The pursuit began at about 10:40am Wednesday when the driver of a blue Chrysler 300 fled during a traffic stop. Authorities say police tried to pull over the driver for “suspicious activity,” including unsafe lane changes.
After several minutes of a high speed pursuit, during which the driver eluded police by going around patrol cars and even driving into the grass, the chase came to a crashing halt. The suspect slammed into a small white car at the intersection of Wallisville and Castlegory, then spun into another vehicle.
That’s when the suspect, identified as Frank Ernest Shepherd, III, got out of the car, but as he reached back inside the vehicle, officers opened fire, fatally striking him. Police say 10 to 12 shots were fired.
The end of the pursuit unfolded quickly, with only a matter of seconds elapsing between the time the suspect struck the white car and the time officers opened fire. HPD spokesperson John Cannon says two of the officers involved in the chase have been on the force for six years. He identified them as R Gonzales and L Engle. He didn’t elaborate on the nature of their involvement. It’s not yet known if they were wearing body cameras. [emphasis added]
SUSPECT FATALLY SHOT BY OFFICERS AT END OF POLICE CHASE. ABC13.com, 4/15/2015.
Video Shows Family In Massive Brawl With Arizona Police Before Fatal Shooting. Buzzfeed, 4/11/2015.
See the whole video at the link above. Here are a couple Vines from it.
More proof that when white people go bad, most of them survive.
The boy, who also was shot and remained hospitalized, told investigators that his mother joked and laughed when she noticed one of the passengers in a Cadillac that ended up following her had his feet hanging out the window, sheriff’s homicide Lt. Dave Coleman said.
“This is what the little boy is saying,” Coleman said. “Mommy says, ‘Look at that, isn’t that funny?’ and they made eye contact. She drove on and they began following her.”
The gunman, identified as Robert Washington, 38, of Rialto, and two other men in the car — Brandon Armolav White, 19, and Stanley Ross White, 24 — had no connection “whatsoever” to Berry, Coleman said.
The attack occurred about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday as Berry drove with her son along Rosecrans Avenue. The patrolman was monitoring traffic near Kornblum Avenue when Berry pulled up to him in her gray Mercedes-Benz and said she was being followed. The officer told the frightened woman to park in front of him and he would investigate.
Berry pulled over and was backing up to park, nearly hitting the officer’s bumper, when a 1994 Cadillac drove up next to her car and stopped.
Before Berry could get out and before the officer could unfasten his seat belt, Washington jumped out and started shooting at the woman and her son. The officer quickly got out of his patrol car and killed the gunman, Coleman said.
The wounded boy ran from the car to safety. His name was not released.
Washington was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said he was carrying two guns.
Hawthorne shooting occurred after boy made eye contact with gunman. The Daily Breeze, 4/2/2015.
A Montgomery County man killed his wife with a chainsaw before taking his own life inside their Lower Moreland home, the coroner said Wednesday.
Their bodies were found in the couple’s home on Country Lane Tuesday afternoon by their 14-year-old son.
County coroner Walter Hofman says 43-year-old Nicole Peppleman was murdered and 48-year-old Christopher Peppelman committed suicide.
Investigators say it appeared they both had been mutilated by a chainsaw.
The autopsy showed that Nicole died of a gaping wound to the abdomen.
She had also been choked and stabbed in the neck.
Dr. Hofman says Christopher Peppleman died of a self-inflicted gaping wound to the abdomen and right side.
It was the end of a contentious relationship that has stunned the community.
Nicole had been separated from her husband and had been living with the children at her parents’ house in Jenkintown.
It’s not clear why she met her estranged husband at their house Tuesday.
LOWER MORELAND CHAINSAW DEATHS RULED MURDER-SUICIDE. 6ABC.com, 4/1/2015.
The incident started when [John Leo] Davis got angry at one of the kids for playing video games and hit them in the face, court records show. The child told Michele [Davis], who reportedly confronted her husband and an argument ensued.
The children saw Davis wield a knife and chase his 35-year-old wife from the kitchen to the front door where police later found her in a pool of blood, records show.
Kutis said police responded to a call regarding a family fight at approximately 6:15 p.m. at the home near Lower Buckeye Road and Cotton Lane.
Michele was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, Kutis said.
In 2008, police arrested Davis in Utah on suspicion of assault against Michele and child abuse, court records show. He was also reportedly arrested in 2006 and twice in the 1990s on suspicion of battery against a spouse.
The kids were immediately removed form the home at 168th Drive and Watkins Street and were being cared for Friday morning by relatives, said Lisa Kutis, a Goodyear police spokeswoman.
Three of the seven children – ages 3, 5 and 9 – belong to the couple, according to Kutis. Two children – ages 11 and 15 – belong to Michele only. Two others – ages 12 and 14 – belong to Davis.
A 16-year-old child, who was not at home when the incident occurred, also belongs to Davis, Kutis said.
Goodyear murder suspect has history of domestic violence. AZCentral.com, 3/27/2015.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office received a call about the shooting at 6:19 p.m. local time in the city of Hudson, some 45 miles (72 km) north of Tampa, the office said in a statement.
The three brothers were squabbling over dinner, the statement said, when the 13-year-old grabbed a handgun and shot his two brothers before killing himself. The children were home alone at the time.
The older brother was taken to a hospital and his injuries were not considered life-threatening, the statement said. The names of the children were not released by authorities.
The Times said that the children’s mother was at work and a fourth son, who is 18-years-old, was not at the house.
Further details were not immediately available.
Florida teen shoots and kills 6-year-old brother, then himself, after argument over food. Reuters/The Raw Story, 3/26/2015.
One suspect dead, officer wounded.
The fight happened Saturday night after Cottonwood Police Department received a call at 11:52 p.m. from a Cottonwood Walmart reporting that multiple suspects assaulted a female employee in the store, according to a press release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
When officers arrived, the suspects were in the parking lot and attacked the officers, the release said. One suspect was shot and killed during the fight, another was shot in the abdomen, and a total of seven others were taken into custody.
The suspects are from the same family, according to DPS spokesman Bart Graves.
A Walmart employee and eight officers were involved in the fight. One officer was shot in the leg and the other seven were left with cuts and bruises.
Cottonwood Walmart brawl leaves 1 dead, officer shot. AZ Central, 3/22/2015.
Henry Solis was off-duty on Friday morning when gunfire killed 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez, Jr. in Pomona, 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the Pomona Police Department said in a statement on Sunday.
A 27-year-old probationary officer assigned to the Devonshire Division in the San Fernando Valley, Solis later failed to show up for work on Saturday following the shooting, and his car was found on Sunday abandoned near the scene.
“Solis’ whereabouts is unknown, and we have reason to believe that he knows the police are looking to talk with him,” the statement said.
A preliminary investigation found that Rodriguez and another man “were engaged in a physical altercation” just before the shooting,” the police said in the statement. “It is unknown if the suspect and the victim knew each other.”
Rookie LAPD officer’s whereabouts unknown after deadly shooting. Reuters/The Raw Story, 3/16/2015.
Around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, a 15-year-old girl, wearing only a nightgown and no shoes in near-zero temperatures and with cuts on her legs from running through thickets and hardened snow, pounded on a neighbor’s door.
“She was crying so hard,” the neighbor, who declined to be identified out of concern for his safety, said. “I finally got out of her, ‘My mom and dad have been shot.'”
The girl called 911 from the neighbor’s home. Sigman said that as officers responded to that call, they received word of another shooting.
The victims at both addresses were related to each other, and to Aldridge. Authorities identified them as two couples, Garold Dee Aldridge, 52, and his wife, Julie Ann, 47; and Harold Wayne Aldridge, 50, and his wife, Janell Arlisa, 48. Both men were cousins of Joseph Aldridge, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder.
At some point over the next few hours, Joseph Aldridge killed two more men and another woman at two different locations, Sigman said, and injured another woman. Names of those victims, and details about the woman’s injuries, were not released.
The case took another strange twist when authorities went to the home that Joseph Aldridge shared with his 74-year-old mother, Alice. She was found dead at the home, but apparently of natural causes, authorities said. An autopsy was planned to determine if her death was related to the shooting spree.
She had been under a doctor’s care and appeared to have been dead at least 24 hours, Texas County Coroner Tom Whittaker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Whittaker speculated that the son “came home and found her deceased and then for whatever reason went on a rampage and started killing people.”
Sigman said many of the residents of Tyrone are Aldridges….
Around 5:30 a.m. Friday, in neighboring Shannon County, some 25 miles from Tyrone, Joseph Aldridge was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted wound inside a GMC pickup. Sigman said the truck was running and in the middle of a two-lane highway.
Around town, Aldridge was described as a recluse, and it was unclear what, if anything, he did for a living.
Tiny Missouri Town Mourns After Gunman Kills 7, Then Himself. HuffPo Crime, 2/28/2015