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(9-19) Woman shoots at gunman after he kills her husband

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Kharn, Sep 24, 2003.

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  1. Kharn

    Kharn Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Original story here

    A robber ambushed a prominent Coconut Grove couple in their driveway Thursday, killed the man and then ran as the victim's wife shot at him with her own gun.

    The thief shot José Calvo, 48, at least once in the head, fatally wounding the one-time owner of Angel Buick-Oldsmobile in Coral Gables.

    Denise Calvo, with her toddler son Anthony in the back seat, bolted from the Mercedes and returned fire.

    She blew out the back window and possibly hit the man as he fled. ''She gave him everything she had. She emptied the gun,'' said Detective Delrish Moss, a Miami police spokesman.

    José Calvo, a philanthropist who recently was named chairman of the Coral Gables Museum Board, was flown in critical condition to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

    His killer was still on the loose late Thursday. Police found the getaway car -- a late-model, light-blue Honda Civic -- abandoned a few blocks away on Douglas Road and Thomas Avenue.

    He was described as a black man, about 5 foot 10 inches, between 160 and 180 pounds. He may have a gunshot wound.

    Police said the couple had just pulled up to their two-story home at 3901 Crawford Ave. around 5:30 p.m.


    ''As soon as they pulled in, a man with a partially covered face approached the driver's side and demanded money, jewelry and the car keys,'' Moss said.

    At first, police said, Denise Calvo -- sitting in the passenger seat of the Mercedes SL500 -- didn't see that the man had a weapon.

    ''First she heard him, then she looked and saw he had a gun,'' Moss said. ``Then she tried to ease into a position to reach for a gun.''

    The robber saw her move, and shot. ''It happened in seconds. She was trying to protect her family,'' Moss said.

    The couple's son was whisked away by his grandparents, who arrived at the scene after their daughter was escorted away by police.

    Neighbors and family gathered outside the police tape blocking off the street in front of the Calvo home, purchased just last year for $830,000 after José Calvo closed down his dealership on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

    This summer, for the second time, he ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

    And he remained active in community affairs.

    `A NICE MAN'

    ''He was such a nice man,'' Gloria Burns, executive director of Coral Gables Community Foundation. Calvo was the former chairman. His wife was a former board member of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce.

    ``He has a heart that most people don't know about. He helped people that no one knew about.''

    For example, Burns said, Calvo -- who also invested in real estate -- donated a Jacksonville apartment building to the foundation, which sold the building for about $40,000.

    Calvo was also discreet about his personal life.

    ''He was very private and didn't give out his address to anyone,'' said Burns, recalling Calvo's request that he pick up correspondence at the offices rather than having it mailed to his home. ``He was very concerned with security. ''

    The couple met a few years ago -- on the job, said Grant Miller, publisher of Community Newspapers, where Denise Calvo worked part time as an advertising representative.

    José Calvo's dealership bought ads in the papers.

    ''She's been working for us since she was 21, a senior in college,'' Miller said. She later opened her own ad agency, but slowly slimmed down the operations after marrying.

    Said Dan Ricker, publisher of the Watchdog Report and a longtime friend: ``They were one of those bright spots of the Grove.''

    Anyone with information about the shooting should call CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


  2. LiquidTension

    LiquidTension Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    My gf is living with some relatives that know this family. She and I had a discussion about this a few days ago. She was arguing that the woman going for the gun got her husband killed. I was arguing that if the perp was willing to shoot the husband, there's no telling what would have happened if she hadn't gone for the gun. If he's got it in him to kill for no reason, he might have killed all three of them anyway. Yes, it's possible that if the woman hadn't gone for the gun (which was in the glove box, btw) the gunman wouldn't have fired. It's also possible that he was planning to kill all three of them and that the gun saved her and her son. Don't know if the window was up or down. I told the gf that driving away is usually the best thing to do in these situations, especially if the windows are up. I seem to recall some statistics that showed criminals don't usually shoot if you start driving away, but I can't remember the source (prolly from somewhere on TFL). I also let her know that situational awareness is crucial, and that if they had been paying more attention they may have been able to avoid most of the situation.

    Sad situation, I hope they catch the guy and fry him after he has a few thousand "encounters" with Bubba in prison. That guy has caused a boy to grow up without a dad for no other reason than the few dollars he thought he might get out of the people :fire:

    I've got ten bucks that says after he's caught and goes to prison, he gets out early and commits more crimes. Any takers?
  3. TheeBadOne

    TheeBadOne Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Nemo sine vitio est
    Don't forget Robert Blake.... There's the posibility she offed her hubby and made the story up.... :confused:
  4. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Anchorage
    Driving off, if possible, is the best choice. Most of these yahoos have no training whatsoever, and hitting a car speeding away from you is tough. Hitting someone inside it even tougher. It's like hitting a skeet launched away from you with a handgun.

    Of course, if you're blocked in traffic it's another matter. Up here I'd hope someone else would get a rifle out and put an end to the situation. Thankfully carjackings are quite rare here. Maybe there's a connection?
  5. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    That'd be my inclination, but if the criminal already has a gun out and he's close, I'd have to be afraid there'd be no way he could miss.
  6. Pendragon

    Pendragon Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    ding! ding! ding!

    I vote wife hired hit man.

    Toddler son cant testify.

    Man shot in head seeminlg very quickly and for no apparent reason other than murder.

    Woman appears heroic, empties gun (probably while accomplice is standing next to her).

    Accomplice is probably 32 year old good for nothing but a roll in the sack - cooked up a plan to off the good old man and hook up later after a suitable mourning period.

    My $10 is on the wife. How old is she? Makes it sound like she is in her early 20s.
  7. agricola

    agricola Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Office of the Holy Inquisition, Vatican City
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