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Officer shot in chest later admits shooting himself (San Antonio, TX)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Spreadfire Arms, Sep 12, 2007.

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  1. Spreadfire Arms

    Spreadfire Arms Member

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    as seen here:

    http://www.statesman.com/news/content/gen/ap/TX_Police_Shooting_Hoax.html

    not looking to make this an anti-cop thread, but it was a complete waste of time for responding officers! :banghead:
     
  2. Bazooka Joe71

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    At first I thought "LOL, dummy" but then I saw that he got shot twice...Why would he do this on purpose?

    At least no innocent people were harassed/harmed in the process of the witch hunt.
     
  3. pdowg881

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    Twice in the chest?
     
  4. F4GIB

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    How did he get through the Academy?

    Didn't anyone on his shift notice that he was "strange."

    This sort of conduct doesn't just happen one day.

    Luckily no Hispanic man was shot during the hunt for the perpetrators.

    Sorry, if anyone feels this is "bashing."
     
  5. Rugerman99

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    why??? what was the point of shooting himself? :confused:
     
  6. TallPine

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    testing the vest, maybe ???

    you really can't make this stuff up :rolleyes:
     
  7. Spreadfire Arms

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    who knows, but i suspect that it may be because he is a few sandwiches short of a picnic and/or was looking for attention.

    but if he wants attention he should buy a dog, not shoot himself. twice.

    and he could test the vest by leaning it up against a tree, not wearing it!
     
  8. Geronimo45

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    Only poetry is proper for this situation:

     
  9. Bazooka Joe71

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    He should have shot himself about ~2 feet lower.
     
  10. VA27

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    About 30 years ago this same thing happend with a local PD. The guy was having trouble at home, so he shot himself, to get a little sympathy from his wife, (this was before body armor became common) and called for help. Every cop in 3 counties was out all night looking for a suspect. Dallas PD even sent their chopper with the brightest spotlight I've ever seen. About daylight the story finally came out.

    They fired him and filed false report charges on him. Dallas PD shoulda made him at least pay for the fuel, it's over a hundred miles away. I don't know what ever became of the guy and I don't care.
     
  11. fireflyfather

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    Wanna be careful testing a vest by leaning it against a tree. Vests only work properly when there is something (soft and rubbery/watery...like you!) behind it. Otherwise, might as well use a paper target (in absence of a vest plate).
     
  12. Officers'Wife

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    Hi Spreadfire,

    Not only a waste of time but think of the unnecessary expense to the city, county and state from that "intensive manhunt." The taxpayers are the real losers in this incident.

    Selena
     
  13. silverlance

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    what an idiot. i could see the rationale if he had had an ND and needed to come up with an unembarassing explanation in the ER, but he was wearing a vest... shot himself twice... picked himself off the ground... then filed a false report.

    what a moron. did he really need the attention that bad?
     
  14. Wheeler44

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    The truth is stranger than fiction. For sure.
     
  15. Sharps-shooter

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    Seems like he could have made a headshot at that range.

    I honestly don't get what motivates someone to shoot himself twice in the chest. He should really be in a mental hospital, being as how he's obviously a danger to himself, if not to others as well. I mean, what if there had been a real emergency while the police were out on this wild hispanic goose chase?
     
  16. JLStorm

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    Listen plenty of people do plenty of strange and often stupid things, LEO or not. I have to admit, I am a bit astonished with his conviction, twice in the chest takes some will power. I wonder what the point of all of this was, what intended outcome he had hoped for. One thing is for sure, he has some serious bruising to deal with...
     
  17. justashooter

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    Seems like he could have made a headshot at that range.

    +100
     
  18. Beachmaster

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    I have not heard the "Ballad of Irving" song in many years. Its really funny


    The James Boys was coming on a train at first sun
    And the town said, "Irving, we need your gun."
    When that train pulled in at the break of dawn
    Irving's gun was there, but Irving was gone!
     
  19. Knotthead

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    Sorry. No Darwin Award for you. Try harder.
     
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    Yes, it is bashing. By your logic, everyone associated with this moron is responsible for his behavior, not the moron himself. Any criminals or unsavory characters in your family? Why didn't you stop them? You grew up with them and knew they were "strange". Your whole family must be corrupt, therefore I can trust nothing that you have to say.

    See how it works?

    Back on topic, the guy obviously has problems and should be held responsible for his actions. Civil as well as criminal liability are in order.
     
  21. 1911 guy

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    Wow!

    I mean, just "wow".

    I agree with everyone previous to me, this guy deserves criminal charges, misuse of department equipment (vest, handgun and ammo) as well as filing a false report resulting in wasted man hours and resources. Luckily, everyone else seemed to behave far more level-headed than this individual and nobody got hurt in what was undoubtedly an intensive and probably emotionally charged search.

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    Yes, it is bashing. By your logic, everyone associated with this moron is responsible for his behavior, not the moron himself. Any criminals or unsavory characters in your family? Why didn't you stop them? You grew up with them and knew they were "strange". Your whole family must be corrupt, therefore I can trust nothing that you have to say.
    End Quote.

    Wrong. I'm not responsible for what others do, except my son, as he is a minor and under my control. There are chains of command in both the military and police forces that set responsibility for one's actions directly upon their superiors' shoulders. I've never been a cop, but I've been in leadership positions in the military and knew that my people were my responsibility. Failure to properly lead, train and control them when necessary was punishable, severity depending on the infraction.
     
  22. F4GIB

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    Two actors, two acts. Each is responsible for his own.

    My point is that only other police officers know about these disturbed thugs and only police officers can "clean up" their own. The responsibility cannot be placed on the civilians to do the cleaning.
     
  23. El Tejon

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    As to "why?", cops are human beings are there are dozens of stupid answers.:scrutiny:
     
  24. ilbob

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    Two facts.

    Human beings do many strange things.

    Cops are human beings.

    You can probably figure out the rest yourself. This guy should be treated exactly like anyone else who shot himself twice.
     
  25. Hillsideblue

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    A guy on my job (Nassau County, NY) did the same thing back in the 70's.....He was trying to kill himself, but didn't want his kids to know the real story..........
    He got on the radio and said he was just shot by two male hispanics.........Then, he shot himself in the chest........

    I grabbed two hispanic males about three hundred yards from the scene.......
    The Homicide Squad held them until the Cop came out of surgery and when he realized he was going to live, he told the real story and my two "Suspects" were finally released........

    I think if he really wanted to die, he would have put the gun to his head..........This Cop was a really nice guy and never seemed to have any mental problems until he pulled this stunt..........Sad.........

    They fired him right away...........
     
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