Thursday Feel Good Stories

| July 11, 2019

When seconds count…
This is not a slam on our LEOs, who will be first to admit they can’t possibly be everywhere all the time. This highlights why being equipped and trained to defend yourself and others is so important.

Dial 9-1-1 and Wait…

by Robert A. Waters
It’s 2:20 A. M., on April 22, 2019. A 38-year-old homeowner dials the King County, Washington emergency services. The resident, never identified by cops, has called to report that someone broke out a window and entered his home. He tells the dispatcher he’s hiding in his upstairs bedroom closet with a handgun. During much of the conversation, the terrified homeowner speaks in a near-whisper. In the background, loud crashing noises can be heard as the intruder overturns furniture and empties drawers.

The call lasts for 12 minutes. During that time, the dispatcher continually assures the resident that officers will be there soon. At the four-minute mark, as officers are “still on their way,” a barrage of gunfire is heard. The following is a partial transcript of the call.

Dispatcher: 9-1-1. What are you reporting?

Homeowner: (Labored breathing.) My house is getting robbed…(Inaudible.)

Dispatcher: What address are you at?

Homeowner: (Gives address, later redacted.)

Dispatcher: Do you see someone inside?

Homeowner: Yeah, he’s inside right now.

(Crashing sounds.)

Dispatcher: Okay, where are you?

Homeowner: In the bedroom.

Dispatcher: Are you armed?

Homeowner: Yeah, I have a gun.

Dispatcher: You’re at the house. Correct?

Homeowner: Yeah.

(Continued crashing sounds.)

Dispatcher: Okay, is that crashing I hear behind you—is that them?

Homeowner: What’s that?

Dispatcher: Is that crashing I hear behind you? Is that them?

Homeowner: Yeah. (Inaudible.)

(More crashing.)

Dispatcher: Okay. And you’re upstairs?

Homeowner: Please hurry!

Dispatcher: Do you have any further description on…(inaudible), correct?

Homeowner: I don’t.

Dispatcher: What color is your house?

Homeowner: It’s green.

Dispatcher: How many stories?

Homeowner: Two.

(The homeowner seems to be getting more nervous as the crashing sounds move closer. His breathing seems shallower, and his voice is close to a whisper.)

Dispatcher: Okay. How many vehicles should be in front?

Homeowner: I don’t know. I…

Dispatcher: Okay. What’s the color of your vehicle?

Homeowner: It’s a red truck.

Dispatcher: Okay. You have any other vehicles there, right?

Homeowner: Hyundai. Silver Hyundai.

Dispatcher: Okay. You’re sure there’s no other vehicles there, right?

Homeowner: (Inaudible.) Silver Hyundai.

Dispatcher: Bear with me. Got officers on the way. Okay? Do you live with anyone else?

Homeowner: No. I’m by myself.

(Crashing sounds are getting much closer.)

Dispatcher: Are you able…Do they know you’re there?

Homeowner: (Whispering. Unintelligible.)

Dispatcher: Okay. Stay quiet, okay? Keep yourself safe.

(All is silent for more than 30 seconds, except for the dispatcher typing and the crashing sounds. Officers still have not arrived after nearly three minutes. The homeowner seems reluctant to speak as he senses the intruder getting closer.)

Dispatcher: (Inaudible…) Stay with me.

Homeowner: (Whispering. Inaudible.)

Dispatcher: He just broke out a window? (Pause.) Okay. We’ve got officers on the way, okay? Can you tell how many people are there?

Homeowner: Two.

Dispatcher: Okay. Can you still hear them?

(Long pause.)

Dispatcher: Is your door locked?


(Four minutes into the call, cops have not arrived.)

(Suddenly, five loud, echoing gunshots ring out. These are followed by a moment of silence, then three more shots.)

Dispatcher: Oh my God!

(A man is moaning.)

Dispatcher: Can you hear me?

(For nearly two minutes the homeowner is silent. There are moans. The dispatcher continues to try to contact the resident.)

Dispatcher: Can you hear me?

Homeowner: Where are you?

Dispatcher: Okay. We’ve got officers coming… What’s going on? What happened? Hello… If you can hear me, I need you to talk to me. I need to know what’s going on.

Homeowner: He came after me. I had to shoot him. I’m hiding in my closet in the bedroom. Please hurry, I’m all alone…

The call lasts for another seven minutes as the dispatcher and the homeowner sort out what happened. Later in the call, the resident is instructed on what to do when law enforcement officers arrive. The homeowner is told to unload his gun and put it in a safe place. He is told that when he hears police to go out the “west” (front) door and let the officers see his hands. The resident agrees.

The suspect, identified as Joseph L. Anderson, died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds. No other suspects were found.

The homeowner was not charged with any crime.

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Read the article here: Call 911 and Wait

Cops tried to buy Jet Skis from OfferUp. The ‘seller’ turned out to be an armed robber

By Carli Teproff
They made a plan to buy Jet Skis from a “seller” on Offerup.

But when they showed up to an agreed upon location in Wildwood in Central Florida, the “seller” turned out to be an armed robber, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said.

But the buyers were hiding something, too. They happened to be off-duty Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies.

According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the department was called to a shots fired complaint at around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

When deputies arrived they learned that the two victims ?— the off-duty deputies ?— had made “prior arrangements for the purchase” of the Jet Skis.

When they showed up, they were approached by a man with a semi-automatic pistol.

“The black male subject demanded the victims get on the ground while he pointed the firearm at them,” the department said in a Facebook post.

The deputies then “drew their firearms in self-defense,” according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

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The rest of the article may be viewed here: Miami Herald

Homeowner shoots, kills bear in Vallecito
Wildlife officials say bruin was displaying aggressive behavior

By Jonathan Romeo
A homeowner in Vallecito on Sunday shot a bear displaying aggressive behavior and little fear of people, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

CPW spokesman Joe Lewandowski said the bear killed was the same one that was trapped and tagged at the Lake Haviland campground on June 29 after breaking into coolers and food left unsecured by people. At that time, the bear was not displaying aggressive behavior, he said, so it was trapped and moved north of Pagosa Springs.

When the bear showed up at Vallecito last week, it was showing aggressive behavior – killing chickens, turkeys and approaching people, Lewandowski said.

On Saturday, the bear came back and was spotted by the property owner. Lewandowski said the bear appeared to be stalking a 5-year-old boy in the yard. The property owner chased the animal off, but it showed little fear of people and came back later that night and killed more chickens.

Local wildlife officers set a trap at the property Sunday evening.

“Shortly after (the wildlife officer) drove off, the bear showed up again while the residents were doing some yard work,” Lewandowski said. “It came within 10 yards of them and was showing no fear of being near people.”

Around 8 p.m., the property owner shot and killed the bear. Lewandowski said he was “protecting his property so it was legal for him to kill the bear.”

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Pity the bear, but read the article here: Pine River Times

“There’s no legitimate use for a gun like this.” –Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline, brandishing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at a news conference (Chicago Tribune, “Special unit hauling in guns, drugs” by Glenn Jeffers, January 29, 2004)

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  1. Ex-PH2 says:

    Item #1: When seconds count, the police are only 30 minutes away in Chicago.

    I have some sympathy for that poor fellow

  2. Hondo says:

    I suppose it’s too much to suppose that Superintendant Cline – and other big-city police supervisors/commissioners/high officials – will ever reverse their near universal collective recti-cranial inversions regarding the public’s right to self-defense. The first case AW1Ed presents (home invasion, 2-on-1 against homeowner) quite clearly demonstrates the utility to private citizens of exacly the weapon he disparaged in his asinine public statement 15 years ago.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Seems most of the big city Police Superintendents are appointed by the city’s Mayor, and will parrot his party line to stay employed. Out in the more rural areas the Sheriffs are elected by those who live there, and better reflect the will of the people.

  3. 26Limabeans says:

    Hide in the closet and play fifty questions with the dispatcher?
    Not in my house.

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    My sympathies, again, are to the bear. Poor thing was lead into temptation. Per the article CPW tells people to secure the livestock and food stores and the bears will move on. Just like any other thief in the night, the bear will go after the soft target and where the loot is. #bearlivesmatter

    0 f#@ks to give for the dead and wounded dirtbags. Good on the homeowner and off duty LEOs on fighting back. #killthemallletgodsortthemout.

    “There is no legitimate use for a Police Superintendent like this.” FIFY

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    “There’s no legitimate use for a gun like this.”

    I agree. What with .45 ACP, 357 and 44 Magnums who needs a lightweight antique like that.
    And by the way Mr. Super you really should upgrade that 38 Special you been hiding in your desk for decades. Listen to your
    cousin Patsy.

  6. chooee lee says:

    Why I choose not to pack 9 mm

  7. Herbert J Messkit says:

    OK, he unloads his gun, puts it in a safe place, walks to the west door unarmed. What if there is an accomplice hiding in three house?

  8. Thunderstixx says:

    And yet more reason to study and practice self defense, at all times.
    Be aware and always be a lert, the world needs more lerts…