Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

... but then again, no one was speeding...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TechBrute, Jul 29, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. TechBrute

    TechBrute Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2003
    Messages:
    3,264
    Location:
    DFW, TX
    At 0455 today someone discharged a gun ouside my next door neighbor's house. I was already awake and tending to my daughter, who woke crying because our cat sat on a bug bite that's been bothering her. I looked out the window within 3 seconds of the shot and saw 2 guys that I've never seen before standing around with beer bottles and looking concerned. After some quick conversation between them and someone else I couldn't see because of the angle, they turned off all the lights and went inside.

    I called police and gave them the description of the event as I knew it, and the description of the truck that one of the guys locked up when they went inside.

    22 minutes later, a police cruiser drove by. :banghead:

    Guess they had more important speed traps or donut shops to get back to.

    Or maybe my neighborhood is considered a ghetto and police don't care about gunshots. Of course, only in Texas would ghettos have houses up to 4100 square feet that are less than a year old.

    Ok, line up the cops to tell me that the local po po had no obligation to investigate. Or you can tell me that I don't know what a gun sounds like and shouldn't have called the police. :rolleyes: I'm really interested what excuses I'm going to get.

    We're talking about the Grand Prairie, Texas, police department, just in case there's someone here who wants to tell me what a stellar organization it is.
     
  2. shermacman

    shermacman Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2002
    Messages:
    1,754
    Even if you were totally wrong, a car back firing, thunder, a hard working laborer dropping a box of something, a door slamming-->22 minutes to respond to a 911 call?!?!
    That is amazing.
     
  3. Janitor

    Janitor Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    1,301
    Location:
    MN
    Yes. That's the point in his story where I got stuck scratching my head too. A 911 call where somebody thought they heard a gunshot and they take 22 minutes before they get over there? In that situation, five minutes may be far too long.

    Too long a story to explain, but we had to call in the police to our place last year. Took about 3-5 minutes for the first squad to show up. Within a minute or two later there was a backup (must have been real local when the call came in - no indication of need in the original call).

    And that wasn't even a 911 call.
     
  4. Billy Sparks

    Billy Sparks Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2003
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    North Carolina, USA
    Just to play devils advocate here it was 22 minutes before you saw the patrol car, right? Could the officer have parked up the street and observed or gotten out of his car to check things out?

    Also you don't know what else was going on in the city. I don't know how big your city was but all the units could have been tied up on a call cross town. I live in a medium sized city and it is not uncommon to here a dispatcher advise a sgt or lieut. that they are Signal 00 (all beat cars in that sector are tied up) and they have 911 calls waiting. Yeah they send a car from another sector but it can take time.
     
  5. DeputyVaughn

    DeputyVaughn Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    486
    Location:
    North Alabama
    Third party report of a loud noise, possibly a gunshot. No reported injuries or damage. Officers are not going to rush to get there. Too many benign possibilities. Sorry guys. No story here.

    In my county 20 minutes may account for the closest unit anyway.

    Scott
     
  6. CAS700850

    CAS700850 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2004
    Messages:
    1,304
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    I think, or rather I hope, that it was just a manpower issue. I know some of the rural departments around here estimate response times between 15 and 30 minutes during the night shift, because of only having 3 officers on duty.

    My wife heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the wooded aea behind our home. It's a suburban development, so it's not a big enough area for safe shooting. She called me. I advised to take the kids inside to play in the basement, and call the police to request a drive-by. Doorbell rang in three minutes, with three cruisers. Turns out it was kids sticking M-80's in drainage pipes and trying to launch items out of the pipes. Officers said it sure sounded like gunfire to them as well. Talked to a sergeant I know later about the response time and he said it was good timing. Briefing for shift change had just ended, so three officers just went right from the station to our place.
     
  7. bogie

    bogie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    9,569
    Location:
    St. Louis, in the Don't Show Me state
    Let us reiterate - this is why _I_ like having means of PERSONAL protection available:

    While working on a rehab in the city, I witnessed a drive-by (more like a walk-by - he got out, walked around the car from the passenger side, stood in the middle of the road and dumped the whole mag at the target house, walked back to the passenger seat,and they drove off at a leisurely pace) from the third floor window. Called it in before the last round of brass hit the pavement.

    20 minutes later the cops showed up, bitched me out (I had long hair at the time), told me not to make false alarm calls (while I was pointing at brass in the road) and didn't even get out of the car to go look at the target house. I didn't really push things, because officially we were squatting, since we didn't have an occupancy permit yet.

    When I got mugged in the central part of the city, the first batch of po po who came by, about 10 minutes after the call, told me that I wasn't in their area. Seems that I'd been mugged right on the border. Other cops showed up in about 10 minutes more, and paid more attention to a report than to "hey, they went down that alley - do you think they may have dropped my wallet?" By then the muggers were probably already buzzed.

    Outside my apartment building, a young lady who was driving down the road dropped a cigarette in her lap and was paying far too much attention to it. Totalled four cars (on a residential street!). Took 20 minutes for the first cops, and a bit more for EMS.

    In another instance, a coed neighbor neglected to take her obviously much needed medication, stripped down to birthday suit, and proceeded to run up and down the street naked and yelling. This attracted a modest bit of attention.

    Within five minutes the street looked like someone was giving away free donuts.

    I know what kinda call I'm gonna put in if there's trouble.
     
  8. El Tejon

    El Tejon Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    18,085
    Location:
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    Maybe it was an AD, "hey, Cledus, lookey here at my new pistol gun", and was reported as such??? :confused:
     
  9. mfree

    mfree Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,079
    Location:
    Knoxville, TN
    Out in somewhat rural Tennessee, the one time I had to make an urgent 911 call the response time was 6 minutes for the first responder, 8 for local volunteer fire department, 10 for ambulance services, and 14 for county officers.

    That was the night I decided that the next opportunity I got, I needed a pistol for the house.

    See, this wasn't a nuisance call... some kids crashed a Buick at well over 100mph right next to my house (flipped ~5-6 times and hit a crabapple tree 20' up before falling wheels-down 80' from the house) and my mother was out there (ex-LRN) trying to keep the driver's brains from falling out the hole in his skull while he was choking on his own blood. If that means 8 minutes before *anyone* shows up...

    Now I live a bit closer to a lot larger police force, but I don't expect them to show up any faster. So I bought more pistols :)
     
  10. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2005
    Messages:
    2,176
    Location:
    IDPA junkie in DFW, TX
    Maybe the men you saw standing outside were DEA agents arguing about who should hold the Glock.

    Seriously though, 22 minutes is unacceptable and I'd definitely file a written complaint.
     
  11. TechBrute

    TechBrute Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2003
    Messages:
    3,264
    Location:
    DFW, TX
    Nope, unless they have some new invisibility cloak that is LEO-only.

    Let me guess... you're a cop?

    That doesn't apply here.

    GPPD has 209 sworn officers (101 non-sworn and 50 reserve, in addition.) Lucky for me, they could spare one to drive by the house.
     
  12. CentralTexas

    CentralTexas Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2004
    Messages:
    1,235
    Location:
    Austin Texas
    Gotta ask-

    "since we didn't have an occupancy permit yet."
    Where do yo live that's so screwed up you need permission to have a residence?
    CT
     
  13. c_yeager

    c_yeager Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Messages:
    5,479
    Location:
    Seattle
    Out of curiosity, other than driving by, what SHOULD the police have done?
     
  14. TechBrute

    TechBrute Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2003
    Messages:
    3,264
    Location:
    DFW, TX
    How about investigating the issue reported? :banghead:

    So should I have not called the police, or should I just not expect them to get their lazy butts out of the ACed car?
     
  15. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    2,571
    Location:
    NE PA
    If you don't like the "excuses" given, then call the PD and get your own answer :banghead: because all your going to do is find fault in whatever answer is given to you here. :rolleyes:
     
  16. grimjaw

    grimjaw Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Messages:
    3,358
    Location:
    Arkansas
    THR LEO's, please don't take offense to my comments. I don't do your job, and I certainly don't understand all the restrictions and hardships that you operate under.

    I imagine that response time varies widely with location. In a small city (~50000) in Arkansas, in one of the worst parts of town, I called 9-1-1 to report the neighbors threatening each other and threatening another person on the phone, all while the little girl that lived there (I think she was five or six) screamed bloody murder and beat on the walls. The walls in that place were so thin we could see the lights of the next apartment through them, so I can hear most everything, but I can't see if they're smacking each other or the girl around. Nobody showed up, even though I gave them my name and address. I had other times when I tried to get response from LE there, no luck. I have absolutely no confidence in LE back there.

    In the small communities in North Carolina I lived in, LE seemed to respond quicker. I only had to call them twice. One was on a peeping tom at my neighbor's house. I basically scared the guy off, and then had the neighbor call 9-1-1, they were there in five minutes. The other time was a car accident with no injuries. LE took almost 45 minutes to arrive, but it was understandable. At approximately the same time I was in my wreck, the local deputy sheriff had wrapped his car around a pole in a high speed chase and was killed about 10 miles away. My accident was rightfully a lower priority.

    I've avoided LE in Ohio like the plague.

    If I'm planning to be in one place for awhile and have inclination to get to know my neighbors, then I'll also make the effort to know LE and fire/rescue personnel on a first name basis. I've found that helpful if for no other reason than less hassles.

    In all times that I've seen them respond, it's been to do 'janitorial' work. I do not expect them to protect me: they never have and they never will. The only time I've been in physical danger and could have used help, they showed up when I was on the emergency room operating table. Wanted to know if I wanted to press charges. This was before cell phones were commonplace, of course (1988?)

    Jeez, I feel old. I forget how much crap I've been through until I listen to someone else with a similar story.

    jmm
     
  17. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2005
    Messages:
    2,503
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Police response depends on lot on where you live. I live in a small town (population 10,000) that doesn't have its own police force. We rely on the County Sheriff Department. I'm sure they're plenty busy, though, because there is one major city (Memphis) and several small cities (Germantown, Collierville, Arlington, etc.) in the same County.

    One time I called them to complain about a scam artist going door-to-door on a Saturday afternoon. I'd seen this particular scam before, and knew that anyone going dtd in our town needed a permit from City Hall. I asked to see the permit, and the individual feigned surprise that he would need such a thing. I told him to get lost, and called the Sheriff Department non-emergency number. I reported the incident and gave a description of the individual, his companion and the truck they were driving. I didn't actually expect anyone to do anything about it.

    Less than 15 minutes later, there were two cruisers in my driveway and two deputies on my doorstep. Another deputy had already located and stopped the perps, and was "detaining" them. These deputies wanted to make sure I hadn't been threatened by the perps. I told them I hadn't, and they said they would run them off with instructions not to show their faces in the County again.

    My wife has called in the occasional noise complaint over the years, both in our current home and in our former residence (town of 40,000 with a local PD). In every instance, we had a quick response, and officers came to the house personally to make sure we were o.k. and satisfied.

    I don't get the idea that people who live in large cities have similar experiences. I suspect it's a matter of the police in large cities having far more serious issues to deal with, even if the ratio of officers to residents is the same. When you're patrolling the domestic equivalent of Fallujah, you've got more important things to do than check out minor noise complaints. I'm sure they could add enough officers to respond to every little complaint in under 5 minutes, but the cost would be so enormous that no one would pay the necessary taxes.

    The solutions are clear to me. First, be ready, willing and able to protect yourself. Second, move the heck out of the big cities.
     
  18. migoi

    migoi Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Messages:
    560
    Location:
    Hawaii
    Stories..

    of police response times are interesting but of no real use.

    Even the best response time posted, 5 minutes for the naked lady call I think, is far too long to let someone beat on you with a claw hammer. Oleg has an excellent picture on his site illustrating this. It is of a big guy coming straight at the camera with an upraised hammer. Can anyone say T-drill, 21 feet with an impact weapon?

    I use that situation all the time when trying to explain why I like keeping a firearm handy. I ask the person to give me their estimate of the best response time the police could have to their house. I then ask them if they would be willing to let someone beat them on the head with a hammer for that period of time. This is made more instructive if you have a hammer and some inanimate object to beat on for the time period named.

    Police response time stories are interesting but the reality of the situation is they are never going to be able to respond fast enough to stop an immediate threat to your life.

    migoi
     
  19. Drav

    Drav Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2004
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    Madison, AL
    "One shot is backfire, two is gunfire."
     
  20. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2004
    Messages:
    7,377
    Location:
    CA
    You cannot depend on 911. Slow response times are a bargaining chip for departments pandering for more money.
     
  21. SLCDave

    SLCDave Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2004
    Messages:
    821
    Location:
    Salt Lake Valley
    You never drove the Ford Ranger I did just out of High School....
     
  22. bogie

    bogie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    9,569
    Location:
    St. Louis, in the Don't Show Me state
    Well, at that point it was a lot closer to a construction site than to a residence. Total gut rehab (down to floors and bare studs) of a condemned building. New wiring, new plumbing, new roof, new everything. Roof was done first, then the rest of the tearout was completed, then panel and plumbing stack went in. Plumbing to third floor was first, then actual Romex wiring, and after a secure place to "live" was there, the second, first, and finally the basement were completed.

    The city wants to do inspections to ensure livable conditions before you actually "live" in the building. On the plus side, they're generally so happy that someone's rehabbing 'em that they tend to be pretty lax about it.
     
  23. carebear

    carebear Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2004
    Messages:
    4,373
    Location:
    Anchorage, AK
    I'm not an LEO and I don't want to seem like I'm jumping on you but think it through.

    Realistically, what is the cop gonna do even if he got there ONE minute after you called? The probable shooters had already gone inside. Should he have knocked on your neighbor's door and said, "Someone heard a gunshot, can I swipe your hands for gunpowder residue?"

    If the shooter isn't still standing there, gun in hand, it'd be a nightmare to prove a crime was even committed. I suppose he could arrest or even just warn the guy on your word only, which would do wonders for your neighborhood relations. (and probably expose your new house to risk)

    I say again, What would you have them do based on your report even if they came by one minute later.
     
  24. odysseus

    odysseus Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2004
    Messages:
    946
    Location:
    US Citizen
    I can understand your frustration from your point of view on this. Like others have said, you can't depend on law enforcement in the initial throws of an incident to help you since they can only react on reports of incidents and there is a lag.

    However like others said here too, you can't be sure it took then 22 minutes, since you are basing your opinion on what you saw from your angle. Perhaps the officer had been around with the car windows down observing and listening (which they often do).

    You can always call them back and ask what's going on and why they haven't gotten back to you. I have done this once in the past and the operator (calling on the non-emergancy dispatch #) gave me play-by-play. Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they aren't doing anything...
     
  25. Bill2k1

    Bill2k1 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2005
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    When I call I be sure to inform them that its a no rush call if it is, and offer to set up a time for an officer to come by the house. They are pretty good about it. 911 calls in the area are pretty fast. I've never went to call that has taken more then the 2 minutes to get out of the station, and the sub 5 minute travel time in the city. Then again I always claimed Wisconsin has some damn high law enforcement standards, so we get really good cops.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page