Gary police announce charges in home breakin fatal shooting
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 January 22, 2013 5:58PM
Jerry Hood Jr. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: February 24, 2013 6:32AM
GARY — A Gary teen is charged, but not arrested, in the shooting death of Jerry Hood, killed when he confronted burglars inside his home on Oct. 19.
Javonta Pointer, 18, who lives in an apartment on 5th Avenue and Grant Street, denied he was involved in the crimes when Violent Crimes Detective Alex Jones questioned him previously.
But witnesses identified Pointer as one of at least two suspects inside the house when Hood, 48, and a co-worker arrived at Hood’s home for lunch.
Pointer is charged with murder while committing burglary. An arrest warrant has been issued and Pointer will be held without bail when he is apprehended.
“We were able to file these charges thanks to great police work and the help of the community,” Police Chief Wade Ingram said.
Police believe the burglars wanted to steal guns that Hood stored in a locked bedroom. After the shooting, police found parts of the house ransacked and damage to the door where the guns were kept, the probable cause affidavit states.
Hood and his friend heard noises in the house and Hood went to the back door to wait for the intruders to leave, Sgt. Larry Robertson learned.
While calling police for help, Hood’s friend heard shots and saw the suspects running toward railroad tracks behind the house, located in the 2200 block of West 8th Avenue.
Investigators declined comment on the status of the other suspect or suspects.
Police found Hood dead on his living room floor, shot multiple times, the court record states.
Hood had moved to Minneapolis, but returned home when his mother became ill. He stayed after she died to maintain the family home and lived there with his teenage daughter.
Ingram credited residents who cooperated with police during the investigation, saying support came after an anti-violence march near the scene of Hood’s home.
“This goes to show that we want and need help from the citizens so we can get criminals off the streets of Gary,” Ingram said.
The mayor added her praise, saying she was pleased to see charges obtained
“I know this won’t bring Mr. Hood back, but I hope that his family finds comfort once the accused is captured, tried and convicted,” Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said.