A 15-year-old boy shot and killed a man after he tried to abduct a woman in Wright, Wyo., Campbell County sheriff’s officials say.
The shooting happened on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 19.
According to The Gillette News Record, Sammy Michael Fears, 48, of Casper, Wyo., allegedly tried to abduct the woman from her home in Wright. However, when sheriff’s officials arrived on the scene, they found Fears in the driveway, suffering from a gun shot wound.
Sheriff’s deputies performed CPR on Fears until paramedics came and took him to a local hospital, but he died on the way in an ambulance, according to the Star-Tribune.
It’s not clear how the teen got involved in the altercation. According to reports, the boy is not related to either the woman or Fears.
The woman had a long history of domestic violence with Fears, Sheriff’s Cpl. Gary Sams says.
Due to the boy’s age his identity has not been released, but he has not been charged, the Record reports.
On Wednesday, Democrat Lloyd Oliver informed the world that he considers domestic violence to be “so, so overrated.”
Oliver is running for district attorney in Harris County, Texas. Posing a startling contrast to his statement is the fact that Harris County has the highest rate of domestic violence homicide in the state.
Shocking as Oliver’s newest statement concerning domestic might be, this is not the first time he has made comments of this nature.
In 2012, while appearing on the weekly call-in show “Reasonable Doubts”, which is sponsored by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Oliver said that domestic violence victims should “maybe learn how to box a little better.”
When he was later asked to clarify, Oliver specified that he believed domestic violence to be a part of some couples’ sexual routines.
“There are some people – I don’t understand it – but part of their making love is to beat one another up first,” Oliver said.
“Why do we want to get involved in people’s bedrooms?” he asked.
Oliver has been a criminal defense attorney for 40 years. He came within five points of winning the district attorney’s seat in 2012. In the Democratic Primary on March 4, he will face Kim Ogg, a former prosecutor.
Oliver has indicated that if elected, he would redirect resources away from family violence to focus on other issues. He has also spoken out about the need for super-speedy trials.
On the amount of time it takes for cases to come to court, Oliver said, “You see those filthy baby-rapers – they get tried, what, nine months later? A year later? Why not two months later? How long does it take to prepare a case?”
He has also stated that, since “justice delayed is no damn justice at all,” his plans include ensuring that “the district attorney will have a trial going at every court at every hour every day when I’m elected.”
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A man who was beating his girlfriend at a convenience store in California was brought down by bystanders and restrained him until law enforcement arrived.
According to TheBlaze, the fight, which was all caught on video, broke out Wednesday morning outside the Flower Street Market in Bakersfield, Calif., when 21-year-old Aidan Jose Cruz began arguing with his girlfriend. The argument was made worse when the man started assaulting his girlfriend, forcing her to run for help at a nearby store.
The unidentified domestic violence victim was followed by the man, and continued to beat her.
That's when fellow customers moved in.
“This happened in my store this morning,” the video’s description reads. He “beats his girlfriend outside of the store and she runs in asking for help.”
Deputies arrived as soon as the store clerk called police.
“Deputies were dispatched to the market regarding an assault in progress,” Ray Pruittr, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman, told TheBlaze Friday. “The suspect at one point had his hands around her neck and started choking her and then began striking her in the head.”
“When deputies arrived, the suspect was being held down on the ground by several customers inside the store,” he said. “Deputies were able to handcuff him and take him into custody without incident.”
The victim did not suffer from any serious injuries, Pruittr said.
Cruz was taken into custody for spousal battery and was due in superior court Friday afternoon. His bail was set at $50,000.
Cleveland Police arrested a man accused of threatening to shoot his daughter if she stepped on his dog’s tail.
The father is identified as Daniel Roman. Roman is the father of a 9-year-old girl and two 7-year-old twins. Last month, the children were playing with Roman's dog during a visit.
The 9-year-old kept stepping on the dog’s tail. Her actions bothered Roman so much that he told his daughter, “Step on the dog’s tail again, and I will pull the trigger.”
He allegedly then turned to his younger twin children and said “You tell anyone, I will hurt you and your sisters.”
The girl’s stepfather told Cleveland station KSLA that Roman called him the day after the threat and denied any wrongdoing.
"He called us denying it so I knew there had to be some truth in it,” the stepfather said. “Cause why would he call us if we didn't ask him any questions?"
Roman’s grandmother was present when the alleged threats were made. She denied Roman ever threatened his children with a gun.
After being taken into custody, Roman was charged with menacing, child endangering, and domestic violence. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is due back in court next week.
A Massachusetts man was arraigned Tuesday for allegedly kicking his wife and trying to stab their cat because she purchased a $1 package of freezer bags.
Kwadwo Amoafo Amaniampong, 24, flew into a rage over the freezer bags, throwing them onto a neighbor’s roof and kicking his wife.
When he calmed down, she allegedly told him she wanted to separate, and he became enraged again.
She says he grabbed one of her cats, choked it, and threw it against a wall in their Spencer home. When she tried to retrieve the frightened animal as it hid under the couch, Amaniampong took a butcher knife and tried to stab it.
When her husband finally left for work, the woman said she took her two cats and fled in her vehicle.
Amaniampong, a native of Ghana, was later arrested at his office.
Due to the serious nature of the allegations Assistant District Attorney Michael Luzzo suggested he be held on $500 bail.
A restraining order was granted to his wife.
Luzzo said after he left the home he texted his wife that she doesn’t “want to see his other side.”
Amaniampong is charged with assault and battery and animal cruelty.
His court-appointed attorney, Patricia Cantara, said he has no prior criminal record.
An argument over whether a gun would fire turned deadly in Chicago.
Joeann Smith was arguing with 65-year-old Willie Smith about whether a gun would fire around 7 p.m. on Wednesday at her home in the 1700 block of East 72nd Street, authorities told the Chicago Sun Times.
During the argument, Joeann pointed the gun at Willie's face and pulled the trigger. The bullet hit Willie in the eye and he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was ruled brain dead and died around 9 a.m. Friday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The argument between Joeann and Willie has been classified as domestic by police, but the exact relationship between them is not known at this time.
Joeann Smith has been charged in the shooting and will appear in court Saturday, reports ABC 7.
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich binge turned violent when two brothers clashed over whether it was okay to eat six of the sandwiches.
Jerome Davis was arrested after he allegedly pulled a knife on his brother over a confrontation with him about his sandwich eating, the Des Moines Register reported.
The two brothers live together in Des Moines, Iowa, and are in their 50s.
The unnamed victim told police that his brother "made three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ate them in the living room. Within the next hour, the suspect made another three of these peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bringing his total consumption of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to six. This angered the victim..."
Police report that "both victim and suspect began yelling about the other being lazy and eating again."
Davis then pulled a folding knife on his brother and held it to his face, threatening to cut him, NY Daily News reports.
When police arrived, they took two folding knives from Davis and arrested him on charges of assault domestic abuse with a weapon.
Davis told police he threatened his brother because he would not "shut the (expletive) up and mind his own business," the Des Moines Register reports.
A South Carolina woman allegedly stabbed her fiancé on Christmas during an argument over their wedding colors.
Richland County deputies responded to a call at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home near Blythewood.
Krysta James, 34, was arrested for allegedly stabbing her fiancé when he tried to leave their home.
James’ fiancé, who was not identified, was stabbed in the upper body. He was transported to Providence Hospital by witnesses at the scene.
Sgt. Curtis Wilson of the Richland County Sheriff's Office said his wounds were non-life threatening.
James was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
No report on which colors sparked the altercation.
Oklahoma man Derrick Maynard is behind bars after assaulting and threatening to kill his wife. As you can tell by the colorful mug shot to your right, she fought back.
According to police, Maynard started drinking whiskey around 2 p.m. Later in the day, when he became highly intoxicated, he began hurling obscenities at his wife.
As the night went on, Maynard allegedly threw a Nintendo Wii remote at his wife. She attempted to put him to bed, but he got up moments later and began shouting that she needed to kill herself.
At this point, Maynard reportedly threw an oil heater at his wife and then picked up an unloaded pellet rifle. He pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger, saying that his wife deserved to die.
Finally, Maynard jumped on top of his wife and began punching her, and in response she kicked his face.
Police say Maynard’s wife made contact with his nose and lip, and that the black eye in the mug shot manifested after he hit his against the wall in earlier drunken rampages.
Deputies on the scene said Maynard was unable to speak clearly, walk, or sit up straight.
Maynard faces charges of aggravated assault on a family with a weapon and a felony charge of threatening to kill.
A California man convicted of domestic violence lost his appeal, and will not be able to own a gun for the rest of his life. The 9th Circuit federal appeals court ruled on Monday that a ban on gun ownership for violent criminals is not a violation of the Second Amendment.
Daniel Chovan was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in 1996. However, he omitted this information while applying to purchase a firearm in 2009, raising a red flag to the FBI.
After further investigation, FBI agents found Internet footage of Chovan shooting guns and conducting unauthorized “border patrols” along the Mexican border. They also learned that Chovan had threatened to hunt down and shoot his estranged wife if she broke up with him.
After searching his home and finding four guns and more than 500 rounds of ammo, authorities pressed charges on Chovan. Chovan fought back, saying that the federal law requiring a lifetime gun ban for domestic-violence misdemeanors is unconstitutional.
The panel of judges did not buy it. "The government has demonstrated that domestic violence misdemeanants are likely to commit acts of domestic violence again and that, if they do so with a gun, the risk of death to the victim is significantly increased," said Judge Harry Pregerson.
Originally, the law in question only applied to criminals found guilty of violent felonies. However, Congress altered the law in 1996 to include misdemeanor domestic violence charges, as these are the most common violent crimes that occur in victims’ homes.
Under California law, Chovan would have been eligible to own a gun ten years after his misdemeanor conviction. However, the federal law supercedes state law, so Chovan is still barred from owning a gun for the rest of his life.
Chovan has pled guilty to possessing illegal weapons, and was sentenced to probation.