Don Charles Spirit ID’d as Gilchrist County FL Shooting Suspect

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Don Charles Spirit ID’d as Gilchrist County FL Shooting Suspect (Photo Credit: Florida Dept. of Corrections)

BELL MURDER-SUICIDE:  Gilchrist County, Fla., sheriff Robert Schultz III confirmed that the suspect in Bell murder-suicide is Don Charles Spirit. He shot his son to death in a hunting accident in 2001.

Don Charles Spirit killed six children, ranging in ages from three months to 10 years old, his daughter, before committing suicide. The names of Spirit’s grandchildren have not been released. There are reports that his daughter has been identified as Sarah Spirit.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Spirit had pleaded guilty to a felony arms violation in 2003, in connection to the shooting death of his son in 2001.

Bell is located about 35 miles west of Gainesville.

Charles Smith Fatally Shot by Police Officer After Arrest in West Savannah

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Charles Smith Fatally Shot by Police Officer After Arrest in West Savannah (Photo credit: Twitter via @WTOCConnyCooper)

Charles Smith, 29, was killed in a police officer-involved shooting in west Savannah Thursday morning. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case after the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Julie Tolbert made the request. Officer David Jannot placed on administrative leave.

There are reports that a rally is underway in Savannah to protest the shooting death of Charles Smith.

Here’s the press release from the GBI on Charles Smith’s shooting death:

The initial investigation shows that officers arrested Charles Smith, 29, on outstanding warrants.  When the officers placed Smith under arrest he was handcuffed behind his back.  The arrest encounter is captured on video.  After being placed in the patrol car, Smith was able to move his hands to the front of his body and kick out the window of the patrol car.  The officers said as Smith attempted to exit the patrol car they saw that he had a firearm.  This encounter resulted in Smith being shot and killed at the scene. During the crime scene examination, a firearm was found under Smith’s body.  This information is based on the GBI’s preliminary investigation. The GBI will continue to thoroughly investigate this incident to determine exactly what occurred. When the investigation is completed, the findings will be turned over to the Eastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

An autopsy on Smith’s body will be done at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah tomorrow.

Mayor Edna Jackson issued the following statement on the Charles Smith shooting:

“I am distressed at today’s shooting in West Savannah that left one man dead, a family grieving, and a community with many questions. I share many of those questions. There will be answers, but for the moment I ask for patience.
Chief Tolbert immediately brought in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this shooting. That is proper. We must now give authorities time to do their job.

I met today with the victim’s family, and I grieved with them. I spoke with West Savannah residents, and I listened to them. I talked with Police leaders, and relayed our citizens’ concerns while offering support for our officers and the difficult public service they perform every day.

When the answers come, we will be open, transparent and forthcoming. We will remain in continuous communication with the family. For now, I hope the citizens of Savannah will join me in remaining calm and patient as authorities gather the facts.”

Baltimore City Cop Vincent Cosom on Leave Following Abuse Claim by Kollin Truss

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Baltimore City Cop Vincent Cosom on Leave Following Abuse Claim by Kollin Truss (Photo credit: Video Screengrab)

Baltimore City police officer Vincent Cosom has been placed on administrative leave one day after Kollin Truss accused him of police brutality that was captured on a police surveillance camera.

Kollin Truss was arrested following a June 15 assault of his then-girlfriend, Stephanie Coleman, which led to an altercation with Officer Vincent Cosom. Truss, 32, was charged with assaulting both Cosom and Coleman.

ABC News:  Cosom, a six-year veteran of the department, noted in his police report that Truss was loitering outside of a liquor store in the 500 block of E. North Ave. at about 1:40 a.m. Cosom wrote that he asked Truss to leave. Truss then walked into the store and shouted an obscenity and a threat at the police officer, according to Cosom’s account of the incident.

Truss and Coleman left the liquor store and started walking across the street to a bus stop. Cosom said he observed Truss push her three times, according to the report.

“When they got to the corner of Greenmount and North Ave they began to argue again drawing a large crowd around them,” Cosom wrote. “While I was crossing the street at 500 E North Ave. to stop [the] argument I observed the unknown black male pushed [sic] the female with open hands three times.

“At this time I went to place the male under arrest he got into a fighting stance and clenched his first. Me and the male got into a physical altercation due to me [sic] in fear for my safety and I received a punch to the body,” Cosom continued in the report, transcribed verbatim.

Truss was arrested, although his assault and resisting arrest charges were later dropped.

Kollin Truss is seeking $35 million in damages, $5 million for each of the seven charges his attorneys have filed against Cosom on his behalf, as well as punitive damages.

Shell Casings at Eric Frein’s Home Match Those Found at Police Barracks Shooting Scene

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Shell Casings at Eric Frein’s Home Match Those Found at Police Barracks Shooting Scene

#BREAKING: Police say shell casings found at Eric Frein’s home in Canadensis, Pa., match those found at scene of Pennsylvania State Police barracks shooting in Blooming Grove  last Friday.

Police have launched a massive manhunt for Eric Frein in the state police barracks shooting. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was fatally shot, while Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded.

Police say Pennsylvania State Police barracks shooting suspect Eric Frein “has been described as a survivalist. He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also about wanting to commit mass acts of murder.”

Megan Doto ID’d as Pregnant Woman Killed in Frankford Shooting, Baby Critical

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Megan Doto ID’d as Pregnant Woman Killed in Frankford Shooting, Baby Critical (Screengrab from 6ABC.com video)

HORROR:  A pregnant woman, Megan Doto, 26, was shot and killed in  Philadelphia on Sunday and her baby is in critical condition.

Police say the shooting occurred shortly before 11 a.m. in the 1500 block of Adams Avenue in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

Megan Doto was reportedly sitting on the side walk near her home while she watched her neighbor’s two young kids when she was shot in the face.

Witnesses reportedly told police the suspected gunman was shooting at a vehicle on Griscom Street when Megan Doto was hit. She is considered an innocent bystander.

Cpl. Bryon Dickson Shot Dead Outside Blooming Grove Police Barracks

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Cpl. Bryon Dickson Shot Dead Outside Blooming Grove Police Barracks

TRAGEDY: Two troopers were ambushed outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa., Friday night. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Law enforcement have launched a manhunt for the killer(s) in the Pocono Mountain region, on foot and by helicopter.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said one trooper was leaving the barracks and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday.

Gov. Tom Corbett has released the following statement on the shooting:

“Our prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty Friday night outside the Blooming Grove, Pike County, state police barracks. We are praying as well, for the full recovery of his colleague who was injured in the incident.

“Every attack on an officer of the law is an attack on our state, our country and civilized society. The incident in Blooming Grove shows, once again, that our first responders face constant danger in order that the rest of us may live in peace and safety.

“At this time, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Pennsylvania State Police troopers are working with local and other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the person or persons who carried out this cowardly act. We ask the public to be patient as well as vigilant.”

5 Florida Prison Employees Arrested for ‘Takedown’ of Inmate Jeremiah Tatum

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5 Florida Prison Staff Arrested for ‘Takedown’ of Inmate Jeremiah Tatum

The Florida Department of Corrections has fired five of its staff members and arrested them on charges of felony battery on an inmate, who was identified as 31-year-od Jeremiah Tatum.

The arrested officers have been identified as William Finch, Sgt. James Perkins, Sgt. Robert Miller, Sgt. Christopher Christmas and Sgt. Dalton Riley. Captain James Kirkland was also arrested and terminated with official misconduct charges.

The incident occurred at the Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley. The arrest report states that one of the officers directed a “takedown” of Tatum during an escort. The incident, which was caught on video, shows Jeremiah Tatum being slammed face first into the concrete by some of the officers, while he was in leg and hand restraints. Another officer reportedly jumped on his legs while he was on the ground.

 

Tim Jones Jr. Arrested After Bodies of 5 Missing Kids Found in Rural Alabama

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Tim Jones Jr. Arrested After Bodies of 5 Missing Kids Found in Rural Alabama (Photo Credit: Smith County Sheriff’s Office)

The bodies of five missing children have been found in rural Alabama and their father, Tim Jones Jr., is in police custody. WISTV reports the bodies were found at about 5:00 p.m. off a dirt road, just outside Camden, in Wilcox County.

The children’s father told authorities in Mississippi that he dumped the bodies on Highway 10 between Camden and Greenville. He was arrested in connection with the disappearance of his five children, ranging in ages from one through eight. They were reported missing last week.

The children’s mother, who is divorced from Tim Jones Jr., reported the children missing on Sept. 3 after being unable to contact him. They were last seen with their father in Lexington County.

The identities of the children were not released.

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Justin James Rector Arrested in Death of Missing 8-Year-Old Isabella Grogan-Cannella

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Justin James Rector Arrested in Death of Missing 8-Year-Old Isabella Grogan-Cannella

Police arrested 26-year-old Justin James Rector in connection to the murder of 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella, who went missing from her Bullhead City home early Tuesday morning.

Justin James Rector was arrested on first-degree murder and kidnapping allegations, Bullhead City police announced on Thursday.

Police say a body was found in a shallow grave near her home on Wednesday. The body was confirmed as Isabella Grogan-Cannella on Thursday.

 

Memphis Mom Tasha Thomas Killed by Estranged Husband in Murder-Suicide

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Memphis Mom Tasha Thomas Killed by Estranged Husband in Murder-Suicide

MEMPHIS MURDER-SUICIDE: Tasha Thomas, a Memphis mother of two, was shot and killed at the University of Little Scholars Learning Center on East Raines Road Tuesday morning. The suspected shooter was identified by family members and friends as her estranged husband Charles Thomas.

Investigators say after Thomas fatally shot Tasha, he left the scene and barricaded himself inside a home, where he later committed suicide.

WMC Action News 5 reports Tasha Thomas feared for her life and tried to get out of the relationship. An aunt of the deceased woman told the TV station that she had just filed for divorce and had attempted to leave Charles Thomas on several occasions.

Charles Thomas reportedly has a long and violent criminal rap sheet.

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