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    Dec 11, 2007, 8:35 PM - Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #1

    Hey all. Iím relatively new to the boards and havenít posted much but this story is too good not to share. First off, Iím a police officer in Dallas Texas, assigned to the South Central Patrol Division. Iíve worked for the dept. for just over 10 years. The day before yesterday I got a call on a Burglary in Progress at about 9:30AM. When I got there, I could see that the side door to this house had been pried open and was still partially ajar. Two 1-man cover elements showed up to back me up. We left one officer at the front door and the other officer and I went through the open side door.

    We moved in and cleared the kitchen then started into the dining room. Then I notice this guy standing with his back to us in front of the Christmas Tree. Heís in the process of tearing open the Christmas presents. His crowbar is lying on the floor and heís completely oblivious to the fact that 2 cops are pointing guns at the middle of his back. Heís got a PS2 and a laptop computer all stacked up and ready to go out the door along with the familyís digital camera and some jewelry. I yell at him to get on the groundÖand thatís when everything went to hell.

    He takes off running into the back room and the other officer with me runs outside thinking that there might be a back door (nope). As the guy runs into the bathroom, I almost get ahold of the hood on his jacket, but then he slams the door on my left forearm. So my arm is stuck with him putting all his bodyweight into the door. I'm pushing back from my side of the door and screaming at him that Iím going to fín shoot him if he doesnít let go of my arm. Heís screaming, ďIím sorry! Iím sorry!Ē Iím screaming back, ďDonít be sorry, just get the f..k off my arm!Ē I donít know where the other officer is, so even though I canít see what the badguy is doing and I'm at great risk, I canít shoot him for fear of hitting my cover through some thin drywall. Then I find out the bathroom has a 2nd door that leads into another bedroom. He gives one last hard push and breaks for the other door, now Iím free and back on his heels. Weíre headed back into the kitchen and heís headed right for the open door to get outside the house. As he runs into the kitchen, he grabs a wooden chair and flings it into my legs...completely taking me out. I grabbed his hood as I was falling and he dragged me for about 3 steps before he was able to unzip the jacket and leave me holding it while playing Twister with the chair on the floorÖ1 cop down.

    As the burglar is running out the door, the other officer that initially came in with me, runs from behind me, hurtles me as Iím trying to get up and gets right back on the guy. He gets a handful of the badguy, but loses his grip and goes down on the concrete, tearing up his elbowÖ2 cops down. Finally the last officer, remember the guy at the front door? Well heís a good runner, and sees our badguy running out of the house. He takes off at a dead sprint and starts to close the gap on the burglar, but just as he gets from the front yard to the edge of the driveway, he slips on the wet grass, goes down on the driveway and breaks two fingersÖ3 cops down. We all pick ourselves up, I grab a car and another officer chases the guy into a wooded area. Finally the cavalry starts showing up and itís raining police. We get the area surrounded and FINALLY catch him hiding about 10 minutes later. Turns out the badguy had been smoking ďWetĒ as they call it down here. Itís marijuana cigarettes dipped in embalming fluid and it has a similar effect to PCP. I ended up with some nice lacerations and a couple ugly bruises on both legs and maybe a some ligament or meniscus damage to my right knee (still need to get the MRI to confirm). It always feels great to actually snag one of the real scumbags; all the bad luck and injuries that it took to get this guy didnít temper that feeling one bit. Like I said initially, ďScore one for the good guys!Ē
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    Dec 11, 2007, 8:38 PM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #2

    Great job, man! As a US Marine that's been to Iraq and knows what it's like to chase down the bad guys, I cheer you on completely. I've got the scars and back injuries to prove it. :-P
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    Dec 11, 2007, 9:09 PM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #3

    WOW! great story. I've heard about how people on PCP have the strength of ten men and feel no pain. I read that some guy jumped from a four story building, breaking both legs getting up and running away??? glad you and the other officers are on the mend bro. man, I feel like I just watched an episode of "Cops". the way you described that whole ordeal kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it. now, I'm gonna go grab some popcorn and read it again. thank you for your service buddy and stay safe!

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    Dec 11, 2007, 10:37 PM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #4

    embalming fluid??? ugh... what makes people think this stuff up???

    you know someone, somewhere, had to look at the stuff and think: i wonder if i'd get high off this.

    glad you caught him!
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    Dec 11, 2007, 10:44 PM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #5

    Wow! Pretty exciting stuff. Glad you got the guy and some family's Christmas wasn't spoiled too badly.
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    Dec 11, 2007, 10:52 PM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #6

    You guys don't have Tasers? Too bad the suspect didn't go to the hospital Can't get down like they used to back in the day.
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    Dec 12, 2007, 7:55 AM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #7

    Iīm a police officer and we donīt carry guns or tasers just a baton and a mace and our bare hands.8)
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    Dec 12, 2007, 9:20 AM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #8

    I had a former coworker take out a guy that tried to rob a convenience store in Waukesha who expressed a similar high at helping the authorities apprehend the thief.

    Wanna know how it was done? Hit him over the head with a bottle when he was backing up towards the door. Knocked clean out. Cops showed up a couple minutes later.

    Justice.
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    Dec 12, 2007, 9:29 AM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #9

    Good question on the taser. That would have helped immensely. We do have tasers and I used to carry one. When they originally issued them, we were allowed to shoot fleeing suspects with them. Unfortunately we had an incident (I wasn't involved) where a 20-something year old 5'6" 250 lb+ guy with an enlarged heart,that was loaded up on cocaine,weed, and booze started pounding on his family. They called 911 and said something like this "Ju guyz bettah send lotsa cops cuz he'z gonna fight." So 6 cops show up, he fights, he gets maced, tasered, and dogpiled, handcuffed, racially discriminated against (so sayeth the family), and then his heart blows out. The medical examiner ruled the taser as a contributing factor to the death, though surprising not the discrimination. /scratches head...so now they raised the taser use so high up on the force continuum that you're justified in using a real gun in virtually any situation that a taser could be used. So alot of us don't carry the things anymore, they're just dead weight. It's too bad, because it's a great tool, it just doesn't fit the care-bear mentality of the administration. The perception amongst the troops is that they'd rather have us sit around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and singing Kum-BY-Yah with the crackheads and glad-handing car thieves than keeping the good citizens from become victims. LOL. Sorry for the rant.
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    Dec 12, 2007, 9:41 AM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #10

    Great story! I'm a 20 year old Security Guard in Atlanta. While I've not had any similar experience, I am in school to become a cop. It's the only job I can imagine myself doing.
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    Dec 12, 2007, 10:00 AM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #11

    Quote N1mbus said: View Post
    Good question on the taser. That would have helped immensely. We do have tasers and I used to carry one. When they originally issued them, we were allowed to shoot fleeing suspects with them. Unfortunately we had an incident (I wasn't involved) where a 20-something year old 5'6" 250 lb+ guy with an enlarged heart,that was loaded up on cocaine,weed, and booze started pounding on his family. They called 911 and said something like this "Ju guyz bettah send lotsa cops cuz he'z gonna fight." So 6 cops show up, he fights, he gets maced, tasered, and dogpiled, handcuffed, racially discriminated against (so sayeth the family), and then his heart blows out. The medical examiner ruled the taser as a contributing factor to the death, though surprising not the discrimination. /scratches head...so now they raised the taser use so high up on the force continuum that you're justified in using a real gun in virtually any situation that a taser could be used. So alot of us don't carry the things anymore, they're just dead weight. It's too bad, because it's a great tool, it just doesn't fit the care-bear mentality of the administration. The perception amongst the troops is that they'd rather have us sit around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and singing Kum-BY-Yah with the crackheads and glad-handing car thieves than keeping the good citizens from become victims. LOL. Sorry for the rant.

    That's too bad. I'm sure the drugs, weight, and the fact he was fighting had nothing to do with it. I'm sure you know those things have saved a lot of guys fom getting hurt in physical confrontations, although I've only used mine once. We have guys on patrol using them a few times a month.

    Seems like people would rather see a suspect get smacked a thousand times with a baton and end up in the hospital instead of a 5 second jolt with the Taser.

    The only time I used it was a guy who I knew was going to fight. You can see it, he's tensed up, looking for his get away. I already had it out, he never saw it, when the female officer (who never had good control) of him went to cuff him he made a break for it. "POP" down he went. Going to prison now, he's got lots of prior theft convictions. Be out in 6 months probably.
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    Dec 12, 2007, 10:27 AM - Re: Score 1 for the Goodguys (Warning Text Heavy) #12

    ok, first off "It’s marijuana cigarettes dipped in embalming fluid..." - that's just gross and wrong. WHo come up with this crazy and potentially leathal stuff. Don't people care what goes into their bodies.


    But mainly - ROCK ON! I'm sorry to hear that you guys got a little banged up but I am glad you got that jerk.

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