Killed By Police December 31

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on December 31, 2017








21 people were Killed By Police in the United States last week. Here are the links: 1159 Jesse J. Champney 1160 Jesse Daniel Murillo 1161 Shelby Comer 1162 Cody Eyre 1163 Charlie Joseph Murillo 1164 Evelio Gomez 1165 Jacob Craig 1166 Adrian Escobar 1167 Joshua Spottedhorse 1168 Jesse Scarsbrook 1169 Salvador Byassee 1170 James Alan Berrones 1171 Jose Miguel Garcia 1172 Robert Miller 1173 1174 Nathaniel Fritz Macalevy 1175 Brooke Camacho 1176 Kenneth J. Perna-Rutsky 1177 Isaiah Christian Green 1178 Dennis Plowden 1179 Andrew Thomas Finch 1180 1181 Christopher Baird 1182 Corey Bailey 1183 Jarvis Lykes 1184

12 of the victims were white. (1159, 1160, 1161, 1162, 1165, 1169, 1174, 1175, 1176, 1177, 1179, 1181) 3 of the victims were black. (1168, 1178, 1182) 2 of the victims were female. (1161, 1175) 2 of the victims were latino. (1163, 1166) 1167 Joshua Spottedhorse was native. The race of 8 of the victims is unknown. (1164, 1170, 1171, 1172, 1173, 1180, 1183, 1184)

In 8 of the incidents, the victim fired at an officer. (1166, 1168, 1170, 1172, 1174, 1175, 1176, 1184) In 11 of the incidents, a weapon was displayed. (1161, 1162, 1163, 1164, 1165, 1169, 1173, 1177, 1180, 1181, 1182) 5 of the incidents involved a domestic dispute. (1170, 1172, 1173, 1174, 1176) 5 of the incidents involved a car chase (1168, 1169, 1174, 1178, 1182)

1179 Andrew Thomas Finch was the story that got the most attention this week. Chamblee54 wrote a stand alone story, Swatting.

Yakima WA had two fatal officer-involved shootings on Tuesday, December 26. “Yakima police were called to the West Pierce Street home about 7 p.m. Monday for an intoxicated man who said he shot people, according to Yakima police. Adrian Escobar put a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself when police arrived, (Yakima Police Captain Jeff) Schneider said. Escobar fired shots at officers from the house before SWAT teams from Yakima and Benton County arrived, and officers attempted to negotiate with him six times, according to police. Schneider said the Benton County SWAT team was brought in to provide relief for officers working in the cold weather during the six-hour standoff. Schneider said Escobar fired at officers again, and Ward, a Yakima SWAT team member, shot him about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Escobar died from a single gunshot to the head.” (1166)

“Yakima police responded around 7:30 p.m. Monday evening to reports of a man (Jose Miguel Garcia) at the Cascade Apartments threatening residents with a gun, according to a Yakima Police Department news release. When officers arrived, they found a 31-year-old man barricaded in his apartment. The man was blind and had an “extensive criminal history” of assault behavior, police said. Over the next five hours, officers attempted to negotiated with the man and heard him talking as if someone else was inside the apartment, according to the release. Once they obtained a search warrant, officers eventually “breached” the door to the apartment but continued to try to negotiate with the man, officers said. “…after a few minutes the situation deteriorated and two officers fired shots at the suspect killing him,” … A firearm was found in the apartment.” (1171)

These stories were considered noteworthy. “A 26-year-old Enfield man was attempting to avoid being arrested on an outstanding warrant when he was shot by a state trooper in a field, according to his fiancee, who was a passenger in the car that police had tried to stop along Route 4 in Canaan Saturday night. In an interview on Wednesday, Saeti Tobin said she and Jesse J. Champney had set out on Saturday to go to a convenience store in Canaan and return a car they had borrowed. Before they could do so, the pair noticed they were being followed by police, so Champney turned onto Switch Road. But when he did, the car plowed into a snow-covered field, Tobin said. Champney told her to run and he himself fled toward the woods, she said. “He was never trying to advance on anyone, he was trying to get away,” said the 23-year-old Tobin, who also has had run-ins with police. “There was no high-speed chase, there were no drugs involved, there were no weapons involved, there was no stolen car and there was no serious crime committed. … The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that Champney was shot four times, and on Wednesday identified New Hampshire State Trooper Christopher O’Toole as the officer who fired the fatal round. Authorities also said Canaan police officer Samuel Provenza was at the scene during the incident. He did not discharge his firearm, according to a news release. Tobin was more specific about the circumstances surrounding the stop than she was about the shooting itself. The incident took place around 6:30 p.m., when it was dark, and Tobin stayed with the vehicle after Champney fled, placing her some distance from where the shooting occurred. She said she believes Champney was not armed at the time. (Champney’s brother, Josh, who also was present for the interview at a home in Danbury, N.H., said Jesse Champney sometimes carried a pocketknife.) … Tobin and Josh Champney both asserted that Provenza had it out for Jesse Champney. They said they feel he was targeted. … Jesse Champney had his run-ins with the law. In May 2016, Champney was arrested in Lebanon on a felony charge of possession of heroin with intent to sell and resisting arrest. He failed to appear for a court date in that case, which prompted the warrant to be issued for his arrest. Champney also was convicted of a few other nonviolent crimes, including theft in 2012, for which he served prison time, Tobin said. Prison changed him, and although he took some college courses while there, he left addicted to opiates, Tobin said. He had, however, recently turned his life around and had been in a Suboxone program — medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction — for the last few months, she said. “He was a tough kid because he was made to be that way,” Tobin said. “But he was the biggest sweetheart.” (1159)

“Tammy Murillo said her 32-year-old son, Jesse Murillo — whom authorities say was a battery suspect armed with a metal bar — was a Navy veteran who had been deployed overseas for a time. “We called 9-1-1 to have the police come and help calm the situation; never did we anticipate the outcome,” … Around 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles Police Department officers from the Topanga Division responded to a radio call of a battery … Upon arrival, an officer was met by a victim at the house, who police said had an injured shoulder. While they were speaking to the victim, the suspect exited the home armed with what officers initially described as a possible machete. It was later determined to be a metal bar, Madison said. Officers broadcast a call for help and the suspect fled on foot, he said. “They located him in an alley to the rear of the home and there was an officer-involved shooting,” Madison said. The suspect was struck by gunfire and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, authorities said. Tammy Murillo said her fiancé had called 9-1-1 after her son and daughter had gotten into a verbal argument and the fiancé intervened, which unintentionally escalated the situation. Following that call, the son injured her fiancé’s arm, she said. “What set my son off was the 9-1-1 call,” Murillo said. “He didn’t want cops involved at all. He did not plan to die that day.” Murillo said her son had been wearing a gas mask, which he had acquired from his Navy days, because he had been doing some drainage work underneath her house with his uncle, she said. … Tammy Murillo said her son was “a good kid” who was planning to go Christmas shopping that night for his nieces and nephews and had just gotten a haircut. … the Navy may have changed him. “When he went into the service and came home, he was not the same kid.”” (1160)

“One woman is dead and a man is in the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Grundy County. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 20-year old Shelby Comer was found dead in a car following the shooting. The suspect, Jackie Wayne Bean, per the Sheriff. was taken into custody and transported to the hospital around 8:00 Sunday morning. Sheriff Shrum said it’s unclear if Comer died during the shooting, or before. The shooting happened around 10:30 Saturday night in the Coalmont area, according to the TBI. A Grundy County Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop on B Mine Road, when the driver allegedly pointed a firearm at the deputy. The deputy then fired into the vehicle several times, according to the TBI, then the vehicle drove away, hitting the police cruiser. Roughly 20 minutes later, a person saw the suspected vehicle crash off the side of the road. According to the TBI, the suspect said he was shot and asked for the citizen’s vehicle. That person drove off and called police. When officers arrived, the suspect was gone, but Comer was found dead in the back of the car. … Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says that 32-year-old Jacky Wayne Bean, of Soddy Daisy, is being held without bond following Saturday’s incident. Bean has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, evading arrest, 3 charges of reckless endangerment, DUI, and violation of implied consent. More charges are expected later this week.” (1161)

“Multiple sources confirm to News 4 part-time Grundy County Deputy Mike Holmes fired a shot that may have struck 20-year-old Shelby Comer on Saturday evening. … When reached by phone Thursday, Deputy Holmes, who is also the fire chief of Monteagle, TN, declined to comment. Sheriff Shrum said he “will not confirm or deny at this point” whether Holmes is the deputy who fired the shots into the car. There are also questions about how much law enforcement training Deputy Holmes has received in the past. He works as a part-time deputy, meaning he is not required to be certified by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training, or P.O.S.T. commission.” (1161)

“A Progreso police officer shot and killed a man Sunday who was carrying a machete, according to a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies responded to Encino Street in Progreso where the officer shot the man at about 9:24 p.m. Initially, officers were called out to the area to investigate a disturbance involving a man who was wielding a machete. “The officer made contact with the male subject and a struggle ensured,” according to the news release. “During the struggle, the officer discharged his weapon fatally shooting the male.”” (1164)

“Monday’s events began when a neighbor called police to say the man, Jacob Craig, pointed a gun at him, (Capt. Mike) Williams said. The neighbor reported that the man has caused several disturbances in the past. When the officer arrived in the neighborhood, he was confronted by the naked man, who either ran out of a home or appeared from between two homes, carrying a gun. Williams said the man was given several commands to put the gun down, but he “continued to aggress” the officer, who fired multiple shots. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The encounter lasted “a matter of seconds,” the captain said. Detectives did not yet know whether the man had a mental issue or was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” (1165)

“Craig’s mother, Kim Flanagan, told the Tulsa World her son was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after witnessing the death of his pregnant fiancee about 10 years ago. The woman reportedly died after their vehicle was struck by a drunken driver. She said Craig tried to revive her but couldn’t. Flanagan said her son’s issues with mental illness surfaced after the death of his father when he was 8. “That was trauma one,” she said. “With his fiancee, that just pushed him over the edge. He couldn’t recover from that.” Craig, who had an 8-year-old son, began experiencing significant paranoia and depression to the point where he rarely left his room. Before, according to his mom, he was outgoing and funny. The tragedy changed his entire personality. Medication he took for the paranoia and depression helped relieve the symptoms. Flanagan said he stopped taking it about 6 months ago because he could no longer afford insurance and the price became too high. Since then, he had struggled to overcome his emotions and made multiple attempts to kill himself, she said. He also experienced bouts of anger but nothing that was extreme, she added. “It just got worse and deteriorated,” she said. “I could tell he was getting more and more depressed.”” (1165)

“Around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said a suspect, Joshua Spottedhorse, walked into the Safeway on Northwest Blvd and threatened a clerk with a gun. Police said a witness followed the suspect and then the suspect began firing a weapon. Witnesses backed off and police took over the pursuit to a neighborhood near Madison and Sharp. “During the course of developing that tactical plan, the subject did try to leave in the vehicle,” said Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl. “Officers moved to block the vehicle in and the subject then fled on foot.” At some point, an officer opened fire and shot and killed the suspect.” (1167)

“28-year-old Jesse Scarsbrook … was involved in an armed robbery at a local hobby shop. When police arrived, they say Scarsbook stole a car and led officers on a chase. He later crashed the stolen car at the intersection of 46th and Mitthoeffer and carjacked another vehicle while two people were still inside. The police pursuit continued to Pendleton Pike and Post Road, where Scarsbrook crashed. He then got out of the car and fired at officers, who returned fire. Investigators say Scarsbrook was hit and killed in the shootout.” “Witnesses say Scarsbrook got out of a vehicle Tuesday, after crashing it, like a madman. They say he started shooting with no regard for the busy intersection of Pendleton Pike and Post Road, or nearby businesses. “I’m thankful the cops, they didn’t start returning fire until us vehicles had got out,” said Craig Walker, who witnessed the shootout. … Tuesday’s shootout with officers isn’t the first time Scarsbrook has faced trouble with police. According to online records, he was found guilty of armed robbery in 2009. His projected release date was November of 2016. In September of 2008 he was found guilty of theft/receiving stolen property. And in March of 2008 Scarsbrook was convicted of carrying a handgun without a license.” (1168)

“A woman was killed and a Farmers Branch police officer was wounded in a shootout during a traffic stop late Tuesday, police say. Brooke Camacho, 38, who was a passenger in the car that was stopped, pulled a gun and fired on the officer about 11:30 p.m. … stop, police said, the officer asked the woman in the passenger seat to get out of the car. Police said she got out, pulled a handgun and shot the officer in the chest, NBC5 reported. The male driver was arrested but later released.” (1175)

“The incident started about 8:30 p.m., when two plainclothes cops stopped a 2013 Hyundai on Nedro Avenue near 16th Street after confirming it was connected to a Dec. 21 murder that happened about 5 miles away, on East Atlantic Street near Stouton in Harrowgate. But before they could talk to the driver, he ( Dennis Plowden) took off — hitting one of the officers as he sped away, (First Deputy Commissioner Myron) Patterson said. Police caught up with Plowden three blocks away, where he’d crashed into two parked cars at Nedro and Opal Street. He got out of the car, and things turned bloody. “After repeated commands by the plainclothes officer to show his hands, he makes a furtive abrupt movement, and the officer fires one shot, striking the male in the head,” Patterson said. Police said Plowden was sitting on the sidewalk and had put his hand in his jacket pocket when the officer began shooting. Plowden died at 7:18 a.m. Thursday …” (1178)

“Preliminary information from law enforcement agencies indicates the Georgia State Patrol and Columbus police were conducting a DUI checkpoint near Cusseta Road when a Kia driven by Jarvis Lykes turned around before reaching officers about 9:30 p.m. A trooper attempted to stop the driver but Lykes failed to pullover. The trooper pursued Lykes who drove into a residential neighborhood on Lumpkin Court, a dead-end street. After stopping his vehicle, Lykes exited the car and a physical altercation between Lykes and the trooper occurred as Lykes attempted to re-enter his vehicle. The trooper, during the altercation, fired one shot, striking Lykes in the upper torso., the GBI said.” “A search of the Kia Forte by GBI agents found a handgun inside a container in the driver’s area.” (1183)

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