Sunday, April 09, 2006

Don't Play With Guns

Last week my partner and I were posted outside the door of a gunshot victim at a hospital waiting to see if he lived through the surgery. The detective working on the case approached and told us what happened:
A sixteen year old kid and his seventeen year old girlfriend had finished smoking marijuana and "having relations" when the boy picked up a revolver from the desk, and while still in the holster, pointed at the girl and said "bang." He did not pull the trigger so the gun did not discharge. He placed it back on the dresser and went to the bathroom. The girl decided to return the joke and picked up a semi-automatic handgun that was lying next the revolver. She told the detective, "I know how to use these things so I racked the slide back and ejected the bullet that was in the chamber -so I knew it was unloaded." (Unfortunately, a loaded magazine was in the gun so when the first bullet was ejected, the next bullet was loaded into the chamber). When the boy walked out of the bathroom, she said, "bang" and pulled the trigger on the "empty" gun which happened to rip a hole clean through his abdomen, large and small intestines, and severed a major artery. After several hours of surgery and 30 units of blood the kid lived but will face a great chance of infection since the contents of his bowels were exploded into the surrounding tissue.

I pulled over a vehicle the other night that had expired registration. The driver had a suspended driver's license, no registration, and no insurance. I then found out he had a felony warrant outstanding for his arrest. I handcuffed him and then found 5 large buds of marijuana in his shirt pocket. As I escorted him to my patrol car he said, "Don't arrest me, man -I didn't do anything wrong." I told him most cops might overlook a felony warrant, a criminal traffic violation, and felony drug possession, but not wearing a seatbelt could not be ignored.

I am entering my final two weeks of training and can hardly wait to start riding solo. Every night is either exciting, interesting, hilarious, or all three.


At April 10, 2006 4:23 PM, Blogger Tony said...

I don't believe the general public should have guns. Too many mishaps happen. And what is it with these criminals who always say, "I didn't do nothing"? I watch "COPS" and they always say the same thing. I like the seatbelt comment.

At April 10, 2006 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. Howard

At April 17, 2006 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


It sounds like you never have a dull night. Keep up the great work.


At March 26, 2009 7:27 PM, Blogger Dan Covey said...

True, seatbelts are important, not being sarcastic, just glad one worn by a 19YO version of me allowed me to be here to write this note. Just found this blog today. Nice, I'll probably read the whole thing today. I minored in Crim J, then decided I wouldn't want to spend 10-12 hours a day working with people I wouldn't associate with in my off hours, at the time that was criminals. One bad experience with a cop that was wrong on a speeding ticket (dismissed, and justice done I think), plus reading the Balko's Agitator blog have left me thinking I might not have been all that happy to associate with some LEOs as well. All of your very well written experiences have reminded me that the line officers are usually the good guys, I appreciate it, stay safe. Dan Covey.


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