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(CO) Fight with computer brings SWAT team

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Drizzt, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Well-Known Member

    Fight with computer brings SWAT team
    No charges filed after misunderstanding cleared up

    By Mary Butler, Camera Staff Writer
    January 9, 2003

    A 32-year-old Boulder man who had opened his apartment's patio door to enjoy Wednesday's unusually warm weather was later overheard screaming threats and seen waving what appeared to be a handgun, prompting a maintenance worker to call police.

    Officers, as a precaution, evacuated the man's apartment building and called SWAT officers to assist in defusing the situation.

    It turned out that the man was simply upset at his computer — which he had called a "bitch" he "wanted to kill," police said — and the gun was a plastic pellet gun, not the .45-caliber automatic handgun it was made to resemble.

    "It was alarming and concerning and expensive for us, but the man's conduct didn't warrant any criminal charges," Deputy Police Chief Dave Hayes said.

    Three people were evacuated from the man's eight-unit building, at 3350 Bridger Trail in the Remington Post condominium complex at the intersection of 30th Street and Iris Avenue.

    The 3 p.m. incident was resolved by about 4:30 p.m. The man, whose name wasn't released because he wasn't arrested on suspicion of any crime, was cooperative once police contacted him. Police did not confiscate the pellet gun, but with the man's permission, they took another firearm from his home "for safekeeping."

    "He was very surprised, embarrassed and apologetic," Hayes said.

    Hundreds of people driving near the housing complex — which is adjacent to banks, a grocery store and the Alterra retirement community — were detoured as police officers directed traffic to keep residents of the complex from going home. Many people watched from sidewalks to find out why SWAT officers were carrying large rifles around the housing complex.


  2. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

    What'd wid 'dat? :confused:
  3. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Well-Known Member

    Hmmm...maybe there should be a new question on the 4473's: have you ever experienced the Blue Screen of Death?
  4. Jason Demond

    Jason Demond Well-Known Member

  5. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't have let the SWAT team take anything from my house, embarrassed or not.:rolleyes:
  6. 2nd Amendment

    2nd Amendment member

    Took another firearm for "safekeeping"...hmmmm

    Sorry, any LEO wants to do that to me, get a warrant and arrest me...and be prepared to meet my lawyers: Dewey, Screwem & Howe.
  7. 80fl

    80fl Well-Known Member

    I once gave my computer the finger.....I think I'll go down to my friendly ATF office and turn in my "arsenal"; I just don't feel safe around myself sometimes.:rolleyes:
  8. Airwolf

    Airwolf Well-Known Member

  9. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Sounds like Red Mall Ninjas need to go down for Criminal Conversion.:confused:
  10. nualle

    nualle Well-Known Member

    Sick and wrong. :fire:
  11. NewShooter78

    NewShooter78 Well-Known Member

    Why would he let them take his gun for "safekeeping"? Under what authority do they have to do that?
  12. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Well-Known Member

    He should be careful. Those teflon coated BBs can penetrat 14 layers of LCD displays.
  13. bedlamite

    bedlamite Well-Known Member

    Wonder what it'll take if he ever wants to get it back? a court order? or will it be destroyed as a public nusiance.
  14. Tropical Z

    Tropical Z Well-Known Member

    Jack booted THUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:fire:
  15. redneck

    redneck Well-Known Member

    safekeeping? SAFEKEEPING:scrutiny:

    What the heck does that mean? Drop by our range an shoot it whenever you want? .....its in the big safe behind booking, go ahead an get it. The combo is R4 L10 R30 :rolleyes:

    It was stolen. Unless the moron really did understand that he didn't have to let them take it, in which case he threw it away. When SWAT shuts down your block, and swoops into your apartment because you did something stupid your probably too happy to hear its a misunderstanding, and too worried about them changing their mind to consider being anything but cooperative.
  16. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    It would have made more sense if they had taken his computer instead.

    See, you just can't trust common people with those evil black boxes.
  17. DeltaElite

    DeltaElite Well-Known Member

    I guess knocking on his door was out of the question. :rolleyes:

    Oh well, off to nappy land. :p
  18. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    It's a Boulder thing. We Americans wouldn't understand.
  19. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

    ROTFLOL! OK...so the cops get calls about a man firing off shots, and they dare to respond in a manner befitting a shots-fired run...and once they make contact with the homeowner (note: no mention of door-kicking), he willingly hands over a firearm for safekeeping...and furthermore, is not arrested or even charged...and the cops are the bad guys?

    Uhm...have any of you ever consider spin-doctoring as a career choice?

    That is an excellent response. If ever asked by a police officer if they may secure your firearm for safekeeping, the response you would like to choose is "No."

    This is not the option he chose. Its his property, if he wants to allow the police to store it for safekeeping, he is free to do so. His gun, his choice.
    :rolleyes: The only way they would have done anything wrong is if it is not returned when he requests it. And before anyone out there asks "yeah, how often are they returned?" the answer is "everyday."
    What, that he chose a different course than you would have? Thats not very open minded.
    Note, these are two completely unrelated questions. Why would he do it? I have no idea. But people do it every day. "Here...I don't want this gun in my house." We take it to the property room and give them a receipt. Under what authority do they have to do it? Well...he gave it to them.
    Unless there is somethine unreported in the story (imagine that!), he will take his receipt to the local Property Room and they will hand him his property back. Its pretty easy. Happens every day.
    :rolleyes: Dare I ask...why?
    No, it means it is being stored by the police for safekeeping, and can be claimed by the owner at any time. We do it with found property, items turned in to us, cars involved in wrecks where the owner was transported to the hospital, you name it, we store it.
    Again, its only stolen if its not returned when he asks for it. He gave it to them. This is not at all unheard-of. There are MANY times that we go on runs where someone is obviously none too stable (as might describe this guy, no?) and armed, and we ask if we could store their firearm in the property room until whatever the current stress subsides. This is most often done at domestics, or suicide calls. We give them a receipt and take the gun to the property room. And if they decline to allow us to do this, the gun remains. AFAIK, this is standard practice everywhere, and it is very amusing that THR is so flustered over this.

    And, you know? I'm missing the part where they "swooped into the apartment." I'm guessing you were there, then. How did that go, exactly?

    And if this HAD been a man firing off shots, the police would be excoriated if they had not blocked off the area to protect everyone and taken the precautions that they had. Get real.
    I'm guessing that they eventually did just that.

  20. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

    Mike, your practiced patience and diplomacy is amazing! :D

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