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Two Shot Robbing Houses in Pensacola

Most people claim crime in Pensacola happens in the west end . . . this happened in East Pensacola Heights yesterday; found in the Pensacola News Journal:

Police shoot fleeing burglary suspects

Two burglary suspects were shot Thursday afternoon while trying to run over the Pensacola police officers who were trying to apprehend them in a neighborhood bordering Bayou Texar, authorities said.

Officers Justin Roedel and Patrick Bradley saw the men, whose names have not been released, acting suspiciously in front of a house on the 600 block of Whitney Drive at about 12:45 p.m., Police Chief Chip Simmons said.

The officers were patrolling the area because of a recent uptick in residential burglaries in the area.

The officers approached the men, who ignored them and got into an SUV, police said.

“Instead of listening to the officers, they sped toward the officers,” Simmons said. “The officers pulled their guns and they fired at the vehicle which was coming toward them.”

The officers wounded one man in the shoulder and another in the leg.

The SUV, which had been reported stolen by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, continued moving after the shots were fired. It was later found abandoned at Fox Road and Woodbine Drive.

Moments later, one of the suspects was caught in the backyard of a home on Wedgewood Road and Tanglewood Drive, while the other was nabbed at Dean Road and Gerhardt Drive, Simmons said.

They were taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital. The man with a shoulder injury, who is 18 years old, was taken in critical condition, Escambia County Emergency Medical personnel said. The man who was shot in the leg, whose age is not known, was in stable condition.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shootings, spokesman Keith Kameg said. Roedel and Bradley are on paid administrative leave, as is standard for all officer-related shootings.

By Thursday evening, Simmons said detectives were still interviewing the suspects and putting together reports to file charges for the recent burglaries and Thursday’s incident. They may be filed this morning, Simmons said.

“We want to make sure we have everything in order before we file formal charges,” Simmons said.

Since Nov. 27, there have been 21 residential burglaries reported to Pensacola police. Nine happened near Bayou Boulevard and east of 12th Avenue, police said.

Jon Morris, a Woodbine Drive resident, said he saw police patrolling the area the night before.

“We just know there have been a lot of break-ins around here. The last six months have been bad, so I’ve just been keeping an eye out,” Morris said.

This is the second time Roedel has been in an officer-involved shooting in recent years, though he was cleared of any wrongdoing during the previous incident.

In the last case, Roedel shot Anthony Smith seven times in November 2010 after Roedel approached Smith’s vehicle thinking it might be connected to a drive-by killing that happened 30 minutes earlier. Smith hid behind a tree and pointed a handgun at Roedel, investigators said.

Smith, 24, later received a 12-year prison sentence for his involvement.

News Journal reporters Josh Cooper and Rhema Thompson contributed to this report.

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December 7, 2012 Posted by | Crime, Living Conditions, Pensacola | Leave a comment

Great Weather for the Pensacola Christmas Parade

The weather in Pensacola is crazy right now, after a couple months of cooling temperatures, we are up in the 70’s during the days and down in the 60’s at night, maybe the 50’s – it is so warm that our aloe is blossoming, she thinks it is spring.

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The good news is that the Pensacola Christmas Parade is tomorrow night, and it looks like it will be a balmy evening with NO RAIN! We are looking forward to taking our grandson – this will be his third Christmas Parade, but this is the first time he is really walking and talking, and we think the sound and lights (it always starts with the motorcycle police and the fire engines blasting and all their emergency lights spinning) are going to blow him away. This year he will be able to shout “beads! beads!” and scramble with the other kids for beads and candies; the parade is a wild mix of Christmas and Mardi Gras. It is a hilarious experience, and we are eager to see it through his eyes.

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December 7, 2012 Posted by | Advent, Christmas, Community, Cultural, Entertainment, Events, Family Issues, Mardi Gras, Pensacola, Weather | Leave a comment