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Married Man Kills Ex-Girlfriend at Medical Office

Authorities did not release the identities of the dead, pending autopsies, but police had been searching for 35-year-old medical assistant Sharita Williams and the fired maintenance worker, who relatives said was her ex-boyfriend. Williams’ mother, Antha Williams-Hill, told The Associated Press that one of her daughter’s co-workers told her that the man threatened her daughter inside.

“He said, ‘You think I’m playing with you?'” Williams-Hill said. “He told the other girl, ‘I think you better get out of here.’ The girl left and said she then heard two shots.” Last week, Sharita Williams was granted a personal protection order against the man, according to Wayne County Court records.

She said her daughter had been dating the married maintenance man for more than a year, but their relationship was rocky and Sharita eventually began seeing someone else and even moved out of the city and into a Detroit suburb to get away. However, he refused to leave her alone, Williams-Hill said.

Two dead after shooting, blaze at Detroit medical facility. NBCNews/AP, 4/10/2013.

Four Dead in Upstate NY Shootings

Police said [64-year-old Kurt] Myers’ rampage started with a fire in his apartment in the nearby village of Mohawk at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. D’Amico said Myers then drove to John’s Barber Shop around the corner and used a shotgun to kill two customers, whom he identified as Harry Montgomery, 68, and Michael Rancier, 57. The shop’s owner, John Seymour, and another customer, Dan Haslauer, were listed in critical condition at a Utica hospital.

D’Amico said the gunman then drove to Gaffy’s Fast Lube in nearby Herkimer and used the shotgun to kill Thomas Stefka, an employee, and Michael Renshaw, a customer who was a 20-year veteran of the state Department of Corrections. …

Police positioned in front of a block of small businesses topped with apartments in the village of Herkimer were still looking for Myers on Wednesday evening.

Herkimer County Shooting: Four Dead In Upstate New York, Police Search For Suspects. HuffPo Crime, 3/13/2013.

Man Kills Officer Called to Check on Trailer Fire; Burned Body Found Inside

The Chitimacha policeman and deputies responded to reports of a fire at a mobile home and a man armed with a shotgun walking along Flat Town Road just off the Chitimacha reservation, near Cypress Bayou Casino, [State Police Trooper Stephen] Hammons said.

The Chitimacha policeman found [Wilbert] Thibodeaux walking in the 10000 block of Flat Town Road, Hammons said.

Thibodeaux fired at the Chitimacha officer, who died on the scene, then fired multiple shots at the deputies who had just arrived, wounding them, Hammons said.

…Hammons said the body of Eddie Lyons, 78, of Charenton, the occupant of the mobile home, was found in the burnt wreckage of the mobile home. Detectives believe Lyons was shot before the fire started, he said.

3 law enforcement officers shot, 1 killed. The Advocate, 1/27/2013.

Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Kills Wife, Son, Self

Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said a man called 911 at about 8:20 a.m. Monday and told a dispatcher he killed his wife and child, set his house afire and would shoot anyone who approached.

The home is owned by Hans Walters, according to Clark County assessor records. Many know Walters as a Las Vegas police lieutenant married to a former Las Vegas police officer, Kathryn Walters. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that she left the department in 2005.

Boulder City police arrived to find the homeowner with a handgun in the doorway of the burning house before he retreated back inside and apparently killed himself, Paul said.

No shots were fired by police or SWAT officers from Henderson and North Las Vegas who later found the bodies of a 52-year-old man, a 46-year-old woman and a boy inside, Paul said. Officials said the boy was believed to be about 7.

Police Lieutenant Kills Wife, Son In Murder-Suicide In Las Vegas. HuffPo Crime, 1/21/2013.

Angry at Child’s Mother, Man Sets Fire to Entire Apartment Building

One person was killed in the fire. Browne said the unidentified victim was apparently not part of the dispute and was found on the third floor fire escape burned beyond recognition.

An off-duty firefighter from Los Angeles, who was dining in the area, spotted the flames and ran over to the building where he was confronted by [suspect Chu] Wu who wouldn’t let him into the building, Browne said.

The suspect also fought with a police officer and New York City firefighters who were trying to enter the building. Wu was treated at a hospital for bruises and a police officer was treated for a broken hand, Browne said.

…Esposito said firefighters had to use the rear fire escape and portable ladders because the heavy fire had burned away the stairways. The fire completely gutted the inside of the building and at least nine people, including seven firefighters, suffered minor injuries. It was declared under control at 9:20 p.m.

Suspected arsonist arrested for setting fatal SoHo fire in domestic dispute, NYPD says. Crimesider, 1/11/2013.

Man Throws Severed Arms at Witnesses

Police officers responding to a call of a vehicle fire Sunday arrived at a public housing development in Kirksville and saw Potter “throw two objects, later identified as human arms, towards the witnesses,” according to a probable cause statement.

Potter was taken into custody “and blood evidence was later collected from his hands,” the statement said.

Fires had been set in two apartments. Officers and firefighters found a dismembered body with additional wounds to the face and sternum in one of the apartments. Both apartments were both strewn with blood.

Potter had taken “substantial steps to conceal the crime and divert attention away from the crime,” the police statement said.

Two vehicles also had been set on fire and police said they found several knives inside and around one of the apartments.

Paul Potter Accused Of Dismembering Man, Throwing Arms At Witnesses. HuffPo Crime, 1/8/2013.

Man Sitting Outside Store Firebombed

It occurred when a man in his late 20s threw a Molotov cocktail at the victim while he was outside El Paisano Ranch Market in the 200 block of West Pacific Coast Highway, said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

The video shows a ball of fire as a man is seen running from the scene.

At the moment the bottle hits the ground, the fire explodes, barely missing a mother with a baby in a stroller.

Video Released of Firebomb Attack in Long Beach. NBCLosAngeles.com, 10/22/12.

Man Claims Stepfather’s Life “Too Perfect,” Kills Dog and Sets Fire to House

The trouble began when Bethancourt’s mother discovered her dog, Mimi, was dead. She called her husband that to tell him he shouldn’t come home and that her son had killed Mimi by kicking her.

The stepfather called Bethancourt, who admitted killing the dog, court documents say. “When asked why, Hugo told [the stepfather] his life was too perfect and that he wanted him to go through the same kind of hell that Hugo went through.”

Hugo Bethancourt Kills Dog, Burns House To Mess Up Stepfather’s “Perfect” Life, Cops Say. HoustonPress.com, 8/20/12.

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