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Police Release 911 Tape Reporting Duluth Shooting
Woman shot, killed intruder who confronted her with knife in her home as she exited shower.
By Faye Edmundson | Email the author | May 21, 2011
Tell Your Neighbors About Patch Gwinnett Police have released a recording of the 911 call made by a
Duluth woman after she shot the knife-wielding intruder who attacked her at home last Wednesday (May
11). Her assailant, identified by police as Israel Perez Puentes, 34, of Alpharetta, died later from
the gunshot wounds.
The incident occurred about 6:30 a.m. when Punetes entered the home in the 2800 block of East Mount
Tabor Circle in unincorporated Duluth, as the resident, a 53-year-old woman, was coming out of the
shower, according to a Gwinnett Police spokesman. "She was exiting the shower when the man wielding a
[kitchen] knife entered her bathroom," said Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter.
The woman tried to fight off the man with the shower rod after she had fallen into the bathtub. Her
attacker then forced her into the bedroom. Puentes apparently was going to sexually assault her, Ritter
said. She was able to retrieve her .22-caliber pistol and then shot him multiple times, according to
Ritter. Puentes left the house through the rear door and collapsed in the backyard.
A neighbor to whose home the woman had run after the attack placed the 911 call then put her on the
telephone. Sobbing hysterically, she managed to tell the dispatcher about the attack and give her
“I was in the shower and the lights cut out in my house, and a man came in with a hood, and he had a
knife in his hand….He told me to be quiet. He told me to get out of the tub, and he tried to force me
on(to) the bed,” the woman told the police dispatcher.
The woman was able to retrieve a .22 caliber pistol that she kept in a nightstand near the bed. “I took
my .22, and I shot him as much as I could.” The woman informed the dispatcher she locked the rear
sliding glass door after he ran out, and she rushed out the front door to the neighbor’s house. She
said she wasn’t sure of his whereabouts.
Puentes was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville where he later died from his
injuries. The woman was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth and was treated for minor
injuries, Ritter said. No charges are expected to be filed against the woman. “It was apparently a
justified use of deadly force," he said.
Lilburn Patch Editor Scott Bernarde created the video accompanying this article and added excerpts from
the audio tape. The approximate nine-minute audio tape was edited to three minutes. Peachtree
Corners-Berkeley Lake Patch Editor Judy Putham wrote the initial story on the attack, parts of which
were used in this article, and took photographs of the crime scene.
HOME INVADER IS SHOT AND KILLED BY HOMEOWNER
November 04, 2010
(PUYALLUP, WA) -- The Pierce County sheriff’s office says an intruder was shot and killed during a home
invasion robbery near Puyallup early Wednesday morning and police are searching for a second suspect
involved in the invasion robbery.
The incident happened between Tacoma and Puyallup in the 6100 block of 72nd Street East.
The name of the man who was killed was not released, and no description of the man officers are
searching for was available.
Detectives do not believe the incident was random and are also searching for a third man who lives in
the house but was not home at the time of the robbery.
Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said two masked men broke into the home about 6:30 in the morning and
pistol-whipped a man who was home with his girlfriend, demanding to know where “the jewelry” was.
The invaders did obtain some jewelry and one of the masked men walked outside to load some things into
his car, which is when the girlfriend of the man who was pistol whipped grabbed a shotgun from under a
bed and handed it to her boyfriend and gunfire erupted between the homeowner and the robbers.
Each fired several shots at the other and one of the robbers was hit but police later learned the
robber was hit by a bullet fired from his accomplice’s gun.
It appears his accomplice tried to shoot the homeowner but missed and hit his partner instead. The
robber that was hit died in the driveway as he tried to get away. Some of the stolen jewelry was next
to his body.
The other robber ran away and is being sought.
Homeowner Shot, Attacker Killed In Robbery
By Courtney Zavala
POSTED: Monday, August 4, 2008
EmailPrintHOUSTON -- A homeowner was jolted out of bed by the sound of gunfire on Sunday, KPRC Local 2
Houston police said three or four people broke into a home in the 10000 block of Foy Lane at about 7
The homeowner was ready to fight back, police said.
"He did what he needed to do to protect himself, his wife and his property," Detective Fil Waters said.
"The suspects were armed and at some point in the robbery they shot the owner. He managed to get a
weapon and returned fire," said Waters.
One of the attackers died at the scene. Another attacker was transported the hospital. Police said they
are looking for one or two more people who may have been involved.
About two blocks away from the scene, detectives found a car abandoned in grocery store parking lot. It
had several bullet holes and blood inside and was processed for evidence.
The robbers apparently were not interested in the construction materials that were in the front yard.
The homeowner operates a roofing business out of his home and has been robbed before.
"They just called me in the morning and told me my dad got shot," said the victim's son, Sergio
The homeowner was shot three times and is expected to make a full recovery.
Though Rocco Bombara's legs were amputated due to a
medical condition, he is far from helpless. "He's not someone to mess with," said his daughter, Nicco.
"He's pertty tough. He does everything on his own." Rocco also understands that sometimes evil men
perceive the physically challenged as easy prey. One such individual attempted to break into Bombara's
apartment while his son, daughter and several friends were watching television. The intruder crawled
halfway inside the window and randomly fired two shots from a rifle. Bombara drew a handgun frm his
wheelchair and returned a more precise shot, killing the intruder. (Pittsburg Tribune-Review,
Pittsburg, Pa 01/03/2011
Homeowner shoots, kills robber
June 15, 2009 2:16 PM
JESSICA CEJNAR Staff Writer
BARSTOW • Police are looking for two men involved in a home invasion robbery that backfired and left
one man dead.
Henry Jackson III, 57, of Los Angeles, was shot when he and two other men reportedly attacked a
homeowner in the 1100 block of Teton Drive on Friday. According to a Barstow police report, the
homeowner shot Jackson with a handgun.
Police received a 911 call reporting shots fired at about 9:55 p.m. Friday. According to the police
report, officers found Jackson lying in the front yard of the home with a gunshot wound to the lower
According to a report by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office, Jackson was pronounced dead at the
scene at 10:20 p.m. The other men fled on foot. Police do not have a description of the men at this
time except that they were dressed in dark clothing.
Sgt. Andy Espinoza Sr., of the Barstow Police Department, said police didn’t find evidence that Jackson
was armed during the incident. Police are also looking into a possible connection between Los Angeles
“If you have one person deceased from L.A., why is he committing a home invasion robbery in Barstow?”
Espinoza said. “There’s got to be some connection between Los Angeles and Barstow. We’re investigating
that right now.”