Posts Tagged ‘OffDuty’

postheadericon Two Teens Attempt Armed Robbery, But Their Target Was An Off-Duty Police Officer

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – Two teenagers tried to rob a man last tuesday, but they didn’t know who they were messing with at the time. However, they quickly found out.

The two teenagers accused of shooting a man during an attempted theft last week, didn’t know that their intended victim was an off-duty West Valley City officer, said police.

Local media reports;

The officer had been checking his mail at a communal mailbox at home near 3300 South and 1250 West just after 7 p.m. last Tuesday, according to a news release from West Valley police.

As he walked back home, two suspects with a handgun stopped him and allegedly attempted to rob him.

“During the course of this robbery, multiple rounds were fired both at the officer and by the officer,” the release stated. The suspects fled.

Moments after the officer had reported the shooting, two teens arrived in the local hospital with gunshot injuries. They had shown up at the hospital with the same vehicle described by the officer. The 17-year-old had been shot once and the 15-year-old had been shot twice.

The police officer was shot once in the foot and is recovering after leaving the hospital. The officer was not in uniform during the attempted robbery which indicates that the suspects didn’t know who they were getting involved with.

Concealed handguns protect people who cannot always rely on the police for protection, but when a victim is a concealed carrying police officer, there are usually one of the two outcomes: jail, or death.

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postheadericon Two Thugs In NJ Target Off-Duty Cop For Robbery, Both Lose Their Lives

NEWARK, N.J. — When a pair of thugs attempted to rob a couple of folks in Newark, New Jersey, they were looking for a quick buck.

What they got were funeral arrangements.

As NJ.com reports:

At about 11:30 p.m., the officer was in the 100 block of South 6th Street in Newark dropping off an acquaintance and two children when he was approached by the two armed men, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino said in a release Monday.

One of the men apparently tried to shoot at the officer but his gun jammed, the prosecutor’s office said.

The officer shot both men — identified as Dante Holden, 19, of and Tymyr Wilson, 21, both of East Orange — and both were pronounced dead at the scene, Laurino said. Officials declined to identify the officer involved. A spokeswoman for Jersey City Monday issued a statement on the incident.

“We are thankful that our detective, who was a victim of an attempted armed robbery, is OK and want to thank the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor for their assistance in this ongoing investigation,” said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill.

She declined to answer any additional questions about the officer.

Yeah, score two for the good guys.

When a robber picks a victim, they really have no idea who they’re targeting, just like we don’t know who they are until they make that fateful choice.

These two made the worst, dumbest mistake of their lives.

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postheadericon Masked Gunman Shot And Killed By Off-Duty Officer In California

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA — A San Joaquin County deputy shot and killed one attacker and send another running after two masked men attempted to ambush him outside his apartment complex.

The incident occurred around 10:40 p.m. according to the Los Angeles Times. When the deputy saw two masked, armed men approaching him in the parking lot of his apartment, he drew his gun and opened fire. One of the men, now identified as Keenan Bradley, was injured and died at the scene. The other fled.

Officer Joseph Silva, spokesman for Stockton Police Department, did his best to answer the host of unanswered questions about the motivation behind this attempted crime.

“He [the deputy] did not know if he was being robbed, carjacked, or targeted because he was law enforcement,” Silva said. “Everything happened so fast. He just remembers seeing the guns pointed to his face.”

The fast reflexes and situational awareness of that deputy likely saved his life.

It would have been all too easy to stumble outside at 10:30 p.m. and be oblivious to who’s moving through the apartment complex’s parking lot. Thankfully he wasn’t.

The other thing that saved his life? His ability to use a handgun.

In California, concealed carry permits are issued on a county-by-county basis. In some counties, the process may be easier than others. Some, like San Francisco and Los Angeles counties, it can be outright impossible.

As a member of law enforcement, this officer is allowed to keep a gun on him at all times. He’s subject to far fewer restrictions about what he carries and how he carries it.

For the average Californian heading out to his or her car at 10:30 p.m. on a weekday, he would be at the mercy of those two masked, armed men.

Law-abiding citizens of California have a hell of a time obtaining a concealed carry permit. There are still tens of thousands of legally registered concealed carriers. According to a report by Reveal, there are approximately 71,000 active concealed carriers in the state of California. That means the average Californian is statistically unlikely to be armed once he or she is outside the home.

Easy pickings for carjackers, thieves, and killers.

Maybe those two criminals targeted the deputy because he was a deputy. In which case, at least one of them got what he deserved. Or, as could be the case, they were just too stupid to know the deputy was one of the few Californians carrying a handgun.

No matter. One of them lost the odds on that gig and now he’s joined the majority.

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postheadericon Armed Citizen Shot By Off-Duty Police Officer While Chasing Armed Robber

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — A Georgia man was shot and critically wounded after an off-duty police officer heard shots fired and saw a man round a corner with a gun and assumed he was the culprit.

As WSB-TV Atlanta reports, the gun owner was actually pursuing an armed robber who had just robbed the gun owner and another man to the tune of $ 1,000. The gun owner took off after the armed robber, who is believed to have fired two shots directed at him. An off-duty police officer just happened to be in the area and heard shots fired, so he naturally drew his own handgun.

Unfortunately, the gun owner rounded the corner first and the off-duty officer, seeing a man with a gun and having just heard gunshots, opened fire and struck the gun owner. The victim was critically injured and taken to the hospital where he remains in serious condition. Atlanta police in conjunction with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into the matter and are expected to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident.

The off-duty police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

“I think he should have at least yelled freeze or something. My dad knows English. If he would have said something, stop, freeze or something, he would have stopped,” the son of the victim said to news reporters.

From the sounds of this report, it definitely sounds like the off-duty police officer may have jumped to conclusions before taking control of the situation. In a perceived life-or-death situation with shots actively being fired, a person can easily make that mistake. The problem relates to the fact that no one can take back what leaves the barrel of a gun.

It doesn’t matter if the man is just a gun owner or a sworn officer of the law — it’s vitally important to differentiate good guys from bad guys. Without knowing more about this case or the details leading up to it, it definitely seems like a whole cascade of bad mistakes lead to a great, big tragedy.

  • This gun owner shouldn’t have been shot.
  • The gun owner shouldn’t have attempted to pursue an armed suspect on foot and alone.
  • The police officer should have checked his targets.
  • The police officer should have given much more direction to the person he believed to be the bad guy before he pulled the trigger.

Good guys and bad guys don’t wear little signs on their head indicating which one they are. It’s our job as concealed carriers, gun owners, and in some cases sworn officers of the law, to ensure that every person we perceive as a threat is actually a threat.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and hope, if anything, this will provide the basis for better community outreach and education for law enforcement working in Northwest Atlanta.

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postheadericon Off-duty Officer Stops Mass Stabbing In Massachusetts

TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Neighbors were allegedly helpless to watch as a man violently entered a woman’s home and stabbed her and her daughter. They stood by and watched as he fled the scene only to steal a vehicle and then drive it into a nearby Macy’s. The stabbing continued until he was finally shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.

Standing by and watching a violent crime take place and doing absolutely nothing — that’s a “gun free zone” mentality. Thankfully, at least one off-duty police in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts demonstrated a willingness to intercede and stop it according to WMUR.

The slain murderer, in this case, appears to have gone completely out of his mind according to witnesses talking to WMUR. After the first crash that happened in the neighborhood of the mother and daughter, this bad guy allegedly stole a vehicle and raced around like a mad man doing whatever damage he could manage until being put down like a rabid dog.

via WMUR

“I came out and I heard girls running and people screaming, ‘There’s a guy,’” she said. “We’re used to guys entering the store, so we thought he must have had a gun. I ran with them. I was scared.”

Great. Get to safety. Watch helplessly as more people get attacked and mauled by a mad man. This is precisely why we need more responsible, trained concealed carriers and why imposing arbitrary gun restrictions on otherwise law-abiding citizens is both ridiculous and inane.

“All of a sudden, he walked into Bertucci’s and I saw him just start stabbing people,” one witness said. “And there was someone with a chair trying to throw it at (the suspect). There was an off-duty police officer there, and he actually shot him and kept him down.”

To the man in Bertucci’s that got up and attempted to protect himself and others: good job. You may not have known there was an off-duty police officer right behind you ready to put this guy down, but you stood and fought.

We generally advocate avoid, deny, and then fight. People have families they want to go home to, places they want to go, things they want to do. That’s understandable. And it’s impossible to know what conditions gave way to create the sort of madness within this man whereby he felt compelled to attack multiple people in multiple locations on a spontaneous whimsy. That said, I will always applaud and respect deeply those who are willing to sacrifice their own well-being to defend the lives of themselves and those around them.

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postheadericon Off-Duty Cop Asked To Leave Bar While Armed, Complies, But Partner Makes It Worse… What’s Your Take?

CINCINNATI, OHIO — An armed off-duty police officer was allegedly drinking at an arcade-themed bar in Cincinnati when a patron contacted management regarding his violation of Ohio law.  In Ohio, it is allowed for a concealed carrier to go into … Continue reading
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