Category Archives: Shot by Police

Double Shooting – Killed – Michael Clower (Red Rock, AZ)

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On Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the “M Passion Adult Boutique” in Picacho Peak. According to a Pinal County Sherriff’s office press release, two armed suspects entered the business and tied up the female employee in a back room. The female was able to escape and called 9-1-1 as the suspects were running out the back door. The safe from the business was taken by the suspects.

An “attempt to locate” was broadcasted to law enforcement agencies.

At 6:29 a.m. a PCSO deputy located an Audi passenger car in the area of the reported robbery leaving at a high rate of speed westbound on Interstate-10. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle by using his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated in which the Audi reached speeds in excess of 120 mph.

At 6:37 a.m. the suspect vehicle exited onto northbound Highway 87. The suspect vehicle pulled into a dirt field and then the suspect vehicle and deputy’s vehicle collided.

Initial information is the two armed suspects exited the vehicle and shot at the deputy. The deputy returned fire and shot both suspects. One suspect died at the scene and the other suspect who was shot in the arm and leg attempted to run. The deputy was able to catch him and attempted to arrest him yet the suspect fought with him.

Eventually the suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds.

The suspects, who authorities later identified as 32-year-old Michael Clower and 23-year-old Adam Chavez, exited the damaged vehicle and began firing at the officer. The deputy returned fire, killing Clower and striking Chavez in the arm and leg, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Babeu said Chavez fought and struggled with the deputy during the arrest.

The deputy, who is a seven year veteran and member of the SWAT and Search and Rescue teams, appeared to have escaped the head-on collision without injuries, Babeu said.

Chavez was hospitalized but his condition was not available Monday evening.

http://www.trivalleycentral.com/eloy_enterprise/news/pcso-deputy-involved-in-shooting-near-red-rock/article_ba9200ec-6e63-11e3-9f13-001a4bcf887a.html

http://kjzz.org/content/13953/red-rock-robbery-ends-car-chase-fatal-shooting

http://www.1041kqth.com/news/Armed-robbery-ends-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting–237021891.html

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/pinal/articles/20131223pinall-county-deputy-shooting-robbery-suspects-abrk.html

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kgun9/news/Armed-robbery-ends-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting–237021891.html

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Double Shooting – Wounded – Man (Red Rock, AZ)

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On Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the “M Passion Adult Boutique” in Picacho Peak. According to a Pinal County Sherriff’s office press release, two armed suspects entered the business and tied up the female employee in a back room. The female was able to escape and called 9-1-1 as the suspects were running out the back door. The safe from the business was taken by the suspects.

An “attempt to locate” was broadcasted to law enforcement agencies.

At 6:29 a.m. a PCSO deputy located an Audi passenger car in the area of the reported robbery leaving at a high rate of speed westbound on Interstate-10. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle by using his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated in which the Audi reached speeds in excess of 120 mph.

At 6:37 a.m. the suspect vehicle exited onto northbound Highway 87. The suspect vehicle pulled into a dirt field and then the suspect vehicle and deputy’s vehicle collided.

Initial information is the two armed suspects exited the vehicle and shot at the deputy. The deputy returned fire and shot both suspects. One suspect died at the scene and the other suspect who was shot in the arm and leg attempted to run. The deputy was able to catch him and attempted to arrest him yet the suspect fought with him.

Eventually the suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds.

The suspects, who authorities later identified as 32-year-old Michael Clower and 23-year-old Adam Chavez, exited the damaged vehicle and began firing at the officer. The deputy returned fire, killing Clower and striking Chavez in the arm and leg, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Babeu said Chavez fought and struggled with the deputy during the arrest.

The deputy, who is a seven year veteran and member of the SWAT and Search and Rescue teams, appeared to have escaped the head-on collision without injuries, Babeu said.

Chavez was hospitalized but his condition was not available Monday evening.

http://www.trivalleycentral.com/eloy_enterprise/news/pcso-deputy-involved-in-shooting-near-red-rock/article_ba9200ec-6e63-11e3-9f13-001a4bcf887a.html

http://kjzz.org/content/13953/red-rock-robbery-ends-car-chase-fatal-shooting

http://www.1041kqth.com/news/Armed-robbery-ends-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting–237021891.html

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/pinal/articles/20131223pinall-county-deputy-shooting-robbery-suspects-abrk.html

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kgun9/news/Armed-robbery-ends-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting–237021891.html

Killed – James Lewis Brown (Greenville, NC)

James Lewis Brown

The State Bureau of Investigation has cleared three officers involved in a deadly shooting last month in Greenville.

Killed was 24-year-old James Brown on December 22nd.

Advanced Patrol Officer A.C. Pool, Advanced Patrol Officer S.N. Cates, and Advanced Patrol Officer A.K. Leggett, were originally placed on administrative leave after the shooting.

In a news release, Greenville police say the three have been cleared to return to duty. “While these officers have been cleared to return to full duty, we will not return them to street duties until they have received the proper counseling and care required after a traumatic incident of this magnitude,” said Chief Hassan Aden.

Police were originally called around 6:30 p.m. that night for the report of a suicidal man at the Vineyard Townhome complex, according to investigators.

Officers said they found Brown along a small bridge on Forlines Road near Reedy Branch Road, where they engaged him.

Investigators said Brown turned his gun on police. That is when Greenville police fired at the man, hitting him.

Brown later died at Vidant Medial Center.

A man killed in December by Greenville police wrestled with an officer who later Tased him was then shot multiple times in the back when he reached around and pointed a gun toward officers behind him, according to an autopsy and officials.

James Lewis Brown Jr. of Greenville had cocaine, metabolites and other substances in his system when he was shot on Dec. 22 by three officers during the altercation, according to reports received this week from the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Raleigh.

Police responded about 6:30 p.m. to a report of a suicidal, armed man at Vineyard Townhomes off Forlines Road and had information he consumed controlled substances and attempted to use a gun but it jammed, District Attorney Kimberly Robb said Friday.

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/SBI-Investigating-Greenville-Officers-Involved-Shooting-236961671.html

http://www.reflector.com/crimerescue/autopsy-man-shot-10-times-2467757

http://www.wcti12.com/news/police-officers-shot-man-who-pointed-gun-at-them/23617848

http://www.reflector.com/crimerescue/man-shot-officers-2250803

http://www.kpho.com/story/24295944/man-dies-after-being-shot-by-greenville-police

http://www.smithfcs.com/obituaries/James-Brown-7/

Double Shooting – Killed – Mah-Hi-Vist Goodblanket (Clinton, OK)

Mah-Hi-Vist Goodblanket

CLINTON — At 18 years old, the Goodblankets’ eldest son stood larger than most grown men: 6-foot-8 and at least 215 pounds.

And on the night of Dec. 21, a misunderstanding with his girlfriend spun Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket into a destructive fit, smashing windows and doors and knocking over the family’s Christmas tree. Melissa and Wilbur Goodblanket feared he would hurt himself, so they called 911.

The law enforcement response that followed would leave their son lifeless on the floor of their Clinton home, riddled with gunshots.

The Goodblankets’ version of events differs from a description given by Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples, who says his deputies were justified in shooting the young man. Two deputies, Dillon Mach and Chance Avery, are on leave while the incident is investigated, and Avery is recovering from an amputated finger — caused when he shot his hand during a struggle with the young man, Peoples said.

An investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is underway. Once the report is submitted, the Custer County District Attorney’s office will determine if the shooting was justified. Meanwhile, the sheriff wouldn’t make public any police reports or 911 tapes regarding the incident.

The long-awaited autopsy was released on Friday, March 21, 2014, and forwarded to Custer County District Attorney Dennis Smith, who will decide if there will be any charges filed against the shooting deputies.

The Goodblankets called 911 when Mah-hi-vist, who was diagnosed with Oppostional Defiant Disorder four years ago, was experiencing an episode associated with his medical condition.

Two Custer County sheriff deputies, Avery Chance and and Dillon Mach, initially responded and entered the Goodblanket home in Clinton, Oklahoma with two Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers. Within moments of entering the home, the teen was shot to death by law enforcement officers.

The county sheriff department claims the teen threatened officers with a knife. The family disputes this account and maintains the youth was unarmed.

The autopsy report findings indicate the teen was shot seven times with wounds to his head, torso, and right upper arm. Goodblanket was also shot two times by a taser gun.

http://newsok.com/article/3929841

http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/autospy-reveals-cheyenne-arapaho-teen-shot-7-times-deputies/

http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/autospy-reveals-cheyenne-arapaho-teen-shot-7-times-deputies/

http://www.koco.com/news/oklahomanews/around-oklahoma/custer-county-deputies-involved-in-deadly-shooting/23629018

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_killings_by_law_enforcement_officers_in_the_United_States,_December_2013

http://www.thewatongarepublican.com/articles/2014/02/19/justice-mah-hi-vist-goodblanket-rally

https://www.facebook.com/TouchingCloudGoodblanket

http://www.clintondailynews.com/obituaries/mah-hi-vist-touching-cloud-goodblanket

http://www.lee-funeralhomes.com/obituaries/Mah-Hi-Vist-Goodblanket/#!/Obituary

Killed – David Giliberti (Lititz, PA)

David Giliberti

LANCASTER, Pa. — The Lancaster County District Attorney has ruled that a shooting involving a Lititz police officer was justified. The victim of the shooting was killed after being tased three times and shot five times.

The shooting happened around 3 a.m. on Dec. 21 at a home in the 100 block of Arrowhead Drive. Officer Joel Hartz, a 23-year-veteran, shot and killed David Giliberti, 22, after a struggle.

According to District Attorney Craig Stedman’s investigation, Giliberti

had a knife, threatened to kill Hartz several times and even went after his service weapon several times. After wrestling with Giliberti, Hartz fired his taser several times, hitting Giliberti, but with no apparent impact.

The investigation found that after repeated attempts to subdue Giliberti and telling him to drop his knife, Giliberti raised the weapon. Hartz said he first shot Giliberti twice in the chest, but the man did not go down.

“It didn’t even look like it phased him. He was almost smiling at me,” Hartz was quoted as saying during the investigation.

Hartz shot three more times and Giliberti fell down.

http://www.wgal.com/news/susquehanna-valley/lancaster/da-rules-fatal-shooting-justified/24660406

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/12/lancaster_county_man_shot_to_d.html#incart_river_default

http://lancasteronline.com/news/police-shoot-and-kill–year-old-in-man-s/article_87f1642d-aa8f-5bbc-ab20-bc24ab9c7d69.html

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/da-lititz-man-would-have-murdered-police-officer-who-eventually/article_18696452-9e30-11e3-8138-0017a43b2370.html

http://lancasteronline.com/news/man-shot-to-death-by-lititz-police-officer-is-identified/article_7d02415f-f1d1-523a-bc3a-6ae97bffa85c.html

http://www.wgal.com/news/susquehanna-valley/lancaster/death-investigated-in-lititz/23602598

http://fox43.com/2013/12/21/knife-wielding-man-shot-killed-by-police-in-lititz/

http://abc27.com/2013/12/21/man-dead-following-police-involved-shooting-in-lititz/

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/more_than_a_dozen_police-invol.html

http://lititzrecord.com/news/memorial-held-for-giliberti-grandmother-definitely-had-cause-to-be-concerned-da-said/

http://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/david-p-giliberti/article_e73d51a1-5471-559f-baa2-eb05bac7f396.html

Killed – Sharon McDowell (Anderson, SC)

Sharon McDowell

ANDERSON, S.C. —Authorities said a woman was killed following a police chase that ended with gunfire in Anderson on Friday night.

Lt. Tony Tilley of Anderson Police Department said officers responded to a call about a shoplifter at the Kohl’s on Clemson Boulevard.

Police said officers put up blue lights trying to stop the suspect, but she took off and a chase began.

The chase ended in the Appleton Street area. According to police, two officers in a patrol car stopped her and they were outside their vehicle, then a passenger with McDowell got out and ran, but was later arrested. Authorities said another police car was behind McDowell, which she backed into, then she drove toward the officers outside their vehicle in front of her.

“We had a couple of officers who had already gotten out of their car. The suspect then turned the car toward them and tried to run them down and they responded with gunfire,” Tilley said.

The driver was killed.

Coroner Greg Shore identified the driver as Sharon McDowell, 49, of Anderson.

The McDowell family claims the officers unnecessarily fired 27 shots, one of which hit Sharon in the neck and killed her.

Tom Dunaway is the McDowell family attorney who said the evidence shows something different.

“Clearly the officers were not being confronted by Sharon,” Dunaway said. “If anything, she was trying to run from them.”

According to a lawsuit filed by Dunaway against the city, officers fired 27 shots at McDowell’s car. The suit also alleges that the officers violated the city’s chase policy.

“This was a non-felony charge and certainly one that wouldn’t require them to use excessive force,” Dunaway said.

An officer at the scene manually activated his body camera and Stewart said the footage indicates the officer acted to protect himself.

“The officer fell,” Stewart said. “He didn’t think he would have time to get up as the vehicle came at him. He did what he had to protect his life.”

Annie McDowell, the victim’s mother, said she also saw the body camera video and had a different opinion: “It was unbelievable for a police officer to be so unconcerned about a human’s life.”

http://www.wyff4.com/news/local-news/anderson-news/woman-killed-in-police-chase/23600926

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/24278010/police-shoplifting-suspect-shot-and-killed-in-anderson

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/24794052/family-demads-police-turn-over-evidence-in-deadly-officer-involved-shooting

http://www.wyff4.com/news/local-news/anderson-news/family-of-suspect-killed-by-police-wants-answers/23946092

http://www.independentmail.com/videos/detail/rally-for-sharon-mcdowell

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/26790085/lawsuit-filed-against-anderson-police-in-shoplifting-suspects-death

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/independentmail/obituary-preview.aspx?n=sharon-mcdowell&pid=168663882&referrer=2067

Killed – Duane Slentz (Indianapolis, IN)

Duane Slentz

Authorities have identified a man shot to death by police Wednesday as Duane Slentz, 49.

An Indianapolis police officer fatally shot Slentz at the man’s Southeastside home Wednesday after the man led police on a chase through the city, authorities say.

The chase began about 11:40 a.m. in Brookside Park on the city’s Eastside, said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Chris Bailey.

Slentz was approached by a park ranger who said the man smelled of alcohol. As the ranger questioned him, Bailey said, Slentz became evasive and took off in his car.

Police chased the man to a house in the 3800 block of South Franklin Road a few miles away. Bailey said Slentz crashed his car into another car at the house, got out and ran inside, locking the door behind him.

Police said Slentz yelled “I have a gun” as he entered the house.

Officers outside the home tried to persuade the man to surrender. When officers heard Slentz through a window cock his gun, an officer fired the fatal shot, authorities said.

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2013/12/18/impd-officer-fatally-shoots-man-on-southeastside/4110911/

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/swat-crews-head-to-scene-of-gunfire-after-police-chase

http://fox59.com/2013/12/19/police-identify-man-killed-after-standoff-at-southeast-side-home/

http://www.wthr.com/story/24252145/2013/12/18/police-chase-on-indianapolis-southeast-side-ends-with-suspect-dead

http://www.erleweinmortuary.com/obituaries/Duane-Slentz/

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?n=duane-a-slentz&pid=168665672

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Duane-A.-Slentz-97430948

http://indiana.obituaries.funeral.com/2013/12/22/duane-alan-slentz/