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Taser used in crane standoff. (Atl, GA)

Discussion in 'Legal' started by TheFederalistWeasel, May 28, 2005.

  1. Crane Standoff Over
    ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a homicide suspect who spent 56 hours perched on an 18-story construction crane was in custody early today after police climbed the structure and used a Taser gun
    to arrest him.

    Atlanta Assistant Police Chief Alan Dreher said later that police got him in a position to "effectively use the Taser." The man, identified as Carl Edward Roland, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, and police expect to charge him with crimes in Atlanta in addition to homicide charges in Florida.

    Atlanta police Sergeant John Quigley said the 41-year-old man got onto the crane around 5 p-m Wednesday and told police he was thinking of killing himself by jumping.

    Roland is wanted by the Pinellas County, Florida, sheriff's
    department in the death of ex-girlfriend 36-year-old Jennifer L- Gonzalez, whose body was found Tuesday.

    An arrest warrant affidavit accuses Roland of strangling Gonzalez and dumping her body in a pond behind the apartment complex where she lived.
  2. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

    Remarkable restraint. They waited days to arrest him. Maybe I'm missing the point of the post?
  3. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Well-Known Member

    So he murdered his girlfriend, climbed a crane, threatened to jump, and they talked him out of it.

    I dont mean to sound cold and heartless but, why?
  4. Sindawe

    Sindawe Well-Known Member

    I'll bite...

    Generally, in our culture one who express a desire to die at their own hand is judged to be "sick" and in need of help, no matter what other crimes they may have committed against others. Despite the rhetoric some of us so often toss around here on THR.Org (myself included), I believe that the overwhelming majority of Peace Officers and LEOs STILL believe in the motto "To Serve and Protect". If one is sick in the head, those charged with protecting those who cannot protect themselves are honor bound to help the person.

    What I want to know is how the police were able to tazer the fool with out him falling off the crane. Good planning? (I hope), blind luck? :what: I can just imagine what CF it would have been if he'd been zapped and fallen.

    FedWeasel: Do you have any additional links/details on how this dude was taken into custody?
  5. I don’t have any additional links but according to the Georgia State Trooper Scuttle Butt Channel, he was standing over a “large metal grate” attached to the crane, which moves as the large hoist moves back and forth about the crane arm.
  6. dustind

    dustind Well-Known Member

    Great police work. That had to take a lot of nerve to climb a crane after someone who is both suicidal and homicidal. I would be afraid that the guy would grab an officer and then jump down.
  7. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Well-Known Member

    Sindawe that is perhaps the best explanation i have ever heard for that senario.
  8. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    Don't they know that the way to handle these situations is with a Harrier jet ...?

  9. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Only if terrorists are shooting at you with a Krinkov...
  10. Hypnogator

    Hypnogator Well-Known Member

    According to the Atlanta Urinal & Constipation, a negotiator lured him over the grate with a bottle of water, then whipped out a tazer and zapped him.

    I love it when a plan comes together! :D :evil: :D

    There was lots of TV coverage locally, 'tho they claimed that all the "live" footage was on a 5-second delay. Guess they didn't want to show him doing the bug-on-windshield imitation if he jumped or fell. :rolleyes:
  11. Andrew Rothman

    Andrew Rothman Well-Known Member

    I dunno. With no food or water up there, I'd be inclined to wait him out indefinitely.

    But on the other hand, I guess it's expensive to keep a pair of officers at the bottom 24/7 for when the murderer...I mean, alleged murderer, decided he'd had enough of the pole-sitter act.
  12. macmuffy

    macmuffy Well-Known Member

    Seems a lot of to do about nothing. Don't block the street off, just station 4 cops on the ground to control the rubberneckers and a mop and bucket for clean-up when the doofus falls off.
  13. neoncowboy

    neoncowboy Well-Known Member

    The pair of officer's overtime was nothing compared to the spotlight shining, loudspeaker blaring helicopter they had orbiting the crane all day. At about $1000/hour that was the expensive item in this whole adventure in 'law enforcement'.

    What a total fiasco.
  14. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six member

    An excellent job by police!

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