Friday, July 25, 2008

Texas: Immigrant shot burglar teen: "An illegal immigrant tasked with guarding a convenience store shot and killed a teenager who attempted to burglarize it, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said Monday. Silvestre Delgadillo, 28, remained on the run and authorities had "no idea" whether he fled to Mexico, Trevino said. Delgadillo, who was convicted in 2005 on a felony drug charge, has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony. But the actual homicide is complicated by Texas' castle law, which allows people to use lethal force to defend themselves and their property. Delgadillo is accused of shooting Roberto Garcia, 17, late Friday night. "He is there to protect his residence - protect the business - under the direction of the owner," Trevino said. He said he will submit the case to the District Attorney's office, which will then present it to a grand jury. The grand jury will determine whether to charge Delgadillo in connection with the homicide. The shooting occurred late Friday or early Saturday, Trevino said, when Garcia and Ramiro Garza and Eloy Santana, both 17, tried to burglarize Valeria's Drive Thru convenience store by breaking through its roof. Delgadillo was living inside the business, though, and had been told by store owner Olivia Lopez, 34, to guard it with a gun she provided, Trevino said. Delgadillo shot Garcia during the burglary, hitting him in the lung and artery, Trevino said. The wound killed Garcia within minutes."

Alaska: Juneau man shoots bear who enters home: "A Juneau man shot and injured a bear who he says had entered his residence. Local police haven't identified him. They say the man shot the bear in the face with a .45 semiautomatic handgun. Officers have been unable to locate the injured bear. Sergeant Chris Burke says the man reported being woken up by a noise in his residence. The man told authorities that when he got out of bed the bear was about four feet into the home. The bear turned and ran back toward the porch. When the man yelled at the bear to encourage it to leave, the bear turned around and lunged and that's when the man shot it. Sergeant Burke says officers tracked a blood trail for the bear, but haven't found it.

California: DA declines charges in fatal Marine shooting: "The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office elected not to file charges against Issa Wajeel, 50, the Barstow man who was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting death of a Camp Pendleton Marine. Michael Fermin, supervising deputy district attorney at the Barstow courthouse, said he received the Barstow Police Department report in the case late in the day on Monday. After reviewing the file with Gary Roth, chief deputy district attorney for the Desert-Mountain region of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, they came to the conclusion Tuesday afternoon that Wajeel acted in self-defense when he shot 20-year-old Michael Firkins, Fermin said. Police found Firkins with a gunshot wound to the head in a truck parked in front of Wajeel’s house on July 3. He died in the hospital on July 6, and Wajeel was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder. Wajeel, who was in his yard with a gun when police arrived, told investigators that he had confronted a man who may have been trying to break into his house. Wajeel, a retired Army sergeant first class, worked as a contractor at Fort Irwin and taught administration of justice classes part time at Barstow Community College. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, West Valley Detention Center still listed Wajeel as an inmate."

Kentucky Man Shot & Killed in Self-Defense: "Police have not filed any charges against a Pulaski County man who they say shot and killed someone in self-defense. Last night, officers were called to a home on West Highway, in Science Hill, to investigate a shooting. They say three people, one armed with wooden club, went to the home to start a fight -- which they did. After a short time, police say the homeowner, Joshua Pyles, got a shotgun and asked the suspects to leave his home and property. They refused and continued to make threats, so Pyles fired one shot. One of the suspects, 34-year-old Jim Goff, was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The two other suspects, Heather Goff, 29, wife of the deceased, and John Strunk, 46, Heaton Ford Road Science Hill, KY were both arrested at the scene and charged with assault 2nd degree. Pyles has not yet been charged in the shooting. The preliminary investigation indicates that Pyles was acting in self-defense in protecting himself and his family."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kentucky -- the Joshua Pyles above is in jail in Pickett County, TN for fatally shooting two unarmed people of our community at their place of business a few days ago. Charged with two counts of first degree murder.