Category Archives: Shot by Police

Double Shooting – Wounded – Man (Belvidere, IL)


Galicia was shot several times while he sat in a car in the 2100 block of Lake Shore Drive in Belvidere just after midnight Nov. 30. After the shooting, a car matching the description of one at the scene led Boone County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase into Rockford.

Figueroa was arrested after the chase and jailed on the initial charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a street gang member. He was later charged with murder as prosecutors allege that Galcia died while Figueroa was committing mob action.

Perez escaped after the car chase and later turned himself in.

Garcia also attempted to flee, but was shot in the leg by a Boone County deputy after a foot chase in the area of Spring Creek and Perryville roads. A gun was found inside the suspect vehicle.

UPDATE: 20-year-old Ricardo Garcia of Belvidere has been arrested and charged with the murder of an alleged Belvidere gang member on November 30th.

Garcia is charged with two counts of murder. Two other suspects, Anthony Perez and Ricardo Figueroa are already in custody.

Boone County authorities say the trio shot and killed 18-year-old Giovannie Galacia on November 30th and led authorities on a high speed chase in Winnebago County. A first degree murder conviction carries a sentence of 20 to 60 years in prison.

UPDATE: The Boone County State’s Attorney has announced 22-year-old Ricardo Figueroa of Belvidere, has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder for the shooting that resulted in the death of Giovanni Galicia.

Investigators say Giovannie Galicia; was shot and killed while sitting in a car around 12:30 a.m. on November 30th in the 2100 block of Lake Shore Drive on Belvidere’s west side.

Figueroa was previously charged for possessing a firearm and ammunition while being a street gang member.

Anthony Perez, of Belvidere, has also been charged with First Degree Murder for this shooting. The murder charge carries a sentencing range of 20 years to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, if convicted.

BELVIDERE (WIFR) — A teenager is shot and killed in what Belvidere Police say is a gang-related shooting. Now three suspects are in jail and another in the hospital after being shot by a Boone County Deputy.

This all happened around 12:30 Saturday morning in the 2100 block of Lake Shore Drive on Belvidere’s west side. Investigators say Giovannie Galicia; was shot and killed while sitting in a car. Today family and friends went back to the spot he was killed, paying tribute to the teen with flowers and candles.

Shortly after the shooting Boone County Sheriff’s deputies chased a car that fit the description of the shooters all the way to Rockford. They arrested Ricardo Figueroa and Cheyanne Patton, but one person in the car who they think was Anthony Perez ran off. Perez turned himself into Belvidere Police around 6:30 Saturday night. He’s charged with first degree murder.

Killed – Lorenzo Cesar Aguilar (Azusa, CA)


Lorenzo Cesar Aguilar, a 23-year-old Latino man, was shot by an Asuza police officer Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in the 700 block of East Alosta Avenue in Azusa, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 9:30 p.m., Azusa Police Department officers tried to pull over a person suspected of drunk driving, according to a news release from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting in the investigation.

The driver, later identified as Aguilar, didn’t stop the car, and “evaded officers for a brief time.” Officers were able to find the car again and the driver stopped.

Right after Aguilar pulled over, he exited the car, allegedly armed with a handgun and began to walk away from the officers. Aguilar allegedly “failed to comply with orders,” and turned toward the officers with the gun in hand, “at which time, the officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Aguilar was struck several times in the torso area and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:45 p.m. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

Killed – Leonid Kalyuzhnyy (Seattle, WA)


A man who Seattle police fatally shot late last month after he fired a rifle at officers has been identified.

Leonid Kalyuzhnyy died from a gunshot wound of the chest, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Monday. His age was not determined.

Kalyuzhnyy was shot and killed by Seattle police Officer Brad Devore about 4 a.m. Nov. 29, after police were called to the Elizabeth James House in the Central District on reports of a gunshot.

A woman came out of the apartment building at 23rd Avenue East and East John Street, screaming, “He’s got a gun, and he’s threatening to kill me,” police spokeswoman Renee Witt said after the incident.

Officers looked up at the building’s second floor and could see a man, later identified as Kalyuzhnyy, with a rifle in an open hallway. Kalyuzhnyy yelled, “I’m going to kill you,” and fired one shot at the officers, Witt said. Devore fired back twice, hitting Kalyuzhnyy, police said.

SWAT team officers went into the building, found Kalyuzhnyy and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but Kalyuzhnyy died at the scene.

The incident began around 4:10 AM when 911 callers said there was “a male up in the window” hanging out the 22nd Ave side of the building with a gun in his hand “looking for somebody.” Police arrived moments later and set up outside the building. A “shots fired” report was broadcast by SPD radio around 4:20 AM. The suspect was reported down by police seconds later.

Killed – Jerry Paul Stovall III (Hays County, TX)

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SAN ANTONIO — A man shot and killed by SWAT officers after allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint then leading authorities on a three-county chase in a stolen police car has been identified as Jerry Paul Stovall III, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident that authorities said began around 1 a.m. Friday, when Stovall, of Canyon Lake, went to his ex-girlfriend’s workplace in Bulverde off Texas 46 and kidnapped her at gunpoint.

The name of the business hasn’t been provided by authorities but officials noted previously the woman, 19, was helping to prepare for Black Friday shoppers. The name of the ex-girlfriend also wasn’t released. A cut on her leg was her only physical injury, officials have said.

The chase began after a Bulverde police officer found the pair crouched behind a trash bin, a Bulverde Police Department news release said. Stovall had the gun pointed at his ex but began firing at the officer and walking towards him, according to the release.

As the officer took cover, Stovall pushed the victim into that officer’s patrol car and took off east on Texas 46, leading authorities on a chase that spanned about 60 miles and reached speeds of 100mph, officials said. At various points during the chase, officers from the Bulverde, Kyle and San Marcos police departments joined Hays and Comal County sheriff’s deputies.

Stovall fired his gun from the car as he fled from the officers, a news release said.

The chase came to an end at the Hays and Caldwell county lines at Texas 21 and FM 2001 when Stovall crashed into a police barricade. The Hays County/San Marcos Police Department SWAT Unit tried negotiating with Stovall, who was still inside the cop car with the kidnapped woman, officials said.

Two San Marcos police officers on the SWAT team shot and killed Stovall when he pointed the gun at his ex-girlfriend and threatened to kill her, authorities said.

LOCKHART — A Caldwell County grand jury on Thursday declined to indict five San Marcos police officers for shooting and killing a young man who kidnapped his former girlfriend in November and led authorities on a wild chase across two counties.

Killed – Troy D. Harden (Brown County, IN)

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Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver announced Friday that he has reviewed the Indiana State Police investigation into a police action shooting on Thanksgiving evening. He said that officers acted reasonably and in self-defense when they shot Troy Harden, and that no criminal charges will be brought against the officers involved.

“Mr. Harden chose his life to end this way,” said Oliver. “Mr. Harden had told friends he wasn’t going to prison, and he took deliberate actions that forced officers to react the way they did.”

“The officers showed great restraint. They attempted non-lethal force several times when they were threatened with a gun and responded with lethal force only when Mr. Harden aimed his weapon directly at them.”

“The agencies involved acted appropriately in asking for an independent investigation from the Indiana State Police. ISP detectives conducted a thorough and professional investigation. It is clear that the officers’ actions were justified,” Oliver said.

On Thursday, November 28, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Troy Harden, 44 of Nashville was at a residence on Annandale Dr., and there was a warrant for his arrest. Officers confirmed two warrants for probation violations from Monroe County, Indiana.

Officers from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the Nashville Town Marshal’s Office arrived at the house to serve the warrant. They were permitted into the home by the renter and located Harden there. Officers and the renter told ISP detectives that Harden resisted and told police to “kill him.” Officers saw that Harden was in possession of a black handgun. One officer deployed his taser; however Harden escaped through a window.

Officers pursued Harden through the adjoining woods and attempted to use their taser again. They continued to follow Harden through the woods and onto Annandale Dr.

Officers were then able to make contact with Harden with a taser. Immediately after Harden fell to the ground, he pointed his gun directly at a Deputy and a Nashville Officer. Both officers fired their weapons at Harden, striking him twice. Officers immediately rendered first aid to Harden who was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The ISP Crime Scene Investigators located Harden’s handgun at the scene. The next day, investigators located components of a methamphetamine lab in Harden’s truck, which was found at the residence on Annandale Dr.

Witnesses told ISP detectives that Harden knew there was a warrant for his arrest and he was afraid of going to prison.

Indiana Code 35-41-3-2 provides that a person is justified in using reasonable force, including deadly force, if the person reasonably believes that that force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person or the commission of a forcible felony.

Deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for Troy D. Harden, 44, of Nashville, just before 9 p.m. Thursday when the shooting occurred. Harden lived on Annandale Drive, near Nashville.

Killed – Albert Manuel Vasquez (San Jose, CA)

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San Jose:
The San Jose Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting incident. On Thursday, November 28, 2013 at approximately 10:50 A.M., officers located a vehicle suspected of being involved in the stabbing of three victims and a carjacking of a fourth victim being driven in the area of Jackson Ave and Mabury Road. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle did not yield. A short vehicle pursuit ensued on surface streets and eventually the suspect vehicle crashed into a patrol car and another parked vehicle in the area of Kirk Glen Drive and Mabury Road in East San Jose. While attempting to arrest the driver, Albert Manual Vasquez, shots were fired and Vasquez suffered from at least one gunshot wound. Vasquez was pronounced deceased a short time later.

San Jose Police Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

SAN JOSE — A Thanksgiving that already saw two overnight shootings grew grimmer Thursday after a man suspected of stabbing three people and carjacking a van was shot to death by police after he reportedly rammed an officer’s car in his haste to escape, according to the San Jose Police Department.

The deadly shooting capped a volatile chase covering a tight one-mile radius in East San Jose that included wrong-way driving on the freeway and weaving through a quiet suburban roadway at highway speeds.

It all began about 10:35 a.m. when a man is suspected of stabbing three people at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Luz Avenue, nestled behind Regional Medical Center of San Jose. The assailant then made his way to the 100 block of Jackson Avenue, where he apparently hijacked a van.

A patrol officer listening to the fracas unfold over the radio spotted the van in the area and tried to perform a street stop, but the suspect kept driving, prompting a chase that briefly went the wrong way on Interstate 680 before it resurfaced on city streets at Mabury Road.

The suspect made an ill-fated turn into a cul-de-sac on Kirk Glen Drive, where the officer blocked him in. That’s when police say the suspect rammed the patrol vehicle, prompting the officer to fire at least one shot from his service weapon. The driver was hit, and the van rolled into a home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The San Jose police officer who shot and killed a stabbing and carjacking suspect in East San Jose on Thursday was identified as Kevin Peters, a 12-year veteran of the department, a police spokeswoman said.

Peters, 37, gunned down the suspect, a 42-year-old man from San Diego, after the suspect allegedly rammed a patrol car at about 10:50 a.m. Thursday, police Sgt. Heather Randol said.

SAN JOSE — A San Jose police officer was legally justified when he shot and killed a nine-time felon who stabbed three people and carjacked a minivan in a drug-fueled rampage last Thanksgiving, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office concluded in a report released Monday.,_November_2013

Killed – Scott Pfeffer (Strasburg, CO)

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STRASBURG, Colo. — A deadly police shooting was under investigation Thursday morning in Arapahoe County.

Police say it happened overnight, outside Rookies Bar on Monroe Street in Strasburg, shortly after dispatchers received reports of a man waving a shotgun around in the area about 12:44 a.m.

When officers arrived on the scene, police say the suspect took off running, and ended up close to a nearby KOA camp site. At that point, police say he turned and pointed a the weapon at officers.

Two officers then fired shots at the suspect, who was struck and died from his injuries, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a press release.

STRASBURG, Colo. – Authorities have identified a man shot and killed in a confrontation with deputies in Strasburg as 48-year-old Scott Pfeffer of Agate.

The coroner released Pfeffer’s name Friday.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said the deputies were responding to report of a man with a gun at Rookies Saloon and Diner in Strasburg, about 35 miles east of Denver.,%20Strasburg,%20CO.pdf