A Denver woman was fatally shot by her husband on Monday while on the line with a 911 operator. Due to the lengthy time the woman was on the call — 13 minutes — police are currently investigating the incident to see whether or not it was properly handled.
The woman, Kristine Kirk, became entangled in strange argument with her husband Richard Kirk. According to Fox News, the man began “talking about the end of the world and asking her to shoot him.” When she refused to follow his orders, he shot her instead.
Neighbors of the couple suggest that the shooting was unexpected, as neither Richard Kirk nor Kristine Kirk had any evidence of a violent history.
Richard Kirk has been held without bond in a local jail, facing first-degree murder charges. The investigation into the 911 call is routine, considering the circumstances.
“Any time a person dies while communicating with Denver’s emergency services, we examine the circumstances to ensure that the incident was handled properly and we look for areas to improve upon,” said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
According to 9News, a 13-minute call with 911 operators is not unusual, and the call initially came in as non-life-threatening.
Here is the ultimate example of no good deed going unpunished.
Retired Marine Ralph Tackett was sitting in his home on Monday morning when he heard a car crash outside. He promptly ran out his door, hopped in his car and drove to the scene of the crash.
As he approached the wrecked silver Pontiac, three men hopped out of the car and said they needed a tire.
“A tire?” Tackett responded. “I think you need more than a tire.”
Then, one of the men inexplicably pulled out a gun and shot Tackett in the jaw.
“They didn’t ask for the car, didn’t ask him to get out or anything,” said Tackett’s wife, Sandy. “They just shot him.”
Tackett hit one of the men after being shot and then ran across the street back to his house. His wife says he was spitting teeth and blood everywhere when he came inside. He was taken to a hospital where surgeons removed the bullet from his jaw.
"They got the bullet out, he's got three plates in his jaw, three titanium plates and he's going to need more surgeries," Sandy Tackett said.
Tackett, a father of two, is still in shock over what happened.
"He said, 'I just can't believe it, I'm not going to go out and help anybody anymore'” Sandy said. “He says, 'I thought I was doing the right thing' and instead he says 'I get shot.’”
Police are still searching for the three men involved in the shooting. Officials have asked anyone with information about the crime to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
The mayor of Filer, Idaho and other members of city council are taking the heat for the actions carried out by a local police officer.
The officer, Tarek Hassani, was caught on his dash-cam shooting and killing a disabled man’s pet black Labrador retriever on Feb 8, 2014 after responding to a report of loose dogs. The dog belonged to Rick Clubb, who was throwing a birthday party for his 9-year-old son at the time of the shooting.
“I just think there was other ways to handle it besides shooting my dog and firing a gun right in my front yard when we were having a birthday party and there were kids around,” Clubb said to KMVT.
After two months of public hearings and an investigation into the incident, city officials decided that Hassani’s action were justified. The officer returned to the force this week, ending his paid administrative leave.
According to CBS News, angry residents subsequently filed petitions to recall Mayor Rick Dunn as well as Filer’s four city council members. Each petition received at least 20 signatures, which carries the petition on to the next stage. If the residents obtain 201 signatures in the next 75 days, a recall election will take place.
According to Magic Valley, each member would be voted on individually, and the governor would appoint a new council, which would in turn appoint a new mayor for the city.
An 11-year-old girl was shot and killed by her two-year-old brother in Philadelphia on Saturday. Police report that the children were playing with a loaded .357 caliber handgun when the toddler accidentally shot his sister.
The victim is identified as Jamara Stevens. Stevens and her three other siblings -- ages 14, seven, and two -- were all handling the gun prior to the shooting. Police say the 14-year-old grabbed the gun from on top of the refrigerator while the mother of the children, Tiffany Goldwire, was in the bathroom.
The bullet struck Stevens in the arm and penetrated her chest and heart. She died minutes after being shot.
Goldwire and her children were taken to the police station and questioned extensively following her death. Investigators determined the two-year-old shot Stevens after finding gunshot residue and a burn on his arm.
Goldwire is reportedly refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Police do not know who the owner of the gun is, though they confirm the firearm was left at the home that morning by Goldwire’s boyfriend.
No charges have been filed as of Saturday.
According to a Yale School of Medicine study, roughly 10,000 American children are killed or injured by guns every year.
An Islington man was found with a gunshot wound to his back on Monday after he accidentally shot himself. According to multiple reports, he was on the way to perform a robbery in north London.
Police suspect that while the man was riding his moped, the gun in his backpack was triggered and he was shot in the back. A man on another scooter is believed to have picked up the gun and driven away.
Dry cleaner employee Sumaira Naeem said the shot man walked into her Essex Road shop and begged for help.
“He showed me a hole in his back,” Naeem said, “but there wasn’t a lot of blood everywhere like you would think.”
Naeem immediately called for help. A few minutes into the conversation, the man took the phone from her and pleaded for an ambulance to be sent quickly.
The incident occurred just days after an 18-year-old man lost his hand in an axe attack just two streets over. While some have suggested that the events are connected, police have denied the accusations.
“Islington is a safe borough,” Islington Council Cabinet member Paul Convery said, “and we’re determined to keep it that way.”
A Christian County prosecutor has decided that the man who accidentally shot a 4-year-old girl while target shooting on Oct. 28 of last year will not face any charges.
Zoie Dougan and her mother, Alyssa, had gone to their friends’ house near Rogersville so Zoie could play with the family’s children. Documents state that the women were outside near the driveway painting a headboard while their children played nearby.
Meanwhile, a man had gone over to his father’s house next door to get a .22 caliber rifle, with which he intended to go squirrel hunting. As he told investigators, he made eye contact with the women as he walked through the yard and headed to a shed. One of the women reported that although she saw him carrying a case, she thought it simply contained tools.
His rifle loaded, the man leaned against the shed, closed one eye, and aimed at a bottle in the burn pile, some 70 feet away.
At the same time, as the women indicated in their reports, Zoie and another young girl were running toward a swing set in the yard.
After the man fired a single shot, he heard one of the women yell, “What was that?” and saw both women running into the area where he had just fired. Zoie was lying on the ground between the shed and the swing set.
As the report states, the man “never saw Zoie enter his sight picture as he looked through the scope.”
Alyssa Dougan rushed over to her daughter and found Zoie bleeding from her head.
When deputies arrived, they discovered a frantic, emotional scene. Emergency personnel attempted to save Zoie, but she was unconscious and struggling to breathe. “Don’t let [the man] get in trouble, it was an accident,” Dougan, crying and shocked, reportedly told deputies.
Zoie was taken by helicopter to Cox hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The man, who was in shock and claiming it was a “complete accident," was tested at the scene for alcohol. It was determined that he had not been drinking. In a later interview, the man told investigators that “this is something he will never forget and that he should have known better.”
On Wednesday, prosecutor Amy Fite told a reporter that she made her decision after reviewing statements from the sheriff’s department. Although she did not elaborate on her decision, sheriff’s documents indicate that the man did not know Zoie Dougan was in front of him when he fired and that he was distraught and apologetic after the shooting.
The only critical wording in the statements shows a sheriff’s detective telling the man that the direction in which he was firing “was extremely dangerous.” Because he was shooting near a road, his actions could be considered “carelessness.”
Alyssa Dougan has expressed that she is sure the incident was an accident; a friend of the family has stated that she was “showing grace” to the shooter, who was her close friend.
Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico shot and killed an alleged homeless man who was “illegally camping” in the Sandia Foothills this week. The incident was caught on an officer’s helmet camera.
James Boyd, 38, was killed by the police officers during the altercation. According to reports, Boyd was confronted by officers for camping in an area he wasn’t supposed to be in. When the officers attempted to frisk him, Boyd reportedly gave them a hard time and told them he was a government agent. Authorities claim that Boyd had started to threaten the officers’ lives.
“I’m almost going to kill you right now,” Boyd supposedly said at the beginning of the incident. “Don’t give me another directive. Don’t attempt to give me, the Department of Defense, another directive.”
Later, more officers were called to the scene, and that’s when things started to heat up. Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden said that Boyd continually threatened the officers’ lives.
“In a private world, if you were down at a bar or a bus stop, I would have the right to kill you right now because you’re trying to take me over,” said Boyd. “Don’t get stupid with me!”
At this point, officers had their guns drawn and pointed at Boyd, and eventually, he told them that he would walk down the mountain with them.
“Don’t change up the agreement,” said Boyd. “I’m going to try to walk with you.”
While Boyd turns around the retrieve his belongings, one officer fires a flash-bang device at him, which seems to throw him off guard, and that’s when two of the officers fire multiple shots that take him to the ground. Boyd was later pronounced dead.
“Actually if you watch the videotape, all the less than lethal devices were in fact deployed,” said Chief Eden. “It was when the canine officer was down directing the canine dog that the suspect pulled out the two knives and directed a threat to the canine officer who had no weapons drawn. He was handling the dog.”
When asked if the shooting was justified, Chief Eden said he believed it was.
Boyd reportedly had a history of violent offenses, and had spent time in jail over the years. He also had a history of mental health problems.
After allegedly shooting and killing his neighbor’s dog, a Maryland man apparently decided to post a Facebook selfie with the puppy’s body. When the picture went viral, a petition was started demanding that the man be charged.
Kenneth Woodburn allegedly shot and killed the dog one morning after it crossed into his yard. The dog, Tank, belonged to Woodburn’s neighbor Richele Ince and her four-year-old daughter.
According to reports, the dog was shot from behind, which seems to contradict Woodburn’s claims on Facebook that it “charged him.” Before the man actually shot and killed the dog, he had posted a status saying that if the dog came into his yard, “Hey going to dye today [sic].”
Once Woodburn posted the picture with the dead dog on Facebook, people started spreading it around, and soon, outraged citizens from all over began calling the local police to inform them of what happened.
Tank, a pit bull/lab mix that was only a year old, was loved by his family and even more cherished by the children at the daycare located on the same street as both Ince and Woodburn. Ince believes that her dog was walking down to the daycare center, where he spent most of his time, and after crossing through Woodburn’s yard, he was shot.
Ince says that after they buried Tank on the property of the daycare center, one of the mourning children laid on his grave in the rain because he was saddened by the puppy’s loss.
A petition has been drafted by a relative of Ince’s asking that Woodburn be charged for killing the animal.
“On March 12 2014, I took my little cousin home after she got off work... she was worried cause her baby had gotten away from the person who was watching him, but she had just bought a new runner and was going to put it up as soon as we found him.... before we got to her house, a neighbor named Kenny Woodburn shot Tank and then afterwards he posted a picture of it on facebook like a trophy....Tank was shot in his side (the side that was facing the house that he was heading away from) and then shot in the head.... To me that just proves that the dog was shot as he was trying to exit the area.... Not only did Mr. Woodburn shoot a puppy (yes Tank had just turned 1 in March) but he also resides next door to a daycare. The direction that he shot was the same direction as the daycare....The outcome that day was very sad but could have been worse....I am asking for support in having this person [charged] with any and all charges possible especially endangering a childs (or childrens life),” writes the relative in the petition.
Woodburn has a string of run-ins with law, including DUI, weapons, and drug violations from late last year.
Last month, Opposing Views reported that three Detroit home invasions in one week ended in the homeowners defending themselves against the intruders using guns. Since that initial report, there have been multiple stories just like it out of the Motor City, and the latest one happened just last week.
According to reports, the homeowner heard glass break in the afternoon on Thursday, and when he went to investigate, he saw a person trying to climb through his window.
The quick-thinking homeowner wasted no time and, almost immediately, grabbed his gun, aimed, and fired at the intruder.
"One burglar partially inside of his house…he went and retrieved his weapon and fired off a couple of shots, hitting the individual coming through his window," said Detroit police Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson.
The 17-year-old suspect fell onto the driveway and was soon pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. Another suspect in his 20s was reportedly with the now deceased teen, but he was able to get away on foot. Police were not able to apprehend the other suspect.
"It's a message to the criminals - stop coming in to people's homes unannounced and uninvited. Crime no longer pays in the city of Detroit," said Deputy Chief Johnson.
Police in Crowley, Louisiana have launched an internal investigation after an officer shot a homeowner’s dog while responding to a reported burglary on that property.
The incident occurred late Thursday night after the homeowner thought she heard glass breaking in another room and decided to call the police. She reported a possible burglary and said she was locking herself in her bedroom until authorities arrived. While on the phone with the dispatcher, the woman informed them that her dog was outside in the yard but that it was friendly and wouldn’t be aggressive.
The woman was still on the phone with the dispatcher when, all of a sudden, she heard a gunshot. The emergency dispatcher told her that it was safe to go outside to meet the officers, and it was then she saw that her beloved three-year-old chocolate lab Max had been shot behind its ear.
The officer who shot Max claims that the dog was barking and being aggressive towards him, but a neighbor who witnessed the incident says that’s not what happened at all. According to the neighbor’s account, the dog did bark, but it didn’t try to move towards the officer at all. Max was shot behind its left ear with the bullet going through its neck. Fortunately, Max is expected to make a full recovery.
Now, Crowley Police Department is starting a full investigation into the incident, as is required by policy if an officer fires their weapon. Police do say that there was no sign of any burglary or forced entry at the residence.
The Facebook page “Dogs Shot By Cops” recently posted about the story, and many users expressed outrage over what the officer did.
“If the dog was shot behind the ear how could he have been lunging at the officer,” questioned one user. “Lets see if the police investigator can make the correlation that for the bullet to enter behind the ear the cop would have had been behind the dog. I guess the traits of honesty and integrity are not prevalent within the law enforcement community.”
Police have not yet released any updates on the progress of their investigation, and it’s not clear if the homeowner will press charges.