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Michigan man who killed 7, self ‘just lost it’

In domestic law on October 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

He told his friend Willie Cunningham that he was upset with his estranged wife, Jennifer Heeren-Dantzler, 29, because she had taken his 12-year-old daughter for three days and not returned her.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An ex-convict who killed seven people in July before taking his own life in a Grand Rapids shooting spree had pledged in a suicide note to take his mother-in-law “with me.”

Dantzler’s suicide note “obviously indicated his frustration” with his estranged wife and her parents, Belk said. “Why he continues his rampage throughout the day . . . I don’t think we’ll ever know.”

Dantzler shot at four police officers July 7 as he led them on a 12-minute chase through city streets and nearby highways, a prosecutor’s report said. He wounded two people in downtown Grand Rapids during the chase and took three people hostage in a four-hour standoff. He released one before killing himself.

In a suicide note left for his mother, he complained, “it seems like everyone that loves me walk (sic) out of my life.”

Dantzler blamed his mother-in-law for talking Heeren-Dantzler into leaving him, writing, “I dont (sic) have anything nice 2 say about her! I gonna take her with me!!!”

“It would appear that he was simply a very angry man,”

Dantzler previously dated Kimberlee Ann Emkens, 23. He also killed her sister, Amanda Renee Emkens, 27, and her niece, Marissa Lynn Emkens, 10.

Dantzler had a criminal record as far back as 1992, when he was charged as a juvenile with breaking and entering and car theft. That was followed over the next eight years by charges of trespassing, domestic violence, destruction of property, larceny and assault.

He couldn’t legally own a firearm because of his criminal record but used a stolen .40-caliber handgun in the shootings.

He told Cunningham he’d killed his father-in-law first and then his mother-in-law, estranged wife and their daughter. He also said he’d killed someone else but didn’t mention he’d killed seven people in all.

This photo provided by the Grand Rapids police via WOOD-TV shows Rodrick Dantzler, 34, an ex-convict who shot and killed seven people and wounded two others before fatally shooting himself in Grand Rapid, Mich., on July 7, 2011. Police planned to release audio and video recordings in the case on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Grand Rapids Police via WOOD-TV)



Gunman Kills Self, 5 Others at Texas Roller Rink DOMESTIC DISPUTE

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

Just another murder – suicide caused by ‘domestic- dispute’.

They are not releasing the relationship the “man” had to his victims. FATHER is omitted. DOMESTIC DISPUTE with woman. MOTHER is woman.

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas –  Relatives were celebrating a child’s birthday Saturday night at a skating rink when a gunman opened fire in an apparent domestic dispute, fatally shooting five attendees before killing himself and wounding four others, police said.

The man started arguing with a woman in Forum Roller World’s front area where the party was being held, although the rink was not open to the public because the family had rented it for several hours for the private party, Grand Prairie police spokesman John Brimmer said.

He said investigators were still trying to determine how many people were inside the building in Grand Prairie, about 20 miles west of Dallas, when the shootings happened about 7 p.m.

Authorities did not immediately release the victims’ names or ages or say how the gunman may have been related to those who died. Brimmer said no young children or rink employees were killed.


July 23: Emergency personnel wait outside the scene of a shooting at a roller rink in Grand Prairie, Texas A police chief says a gunman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing five other people and injuring three at the roller rink.

The injured were taken to hospitals, and their conditions weren’t immediately disclosed. Grief counselors were available for witnesses, victims and family members, Police Chief Steve Dye said.

Derrian Harris, 18, of Grand Prairie said he rushed to the rink Saturday night after hearing about the shootings. He said he usually goes there every Friday night and was worried about whether any of his friends were hurt, but later believed that he didn’t know any of the victims. He said he has never seen so much as a fight at the rink.

“All kinds of people come here to skate, and everybody gets along,” Harris said.

Some people who were at nearby businesses when the shootings happened described seeing adults and children in a state of panic rushing out of the rink, some wearing roller skates.

“They just looked terrified,” Cody Poston, a witness, told WFAA-TV. “There’s several people crying. The kids were just kind of oblivious.”

Great Southwest Parkway, a major street in an industrial area in front of the rink, was partially blocked off after the shooting. About a dozen police vehicles with lights flashing and a few fire trucks were parked nearby, with a mobile command station in front of the building. As of midnight, investigators continued walking in and out of the building and bodies were still inside.

Byron Raspberry of Grand Prairie said his children go to the rink frequently because it is near their home.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Raspberry said. “I don’t feel safe at all.”



(SC) Man kills wife, ex wife, wife sister and mother then kills self

In domestic law on July 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina man suspected of killing four people, including his wife and ex-wife, killed himself Sunday after leading police on a chase back to the scene of three of the slayings, authorities said.

Authorities: Man kills 4 in SC, then kills himself

Kenneth Myers, 46, was driving his dead ex-wife’s car when deputies began chasing him early Sunday morning, Aiken County Sheriff’s Capt. Charles Barranco said.

Officers fired several shots at Myers as he tried to ram their cruisers before the chase ended back at the home where deputies found three people dead around 6 p.m. Saturday. Myers then apparently shot himself.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the dead as Myers’ wife, 25-year-old Angela Myers; her twin sister, Tabitha Brown; her mother, 50-year-old Vicki Brown; and Myers’ ex-wife, 47-year-old Esther Baldwin. All four died from single gunshots.

Police were checking in with several more people who they thought could be threatened by Myers when they found him and he fled, Barranco said.

Investigators spent all night trying to piece together why Myers might have gone on the killing spree. Deputies weren’t immediately familiar with him before Saturday night.

“It’s hard to say at this point in the investigation why those people were killed,” Barranco said.

Investigators initially thought Myers might be heading for Alabama before finding him not far from where all the killings took place.

The first three bodies were discovered in a secluded, rural home near Wagener, about 40 miles east of Augusta, Ga. Deputies going to check on another person living nearby discovered Baldwin’s body about seven hours later, authorities said.

Investigators have uncovered some threats Myers made to people in the past, but people who have been interviewed so far didn’t think he would turn violent, Barranco said.

Phone calls to several listings related to Myers were not answered Sunday.

“We need to try to find some answers,” Barranco said. “We had a lot of people out all night.”



Give up? Shut up? Go away? NEVER! Not until our children are protected!

In domestic law on June 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

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