April 26th, 2008 04:29 PM
BAD: Home Invasion Victim Shot - Cleveland, TN
Cleveland Daily Banner - Cleveland, TN
Unfortunately the wrong person ended up getting shot, but kudos to Mr. Velasquez for fighting back.
One person was shot today during an alleged kidnapping and robbery which unfolded at an Oak Street address. The victim of the kidnapping and robbery was apparently the person who struggled with one of the alleged offenders and caused a gun to go off.
Police were called to 383 Oak St. SW after being alerted of the incident.
Luis Velasquez was found bleeding from his head and face, according to reports. Josh Dunn, 20, has been charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated robbery.
A second suspect has not been charged; however, warrants are pending against Josh Snyder, 19.
Snyder was reportedly shot when Velasquez began to try to wrestle the gun away from Snyder.
According to reports, the suspects went to Velasquez' door and asked him to help them jump start a vehicle.
One of the suspects pulled a gun, then forced Velasquez back into his home.
At that point, Dunn and Snyder allegedly demanded money from Velasquez.
Reports indicated the suspects began to beat Velasquez after he stated he had only a small amount of cash.
During the alleged beating, Snyder apparently cut his hand and had placed the gun under his arm while attempting to clean blood from his hand.
Velasquez then went for the gun and it discharged, according to reports.
Snyder did not suffer life-threatening injury.
Velasquez was attacked once again, according to Officer Brandon West.
The suspects then ran from the house and 911 was called.
Bradley County Emergency Medical Service transported Velasquez to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment.
Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Detective Duff Brumley, Crime Scene Investigator Jeff Griggs along with CSI Andy Wattenbarger responded to the scene to begin an investigation.
According to investigators, additional arrests could be forthcoming.
Snyder was being treated for his wounds, according to officials.
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April 26th, 2008 08:14 PM
How different this situation could possibly have been if the victim had had his own weapon instead of wrestling one away from his attacker. If he had the time to grab the BG's pistol, he certainly may have had the time to draw his own weapon and end the altercation.
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