HAMMERTOE: "Well, first there were two grainy, amorphous blobs. Then, an appendage appeared to protrude from blob #1 and there was a popping noise. Blob #2 flattened longitudinally for a few seconds, then sprouted a protrusion of its own and there were several more popping noises. Blob #1 approached blob #2 at an increased rate of speed, after somebody tossed a smoke grenade..."
blatz514: [www.lawofficer.com image 351x468]Damn, dude could have been Farking it up and got shot.
dittybopper: [www.lawofficer.com image 594x448]If he'd had a rifle instead of an iPhone, he could have ended it right then and there.Probably would have gotten a medal from the police, even in anti-gun Massachusetts.
Dimensio: You are correct.When a potentially explosive device is present outside of a home, occupants of the home should open all windows, to prevent glass from being blown into the home should the device detonate.
airsupport: Early news reports suggested that Junior Bomberman actually ran over Bomberman while trying to escape.I guess they've discounted that.
PC LOAD LETTER: alexanderplatz: [www.lawofficer.com image 594x446]What's going on with the smaller vehicle on the left side of the picture?I can't wait for the conspiracy nuts to pore over these looking for "clues"
dittybopper: Dimensio: dittybopper: [www.lawofficer.com image 594x448]If he'd had a rifle instead of an iPhone, he could have ended it right then and there.Probably would have gotten a medal from the police, even in anti-gun Massachusetts.I own a rifle. If such a situation occurred outside of my residence, I would seek cover in a location least likely to suffer an errant strike from a misaimed bullet.Let's think about that for a minute.There is an on-going firefight. You have the capability to end it quickly, and the element of surprise. Because of something called "target fixation", it is extremely unlikely that either the criminals or the police are even going to notice your first shot. You are approximately 20 or at most 30 yards from the criminals, which is an easy shot with a rifle.So, alternative 1: You wait it out. Meanwhile, bullets are flying, and they are coming into your home:[www.lawofficer.com image 351x468]You're rolling the dice. Will you get hit? Probably not, the odds are in your favor. But what if someone else does?Option 2: Shoot them. By the time the surviving person figures out you are shooting at them, you've probably already got him in your crosshairs and are pulling the trigger. Remember that you have the element of surprise here, so unless you're such a major fark-up that you can't hit a person in the chest with a deer rifle at 25 yards (which, if you can't, you shouldn't be deer hunting anyway), you're going to kill at least one of them before either knows what happened.Once you've got them, you stop shooting, unload and safe the gun, and let the police know what happened.Generally, if you shoot people who are shooting at the police, they don't get too mad at you. At least, I've never heard of someone being charged for shooting someone who was shooting at the police, and yes, armed civilians have done that a number of times.
Popcorn Johnny: Travis_Bickle: It's as stupid as all the NRA assholes that thought they could take the Batman shooter down.Batman got shot?
Travis_Bickle: It's as stupid as all the NRA assholes that thought they could take the Batman shooter down.
dittybopper: Remember that the police are down the street to the right: They can't see into that window at all.
PoweredByIrony: Watching this guy giving his Skype interviews in the immediate aftermath of the firefight was amazing. Not because of the coverage, but because he felt comfortable sitting in his room talking to the media while behind him on the street were (according to him) three backpacks and a car being examined by a bomb disposal robot. Three backpacks and a car full of an unknown amount of explosives. But he didn't feel comfortable OPENING THE WINDOW to give the reporters a better view. THAT would have been dangerous.People don't understand things that go boom.
Dimensio: I would seek cover in a location least likely to suffer an errant strike from a misaimed bullet.
JustGetItRight: A shotgun with buckshot would have probably been sufficient.
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