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New Orleans man shot and killed trying to stop carjacking

Party Rooster

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Dumbass shouldn't have tried to be a hero like that...

FBI joins manhunt for carjacker who fatally shot good Samaritan

By Rick Martin and Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 7:21 PM EST, Thu January 26, 2012

(CNN) -- The FBI has joined New Orleans investigators in their hunt for a carjacker who shot a good Samaritan who died in front of his young sons, police said Thursday.


Harry 'Mike' Ainsworth was shot to death Wednesday morning in Algiers while coming to the aid of a carjacking victim. Family photo

"Agents contacted New Orleans police yesterday to offer their help, and detectives accepted the offer because of all the FBI brings to the table," a New Orleans police statement said.

Police provided further details of Wednesday's shooting, saying Harry "Mike" Ainsworth, 44, was shot in the chest after he jumped on a vehicle's hood to help a woman being carjacked.

After being shot by the carjacker, Ainsworth "ran a few feet from the car, collapsed in someone's front yard and died on the scene," the police statement said.

The gunman left the car and ran, police said.

"We are grateful that a number of people in this neighborhood approached police to tell us what they saw," said police Supt. Ronal Serpas. "Because of their eyewitness accounts, we were able to put together a composite sketch of the man we believe committed this unthinkable crime.

"Mr. Ainsworth was a longtime supporter and volunteer to the NOPD's COPS 8 program, which provides assistance to the officers of the 8th District. The members of the 8th District station sincerely appreciated his efforts to fix up the station by painting and repairing various things in the building. He'll be missed," Serpas said.

The murder marked New Orleans' 20th homicide for the year -- up from 17 at the same time last year, police said.

Ainsworth was with his two sons, ages 9 and 11, while they were waiting for a morning school bus, Ainsworth's brother, Bill, said.

The two boys saw their father try to help the female motorist in the Algiers Point neighborhood and, after their father was shot, the boys ran to him and sat with him until emergency responders showed up, Bill Ainsworth said.

The two sons were with their father when he died, Bill Ainsworth said.

Meanwhile, the family was struggling with the loss of Harry Michael Ainsworth, and the publicity surrounding the event has prompted widespread donations to the family.

Ainsworth's girlfriend, Cheryl Conner, 33, who's also the mother of the two boys, woke up Thursday morning and leaned over Ainsworth's empty leather jacket and slippers, said Billy Ainsworth Cole, sister of Mike Ainsworth. The couple have been together for 12 years, Cole said.

Conner broke down, crying in a fetal position, said Cole, who's now staying with Conner.

"It's so hard, it's so hard right now being the backbone in the family right now. I break down every now and then, but so many people in this community are hurting," said Cole, 39.

"Just to know that my nephews were leaning over their daddy and watched him die... it's devastating."

The fact their father will never be around is starting to sink in for the two boys, Cole said.

"The 11-year-old was really distraught yesterday, but the 9-year-old seemed to be just angry and holding it together surprisingly after something like this occurred," Cole said Thursday. "This morning, the 9-year-old was holding back his emotions and was angry until someone pulled out a photo album, and he just came broke down crashing and just let it all out for about 45 minutes."

Cole has been unable to find one of her brothers to tell him of the family loss.

"It's rough right now because we still have a brother, Phillip Patrick Ainsworth, who is missing," Cole added. "He suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and disappears at times and right now he's the only member of the immediate family we can't find."

Mike Ainsworth's heroism has prompted donations to a fund assisting his sons and family, a spokesperson close to the family told CNN.

"You wouldn't believe the response. The response is overwhelming. People from Canada and all over the world have been calling the bank," the spokesperson told CNN. "If you knew him, you would be crying. He always did things for people."

"The Algiers Point community is a very secluded community and everyone knows each other. He would always help someone, free of charge. He wouldn't even ask for a handout. The whole community here is in a very somber mood," the spokesperson said. "He didn't even think about what he was doing, he just went to her aid."

"Everyone is just in mourning for this tragedy," said the spokesperson.

The series of events began when a man approached a woman motorist sitting in her vehicle, knocked on the window and asked for the time, New Orleans police said.

As the woman turned to check the time, the man pulled out a handgun and told the woman to get out of the automobile, police said.

Ainsworth then jumped on the hood of the vehicle, and the carjacker shot him, police said.

Police released a sketch of the suspect and were offering a $5,000 reward to anonymous tipsters who can help detectives find a black man, in his 20s, between 5-6 and 5-8 in height, and weighing 140 to 150 pounds, detectives said.

The woman was unharmed, New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson said.

A fund at the Algiers Branch of Whitney Bank has been established to help the Ainsworth family.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/26/justice/louisiana-good-samaritan/index.html
Composite sketch of the perp:


New Orleans police on Wednesday afternoon released this composite sketch of a man wanted for a murder hours earlier in Algiers Point.
 

whiskeyguy

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Couldn't tell from the story if the woman was in danger (just scanned it). However, risking life for a helpless woman = noble... risking life for a stranger's property = stupid.
 

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The series of events began when a man approached a woman motorist sitting in her vehicle, knocked on the window and asked "Which way is norf?" New Orleans police said.

Fixed.
 

Hate & Discontent

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Are you kidding? New Orleans would still find a way to keep people from carrying.

Never bring a fist to a gun fight. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
 

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Jumped on the hood of the car...

Nice work, Jason Bourne. :icon_roll

Ugh, what a douche. Good riddance.
 

bill333

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Yeah, I'm hoping that the fucker was thinking of harming/kidnapping the woman, as opposed to just wanting her car. Would suck dying just for property. Got to hand it to him for at least having the balls
 
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