Friday, January 22, 2010

NM: Home Invader Shot and Killed: "A man who deputies say was trying to break into a North Valley home was shot and killed early Thursday. Bernalillo County deputies report that they found 43-year-old Dimas Apodaca, dead in a front yard at Pueblo Luna near Second Street and Osuna. Neighbor Orlando Lucero said that he heard “three loud thumps, sounds like they kicked the door in. Come to find out it was a sledgehammer followed by four or five shots and a car speeding off.” Sergeant Mark Kmatz of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says people at the scene have been detained. “We’ve made contact with everybody here that we have detained, but just for interview purposes,” he said. “It doesn’t mean they were involved.”

Philadelphia Altercation Leads To Shooting: "The victim of a shooting outside of Fox 29's studios in Old City early Sunday is the nephew of city Republican leader Michael Meehan and part of the family that's run Philadelphia's Republican party for three generations. Edward "Eddie" DiDonato Jr., 23, remains in critical condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after being shot six times by Temple Law student Gerald Ung, 28, following a confrontation on Market Street near 4th about 2:30 a.m., police said. Details of what led to the shooting, which occurred shortly after closing time in the popular nightlife area, remain sketchy. Fox 29, whose surveillance videos caught the shooting on tape, reported that Ung was rushed by a group of people and that “when the video is slowed down, the shooting victim can be seen delivering punches even as the gun is discharging.” Lt. Frank Vanore, police spokesman, said that Ung waited at the scene and approached the first officer who arrived. A gun, believed to be the weapon used in the shooting, was recovered from the scene, Vanore said. Fox reported that Ung had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, issued to him in his home state of Virginia, yet one of the charges against Ung, along with attempted murder, is firearms not to be carried without a license, according to court records. Ung was ... released Monday on 10 percent of $200,000 bail, which appears to have been posted by his mother. As of last night, 36 people had joined a Facebook group titled “Gerald Ung is innocent.”

Kansas: Shotgun greets bomb threat: "A man who put a container on a pharmacy counter, claimed it was a bomb and demanded prescription drugs left after the pharmacist wielded a shotgun. The pharmacist at the Kansas City, Kan., pharmacy at 4501 Rainbow Blvd. fired at the would-be robber as he drove off in a car, police said. It is not know if the robber or his car was hit in the incident about 11:30 a.m., they said. The bomb squad soon determined that the package was not a bomb. The crime is similar to another incident Jan. 4 in Overland Park where a robber put a clock taped to a box on a pharmacy counter, said it was a bomb and left with a small amount of drugs.... He drove an early 2000 model, four-door Ford Taurus that was either blue or gray with Johnson County tags. Shotgun fire might have damaged the car’s right rear quarter panel, they said."

Indianapolis Home Invader Shot Dead: "An Eastside resident fended off a botched home invasion this morning that left a female robber dead, Indianapolis police said. Miguel Duarte, 30, shot and killed the attacker after she had shot him at his home in the 4600 block of East 21st Street. The neighborhood is southwest of the I-70 and North Emerson Avenue interchange. Police have not identified the female who died. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jeff L. Duhamell said two Hispanic males and two Hispanic females — none who were identified — confronted Duarte at the front door of his home shortly before 7 a.m. A scuffle ensued; one male suspect pulled Duarte into the front yard, joined by the second male, while one of the female suspects went into the home, pulling a gun on Duarte’s wife. Police say Duarte broke free and ran into his home to discover his wife being held at gunpoint. Police say the female suspect aimed a gun at Duarte head, but shot him in his neck during the struggle. He then grabbed the handgun from her and shot her. She died there. The three surviving suspects fled east from the home in a white Ford van."

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