Escaped Parolee Shot by Homeowner

From Breitbart:

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On May 11 a Redding CA woman shot a male parolee whom deputies were pursuing when he allegedly charged the woman.

The parolee–Dillon Carmelo–“was on parole for a weapons charge and is a 290 registrant who was wearing a GPS device issued by the parole department.”

According to KRCR News, Carmelo was first confronted by deputies shortly after 9 a.m., following reports that he was “acting bizarre and possibly under the influence of a controlled substance.” The deputies noted Carmelo’s erratic behavior and that he kept reaching for his pockets as if going for a gun. They held him at gunpoint but he somehow managed to escape.

As deputies pursued Carmelo through fields and yards, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office put “out a call to local residences in the area advising residents that officers were in foot pursuit with Dillon Carmelo and he was considered armed and dangerous and on parole.”

Redding resident Jennifer Doolittle received the call, retrieved her handgun, and stepped outside to get her dogs and bring them in the house. As she did this, Carmelo climbed over her fence and allegedly “advanced on her and again acted as if he was reaching for a handgun.”

So Doolittle fired a number of rounds, striking Carmelo and stopping the advance.

Although wounded, Carmelo continued to resist arrest when deputies reached Doolittle’s home. He was finally taken into custody with the help of the Shasta County Sheriff’s K-9.


I can hear Clyde, Buck and Hardnox already – ‘she needs more range time’. That may be true in many of these stories, and in this case I might have to agree with you. The link to KRCR News, says she only struck him in the ankle.

On the other hand, she could have been firing in a downward direction to prevent a round from going through the fence and striking someone else. In this case the police were close behind him.

He is a registered sex offender – too bad her shot wasn’t a tad higher.


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10 Responses to Escaped Parolee Shot by Homeowner

  1. Hardnox says:

    Wow, in California? I thought they melted all the guns in the state and converted them into plows! Who knew?

    Good for her. Imagine the outcome had she not been armed.

    Yes, she definitely needs range time. I’ll bet she will be doing so in short order.

    I hope the K-9’s had some proper practice with Carmelo.

  2. Buck says:

    Hey, ‘Nox, this is Northern California we are talking about. Totally different breed of alley cat than Southern CA….

  3. tannngl says:

    CA has a stand your ground law? or Castle doctrine?

    I am impressed.

    And I love these stories.
    According to John Lott’s book: ‘More Guns Less Crime’, stats show that civilians are much less likely to accidentally shoot an innocent bystander than are police-by a huge margin! I’d say she was an excellent example of a judicious armed American citizen!

    Thanks, Kathy.

    • Kathy says:

      Not sure what the CA gun laws are, but maybe Brian or Rich will comment on that.

      Interesting that the civilians have less accidental shootings than the cops – would have thought it the other way around. Thanks, tannngl.

      • tannngl says:

        Sure enough, Kathy.
        I read that book. His facts and statistics are pretty amazing. Started out to prove that guns are a real problem in this country. Ended up realizing that we all need to be armed!

  4. Uriel says:

    Way to go lady! It’s the smog in southern CA Buck lol. Glad she at least was willing to fire and winged him but yeah a little higher north would have been better to insure at least a good stop zone.

  5. Clyde says:

    Of course I would say that, Kathy. bwahahahaha Only thing better here would have been for Carmelo to be a DRT. Hope the dogs didn’t get sick biting the scuzzball.

    • Kathy says:

      Lol, maybe she spent too much time surfing instead of target practice – no way an ankle shot will get you a DRT.