A Pack, Not A Herd.

A pack, not a herd.

Dead Goblin CountBefore there was government, there was kin.
Brad_In_MA was the first of many to send in this addition to the DGC.

Kidnapping victim found alive, suspect dead

On November 6, 2013, at approximately 5:20 pm, Lafayette Police responded to a kidnapping incident in the 500 block of Madeline Avenue.

According to witnesses, the suspect, 29 year old Scott Thomas of Leonville, arrived at a daycare on Madeline Avenue and confronted his child’s mother, a 29 year old female. Thomas allegedly forced the victim into his vehicle and fled the scene. The victim’s 2 year old child was left inside of the victim’s vehicle at the daycare.

Details are emerging from how the kidnapping of Bethany Arceneaux ended. According to police, family searched an abandoned property and saw her inside. They got inside and Thomas attacked her. The family member then defended Bethany, shooting Thomas. Then left the scene with Bethany. Thomas has been pronounced dead.

If I’m honest, I’m a little conflicted here. Kudos to the family for not relying on the police and for being a part of the rescue of a loved one. 

But.

I’ve lived in countries where rule of law could be a bit dodgy at times and I’ve seen what it does to people’s lives. Because of that experience overseas, I am a big, big fan of Due Process and I firmly believe that should always be our default. 

But. 

A family is re-united and a kidnapper is dead. Can’t argue with that. 

Dead Goblin Count: 459 (B.C.)

This Is My Shocked Face.

This is my shocked face.

Dead Goblin CountShane sends in another addition to the Dead Goblin Count.

Toledo robber fatally shot, store clerk wounded

A Toledo neighborhood is on edge after a weekend shooting that left a store clerk wounded and a would-be robber dead.

Police say Christopher Shockley intended to rob the West Toledo Stop & Go carryout on Saturday and shot the clerk, December Long. Long then fatally shot Shockley.

And the shocker is…

Toledo police listed Shockley’s address as a halfway house where inmates undergo supervised transition from incarceration to society. 

Transition from incarceration to society: Not so successful.
Transition from 98.7°F to room temperature: Successful. 

Dead Goblin Count: 458 (SOCOM)

Two More To Add

Two More To Add

Dead Goblin CountThanks to reader JRB for sending this one in.

Pictures released of suspects in deadly Reading robbery

Authorities in Berks County say two robbery suspects were shot and killed by a concerned citizen outside a Reading convenience store.

Adams says cameras were rolling as the men, donning masks and armed with guns, entered the store and terrorized employees, pointing their weapons and making demands.

A concerned citizen witnessed the robbery happening from outside the store and waited there for the suspects.

The armed men took cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets before exiting the store. Outside they were confronted by the concerned citizen who told them not to move and that he was calling police.

Adams said a struggle ensued and the suspects took out their weapons. The citizen, however, was also armed and fired at the suspects.

The suspects were both shot in the chest and died at the scene.

Police took the armed citizen in for questioning, but after reviewing video of the incident and speaking with a number of witnesses, authorities released the man.

Adams said the shooter was very cooperative. The man had a license to carry, and since he was threatened at gunpoint, no charges are expected to be filed.

Not sure if I would have made that call as the goblins weren’t threatening me, but on the other hand, if they had done worse things than grab money and lottery tickets inside the store and I didn’t stop them, I’d have to live with that fact all my life. 

Either way, all’s well that ends well. 

Dead Goblin Count: 457 (Chevy)

A Dead Goblin For Halloween.

A Dead Goblin for Halloween.

Dead Goblin CountGo figure. Thanks to Shane W. for another one. 

Burglar shot, killed in Selmont

Two burglars greeted a Selmont couple returning home from work early Saturday morning. In the exchange that ensued, one of the burglars was shot and killed, while the other one escaped and is considered armed and dangerous.

Sgt. Mike Grantham, with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, said the couple returned to their Lowery Drive home around 2:30 a.m. Due to the fact they have been the victims of burglaries before, the husband entered the home first.

Grantham said when the wife came into the house, she noticed glass from a glass door on the ground. It was then, Grantham said, the two burglars came from the back of the house, one of them attacking the husband.

As for the husband, Grantham said the pistol was confiscated and the shooting would be presented to the next Grand Jury, “as is the case with every shooting.”

“At this point, everything that we have found, everything the investigation has turned up, tells us this was a justified shooting,” Grantham said. “But, we still need to send it to the Grand Jury.”

Not a big fan of that last bit, if I’m honest. A lot can go wrong between now and a dismissal of the charges. 

Dead Goblin Count: 455 (Webley)

Man Brings Knife To Gunfight. What’s Expected To Happen Next, Happens.

Man brings knife to gunfight. What’s expected to happen next, happens.

Dead Goblin CountThat “Don’t do stupid things with stupid people in stupid places” thing works only SOME of the time. Sometimes, the worst day of your life will happen at the grocery store.

Former Tampa Bay Storm player in shooting behind Whole Foods

Tampa, Florida- David Saunders is best known for his love of football, both as a former player for the Tampa Bay Storm and as a youth football coach at Keystone Field for the Citrus Park Bills.

But Tuesday morning Saunders found himself at the center of a violent clash totally unrelated to football. Sherriff’s investigators say the 37-year-old fitness instructor was approached by the boyfriend of one of his female fitness clients in the parking lot behind the North Dale Whole Foods store, and, according to witnesses, attacked with an 8-inch kitchen knife following a verbal argument.

“This guy came here with a knife and according to witnesses was the primary aggressor. He engaged in the physical confrontation,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Spokesman Larry McKinnon.

Deputies say at some point, Saunders – a concealed permit holder- pulled out a gun and shot 31-year-old Deshaun Gregory in the head. By the time deputies arrived Gregory was dead.

Sean Connery said it, I believe it, that settles it. Thanks to Ed for sending this one in. 

Dead Goblin Count: 454 (Casull). 

Goblins And Zombies And Cal Bears, Oh My!

Goblins and Zombies and Cal Bears, oh my!

Dead Goblin CountJoseph from Illinois sends in this rather bizarre addition to the Dead Goblin Count from The Golden State.

Man who ranted about zombies shot and killed by California homeowner

California man shot dead after breaking into a young family’s suburban home over the weekend had ranted about zombies hours before he showed up screaming threats in their backyard and smashed into their house, authorities said on Monday. 

The homeowner, whose wife and infant were inside the house, shot Bracamontes after he broke in through a glass door before police were able to respond to an emergency call, authorities said.

“He was making threats to harm the homeowners and said that there were five more people out front that were going to harm them,” Lieutenant Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. “We’re sure those other people didn’t exist.”

Kids, drugs are bad, m’kay? 

Dead Goblin Count: 453

P.S. What do you think of the new logo?

God Made Man. O.F. Mossberg And Sons Made Him Equal.

God Made Man. O.F. Mossberg and Sons Made Him Equal.

Thanks to Shane W. for this addition to the DGC. 

Elderly Midfield homeowner shoots and kills intruder

Midfield (Alabama) police Sgt. Jesse Bell said an elderly man was asleep in his bed when he heard a noise and went to investigate. He found an intruder in his home and opened fire with a shotgun. The intruder was pronounced dead on the scene.

Authorities have not yet released his name, but said he is believed to be a 34-year-old Midfield man. “Right now our investigation shows they didn’t know each other,” Bell said.

It is the city’s third homicide in 2013. The city’s first homicide, back on May 9, also involved a homeowner who fatally shot a man during a theft at his home. 

Two of the three homicides this year in Midfield, Alabama have been intruders getting blasted by homeowners. You’d think that the crooks would catch on to this fact and move into another line of work, but if they were smart, they wouldn’t be petty thieves. 

They’d get elected to Congress, so they could be big time crooks and thieves! 

Dead Goblin Count: 452

Dead Goblin Count, Ray Bradbury Edition

Dead Goblin Count, Ray Bradbury Edition

DGC 451, or, By The Pricking Of My Thumbs, A Dead Goblin This Way Comes.

My good friend Danno from SandCastle Scrolls sends this one in.

“Pizza delivery driver shoots, kills armed robber trying to steal cash”

Redford Township police say the pizza delivery driver opened fire as he was being robbed by 20-year-old Tajuan Boyd.

Boyd was later pronounced dead at a Michigan hospital.

After the shooting, witnesses say they saw a possible accomplice speeding away from the scene.

An armed robbery in Detroit. What are the odds?
Memo to would-be armed robbers: Avoid the Noid and/or armed pizza delivery drivers. 

Dead Goblin Count: 451.

 

Dead Goblins #449 And #450

Dead Goblins #449 and #450

Shane W. (a regular contributor) sends in the first new additions to the ongoing saga of the Dead Goblin Count. 

“Suspected Armed Robber Shot and Killed by Pharmacist”

DUMAS, AR — A man is dead after a failed attempt to rob a local pharmacy.

According to Dumas police, 31-year-old Tavell Lawson entered Meador Pharmacy around 5:30 a.m. Friday wearing a mask and wielding a gun, then demanded money from the pharmacist, who was just opening the store.

The pharmacist initially retreated, but when he could retreat no longer, he pulled his own concealed weapon and shot and killed the masked gunman.

Police say the pharmacist is a concealed-carry permit holder. 

Can’t really add more to that than what’s there. The next DGC addition is a little more troubling….

“Police: Chicago man shot in self-defense at Hammond house”

A Chicago man was killed in an early Sunday shooting that police say appears to be justifiable.

Jonathan Butler, 30, of the 100 block of West 108th Place in Chicago, died from multiple gunshot wounds, the Lake County coroner’s office said. He was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. and the death was ruled a homicide by the coroner’s office.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said Butler showed up at 11:30 p.m. at a house in the 4000 block of Grover Avenue and began arguing with the homeowner about money. The undisclosed amount of money in question is believed to stem from a drug debt, police said.

Miller said the homeowner shot Butler twice and he died at the scene.

The homeowner was not in police custody Sunday night. Miller said it appears the homeowner shot Butler in self-defense and it’s a justifiable shooting.

So what part of that story leapt off the screen and grabbed your attention? If you’re like me, (and I know I am), it was “The undisclosed amount of money in question is believed to stem from a drug debt”. 

Justified self-defense? Probably. Avoidable use of force? Most definitely. 

Dead Goblin Count: 450.