September 11, 2007, 11:08 AM
Burglar killed; homeowner hurt
FRANK X. MULLEN
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A Reno man was wounded as he disarmed a burglar in his home and fatally shot the intruder Monday afternoon,
Reno police Sgt. Ray Leal said a resident in the 400 block of Brittany Avenue was confronted by the gunman when he arrived at home about
1:35 p.m. The burglar, a
43-year-old Reno man whose name was withheld, ordered the resident to crawl to the bathroom at the end of the hall and remain there while he resumed the burglary.
After a short time, the burglar placed a gun to the resident's head. The man told police he believed he was about to be shot and turned his head as the gun discharged.
He then jumped to his feet and struggled with the suspect for the gun, sustaining two gunshots to his upper body, but managed to wrestle the gun from the intruder and shoot him.
The resident was treated at Renown Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
"I don't believe the two men knew each other," Leal said at the scene.
Detectives can be reached at 334-2115 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.FRANK X. MULLEN
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September 11, 2007, 11:10 AM
Double Naught Spy
September 11, 2007, 07:26 PM
Yep, the burglar tried to use his gun and it was taken away from him and he was killed with it.
It is amazing what an unarmed man can do! Yeah for the homeowner!
September 11, 2007, 08:07 PM
The homeowner was VERY lucky that the burglar/failed murderer was not smart enough to fire the shot from a few feet away. Had he there would have been nothing the homeowner could do except hope the shot(and any subsequent shots) missed or die.
Double Naught Spy
September 11, 2007, 09:43 PM
Yes, but he did fight back. He wasn't like many of our fellow posters who consider being unarmed as being defenseless. He obviously was not defenseless. He just didn't start off as being armed.
September 11, 2007, 10:21 PM
A home invader was dis-armed and shot to death by a house guest as he was leaving his friend's residence in Everett, Wa last March. The article below of course glorifies the life of the athletic thug who was dis-armed and killed by a very brave guest who, after being pistol whipped by the football player, proceeded to tackle him (as the thug was firing into residence), wrest the gun away, then shoot him. Feel free to skip the PC drivel that all these stories contain and skip down to the paragraph I pasted in bold. To be fair, it seems as there could be more to the story but no charges were ever filed.
Man killed in Everett shooting was senior at Franklin High School
By Brian Alexander and Diane Brooks
Seattle Times staff reporters
A teen killed Tuesday in an Everett shooting was a Franklin High School senior, the school and the Snohomish County Medical Examiner said Thursday afternoon.
Leonard Hunter, 18, of Seattle, died of a gunshot wound to his torso at a home in the 2300 block of Wetmore Avenue, according to the medical examiner. Hunter was a member of the football team and journalism team, according to a letter from the high school's principal.
Police said they detained and released a man in connection with the shooting who was a visitor at the residence. Nobody has been arrested or booked into jail for the crime, police said.
The shooting does not appear to be a random crime; detectives from the Everett Police Department are investigating, police said.
Hunter's "infectious charm, laughter and engaging personality touched just about all of us in one way or another," according to the letter by Franklin principal Jennifer Wiley.
On Thursday, Hunter was recalled as a popular student with a big personality. "We simply are looking to celebrate his life and the person that he was, and helping the family through its grieving process and the community as well," said Seattle Public Schools spokesman David Tucker.
Franklin principal Jennifer Wiley said she was "uncomfortable" talking about the incident and would only praise the student who was a "big part of our campus."
"He will be greatly, greatly missed. There will be holes in the hearts of many," she said.
Hunter apparently died on the interior stairwell of a two-story house within a block of the Everett High School campus, near the city's downtown. The house, which dates to the early 1900s, is divided into two or three units, with the upper story accessed by a stairway just inside the front door.
Police have not released a narrative account of the shooting. Several shots were fired, and police extensively questioned a 20-year-old man found near the shooting scene, said police spokesman Sgt. Robert Goetz.
The man, who was not arrested, was described as an acquaintance of a 27-year-old man living in the upper unit.
First-floor renter Gretchen Galstead, 44, said the 20-year-old friend fired the fatal shot.
She didn't see the shooting — just heard several shots and a lot of "high-decibel stomping" on the stairs next to her wall. That night a police officer told her "the bad guy was shot dead," Galstead said.
Galstead said she spoke with her upstairs neighbor, a musician, the next morning. He told her his 20-year-old visitor was going down the stairs when a man kicked in the front door, she said. He allegedly pistol-whipped the friend, then went upstairs and fired two shots near the door before the friend chased him, wrestled away the gun and shot him, she said.
The front door jamb was splintered, and two bullet holes pocked the house and a washer-dryer inside the front door. It appeared one of the bullets hit the wall near the second floor, exiting through the home's exterior and puncturing a hole in the vinyl siding of a house next door.
Goetz declined comment on who shot Hunter, whether the teen fired first or his relationship to either of the men.
"We are not confirming any of the details at this point," he said. "But this event did not occur as a result of somebody just picking a place out of the air and walking up to a residence."
Next-door neighbor Frank Vizeno said he counted five shots — first two, then three more.
"I hit the floor," he said. "I'm retired Army, so I know when you hear shots you don't stick your head up like an ostrich."
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