Monday, July 21, 2014

Gunman Found Dead After Shooting Two

"RIVERSIDE, CA — A 43-year-old Jurupa Valley woman was fatally shot by her estranged husband who later killed himself Saturday, July 19, authorities said.

"Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 3400 block of Skylane Drive shortly after 8:30 a.m. They found a woman in the driveway of a home suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release.

"The woman, Simona Mateas, was taken to a hospital, where she died, the release said.

"Deputies found a second person at the home with gunshot wounds. The person was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the release stated.

"At about 2 p.m., the San Bernardino Police Department received a call of a suicide in the 1900 block of West Lincoln Avenue, said San Bernardino police Sgt. Brett Birnbaum.

"The man who killed himself, identified as Avram Mateas, was the suspect in the shooting. Simona and Avram Mateas were going through a divorce, the release said."


Police Decline To Elaborate

"SAUSALITO, CA — Two bodies were discovered inside a Sausalito residence early Sunday after police responded to reports of gunfire in the neighborhood.

"The bodies were found at about 2:45 a.m. inside 173 San Carlos Ave., a two-story home over a garage in the hills near Spencer Avenue. The residence has a front driveway on San Carlos Avenue and a rear staircase leading up to Santa Rosa Avenue.

"The police department said it sent officers to the home after receiving a report of gunshots at 2:38 a.m., but another resident across the street said she heard several sharp bursts at 2:15 a.m. She said she did not call police because she thought the sound might have been firecrackers.

"A neighbor who lives behind the residence, on the Santa Rosa Avenue side, said she heard a "bang" two to three times.

"`I looked around and saw nothing out of the window,` she said.

"Sausalito police declined to release details about the two people or their injuries, but described the event as an `isolated incident.` Police Chief Jennifer Tejada said there is nothing to indicate the general public is at risk but declined to elaborate with the investigation in progress.

"There was no sign of a break-in at the home, she said.

"Two pets, a cat and a dog, were inside the home when police went inside. The animals were turned over to the Marin Humane Society.

"Marin County sheriff's detectives, Central Marin police and a coroner's investigator were assisting in the inquiry.

"The coroner's office did not release the names of the victims pending confirmation and notification of family members."


Two Dead, One Hospitalized After Argument In Home

"BEDFORD, KY — Police have released more details in the apparent murder/suicide in Trimble County Sunday morning.

"Police were called to the 100 block of Garriott Court just after 2 a.m. when they said 48-year-old Robert Harmon shot himself, his former girlfriend and her 16-year-old niece.

"Harmon and the 16-year-old died, and 33-year-old Niki Davis was injured.

"Neighbors told police Davis lived with Harmon in the house for the last two to three years. The couple had an argument, and Davis moved out.

"Investigators said Davis returned to the house and that's when Harmon shot Davis, her niece, and himself.

"Davis’ daughter heard the gunshots from the upper-level of the house, came downstairs and called police.

"KSP said troopers have never responded to any domestic or violence-related calls to the house.

"`You can't predict something like this,` Trooper Brad Arterburn said. `Just want to tell people—get away from each other and cool down. That's the best advice you can give, but obviously it doesn't happen sometimes.`

"Police said two juveniles were inside the home when the shooting took place and they have been placed with other family members.

"Davis remains hospitalized but is expected to survive her injuries."


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Two Dead In Assisted-Living Facility

"SEATTLE, WA — Seattle police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman at a Ravenna assisted-living facility as a possible murder/suicide.

"At around 2 p.m., police received a report of a suicidal man leaving his home in Ballard.

"`A short time later, police received a second call from the family indicating the man may have headed for his elderly mother’s assisted living facility in the Ravenna neighborhood, with plans to harm her,` police wrote in a news release.

"As police headed to the Ida Culver House Ravenna, staff there went to check on the woman. They found the bodies of the man and a woman, police said.

"Police have not identified the people found dead in the room.

"The case is under investigation."

Source: The Seattle Times...

Murder Suspect Commits Suicide During SWAT Standoff

"CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Rain poured down on law enforcement officials Friday as they surrounded a ranch south of San Diego where a murder suspect engaged in a standoff.

"According to Alan Gonzalez, an investigator with the Duval County Sheriff's Office, they received a call just before 7 a.m. to be on the lookout for a man that was considered armed and dangerous.

"Officials said the suspect was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Lanny Gonzalez, 44, on Teague Lane in Calallen earlier that morning.

"Gonzalez leaves behind three children.

"Joseph Carrillo, 41, fled west, where a deputy with the Duval County Sheriff's Department spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one seen earlier that morning leaving the murder scene.

"The deputy followed the driver, who then sped up and turned onto family property after spotting the official.

"The deputy said he secured the location and called for assistance.

"Investigator Gonzalez said the man let two young children out of the house early in the morning, and they were taken to the Sheriff's Department.

"Border Patrol, the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Texas Rangers assisted in the incident.

"Armored vehicles and a John Deere tractor were seen rolling onto the property.

"A DPS chopper eventually located Carrillo's body in the corrals. Investigator Gonzalez said officials heard a single gunshot earlier in the morning, leading them to believe the suspect had committed suicide.

"Officials would not comment on the weapon Carrillo used to commit suicide.

"Both Carrillo and Gonzalez were from Benavides."