reports said that he died shortly after a 50,000 volt charge Taser gun was fired at him inside his home at 8 p.m.
The circumstances around his death are still unknown, with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) only announcing they responded to an emergency 999 call stating “there was a man with a knife” at a residency in Beard Road in Gorton. GMP’s statement continued, “Officers were dispatched immediately and arrived in eight minutes. On arrival a Taser was discharged to detain a 23-year-old man.” Regarding Begley’s death, the police have refused to give any details, stating only that at “some point” after he was Tasered, “he suffered a medical episode”.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, “up to a dozen officers—some of them armed”, turned up at Begley’s house prior to the shooting.
Anger over Begley’s death quickly mounted, with his mother Dorothy telling friends, “They’ve killed my son, they’ve killed my son.”
Adam McAllister, 22 who had been a close friend of Begley for eight years, said, “There was a row in the house, someone called the police and suddenly eight police officers bashed the door in and Tasered him in the front room. His mum was distraught and angry”.
He told the Daily Mail, “It was just a domestic and then the police arrived. There was some discussion outside before Jordan went into the house. These officers followed him into the house, turfed his mother out and then they Tasered him and now he’s dead. I feel like my friend has been murdered. Police are saying he had a knife and was dangerous but no one saw him with a knife.”
He told another newspaper, “He has black eyes and strangulation marks around his neck. A Taser would only leave a small mark.”
Lee Wilkie, 25, a neighbour told the local newspaper, “He [Begley] was a good lad, a quiet lad, and he was very well-liked. People around here are just in total shock and really angry as well, why did they have to Taser him?”
The incident occurred just after Begley had finished a work shift at the Sivori’s local ice cream firm, in nearby Levenshulme, where he had been employed for at least three years. According to one media report Begley became involved in an argument with a neighbour and his mother called the police.
At the time of the incident Begley’s employer, Peter Sivori, had been driving past when he saw Begley outside the house with the police. Sivori said he was 30 or 40 yards from the incident. “He waved at me and tried to explain to the police that I was his employer, so a policeman came over and asked: ‘Is that true?’” he said. “The lad was pointing to me. He seemed to be in good condition then.”
Sivori said police told him they had received a complaint and told him to move on. “I thought they were quite aggressive. All I can say is that I think if I’d have been able to speak to him, I’d have calmed him down. I would have tried to help the lad.”
Begley had recently been diagnosed with an underlying heart condition.
On July 12, it was reported that an initial post-mortem on Begley, by a home office pathologist, proved inconclusive as to cause of death. The Independent Police Complaints Commission tasked with investigating Begley’s death said that further tests will be carried out.
His death brings the total number of people who have died in England and Wales after being shot by a Taser since 2006 to 10. Begley is the third person from Greater Manchester to have died in such circumstances.
The use of Tasers is on the increase in the UK, with an estimated three people a day being shot by police. A Freedom of Information request found that in 2011, UK police deployed Tasers 4,461 times compared with 3,219 times in 2010, an increase of almost 40 percent. They were fired into people 1,081 times, an average of almost three occasions every day, compared with 744 times in 2010. Greater Manchester Police fired Tasers the most in 2011, on 195 occasions, with London’s Metropolitan Police firing them 101 times.
In April this year, police were called to an incident in Plymouth, England in which a 32-year-old man, Andrew Pimlott, had doused himself with petrol and was reportedly threatening to kill himself. He was subsequently shot with a Taser, causing him to burst into flames. He died five days later, suffering from serious burns. At the time, the police reported from the hospital saying that he had non-life threatening injuries. Neighbours had described hearing an explosion and seeing Pimlott “fully on fire”.
Recent figures show that Tasers are also being used by police on teenagers as young as 12. Figures obtained by OpenWorld News through Freedom of Information requests to police forces across the UK, show that over just the last three years, Tasers were drawn at least 194 times against children 16 and under, with at least 24 were actually shot by the Taser. OpenWorld Newsfound that a 12-year-old girl was shot with a full 50,000-volt charge in St Helens by Merseyside Police after she was said to have obtained two knives and threatening to harm herself. A Taser was also aimed at a 13-year-old girl who was suffering from a mental health imbalance.
There are 13,794 police officers in England and Wales who are trained to use Tasers. Following the killing of the soldier Lee Rigby earlier this year, the Police Federation lobbied the government for the numbers of Tasers in use on the streets to be trebled.
Taser guns are misrepresented by authorities internationally as a “non-lethal” weapon, only used to subdue people. However there are growing criticisms of its supposed safety. Amnesty International has compiled figures that indicate that in the US, 500 hundred people have died since 2001 after a Taser has been used.
Taser International, the company that manufacture’s Tasers, have consistently denied that the weapon is unsafe and have fought back in court when people have questioned their safety. They often fall back on a victim’s medical condition, citing a weak heart or even possible drug abuse.
Since 2006, there has been mounting evidence that challenges the safety of the Taser from a number of peer reviewed studies. Dr Douglas Zipes, one of the world’s leading cardiac electrophysiologists, published in the journal of the American Heart Association in 2012, the first peer reviewed study of Tasers. This demonstrated that the darts used to attach the wires connecting the Taser to the human body can cause sudden death.
A recent report published in Frontiers in Physiology, a scientific journal in Switzerland—where there have been more than 100 related deaths in recent years—has suggested that the use of the Taser can also stop breathing.
Global experience testifies that these deadly weapons are now being used to force people to obey the police, simply by threatening their use, and are being used routinely on a daily basis in the UK and throughout the world. By May last year, it was estimated that Tasers had been used on three million occasions by police forces globally.
Reported by ABC
LITTLEROCK, Calif. (KABC) — The widow of an elderly man shot to death by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in the Antelope Valley is filing a lawsuit.
Tonya Pate, 48, is seeking $50 million in damages from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after detectives raided her Littlerock home during the morning of June 27 and fatally shot her 80-year-old husband, Eugene Mallory.
“I am here today to tell you how much I love and miss Gene every day. He was a hardworking, gentle, loving, kind man. He never harmed anybody,” said Pate.
Her lawyers filed a wrongful death claim alleging that narcotic detectives suspected methamphetamine was being cooked on the property, and, armed with a search warrant, busted into the retired Lockheed engineer’s home unannounced and shot him dead in his bed. No meth was found.
“All we know is we have a dead innocent man — a law-abiding, high security clearance gentleman, electrical engineer, fixture in the community dead, leaving a grieving widow…no evidence of any meth ever on that property,” said attorney Mark Algorri.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say while detectives did not find meth on the 80-year-old man’s property, they did find other drugs and two weapons. They claim the man pointed one of the weapons at detectives, forcing them to shoot him.
“The truth of the matter is it was a narcotics search warrant. And what did they find on the premises? They found marijuana and they found a full grow operation that was producing the marijuana on site,” said Steve Whitmore with the sheriff’s department. “The gentleman pointed a semiautomatic weapon at our deputies, and deputies fearing for their safety as well as others, instigated deadly force.”
Pate says her 22-year-old son from another relationship lives in a trailer on the couple’s property and uses medical marijuana for a health issue. Pate’s lawyer said only a small amount of medical marijuana was found on the property.
The sheriff’s department says an investigation into the shooting continues.
Reported by NBCDFW.com
Police were “trigger happy” when at least one officer shot and killed a 72-year-old homeowner while responding to a burglar alarm across the street, the man’s wife said Tuesday.
Kathy Waller said she and her husband, Jerry, noticed bright lights from outside their bedroom window at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.
He grabbed a .38-caliber pistol and went outside to see what was going on.
“He probably thought it was a group of yuckos out there or something messing around,” she said.
It was police responding to a burglar alarm, which wasn’t at their house, but across the street.
“I’m just curious as hell how it happened,” she said. “I heard he was shot six times in the chest by a Glock, I guess, or whatever the police use. I’m disgusted.”
Police offered few details about the shooting but promised a thorough investigation.
Fort Worth police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight said two officers — each with less than a year on the force — responded to a burglar alarm call and feared for their lives when they encountered the armed homeowner.
Knight would not say whether Jerry Waller raised his weapon or refused an order to drop it or if one or both of the officers opened fire. She also would not name the officers involved but said they were on routine leave pending the investigation.
“This is a tragedy for everybody,” Knight said. “A family lost a loved one, and you can never replace that loved one, and we know that. It is a horrible tragedy. And an officer went through an incident that no officer ever wants to go through.”
Kathy Waller said she would like more answers from police.
“Married 46 years and somebody gets a little trigger happy and away they go, you know,” she said.
It was unclear why the officers were behind the Waller home because the call was at a neighbor’s directly across the street.
Kathy Waller said officers told her they thought the alarm call came from her residence.
Still in her bedroom, she heard yelling at about the same time she heard gunshots, she said.
Her husband, who had apparently just opened the garage door, was shot and killed by at least one officer.
“It happened in less than five minutes,” she said.
She ran downstairs and saw her husband lying at the edge of their garage and driveway.
“I looked down and saw he was gone,” she said.
At first, she said she thought her husband had been killed by a burglar.
Paramedics took Kathy Waller to the hospital because her blood pressure was high.
At the hospital, a detective told her what had happened, she said.
“I have to tell you the truth,” she quoted the detective as saying. “It was one of our officers.”
Kathy Waller said she responded, “I appreciate you telling me but I’m very angry. He’s a very good person.”
She and her husband had been married for 46 years. He operated a tire recycling business in Seagoville, she said.
The couple has three children and four grandchildren.
“He would give you the shirt off his back, and he was loving, and he was a wonderful husband,” Kathy Waller said. “I think the police made a terrible mistake.”
Reported by MyFox8
NEW YORK (CNN) — A Hofstra University student who died during a confrontation between a home invasion suspect and authorities was killed by police gunfire, a Nassau County, New York, police spokeswoman said Saturday.
Police fired eight shots at the intruder, who authorities say was holding a gun to the head of Andrea Rebello, 21, during a home invasion robbery Friday at an off-campus house in Uniondale.
One of the shots hit Rebello in the head, killing her, police spokeswoman Maureen Roach said.
Also killed was the intruder, whom authorities identified as Dalton Smith, 30, of Hempstead. He was struck seven times.
Authorities say Smith was wearing a mask. He invaded the home Rebello shared with her twin sister and two others during the predawn hours on Friday.
At some point, a female roommate of the twins was able to leave the home and call police, a police spokesman told CNN on Friday.
When a police officer arrived, Smith was holding a gun to Rebello’s head, Roach said.
He told the officer he was going to kill Rebello, and then turned the handgun toward the officer, she said.
The officer, fearing for his life, drew his gun and fired, Roach said.
Authorities have not identified the officer.
At the time of the shooting, Smith was wanted for jumping parole, police said.
He was on parole for first-degree robbery and had an “extensive” arrest history that includes robbery, assault, and promoting prison contraband, said police in Nassau County.
A warrant for his arrest was issued April 25 for allegedly absconding from parole, police said
Rebello’s high school principal, Carol Conklin-Spillane, said the twins’ home community in Westchester, New York, was heartbroken.
She described Rebello as a fun-loving, personable and self-aware young woman.
Her parents, Fernando and Nella Rebello, are closely tied to the Portuguese community, and always worked to create opportunities for their children, Conklin-Spillane said.
Rebello, a junior, was majoring in public relations.
Hofstra University said it is offering counseling to students.
“Our hearts and minds and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends and her classmates,” the university said in a statement.
A funeral mass is planned for Wednesday.
Reported by Twincities.com
A memorial with smiling photos, red and white roses and messages scribbled in English and Spanish rested against a budding tree Sunday, May 12, on the Minneapolis corner where Ivan Romero was killed last week.
The 23-year-old Minneapolis man’s Yamaha motorcycle collided Friday with a Minneapolis police squad car en route to an incident about 10 blocks west in which two officers were shot and a suspect killed.
On Sunday, about 40 people gathered in the sun and about 25 motorcycles were lined in the shade at the corner of Blaisdell Avenue South and West 26th Street. Solemn faces were shown by women grasping children and men in leather motorcycle jackets.
Romero’s uncle Olegario Romero Flores said the family is seeking answers from police about what led to his nephew’s death.
“We are here because we want justice,” Flores said through translation from Romero’s friend Jesus Ramon.
Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau said Saturday that the department is sharing information as quickly as possible.
“I ask for the public’s patience in allowing us the necessary time to thoroughly review and investigate,” Harteau said in a statement. “We owe it to everyone involved and the general public to be thorough and disclose the facts as we get them, and not simply respond to speculation.”
Minneapolis police said the squad car was traveling “well below the posted speed limit as it approached the intersection at the time of impact.” Police said Romero’s motorcycle collided with the rear passenger side of the squad car, which had its red lights and siren activated.
When asked to provide a timeline of the incident on Bryant Avenue and the motorcycle accident later, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington declined, citing the investigation.
“There are no benefits to anyone, specifically all those involved and impacted, to give information without supporting facts and evidence,” she said.
Earlier Sunday, Ramon and other friends rode to Stillwater to honor Romero and said his biker buddies will work to raise money for his family.
“We want to help his family because we know they need it,” Ramon said.
Romero’s passenger was his live-in girlfriend, Joselyn Torrejon, 20. She was in satisfactory condition Saturday at Hennepin County Medical Center, police said. The driver of the squad car was uninjured, police said.
Romero moved to Minnesota from Morales, Mexico, about eight years ago, family and friends said Sunday. He worked at the Franklin Street Bakery for the past two years, they said.
Romero loved the freedom of going on three- or four-hour rides on his motorcycle, Ramon said.
Also Sunday, the Hennepin County medical examiner officially released the identity of the burglary suspect killed in a struggle with two police officers in the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South.
Terrance Terrell Franklin, 22, died of gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner.
Two officers, Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro, shot during a struggle with Franklin were in satisfactory condition Saturday, Minneapolis police said.
At some point during the struggle, which took place in the basement of a home, Franklin tried to gain control of an officer’s firearm, an MP5 submachine gun, police said.
It has not been determined who fired the gun or how many times it was fired, police said.
Reported by WPTV.com
(CNN) — The family of a Florida man has released video of his death, hoping to get criminal charges filed against the police officer who ran him over.
On May 8, Marlon Brown was being chased by DeLand police because they allegedly saw that he was not wearing a seatbelt. At a dead-end road, Brown stopped his car and started running.
One of the police cars hit and ran him over, its dashcam video recording the entire incident.
Last week, a grand jury decided not to indict officer James Harris on a criminal charge of vehicular manslaughter. That’s when the family decided to go public, and release the video.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy video to watch,” says Krystal Brown the ex-wife and mother of Brown’s children, “but in order to obtain justice, and that’s what we’re looking for, we knew it was something that we had to do.”
Justice, the family says, would be criminal charges against Harris for killing Marlon Brown. Harris, who has been fired as a result of the incident, could not be reached for comment.
The dashcam video shows Harris’ police car following two other police cars as they drive down a residential street into a grass lot. The two other vehicles stop but the one with the camera continues to chase after Brown.
As the police car approaches, Brown stumbles and falls. While on the ground, Brown turns and faces the chasing vehicle and within seconds, his face disappears under the hood of Harris’ police car. A thud is heard and the car stops.
“I think he’s underneath the (expletive) car,” a voice off camera can be heard saying.
The city of DeLand has already paid the family $550,000 in a settlement but the city did not admit any wrongdoing, according to Krystal Brown. The family decided to go public with their story and the video in hopes of triggering public outrage that would result in pressure for officials to file criminal charges for Brown’s death.
“We’re just asking for justice, nothing extra,” Krystal Brown said, “nothing no one else would want for their family member. ”
State Attorney for Florida’s 7th judicial district R.J. Larizza decided to present the evidence to the grand jury instead of filing charges, which he could have done if he felt a crime had been committed.
Larizza stood by his decision at a news conference last week, following the grand jury’s decision not to return charges after two days of testimony.
“This has been a controversial situation and this has been a case that has been a challenge since the beginning,” Larizza said at the news conference.
“I wanted the most possible folks involved, people that were in the community, people that live here, people that care about this community to make the decision,” said Larizza, adding, “and I was confident and comfortable that they would do so.”
Krystal Brown said the family was “disappointed” and “felt let down by the criminal justice department” even before seeing the video, adding that they believe a vehicular manslaughter charge was appropriate.
“Just knowing what the charge entails, it doesn’t have to show intent — it only has to show reckless driving,” she said.
The video alone prompted DeLand Police Chief William Ridgway to fire Harris.
“The actions taken by Officer Harris that night are not consistent with our department’s training, directives, or accepted practices or techniques,” Ridgway told CNN, in a prepared statement.
DeLand police are conducting an internal review of the incident. This week, law enforcement officials have been going over more than 2,000 documents to determine whether appropriate tactics were used, whether police policies were followed and if those policies reflect the best way to deal with similar situations.
Brown’s family believes the video speaks for itself.
“We would have had no problem getting a call that morning saying, ‘OK Marlon ran from the police and we had to tase him’ or ‘the dogs bit him’ or something more along the lines of not using excessive force,” says Krystal Brown. “But to get the call that he has been ran down with a vehicle for running from the police? That doesn’t fit.”
Reported by WUSA 9
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — A man is dead after an early morning officer-involved shooting in Southeast and his family has many questions they want answered about the details on Tuesday.
Officials say Cleman Sweptson was shot by a police officer shortly after 3 Tuesday morning in the 2500 block of Sheridan Road near Stanton Road after getting on his bike to leave his mother’s apartment building. According to police on Tuesday morning, officers in the area of Stanton Road and Sheridan Road noticed a man acting erratically, possibly high on drugs, in the street. They instructed him to get out of the street and move to the sidewalk, according to police. Once the man got to the sidewalk, police say he pulled out what appeared to be a gun, causing an officer to fire. An officer fired two shots that struck Sweptson in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer was not injured.
His family says Sweptson does not criminal record, and he was not carrying a weapon at the time of the shooting. Police say, however, he was armed and fired at an officer. They also say a gun was recovered from the scene.
According to his family, Cleman Sweptson was sitting on the stoop of his mother’s apartment building when police came and told him to move along. The family says he got on his bike to leave, and the next thing they heard were gunshots. His mother says police may have mistaken a small radio she gave him for a gun.
She also said that he does not own any weapons. “He was not that kind of kid,” said Carolyn Bell.
Police later confirmed on Tuesday that Sweptson was riding a bike, but family members and police disagree about what happened after he turned the corner on his bike.
Ward 8 ANC Commissioner Natalie Williams, who was with the family on Tuesday after the shooting, also had questions about what happened. “My first question is, why was he asked to move? Then what happened from here to less than a block away for him to be shot?”
Williams says she has told the family to wait to see what the surveillance cameras in the area will tell them.
Bell says Sweptson was sitting on her porch playing music and was not high or acting strangely before the shooting.
Sweptson’s niece questioned why the crime scene was cleared so quickly and why an ambulance did not show up.
Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, MPD released the following information in an emailed statement:
“The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a fatal police involved shooting which occurred in the 2500 block of Sheridan Road, Southeast.
Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 3:04 am on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, a police officer from the Seventh District encountered a subject that appeared to be under the influence of narcotics in the 2500 block of Sheridan Road, Southeast. While investigating, the subject brandished a handgun and fired at the officer, which resulted in the officer firing his service weapon striking the suspect. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and did not find signs consistent with life and the decedent remained on the scene. A handgun was recovered at the scene.”
Reported by The Raw Story
Two officers in Florida have been placed on leave and a family is demanding answers after a suicidal man was shot and killed by police over the weekend.
The mother of 43-year-old Arthur Dixon Jr. called St. Petersburg police on Sunday evening because he doused himself with gasoline and threatened to take his own life.
Neighbor Ray Wuest told The Tampa Bay Times that he went into Dixon’s home and found the man soaked with gas and smoking a cigarette. Wuest said that he mopped up the gas and took the cigarette, but police told him to leave after they arrived.
St. Petersburg police spokesperson Mike Puetz said that Dixon had been “belligerent and threatening” when officers tried to negotiate with him.
At around 7:30 p.m., the suicidal man allegedly ran at Officers Devin Jones and Curtis Wright with scissors while they were stationed at the back of the house. Both officers opened fire, hitting Dixon in the torso multiple times. He was transported to Bayfront Medical Center and pronounced dead at around 10 p.m.
Dixon’s mother, Lydia Andrews, told Bay News 9 that officers did not have to shoot her son.
“The police assured me that they weren’t going to hurt him, that they were concerned for his safety,” she explained. “He has no weapons, he’s never hurt anyone ever. So, they forced him out the back of the house and they shot him three times.”
“I want to know why they shot him, he had no weapons and he’s drunk,” she continued. “He has a traumatic brain injury, he’s blind in one eye, can’t see well out of the other. Why did they shoot him?”
But the St. Petersburg police spokesperson insisted that officers had been threatened by the scissors.
“Scissors are a deadly weapon,” Puetz said in a statement. “They can cause great harm. They can be just as dangerous as a knife.”
Wuest said that Dixon had been a landscaper who became disabled after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
“If they would have left us alone with him, we could have gotten him out of the house,” Wuest lamented.
Officers Jones and Wright have been placed on administrative leave pending a routine investigation.
Reported by KTSM
EL PASO — We now know the name of a man shot and killed while in the custody of El Paso police. Daniel Saenz, 37, died Friday night after being shot outside the El Paso county detention facility.
Police said Saenz was handcuffed while he violently fought with the officer before the officer shot him.
Wendy Velazquez knew him for five years. She said Saenz was a body builder and may have looked intimidating to officers, but she only knew him as a “sweet guy.”
“I just really think that his name shouldn’t be dragged through the dirt above all cause he was a great person,” said friend Wendy Velazquez. “He focused a lot of religion, his family, himself and I just think there was a huge injustice and I think people really need to look into that. I don’t know the whole story but according to what I’ve heard, I don’t believe it’s right.”
But police said there was a different side to him. They said Saenz was being booked that day for multiple violent charges, including assault on a public servant, assault bodily injury, assault and injury to an elderly. He also had been found guilty on theft, assault and violating protective order charges.
The El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit, Shooting Review Team and The Texas Rangers continue their investigation into Friday’s shooting.
Once that investigation is complete, District Attorney Jaime Esparza said it’s his office’s policy to present all shootings that involve officers to a grand jury.
Police have not released the name of the officer that allegedly shot Saenz.
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(03-06) 20:28 PST HAYWARD — A man shot dead by Hayward police was identified Wednesday as 19-year-old Shawn Joseph Jetmore Stoddard-Nunez.
Stoddard-Nunez, who lived in Hayward, was in a passenger in a Honda Civic who died when he was shot by police over the weekend.
An officer had been trying to shoot the driver, Arthur Pakman, 23, of Oakley for aiming his car at a patrol cruiser near Fletcher Lane and Watkins Street about 3:20 a.m. Sunday.
The officer, who was accompanied by a civilian riding along in the patrol car, fired to prevent Pakman from hitting them, said Hayward police Sgt. Eric Krimm.
But a bullet ended up hitting Stoddard-Nunez instead, Krimm said. The Honda hit the passenger door of the police car, knocking the door into the civilian, who suffered a minor injury.
The Honda sped off but crashed a half-mile away at D Street and Foothill Boulevard. Officers found Stoddard-Nunez dead. An Alameda Country coroner’s autopsy confirmed that he died of a gunshot wound and not injuries from the crash, Krimm said.
Pakman fled on foot but was soon arrested. He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on a probation violation pending a review of the case by Alameda County prosecutors.
Stoddard-Nunez as one of five men killed since Thursday in confrontations with Bay Area law-enforcement officers. The other incidents involved a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy and Daly City, San Jose and Union City police.
Reported by Altadena Patch
A man who was shot and killed by police in North Hollywood was identified today as an Altadena resident.
Moises de la Torre, 25, was shot around 7:35 p.m. Sunday at Vineland Avenue and Archwood Street, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section and Ed Winter of the coroner’s office.
Police went to the scene in response to a report of a man with a gun, Eisenman said.
“They encountered the suspect in the street and there was an officer-involved shooting,” Eisenman said.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not say what de la Tor[r]e did to draw police fire or if a weapon was recovered.
Reported by Philly.com
A Warminster Township police officer fired the shot that killed 89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz during a February shootout at an apartment complex, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said at a news conference on Thursday.
But the man the officer intended to hit, Andrew G. Cairns, 49, has been charged with homicide in Zienkewicz’s death because, according to Heckler, Cairns instigated the fatal shooting by firing at police.
The officer, whom Heckler did not identify, mistakenly fired at Zienkewicz when she opened her door to offer shelter to Cairns’ girlfriend, Deborah Silva, who Heckler said went outside during the standoff.
Police believed the exterior door to Zienkewicz’s apartment was the door to Cairns’ apartment. When Zienkewicz reached out for Silva, the officer, who Heckler said was about 100 yards away, fired four shots, assuming he was shooting at Cairns. Three shots hit Zienkewicz’s door, Heckler said, and one hit her in the shoulder, killing her.
Silva, during a brief telephone conversation Thursday, said that Heckler’s account was “not true” and that she wasn’t outside during the standoff. Asked what happened, she said she did not remember and hung up.
Heckler said Silva and Cairns were highly intoxicated by alcohol or drugs during the encounter.
He called Zienkewicz’s death a “tragic mistake,” but said, “I have determined that under the circumstances of this case, the shooting by the officer was excusable.”
The situation began around 4 p.m. Feb. 19, when police responded to a domestic-disturbance call at Cairns’ unit at the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex on East Street Road. Cairns’ apartment was one of four attached units, two at ground level and two above. The exterior doors of all four units are in a row on the ground level.
Police found no evidence of a crime after the initial call and left, Heckler said. Though officers had been told there were guns inside, the weapons were not removed from the house, Heckler said.
Around 7:45 p.m., police received another 911 call, according to their records, from Silva. She said Cairns was trying to shoot himself.
According to records, soon after officers arrived, they heard shots hitting objects near them. Three of eight officers, including the one who fired the shot, took cover near a fence post, Heckler said.
Police spotted Silva, who was still on the phone with the 911 operator, wandering outside the four entrance doors, records say. Zienkewicz lived in the ground-level apartment below Cairns; her door was directly next to his.
Police records say it was too dark for the officers to read the numbers on the doors to confirm which was Cairns’, and Heckler said Thursday calls were not immediately placed to the apartments to speak with either tenant.
As Silva stood in front of the doors, records say, police and the 911 dispatcher told her to move out of the area but she did not. Zienkewicz then opened her door and reached out to help Silva into her apartment, and the officer fired.
Heckler said the officer had “very good reason to believe that he was acting to end an immediate and critical threat to Ms. Silva” when he fired, and so he would not be charging him.
As for Cairns, Heckler said, “Under the law, he is responsible for the deadly consequences for the chain of events which he began.” Cairns was charged with criminal homicide and other offenses.
Heckler said that Cairns fired at least 19 shots during the standoff, but that the shooting stopped just after the officer fired at Zienkewicz. Police therefore believed they had hit Cairns, only to discover Zienkewicz’s body in the doorway several hours later.
Cairns barricaded himself in his apartment until around 2:30 the next morning, when he turned himself in. He is being held with bail set at $10 million.
Attempts to reach Zienkewicz’s family and Cairns’ public defender were unsuccessful Thursday.
Reported by KTVQ
BILLINGS – Billings Police released the name and long list of criminal history of the man shot and killed by an officer early Monday morning.
Lieutenant Kevin Iffland said 32-year-old Jason Shaw died after he refused to comply with an officer’s orders. He instead reached for a gun in his pocket.
Shaw was stopped by police about 1:30 a.m. on Monday, as police were searching for another man near 23 Custer Avenue. As Officer Grant Morrison approached a suspicious vehicle, Shaw got out of the back seat.
Morrison ordered him to put his hands up and get on the ground, but Shaw refused. As Shaw reached for a weapon in his pocket, Morrison shot him in the abdomen.
Officers on scene performed first aid until an ambulance arrived, but Shaw was later pronounced dead. Further investigation revealed the gun the suspect reached for was actually a replica handgun — a BB gun — pictured above.
Shaw’s storied criminal history dates back to 1998 and spans across the state. It includes multiple felony thefts, obstruction of peace officers, felony criminal endangerment and violation of a protective order.
Officer Morrison is now on paid administrative leave until the investigation wraps up.
Reported by KWTX
COPPERAS COVE (February 5, 2013)—Kristofer Gagliardi, 24, the knife-wielding man whom a Copperas Cove police officer shot to death Saturday night after responding to a domestic disturbance call, was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had used the knife he was carrying to cut his own wrists, his mother, Dawn Prewitt, said Tuesday.
Prewitt said she was standing about five feet from her son Saturday night outside of a duplex in the 500 block of Westview Lane when the officer fired, striking Gagliardi twice in the chest.
She said her son called the officer a racial slur before he was shot.
“He said ‘go ahead and shoot me’ and used the racial slur, and as soon as he said that he shot him twice,” Prewitt said.
Then, she says, the officer handcuffed her son and dragged him into the yard of the duplex.
“They drug him like a dead animal across the yard, they just had no compassion,” Prewitt said.
“There was no other police officer there,” she said.
“I was the one that had to witness my son dying in vain, I’m the one who had to see that he was crying for help,” she said.
Gagliardi’s brother Josh, said Tuesday he thought Kristofer had been doing better since moving to Copperas Cove with his mother.
He got a job with the City of Killeen Mowing and Drainage Department and had finished his GED, he said.
Coryell County Justice of the Peace John Guinn pronounced Gagliardi dead at 9:50 p.m. Saturday.
Guinn said when he arrived, Gagliardi’s body was in the yard of the duplex and there was a knife with a blade about five inches long next to him.
Guinn said it appeared Gagliardi had been shot twice in the chest.
“Officers were responding to a domestic violence call and when they arrived Gagliardi came out of the duplex with a knife,” Guinn said.
Guinn said that the first officer on the scene retreated to the street in front of the duplex and that at some point fired the shot that killed Gagliardi.
Authorities ordered the body sent to Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, for autopsy.
On Monday Guinn said the preliminary autopsy report showed the cause of death was the two gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.
Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd said he expects to get a report on the results of the investigation by the end of the month.
The report below by The Daily Herald is the last information we can find on this case. We will dig some more to see if this case ever went to trial and if so the outcome.
A former Scotland Neck police officer has been indicted in connection to the November death of Roger Anthony.
A grand jury in Halifax County indicted John Turner, 26, on the charge of involuntary manslaughter, in the Nov. 21 death of Roger Anthony, 61, who died after Turner shot him with a stun gun.
Turner responded to a call in reference to an intoxicated man around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. When Turner arrived, he saw Anthony riding his bike in the area and tried to get him to stop. When Anthony didn’t stop, Turner shot him with his stun gun.
According to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office, Anthony died from head trauma suffered when he fell from his bicycle and hit his head on the pavement.
Anthony had a history of seizures, according to the autopsy report, and had endured a craniotomy in the past, which is a surgical procedure where part of the skull is removed to allow surgical access to the brain.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation looked into the case at the request of the Scotland Neck Police Department, and after a lengthy investigation, the Halifax County District Attorney’s office obtained an indictment June 25.
Turner was served with an order for arrest July 6 and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Anthony’s death.
He is free on bond and is due in court Aug. 6.
Turner resigned from the Scotland Neck Police Department after Anthony’s death.
Scotland Neck Mayor Leonard Bunting and Police Chief Joe Williams declined to comment on the case when reached this morning.
District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey did not immediately respond to a request to comment this morning.
She emailed The Daily Herald last week she had no comment on the Anthony case.
Reported by MLive
KALAMAZOO, MI — AKalamazoo Public Safetyofficer was involved in a shooting late Thursday at the Best Western Hospitality Inn on East Cork Street, KDPS Chief Jeff Hadley said.
One person who was wounded in the incident was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital, Hadley said. An update on that person’s condition was not immediately available Thursday night.
Hadley said no officers were injured during the incident at the hotel, which is located at 3640 East Cork Street near Sprinkle Road.
It was not immediately known Thursday night why officers had initially responded to the hotel.
We’ll have more details as soon as they become available.
Reported by NBCDFW
The Grand Prairie and Arlington police say a felony theft suspect was shot and killed after he fled to the parking lot of a community college in Arlington.
A Grand Prairie officer shot 22-year-old Jordan Hatcher in the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus’ south parking lot on Thursday afternoon.
Police said Hatcher led officers on foot to the community college after a struggle at a Target store on the other side of state Highway 360 in Grand Prairie. Another suspect was arrested at the store.
Authorities said Hatcher physically fought with an officer and grabbed the officer’s stun gun. The officer feared for his life and shot Hatcher multiple times, police said.
Arlington police arrived at the parking lot just after the shooting. An Arlington police officer performed CPR on Hatcher, who died at the scene.
The man did not appear to be armed, police said.
No officers were injured.
A parking lot on the south side of the campus is closed, but the north and west parking lots remained open.
Grand Prairie police and Arlington police are investigating the shooting.
The Grand Prairie officer who shot the suspect is a veteran officer with several years of experience. The officer will be on leave for three days for review.
Reported by fox6now.com
TOWN OF GENEVA (WITI) — Alfredo Villarreal, an 18-year-old inmate, is dead following an altercation with a Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy at Lakeland Medical Center Monday, January 21st.
According to police, Villarreal was shot around 6:45 p.m. on Monday after he attacked the deputy guarding him in an attempt to escape custody.
Officials say Villarreal began punching and kicking the deputy in the face multiple times after he requested to use the bathroom and was let out of his restraints. The deputy called for assistance and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the medical center.
Police say the deputy deployed a taser, which failed to stop the inmate. After being tased, Villarreal used a chair to break the window in his room. When this attempt failed, Villarreal attempted to strike the deputy over the head with the chair. The deputy then discharged his handgun, striking the inmate.
According to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, life-saving measures were immediately implemented by law enforcement and medical staff. But Villarreal died at the scene.
On Tuesday, some of Villareal’s family came to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office seeking answers.
The investigation has been turned over to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office. They say they weren’t told until 1:00 a.m. Tuesday about what happened. They described Villareal as a kind teen who may have had some problems, but nothing, they say, that should have warranted this.
Villareal’s family says medical authorities told them Villareal was taken to the hospital because he had been having seizures — another piece of this story that for them, doesn’t add up.
Reported by 8newsnow.com
By Brian Brennan, Reporter
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — All three family members involved in a Boulder City shooting died from gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Clark County coroner.
The coroner said the gunshot deaths of 46-year-old Kathryn Michelle Walters and 5-year-old Maximilian Walters were homicides. The coroner said the manner of death for 52-year-old Hans Pieter Walters, a Metro police lieutenant, was suicide by a gunshot wound to the head.
The shootings happened Monday morning in the 1300 block of Esther Drive in Boulder City. Police say Walters called 911 and said he had killed his wife and son and was preparing to set the house on fire.
When emergency crews arrived at the home, they briefly saw Walters outside the house, but he went back inside and shot himself.
A small memorial has grown in front of the house.
“We were just talking about how you don’t expect it to happen, especially from someone in the police department. It’s not something you expect to see,” said Lacie Cannabo, who left a card at the memorial in from of the home.
Neighbors said Walters, his wife, and son seemed like any regular family. The boy attended kindergarten at Andrew Mitchell Elementary School across the street from his home. One woman told 8 News NOW she was good friends with Kathryn Walters and she never indicated there was any trouble in her home.