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Mass Shooting – Killed – Jerry Vue (Fresno, CA)

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The three officers that were injured in a shootout in Southeast Fresno Tuesday are out of the hospital and still recovering. But now the investigation begins into what appears to be a staged attack on law enforcement.

Someone called in a tip to police telling officers where wanted felon Jerry Vue had been hiding. Authorities had been looking for Vue for more than a year and sent in a specific task force to go after him.

Someone told detectives that Vue, wanted for kidnapping, rape and torture, was in an apartment complex in Southeast Fresno. A group of officers trained to go after violent criminals descended on that complex.

“One of the officers did in fact see Jerry Vue standing in the driveway, Vue looked in the officer’s direction, unknown if he knew there were officers outside,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Vue’s nephew, standing with two kids, told officers that his uncle wasn’t home. The officers started searching when Vue jumped out from under a pile of clothes. Dyer said the officers appeared right where Vue wanted them.

“He clearly and demonstrated his intent to not be taken alive by firing at officers, ambushing officers and being involved in a running gun battle against officers,” Dyer said.

What happened next was an exchange of gun fire. A bullet proof vest saved parole agent Nate Castro’s life. A U.S. Marshal was shot near the stomach and returned fire at the same time. Sheriff’s deputy Robert McEwen was hit by shrapnel.

“There were multiple rounds fired, this was a war that went on between those two gentleman, luckily our deputy won and the bad guy didn’t, but it could have very easily gone the other way,” U.S. Marshal Albert Najera said.

Vue eventually fell and was pronounced dead and armed with a handgun. In his apartment were more guns, lots of ammunition and five pounds of marijuana. Vue was, according to federal agents a man that was good at not getting caught.

The CDCR team consisted of Special Agents Dennis Reitz and Scott Moore, and Parole Agents I’s Joe Basile and Nate Castro. The task force established a perimeter around the residence. After removing other occupants of the house, including minor children, agents entered the home.

The first one in was Agent Castro. Upon entering the garage, Vue opened fire on the team and shot Castro, who was protected by a bullet-resistant vest that no doubt saved his life

Agents continued to respond to Vue while covering the injured Castro, even stepping into the line of fire to prevent Vue from entering the rest of the apartment. Vue ran outside and continued to shoot at the task force officers until he was shot and killed.

In addition to Castro, Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert McEwen and a Deputy U.S. Marshal were wounded by Vue. All three recently received the Law Enforcement Purple Heart, issued by the U.S. Marshal Service, in recognition of their actions.

The Law Enforcement Purple Heart is an American law enforcement medal issued to officers who are wounded or killed in the line of duty, its color representing bravery, courage and honor.

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http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_24466347/officers-hurt-fresno-shooting-out-hospital

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9325032

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http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article24922993.html

http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/08/u-s-marshals-service-bestows-purple-heart-on-wounded-cdcr-parole-agent/

Triple Shooting – Killed – James Arthur Franklin (Kingston, NC)

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KINSTON, N.C. — One man was killed Tuesday afternoon and two people were wounded in a shooting in Kinston, police said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 205 E. Capitola Ave. shortly before 1:30 p.m. and found James Arthur Franklin, 20, dead and Dexter Bradshaw, 21, and Taishianna Hall, 20, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Bradshaw was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, and Hall was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston for treatment. Their conditions weren’t known Tuesday evening.

Suggs said Hall was her son’s girlfriend. The couple were living in Greensboro, but came down to Kinston Tuesday because Hall had a court appearance. The couple then visited family members on Capitola Avenue. But when they, along with their best friend, Bradshaw, got into a car to leave, someone began firing shots into the vehicle, Suggs said.

http://www.wral.com/one-dead-two-wounded-in-kinston-shooting/13078909/

http://www.wcti12.com/news/multiple-law-enforcement-agencies-responding-to-shooting/22813616

http://www.kinston.com/article/20131105/News/311059984

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Multiple-People-Shot-In-Kinston-230688261.html

Triple Shooting – Wounded – Woman (Kingston, NC)

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KINSTON, N.C. — One man was killed Tuesday afternoon and two people were wounded in a shooting in Kinston, police said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 205 E. Capitola Ave. shortly before 1:30 p.m. and found James Arthur Franklin, 20, dead and Dexter Bradshaw, 21, and Taishianna Hall, 20, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Bradshaw was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, and Hall was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston for treatment. Their conditions weren’t known Tuesday evening.

Suggs said Hall was her son’s girlfriend. The couple were living in Greensboro, but came down to Kinston Tuesday because Hall had a court appearance. The couple then visited family members on Capitola Avenue. But when they, along with their best friend, Bradshaw, got into a car to leave, someone began firing shots into the vehicle, Suggs said.

http://www.wral.com/one-dead-two-wounded-in-kinston-shooting/13078909/

http://www.wcti12.com/news/multiple-law-enforcement-agencies-responding-to-shooting/22813616

http://www.kinston.com/article/20131105/News/311059984

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Multiple-People-Shot-In-Kinston-230688261.html

Triple Shooting – Wounded – Man (Kingston, NC)

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KINSTON, N.C. — One man was killed Tuesday afternoon and two people were wounded in a shooting in Kinston, police said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 205 E. Capitola Ave. shortly before 1:30 p.m. and found James Arthur Franklin, 20, dead and Dexter Bradshaw, 21, and Taishianna Hall, 20, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Bradshaw was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, and Hall was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston for treatment. Their conditions weren’t known Tuesday evening.

Suggs said Hall was her son’s girlfriend. The couple were living in Greensboro, but came down to Kinston Tuesday because Hall had a court appearance. The couple then visited family members on Capitola Avenue. But when they, along with their best friend, Bradshaw, got into a car to leave, someone began firing shots into the vehicle, Suggs said.

http://www.wral.com/one-dead-two-wounded-in-kinston-shooting/13078909/

http://www.wcti12.com/news/multiple-law-enforcement-agencies-responding-to-shooting/22813616

http://www.kinston.com/article/20131105/News/311059984

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Multiple-People-Shot-In-Kinston-230688261.html

Killed – Joubert Cazezneuze (Miami, FL)

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Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in Miami Tuesday morning.

Around 11 a.m., Joubert Cazezneuze, 37, was getting a haircut on the porch of a home at 4502 N. Miami Avenue, when a man arrived and began arguing with him, police said.

Cazezneuze and the man fought and the man shot him several times. He ran into the home and collapsed. Authorities are looking for a man between 20 and 30 years old who fled the scene.

A man has been arrested in connection with a Tuesday morning shooting in Miami that left one man dead.

Lionel Wilson, 37, is being held without bond on first-degree murder charges, jail records show.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Man-Shot-and-Killed-in-Miami-230673761.html

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Man-Arrested-in-Connection-With-Miami-Murder-230850471.html

http://www.local10.com/news/1-charged-in-haircut-shooting/22833408

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/11/06/arrest-made-in-little-haiti-shooting/

http://www.wptv.com/news/state/joubert-cazezneuze-miami-man-fatally-shot-while-getting-haircut

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Man-Shot-and-Killed-in-Miami-230673761.html

Killed – Deonte Traylor (Fairfield, CA)

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A man was shot to death by police after allegedly attacking a woman and stabbing her more than 30 times in a domestic violence incident near state Highway 12 in Fairfield Tuesday morning, a police sergeant said.

Police received a disturbance call from an apartment complex in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, several blocks from Highway 12, at 9:34 a.m., Fairfield police Sgt. Matt Bloesch said.

Officers arrived to find a female victim who had been stabbed more than 30 times. While rendering aid to her, the officers attained suspect information, he said.

Other officers searched the surrounding area and found the suspect, who led them on a foot pursuit onto Highway 12, he said.

Police tried to subdue the suspect with less-lethal weapons but were unsuccessful, Bloesch said. The suspect then attempted to attack officers with a knife, and at least one officer shot him.

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Deonte Traylor of Fairfield, was airlifted to a hospital and later pronounced dead, Bloesch said.

FAIRFIELD, CA – Fairfield police identified a local man shot by officers after a pursuit and disturbance call Tuesday morning.

Deonte Traylor, 24, died at an area hospital late Tuesday afternoon.

According to police Sgt. Matt Bloesch, police were dispatched to an apartment complex on the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at 9:34 a.m. on a disturbance call.

There they found that a woman, who neighbors identified as Sophia Marshall,had been repeatedly stabbed. A search for her attacker began.

Bloesch said the alleged assailant was located in a nearby neighborhood and had a knife.

Efforts by pursuing officersto take the man into custody using non-lethal force were unsuccessful, Bloesch said, and the man tried to use the knife on officers. Fearing for their safety, officers shot the man.

It was reported earlier that the man’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening but the victim at the apartment complex was described as having life-threatening injuries. Both were transported to trauma centers.

A woman stabbed more than 30 times by a man who was later shot and killed by Fairfield police had once feared for her safety so much that she filed for a restraining order against him, court records revealed Wednesday.

The unidentified 19-year-old victim remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, the day after police say she was stabbed by ex-boyfriend Deonte Traylor.

The 24-year-old Traylor, also of Fairfield, was on parole following his release from prison, where he served time for a robbery conviction.

According to court documents, the victim, who has a 4-year-old son with Traylor, had filed for a restraining order against him in March 2012.

In the filing, the victim wrote that, following the birth of their son, Traylor’s behavior had become “increasingly erratic and violent.” She claimed Traylor sent her numerous “love letters” from prison in which he wrote, “I couldn’t live without you … if you leave me I will kill myself.”

With an alleged history of mental instability, Traylor reportedly told their son in a phone call that he didn’t “deserve to live” and that when he got out of prison he was “going to kill you and your mom.”

He later made threats to the victim that he would kill her, her boyfriend and their son, according to court documents.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/11/05/officer-involved-shooting-shuts-down-highway-12-in-fairfield/

http://www.news10.net/story/local/2013/11/05/4766399/

http://abc7news.com/archive/9314521/

http://fox40.com/2013/11/05/officer-involved-shooting-closes-part-of-highway-12-in-fairfield/

http://www.thereporter.com/general-news/20131107/fairfield-stabbing-victim-had-feared-attack

http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/crimecourts/shooting-closes-down-highway-12-two-injured/

http://www.kcra.com/news/officerinvolved-shooting-shuts-down-hwy-12-near-fairfield/22812924

Killed – Margaret Hopkins (Lawrence, KS)

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A 67-year-old Lawrence man facing a first-degree murder charge for an alleged mercy killing of his wife entered a not guilty plea on Friday.

Larry Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting his wife Margaret Hopkins on November 5. His charge is described as unlawfully and feloniously killing a human being, intentionally and with premeditation.

Lawrence Police Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting inside a home in the 1600 block of West 2nd Terrace around 8:45 a.m.

Larry Hopkins told a judge Thursday that less than two weeks short of their 24th wedding anniversary he gave his ailing wife a final gift.

“I gave Margaret the last gift I could: I didn’t let her wake up,” Hopkins said of the Nov. 5, 2013, shooting of his wife, Margaret Hopkins, in their north-central Lawrence home. “I will not try to deny that I pulled the trigger, or that I made the decision not to let Margaret wake up.”

Hopkins, 67, read a four-page written statement on Thursday before District Judge Michael Malone sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

Before reading Hopkins’ sentence, Malone said that the law required that he impose a life sentence without parole eligibility for 25 years. “I wish you well, sir,” Malone said.

Hopkins said his wife suffered from Type-2 diabetes before enduring multiple strokes, knee replacement surgeries and countless falls — one of which shattered her left femur. “She went from being an independent geriatric social worker to Social Security Disability and a wheelchair and walker,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins said he suffered a stroke of his own after retiring from the Spencer Research Library in 2009. After rehab, calls to 911 replaced the care Hopkins once provided whenever Margaret fell. Once he regained enough strength, he said, he began asking neighbors for help. But around 2010, Hopkins underwent quadruple bypass surgery and, by 2013, Margaret’s condition had deteriorated further. Hopkins said his wife needed help getting in and out of bed and the shower and that he was too weak to help her much of the time.

Calm throughout much of his statement, Hopkins’ voice rose as he neared the end. “I will maintain until my dying day that Medicare killed my wife!” he said, slamming his paper down. Hopkins claimed Medicare would not cover a place for Margaret to stay after she was released from the hospital.

But District Attorney Charles Branson said Thursday that days before the shooting, a health care official was at their home to discuss housing options. Branson said Hopkins told investigators that he “didn’t want to sell off everything he owned and go someplace to die.”

“This did not have to be the final solution,” Branson said.

http://6lawrence.com/news/crime-fire-courts/8706-67-year-old-lawrence-man-who-allegedly-shot-his-wife-enters-not-guilty-plea

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/may/15/judge-sentences-larry-hopkins-life-prison-november/

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/06/lawrence-man-formally-charged-first-degree-murder-/

http://www.kctv5.com/story/23881645/1-dead-1-arrested-in-lawrence-shooting

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/10/couples-deteriorating-health-dwindling-home-condit/

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article331069/1-dead-1-arrested-in-Lawrence-shooting.html