Police Release 911 Tape Reporting Duluth Shooting

Woman shot, killed intruder who confronted her with knife in her home as she exited shower.

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 address.

“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.

Wildfire May 25, 2011 at 05:23 PM
@ Kujani You state: “Tell that to the 140 plus officers families that will be killed this year.” Where did you get the number “140 plus”? In 2010 only 64 officers died in the line of duty. I seem to have missed what your statement has to do with the subject You ask: “Are the police to blame because they get called 2 minutes after someone was shot and it takes them 5 minutes to get there?” Where do the police have a 5 minute response time? Doesn’t logic and reason suggest that if the police NEED a gun when they eventually arrive “on scene”, the victims responsible for the call in the first place, needed guns as well? Look at Virginia Tech, most of the 32 victims were murdered AFTER the police were “on scene”. The same for Columbine, where the police TRAPPED the children WITH the murderers. You state: “I had a lot of respect for you comments until you fell back on ole reliable ‘generate income’.” Facts don’t change, just because they “sound bad”. You confirm my post: “It may generate income but less than 5% goes to the police. The rest goes toward the government employees and running the county or city.” My post stated: “The main job of law enforcement is to GENERATE REVENUE FOR THE GOVERNMENT (City, County, State or Federal), and write incident reports after the crime is over for insurance companies.” (Caps used for emphasis only.) Now, care to show where I was incorrect in my statement? (Part 1)
Wildfire May 25, 2011 at 05:25 PM
(Part 2) Things may have changed since my time as a deputy with the same force that my dad retired from after 35 year, however here's just a few examples of what the courts have consistently ruled: Bowers v. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616 (7th Cir. 1982) (no federal constitutional requirement that police provide protection) Calogrides v. Mobile, 475 So. 2d 560 (Ala. 1985); Cal Govt. Code 845 (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Calogrides v. Mobile, 846 (no liability for failure to arrest or to retain arrested person in custody) Davidson v. Westminster, 32 Cal.3d 197, 185, Cal. Rep. 252; 649 P.2d 894 (1982) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Stone v. State 106 Cal.App.3d 924, 165 Cal Rep. 339 (1980) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Morgan v. District of Columbia, 468 A.2d 1306 (D.C.App. 1983) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C.App 1981) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Sapp v. Tallahassee, 348 So.2d 363 (Fla. App. 1st Dist.), cert. denied 354 So.2d 985 (Fla. 1977); Ill. Rec. Stat. 4-102 (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Keane v. Chicago, 98 Ill. App.2d 460, 240 N.E.2d 321 (1st Dist. 1968) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)
Wildfire May 25, 2011 at 05:26 PM
(Part 3) Jamison v. Chicago, 48 Ill. App. 3d 567 (1st Dist. 1977) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Simpson's Food Fair v. Evansville, 272 N.E.2d 871 (Ind. App.) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Silver v. Minneapolis, 170 N.W.2d 206 (Minn. 1969) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Wuetrich V. Delia, 155 N.J. Super. 324, 326, 382, A.2d 929, 930 cert. denied 77 N.J. 486, 391 A.2d 500 (1978) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Chapman v. Philadelphia, 290 Pa. Super. 281, 434 A.2d 753 (Penn. 1981) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) Morris v. Musser, 84 Pa. Cmwth. 170, 478 A.2d 937 (1984) (no liability for failure to provide police protection) “Law enforcement agencies and personnel have no duty to protect individuals from the criminal acts of others.” -Lynch vs North Carolina Department of Justice 1989 Now, would you please show me where my statement was incorrect? Thank You.
Kujani May 27, 2011 at 01:57 AM
@ Wildfire There were 158 officers killed in the line of duty last year and 72 so far this year. http://www.odmp.org/search. As far as the obligation, that's to protect them against criminal prosecution in case they don't respond appropriately. They can still be held accountable in civil court if they don't respond appropriately. Officers have been sued successfully for inaction. (Tracy Thurman sued her local police department in the 80's and won almost three million dollars. I refer to that one bc I just saw her movie again on television.) You still don't get the role of police, do you? The reason they write reports is to investigate crimes and to make arrests. Fines from traffic tickets is a convience issue. In the 70's, you went to jail if you got stopped for speeding or other traffic violations. Now you can pay a fine if you have license. People have the option to do time in jail in lieu of paying a fine. Fines are the only way short of sending them to jail to punish them. Yes, it does generate revenue but the police don't benefit from it. But that is not their main job, just the same as the main goal of the fire department isn't to put out fires. The main job of the police is to protect the public; that doesn't mean that they can park in everyone's driveway and catch every criminal and solve every crime. Most police are pro-gun ownership by law abiding citizens to protect themselves. It must be tough on you to know everything, though.
Solid Citizen July 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM
It's good she lives in Duluth. New York,Maryland, and New Jersey take extraordinary measures to deny their citizens the right to self defense. he certainly prevented this evil incarnate from perpetrating more crimes When seconds count, the police are minutes away. . Below is a story about an unarmed woman…. Yvette Beakes, a Glen Burnie resident, was abducted and murdered in 2001. A witness to the abduction called 911, but miscommunication by the County call center resulted in the information never making its way to police. The County’s defense? “As harsh as it may be, the Constitution simply doesn’t impose on government a duty to provide any sort of minimal service to its citizens,” offered Assistant County Attorney Andrew J. Murray. That’s right, according to the County, a police officer witnessing a crime in progress has no obligation to assist a victim unless s/he has actually agreed to help. Quo warranto, B.O.?


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