The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled by Jordan Green
Three Hispanic men reportedly came in through an unlocked side door at a house on Betty Drive in Winston-Salem at about 3:30 p.m. on March 4. The three men were said to have pointed a gun at Jesus Gallegos, 47, forcing him to lie down on the living room floor, and then forced Irma Gallegos, 40, and her 11-year-old son into the bathroom, and smashed the woman’s cell phone. The men ransacked the house and ran out, taking cash and jewelry. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.
MAN KILLED BY POLICE AFTER THREATEN- ING SUICIDE
A 911 call about a man threatening to kill himself resulted in Greensboro police officers being dispatched at 4 a.m. on March 5. The caller said a man, later identified as 25-year-old Shawn Lee Gordon, had just fired a gun at a residence on Campbell Street and was threatening to kill himself. When the police arrived Gordon retreated inside the house and a woman ran out. Three shots rang out. The police activated the special response and hostage negotiations teams, established a perimeter and evacuated about 20 houses. After refusing to surrender, Gordon left the house while allegedly threatening officers with a gun. The officers shot and killed him.
POLICE CORPORAL FOUND DEAD
After the Winston-Salem Police Department questioned why Cpl. Kent A. Aldridge had not reported for duty, officers were sent to his home on Alamo Drive at 1:30 a.m. on Monday. They found the 44-year-old corporal dead with an apparent gunshot to the head. The criminal investigations division is investigating Aldridge’s death, and an autopsy will be performed by Baptist Hospital. Aldridge had served in the field services bureau and criminal investigations division since joining the department in 1988.
BEAUTY SUPPLY RAID
A man wearing a black hat, windbreaker pants with a white stripe, a gray T-shirt and black jacket with gray hair and broken teeth walked into Sally Beauty Supply on Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem at about 10 p.m. on Monday and demanded money from employees while displaying a handgun. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the store in an unknown direction. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.