Homeowner calls police, gets shot by responding officers

A homeowner, who’d called 911 in response to a home invasion and exchanged fire with the intruders was ultimately shot by responding officers in Charleston, South Carolina. Officers arrived on the scene and saw to male suspects fleeing on bicycles. The local agency’s statement would seem to indicate they believe it was the homeowner’s own fault he was shot.

“Our deputies proceeded to the rear of the home and were confronted by an armed subject exiting or standing at the back door of the residence,” the sheriff’s statement read. “Our deputies challenged the subject and ordered him to drop his weapon, which he didn’t at the time. As a result, one of our deputies fired his service weapon striking the subject once in the neck area.” Police said the subject who was shot is a homeowner or resides at the property.

via South Carolina Police Responding to Home Invasion Call Shoot Home’s Resident – ABC News.

This isn’t meant to be a post about police brutality. We all have our own opinions on that and unfortunately, because the homeowner in this case was black, we are sure to hear the usual suspects bring up race. But, the more obvious lesson has nothing to do with race and everything to do with being at the scene of a high risk call with officers responding to a “shots fired” call.

If you find yourself in a home invasion and gain the upper hand, remember that continuing to chase them once they disengage and leave your home is fraught with exponentially greater risk. If you can, stay on the line with the operator/dispatcher. Give a clear description of who you are and what you look like (race, gender, height, build, clothing). If and only if it is safe to do so, leave the house and tell the dispatcher/operator to have officers meet you at a safe location rather than waiting for them to enter your home. If they ask why you want to do this, the simple answer is that you do not want to risk your family or yourself getting shot by responding officers. If officers are already there, put your gun down, and I cannot stress this enough, comply with their commands immediately.

-GM

Officer literally shoots the bull…In the line of duty

FELLSMERE, Fla. – Just before 7 Wednesday morning Nick Seuderling came face to face with a bull at the GoLine bus stop outside the Sonris Villas in Fellsmere. He ran off then dialed 9-1-1.

“He (the bull) ran at me then he ran past me into the complex and there’s a bunch of kids walking this way,” Seuderling told the 9-1-1 operator.

In seconds, a handful of kids from Sebastian River Middle School were on the run.

“We were all scared. The moment that the bull was going to our bus stop, everybody started running into the woods everywhere,” said Yasmin Linares.

A Fellsmere police officer arrived on scene and tried to distract the bull.

Read more via Fellsmere officer shoots, kills bull to defend children – wptv.com.

The Guide to Selling Things on the Internet

Not directly gun related but, still useful for those of us wanting to make use of sites like Gun Broker, Arms List, or any site to sell guns, gear, beans or bullets, over the interwebs. And as it happens, it’s written by founder of Texas Gun Talk, Alan LaFrance. I haven’t posted the whole article hear but, you’ll find a link below.

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So you need to sell something on the internet. Well here if your handy guide to how a proper transaction should go down, from start to finish. I will cover steps to take when selling, how to sell, and finding a price point the right way. Lastly, I’ll cover what not to do to avoid being a total self-centered scumbag that no one ever wants to deal with again.

Read more via The Guide to Selling Things on the Internet.

Odd Trivia, Frank Sinatra was almost cast as Dirty Harry

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This is going to hit a couple buddies of mine in the feels. But, would you believe the role of Harry Callahan was originally written for Frank Sinatra? The reason he lost the role however is about as uncool as it gets…He couldn’t lift Dirty Harry’s famous revolver, the Smith & Wesson Model 29, .44 Magnum.

While I like Sinatra, I personally can’t imagine him in that role. Eastwood, McQueen, Newman, or even Bronson all would have been far more realistic options. But between a wrist injury and a relatively small frame Sinatra just wasn’t big enough…5’8″ and may be 110lbs wet, even if Ava Gardner swore 10lbs of that was between his legs.

-GM

Uber driver, licensed to carry gun, shoots gunman in Logan Square – Chicago Tribune

Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.

The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.

Read More via Uber driver, licensed to carry gun, shoots gunman in Logan Square – Chicago Tribune.

You know, I seem to remember more than a few anti-gun zealots screaming that this kind of thing NEVER happens. That there is NEVER a good guy with a gun other than a cop. That no private citizen has EVER stopped a mass shooting. Low and behold, in that most anti-gun of states, Rahm Emanuel’s back yard, and President Obama’s adopted home town, an as yet unidentified and law-abiding private citizen stepped up to the plate to act long before anyone with the local PD could act and prevented anyone else from getting hurt.

-GM