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Another "blue suicide"...

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Preacherman, Oct 15, 2005.

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  1. Preacherman

    Preacherman Member

    Dec 20, 2002
    Louisiana, USA
    From the Pensacola News Journal (http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051015/NEWS01/510150321/1006):

    Published - October, 15, 2005

    Standoff turns deadly

    Armed man threatened deputies, shot at copter

    Kris Thoma

    A Pensacola man armed with an automatic rifle was shot and killed Friday night by an Escambia County sheriff's deputy when he refused orders to drop the weapon after walking out of his northeast Pensacola duplex.

    Robin Charles Aiken, 49, was shot at Fairchild and Kipling streets, just north of Creighton Road, shortly after 6 p.m., said Steve Desposito, spokesman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    Before deputies arrived, neighbors reported hearing gunshots in the quiet neighborhood of mostly single-family homes.

    "I locked all the doors and took the kids into my cousin's bedroom and told them to stay low," said Whitney Spivey, 13, who was baby-sitting for her younger brother and two cousins in the same duplex.

    Sheriff's Sgt. Roy Jennings said a man called 911, claimed he was suicidal and wanted deputies sent to his duplex.

    When the sheriff's dispatcher asked if he was armed, the man said he had two AR-15 rifles. Then he hung up.

    A short time later, he called back and reached an Escambia County medical service dispatcher. The man indicated he would shoot the deputies who answered the call, Jennings said.

    When deputies arrived at the duplex, the man was standing outside, holding one of the rifles.

    He refused orders to drop the weapon, went back inside at least once, then came back out. At one point, he fired into the air at the Escambia sheriff's helicopter.

    Deputy Mike Miner fired at least one shot that hit Aiken after he started walking on the street, still refusing orders to drop the weapon, Jennings said.

    "We had no choice there. We have to protect the public," Jennings said.

    Miner will be placed on paid administrative leave while the FDLE completes an investigation of the incident, which is standard police procedure.

    A Special Weapons and Tactics team was called at 6:28 p.m., but the call was canceled at 6:50 after Aiken was pronounced dead. Jennings did not know the approximate time of death.

    Whitney, the young baby-sitter, said she looked out the window when she heard the first shot.

    "I saw him outside walking into his house after I heard the first gunshot," Whitney said. "I called my mom right away."

    Her mother, Tracy Youngstrom, 33, was shopping at Wal-Mart with her sister, Trina Wade, 27.

    Youngstrom kept her daughter on the phone as she and her sister rushed home, but officers and crime scene tape held them back.

    They begged for information, telling officers that their children were in the duplex.

    Youngstrom said it was at least 20 minutes after Aiken was killed before she and her sister were reunited with their children. Officers walked the four children through a wooded area so they would not see the crime scene.

    "You don't understand what we felt with our babies in there," Youngstrom said. "It was horrible."

    Wade, who has resided at he duplex for five years, said she knew Aiken, but not well. He often stood outside his home yelling at nobody, she said.

    Desposito said Aiken had been unemployed for several years.

    Escambia County court records show that Aiken had been charged with several felonies.

    In 2004, Aiken twice was arrested on domestic violence charges, as well on a charge of stalking. He was placed on a year's probation last November, ordered not to possess or consume alcohol, prohibited from having a firearm and ordered to receive mental-health counseling.
  2. boofus

    boofus Guest

    Wow any and all AR-15s are considered machineguns now. :rolleyes:

    I'm contemplating the possibilities:

    1) the author is ignorant and really thinks every evil black scary gun is a MG
    2) the author meant autoloading rifle and made a mistake
    3) the author knows what he/she is doing but purposely mislabeled it a MG to scare the sheeple
  3. LAR-15

    LAR-15 Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    Some people call them 'half-automatics' :confused:
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    That'd be my guess, especially since "automatic" weapons appear so frequently in "news" stories.
  5. fourays2

    fourays2 Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    considering the standard of "journalism" these days I'd vote for option 1.
  6. Shootcraps

    Shootcraps Member

    Jan 18, 2004

    Of course. That's your standard liberal, communist, Jane Fonda loving Media Thesaurus being used.

    AR-15: Black rifle, machinegun.
  7. Hawkmoon

    Hawkmoon Member

    May 5, 2004
    I vote for #1
  8. 71Commander

    71Commander Member

    Sep 21, 2003
    Headin back to Johnson City
    Where did he get the gun?
  9. PCGS65

    PCGS65 Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    1.He got what he deserves.
    2.It's a good thing he didn't take someone else with him.
    3.Yes the auther is an idiot.
    4.I prefer to say the media in general are propaganda professionals.:banghead:
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