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Jose Maldonado died at Hartford Hospital
State Police say a 22-year-old suspect in custody for an alleged domestic dispute has died after police tried to subdue him with a stun gun.
Police say Jose Maldonado of Manchester was arrested early Sunday morning after East Hartford police responded to a complaint of a dispute. Police say he damaged a vehicle occupied by a family including two adults and three children. Police say one adult was injured by broken glass.
Police say Maldonado was combative and resisted arrest. He was taken to East Hartford Police Department for booking on charges of risk of injury to a minor, assault and resisting arrest.
Police say he again became combative and was subdued by a stun gun. Police say he seemed to suffer medical distress. He died at Hartford Hospital.
State Police are investigating.
Police descend on Michael Smith’s home
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun.
Turns out the “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.
Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.
He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave. When he’s not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband.
Smith tells the Morning Sentinel the tattoo has never been a problem before.
Police say woman intentionally took own life
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Police say a Rhode Island woman intentionally shot herself to death at a Massachusetts gun range over the weekend.
The Sun Chronicle reports Monday that police said 22-year-old Ariene DeBarros of Providence shot herself at about 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Firearms School in North Attleborough, where she had gone target shooting with her brother and his girlfriend. She was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.
The newspaper said a police report said DeBarros left notes about her intention and also posted a comment to her Facebook page.
Someone who saw the posting called police, but the warning was too late.
Police said they were told the woman’s boyfriend recently died, but her Facebook posting said that wasn’t her motivation.
Police said the school is licensed by local police and complies with town regulations.
Stuart English of Milford, New Hampshire, sells antique guns at a gun show at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Jan. 5, 2013, in Stamford, Conn. While other area gun shows were canceled following the shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders and six teachers and administrators in Newtown, Conn., a gun show held by Westchester Collectors Inc. in Stamford, 30 miles from Newtown, proceeded as planned. CHRISTOPHER CAPOZZIELLO/GETTY IMAGES
A new survey in the Annals of Internal Medicine narrows down some of the causal relationship between guns and death by finding conclusively that having a gun in your home makes you more likely to successfully attempt suicide. The authors of the survey also found with a lesser degree of certainty that people with guns in their home are more likely to be the victims of a homicide.
The authors — Andrew Anglemyer, PhD, MPH; Tara Horvath, MA; and George Rutherford, MD — came to a few common sense conclusions, namely that firearms that are unlocked or loaded are more likely to be used than those that are locked and not loaded, especially among adolescent suicide victims.
However they also found that mental illness does not make one more at risk of committing suicide or being killed by a gun.
“The apparent increased risk for suicide associated with firearms in the home … may be more of an indicator of the ease of impulsive suicide,” the authors wrote. “Impulsiveness may be a catalyst in using a firearm to commit suicide and may also play a role in firearm-related homicide.”
Dr. David Hemenway of the Harvard School of Public Health wrote in an editorial on the survey that the evidence is “overwhelming” on the increased risk of successful suicide if there’s a gun in the home. Hemenway also points to the increased risk of violence against women in particular.
“Bringing a gun into the home substantially increases the risk for suicide for all family members and the risk for women being murdered in the home,” Hemenway wrote. “Evidence not included in their review also indicates that a gun in the home increases the risk for homicide victimization for others in society. This increased risk may be due to someone in the family shooting others (for example, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting) or the gun being stolen and used by criminals. Obtaining a firearm not only endangers those living in the home but also imposes substantial costs on the community.”
Hemenway’s conclusion is backed up by several recent studies, including those showing that the U.S. has the both highest gun death rate and highest gun ownership rate in the Western world, as well as another that showed that the states with the strictest gun ownership laws have the lowest rate of gun deaths.
Homeowner, 2nd suspect taken into custody
BOSTON — A masked man who broke into a home in Dorchester is dead after the homeowner opened fire on Wednesday, according to police.
According to police, the shooting happened at 9:28 a.m. at 85 Esmond St. in Dorchester.
When police arrived, they found one of the men dead on the front stoop of the building.
“What it looks like happened is we had a home invasion, the suspects came into the apartment masked, the homeowner also had a firearm. He shot one of the suspects dead,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.
The second man fled but was caught a few minutes later.
The homeowner was also taken into custody.
Evans said police will check out the homeowner’s license to carry a firearm and whether the shooting was justified.
Published on Dec 23, 2013
The weapon, often referred to by the creator’s surname Kalashnikov, has killed more people than any other firearm in the world since its first use just after World War Two.