Another CHL get stupid


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Langenator
March 26, 2004, 07:14 PM
Amazingly, the didn't make a big deal about the idiot having a CHL.

http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20040326/topstories/12322.shtml

The Olympian 26 Mar 04
Gun pulled in courthouse parking dispute

HEATHER WOODWARD THE OLYMPIAN
OLYMPIA -- A dispute over a parking space at the Thurston County Courthouse took a nasty turn Thursday morning when one driver pulled out a gun and aimed it at a vehicle behind him, according to the sheriff's office.
No shots were fired, and no one was injured in the incident.

Deputies from the Thurston County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a man pointing a gun at another driver at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W.

Robert Garrett Goss, 23, of Olympia was trying to back up in his 1995 Geo Tracker to allow another vehicle to exit from a parking space, authorities said. He and the driver of a vehicle behind him got into an argument about the space, authorities said.

At that point, Goss pulled out a loaded .32- caliber semiautomatic pistol and aimed it at the vehicle behind him, said Capt. Dave Pearsall, of the Sheriff's Office.

"I don't recall any incident like this in the past," Pearsall said. "I believe it was an isolated incident."

A 45-year-old Olympia man was driving the vehicle behind Goss and had a 42-year-old Olympia woman with him. Their names were not released.

Goss drove away shortly after pulling out the pistol.

The car was spotted by sheriff's deputies about five minutes later at the intersection of Cooper Point Road and Black Lake Boulevard, Pearsall said.

Sheriff's deputies stopped Goss and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree assault with a weapon.

Goss had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Pearsall said.

To acquire the permit, Goss would have had to undergo a background check through the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, Pearsall said.

The Thursday morning incident comes during a week in which the Thurston County Commission discussed ways to ease parking woes at the courthouse complex.

There are 150 parking spaces in the county's three public lots and another 36 public slots along the street on Lakeridge Drive and Lakeridge Way. But parking often is scarce, particularly on days when juries are selected or traffic tickets are heard in court, county officials have said.

The commission is considering charging the 14 elected officials and 67 top managers who currently park for free in lots bordering the courthouse complex. The estimated $96,600 in new revenue would be used to hire a parking enforcement officer.

The commission also has earmarked $300,000 to construct a new 54-space employee parking lot.

"I don't really see any significance in terms that the situation here has become so out of hand that 'X' number of people are really, totally enraged," Commissioner Bob Macleod said of the incident Thursday. "It's just by coincidence that this week we were looking at specific plans and options for parking.

"I suppose it's quite a sobering event that someone was threatened by a car in our parking lot," he said. "I hope it's an isolated event. We've had a few car honkings, but nothing like this."

Heather Woodward covers Thurston County and the city of Tumwater for The Olympian. She can be reached at 360-754-5435 or hwoodward@olympia.gannett.com.

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Hal
March 27, 2004, 06:36 AM
hmmm...

The story doesn't give any details.
For the sake of discussion, say the guy that pulled the weapon got out of his car, and the other guy hit the gas pedal like he was going to run him down.

Stupid or self defense?

('course we all know what it would have been if a cop was involved right?)

Greybeard
March 27, 2004, 06:49 AM
Quote: "The commission is considering charging the 14 elected officials and 67 top managers who currently park for free in lots bordering the courthouse complex."

Sounds to me like another case of "We've-got-a-problem-so-you-need-to-pay."

Ironically, the next paragraph indicates they are considering building an employee parking lot that would still not provide enough spaces for the 81 people mentioned above.

TallPine
March 27, 2004, 10:52 AM
"Shootout at the OK Parking Lot"

:D

George S.
March 27, 2004, 02:51 PM
Olympia is a hotbed of liberal thought and I am really suprised that the locals didn't scream and cry about CCW and guns. Although this just happened, it may take a few days for some editorial to appear in the "Daily O" about how bad CCW is and why there should be psychological screening as part of the permit process.

WA state is a "shall issue" state so there is no requirement for licensing other than a background check. The article didn't mention where this guy lived but if you live within the city limits, the city issues the permit. If you live in the county, the county S.O. does the check. It's too bad that hotheads like that give the rest of the CCW community a black eye. If this guy is convicted of Assault 2, he will get extra time attached because the Assault 2 crime was committed with a firearm.

The whole parking space issue at the courthouse is a big deal right now. If you need to go to the courthouse for anything, the chances are that you will have to walk a pretty fair distance. Most all of the parking is taken up by county staff and little is left for people trying to do business. There are 6 courtrooms there and there is nearly always a trial going on (at the time, there was a murder trial going on and that took up most of the available parking spaces).

While the idea of making the higher-salaried officials pay seems reasonable (most of these people make around $60-70K/year and up), it won't do anything to solve the parking problem. There is not a whole lot of land available around the courthouse and county building codes make it tough to build parking garages. There are a lot of new office buildings in the area and even they don't provide enough parking for workers in those biuldings.

Guess it's good that nobody got hurt but they guy was clearly an idiot to pull something like that. He will probably be found guilty and will lose his gun and his CCW permit. IMHO, that is a good deal for all.

Langenator
March 27, 2004, 03:11 PM
Evergreen State College is a real bad influence on the city politically. It's like Cal Berkeley, without any of the redeeming academic rigor. Maybe the blissninnies are too busy fretting over that Hamas butthole getting an up close look at a TOW missile to notice this.

Didn't know about the building codes making a parking garage tough to build. County should have built a garage as part of the courthouse building. Never had a reason to go to the courthouse, hopefully never will.

And for the record, WA was shall issue before FL. And judging by your location, I'll bet our permits are signed by the same guy. :cool:

deleteall
March 27, 2004, 05:13 PM
Evergreen State College is a real bad influence on the city politically. It's like Cal Berkeley, without any of the redeeming academic rigor.

HUH??? Doesn't every college allow cop-killers to give the commencement address to the graduating class?

George S.
March 27, 2004, 05:29 PM
Doesn't every college allow cop-killers to give the commencement address to the graduating class?

And think that there's nothing wrong in allowing it simply because the shoeless, never-bathed, teepee-living pieces of !%*^^! that go there are absolutely convinced that the guy did no wrong and the entire world is messed up and only THEY can fix it.

Standing Wolf
March 27, 2004, 05:35 PM
The estimated $96,600 in new revenue would be used to hire a parking enforcement officer.

What a classic statist so-called "solution!" Completely ignore the need, more parking spaces, in favor of adding another employee to the public trough and generating additional revenues by writing more parking tickets.

Despicable!

Smoke
March 27, 2004, 05:38 PM
The estimated $96,600 in new revenue would be used to hire a parking enforcement officer.

Where do I submit my resume?
That iwill be one well paid parking attendant.

Smoke

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