Why I Carry: Suspect Beat Woman to Death (Possibly With Hammer) and Stole Her Car

June 6 2014
by GSL Staff
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While most of the stories we post here involve lawful use of firearms in self defense by law abiding gun owners, sometimes we need to look at stories that did not result in a defensive gun use in order to remember why we carry.

According to media reports, Howard E. Dibbern is charged with first degree murder after beating an Island Lake, IL woman to death and stealing her car.

The suspect then crashed the car into a home after being pursued by officers and had to be tazed in order to be taken into custody.

According to The Daily Herald,

Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said as officers approached the car, the driver used a knife and hammer to inflict injuries to his arm, head and abdomen until officers used a Taser on the man to stop him.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and the residents of the Diamond Lake Road home were not there at the time, he said. Only the driver was injured.

Police have not stated if the hammer found in Dibbern’s possession was the murder weapon, but it does sound like a definite possibility.

According to MySuburbanLife.com, this isn’t Dibbern’s first run in with the law,

Dibbern is on parole after serving three years in the Department of Corrections on a weapons charge out of Cook County. He was released April 24, according to prison records.

His history of incarceration dates back to 1997, when he was sentenced to five years on a forgery charge out of McHenry County. Other felony convictions include those for theft, residential burglary and aggravated domestic battery.

In 2002, Dibbern was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, for which – according to McHenry County court records – he stabbed his girlfriend with a knife, choked her and punched her in the stomach. In that case, he also stole the woman’s car and was charged with theft. The domestic battery charge eventually was dropped, and he was sentenced to 30 months in prison on the theft charge.

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