The Shooters.

Monday, April 9, 2012



The taste of brass is there. I do not recall how many times I took those walks. Facing men that have rifles, or handguns will involve certain risks. One thing is for sure, you must be prepared for the calculated risks to not succeed.

The adrenaline was always a part of it, and maybe it serves to help you if you are hit by a bullet, or shotgun fire.

Inside our court house lock up there were bullet holes on the wall where a convicted killer tried to escape. I never knew who he was, but the holes were there. It takes a lot of impact , and force behind lead for it to partially penetrate cement so imagine what one can do to a body.

I never had a desire to see anyone with gun shot wounds ,so I made it my business not too. If your going to seek suspects you should be at least a little fearless. When one of my partner's , and I had to respond to a shooter armed with shotguns ,we traveled fast, and at code three which means that you must respond as soon as possible to a crime scene , or to and emergency quickly.

I joked with my partner to relieve the tension as we traveled at high speed. We did not call for back up. It was a bad situation. When we arrived a distance away from the shooter's home , my partner turned off the ignition to our car . We opened our front doors. I told my police partner to remain with the car. I could not raise my right knee , or leg. My leg did not want to go anywhere . I took my hands, and lifted my leg up, and shoved my leg outward.

I stood outside , and then I yelled out, " Please come out of your house unarmed . We are from the Sheriff's department. We will not hurt you, but you have to come out ."

The shooter walked out side, and about a nine year old boy walked outside with him. I knew the shooter had a handgun. I did not see it, but I knew he had one concealed.

The situation was extremely sensitive. The child was to close to the shooter which was his father .

My next step was too use the right language that would not make him impulsive, or nervous. I just knew he had a handgun in his back pocket, and he could shoot me with it. As I slowly walked toward the man I used these words. " I am not going to hurt you. We only want to talk to you." I did my best to be casual, like I was just talking to a regular every day person . I intentionally tried my best to seem as relaxed as possible. My next important words to him were, " I promise you that no one will hurt you, and that nothing will happen to you, and that you will be treated with respect."

I meant exactly what I said. He would be treated with respect, and I would see to it that he would have his rights protected. My duty as and officer was to protect people, and that included him unless he would give me a reason not too.

It worked out absolutely fantastic. I knew exactly what the shooter intended to do in every moment of his movements. At all times the child was in my mind , and in providing safety for his young life. I knew the suspect would hand me his hand gun. He reached behind himself with his right hand, and handed me a 38 Smith & Wesson blue steel revolver .

He said, " I was going to commit suicide with it."

My words to him were, " My God. I am glad you did not do that, but you need to come with us. My partner read him his rights. My partner , and I did not use a lot of dramatic hum bug .

I told him that I had to search him , and that we had to read him his Constitutional rights. My partner , and I broke only one rule. I chose not to handcuff him because he was searched well . I know I should have, but I did not want to hand cuff the child's father in the child's presence.

Inside the suspect's home was his five year old girl which was his other child. The suspect was charged with a double shooting. I will not discuss the victims, but they were not killed. They were injured badly.

Inside the suspect's home , and on his kitchen table were half a dozen , or more rifles. My partner , and I were advised that the suspect would not surrender, and would fire upon police officers.

Although I , and my partners were told many times that shooters would be armed, and dangerous, I never took it on my own to assume the very worst about anyone.

I was very happy that the situation worked out so well. Police work is not the kind of place to draw premature conclusions about people no matter how dangerous anyone is said to be.

I never handled situations with general ideas. Every individual in life deserves to be treated in a careful manner with careful circumstances, and conditions. I would never become , and open target to armed suspects that are dealing in illegal drugs like Heroin or something mind altering . When there is a chance that a person will surrender, you give that person a chance .

I am not the young man I was, but my advice to any man, or woman that decides to become a police officer is to give every person a chance to be treated right, but always be careful , and follow your rules, and procedures.

Never consider a call a safe one. By doing this you will always be on guard, and your mind will process important information sensibly with ways to try to get a job done as safe as possible. You do not want to hurt anyone, or get hurt, and you do not want to make a mountain out of a mole hill. You do not want to create trouble, or give birth to it, or be some sort of hot shot looking for , and excuse to create violence. The key of it all is to reduce violence, stop violence, and to avoid a load of paper work, and legal actions where you might also be brought to court for actions you have done wrong.

A good police officer is a protector, and not a destroyer. Good officers try to save lives, and to protect society.

I have never beaten a man with a night stick . In fact I never carried the darn things. I am sure some officers felt they have had to use them. All I usually did was to wrestle suspects down that would have a knife. I have wrestled a lot of guys , and to tell you the honest truth, sometimes I hated to even do that much.

Sometimes only words are good enough to make an arrest. One day I knocked on a door, and a giant of a man opened his door. I said, " I am from the Sheriff's department. I have a warrant for you're arrest. "

He said, " No way, I am not coming with you."

I said, " Just go put on your pants , and come with me, or I will just have to walk back to our car , and ask four more officers to come back with me." He came with me without any problems. A car full of deputies were shocked. They could not believe I could make the arrest so easily. He was not a bad man. He just did not want to go to jail, and I told him that it was out of my hands, and that I had a certain job I had to do , or my captain would fire me. I told the big man that I had to put handcuffs on him because of silly rules. Cops had placed bets on me that I could not do it.

One sarcastic officer said, " You're the fella that believes in talking instead of fighting ."

I said, " Why sure I am, I don't want to get my behind whipped three times a day, and twice on Saturdays to please you. This prisoner beside me could stomp all five of us. I have seen deputies get the living you know what beat out of them. My partner became a smart ale ck with the wrong man one day. I sat back to watch my partner get the living wax beat out of him for being a fool . My partner was extremely angry with me, and did not help me when I had a terrible fight with a large rapist maniac . I became quite nasty wrestling the rapist in a large back yard pile of garbage.

A few weeks later the big man I arrested volunteered to come with my partner, and I to help us stop a war at a bar room back in a discreet area near a place around blood river , and was called "the Silver Slipper." It was a hang out for horrible nasty mother hunkers, and husky brutes with real bad rotten gross looking teeth, and they smelled bad. They had really long ugly jack knives. Well this is the truth. I hate violence with a passion , but that night I was happier than a chirping frog on a water lilly to have that big man with us , and a pump shotgun in my hands with buck shot. The criminals there were awful. My partner, and I called for back up. We had sixty million deputies with us later.



God Bless Everyone.








Comments 8 comments

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow this is fascinating.. You had such a colorful life.. being a police officer.. I know it had to be hard on you and your family; God Bless you..

Debbie


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Wonderful story that gives us a lot of insight on what police face every day on the streets.

I worked in security for six months when I was younger and became disgusted with the gratuitous and unecessary violence on rowdy kids by these sociopathic "keepers of the peace." WE had the regular police come and arrest one of our own security team occasionally.

A police officer in today's world has a thankless and frightening job

Bob


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

What a great story and thankyou for sharing it with us, it's not easy being an officer of the law and as you say you have to choose your words carefully.

Glad everything turned out okay.

Voted up and across.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Mr.s Brooks : I believe you mentioned , if my memory does not fail me, that your fine husband was a war time soldier. My father was one too. Combat soldiers see, and experience , and awful lot of terrible situations. God Bless You Precious Heart.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Bob : I understand what your saying all too well. Security work is supposed to be good work. Guarding, and protecting, and securing property, lives, and livlihoods is whatis supposed to be done. If done right it can protect facilities, and do a world of good, and can be just as good as any kind of protective work when taken seriously. Corruption, and misused power can cause any position to become a nightmare. We have all seen what it can do to any position especially to officials for whom good citizens place their trust in.

It takes courage to stand up against any misuse of power when it can really cause good jobs, and positions to feel like unpleasant places to be.

Goodness, bravery, courage, love, kinship, caring, understanding, knowledge, decency, and many other qualities, and essentials help to protect good things.

Greed can also cause a lot of pain , and anguish. It has caused terrible wars, horrible corruption, the destruction of justice, and the most dangerous weapons involve the destruction of love.

I have lost things very dear to my heart, and soul because of the destruction of love, and because of greed.

A lot of beautiful young people have died because of illegal drugs. When I was young a lovely beautiful girl with a beautiful mind was addicted to Heroin. I was confronted with a major decision. Either I live as a passive person, or do something about it. A lot of things that happened in my life involve long stories, but the bottom line is that a lot of criminals went to prison for what they did to her.

That beautiful girl was once a beautiful little baby in the arms of a loving mother. The best of us on this plantet love, and adore the beauty of life, and everything that is magnificent , and gorgeous , and delicate, and so much more.

Somehow something has to wake us up to make us aware of what we have to protect that we care about, or what we cherish. I saw our town drunk once pull a mother, and her baby out of a burning car when a filling station almost blew up because of and ignited gas pump.

That old town alcoholic drunk has always had a place to sleep at my house.

I do not remember names, but someone said that man does not live by bread alone. A rose by any other name is still a rose. Someone wise said that too.

God Bless You, and thank you for visiting.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Gloshei : Thank you very much for writing. Law enforcement is really a serious matter when your working within sinsitive situations. Wishing you all the best precious heart, and safety for your fine son in his work as and officer. God Bless You, and may God always safely keep your son well.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Phew! I can't imagine what I'd do in a situation like that! Probably quite the wrong thing. You are so brave and I loved reading your story. Voted up and awesome.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. Author

Dear Blossum : Thank you for writing precious heart, and for the nice thoughts. Many of us are faced with things we have to do so either we do them, or someone else has too. And we always hope, and pray that no one gets hurt in the process. God Bless You sweet darling.

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