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Chopstick
12-09-2004, 01:02 PM
I stopped by the grocery store after lunch. I pulled into a parking and at the same time another car pulled in the opposite side facing me. Right at that second a white ford SUV whips into the parking space beside me and a very agitated guy jumps out beside me. The SUV was still rocking from the sudden stop. He whips out a gun, points it at the other car and starts yelling get your hands up! One second later six more SUVs appear and out jumps a bounch of cops in body armour with guns drawn pointed at the car.

We are now completely surrounded. The officer next to me gave me a quick glance. I suppose to check if I was going to make a move. I did not. I didn't want to provide any distractions in an already tense situation. I looked around to check out the lines of fire to decide on a course of action in case the guys at the end of my front bumper decided to get stupid.

I immediately noticed that they police had positioned themselves so as not to get hit in a crossfire. I also noticed the the two officers who's line of fire I was in did not have their guns pointed . They held them flat across their chest at the ready. I realized at that point that this was all a precision maneuver and reasonable precautions had been taken not to endanger me.

It was a black man, woman, and what looked like a two year old child in the car. I couldn't imagine what they had done to warrant this kind of firepower. They were instructed to get out of the car one at a time. through the passenger side. They weren't roughed up at all. They were calmly escorted to the side, searched and questioned.

When they were away from the car everyone relaxed. Then I eased my truck into reverse and backed out of the situation to the outer perimeter. There were more police that had the whole area in the parking lot blocked off.

I went into the grocery store to complete my business and when I came they were letting them go. I guess they had the wrong guy or something. The police left and the couple got their kid out of the car and went into the grocery store. I would have liked to have known what it was all about but I didn't want to intrude. They had been through enough.

Wally_in_Cincy
12-09-2004, 01:18 PM
After you went home and put on clean underwear were you late getting back to work?

Years ago I looked out the window of my apartment and saw 2 cruisers then I looked out the other window and there was another parked in a field behind the building. I heard somebody coming up the stairs and heard a shotgun being cocked (chi-chick).

A few minutes later they were out front with their guns put away and I asked them what was going on and they said they were looking for a murder suspect.

Compared to your story I've lived a pretty sheltered life. Perhaps I should move to Detroit or someplace for some excitement.

Deeman2
12-09-2004, 01:33 PM
Chopstick,

You Florida guys have all the fun. The hot chicks, the easy access to drugs and on the street entertainment by law enforcement!

We'll have the next tournament down there!

Deeman

highsea
12-09-2004, 04:16 PM
Sounds like fun.

A few years back, late at night, I was disturbed by footsteps and voices on the deck of my boat. A bright flashlight shined down through the skylight and lit up the interior of the salon.

I grabbed my gun and moved aft towards the companionway, keeping out from under the skylight. Very quietly I slid the hatch open, keeping my gun down, and peeked my head out.

It was the cops on my deck and the dock next to the boat, guns drawn. I put my gun down on the counter next to the hatch, very quietly slid the hatch closed, and went back to bed. They never even knew I was there.

Later I found out they were looking for a car thief who had escaped into the water.

To this day, I wonder what they would have done if they saw me moving towards the hatch with my 44 mag in my hand...I had no idea who was up there, and they didn't knock or announce themselves in any way before boarding my boat.

-CM

PQQLK9
12-09-2004, 05:08 PM
Puts a new twist on DWB.

SnakebyteXX
12-09-2004, 05:51 PM
Reminds me of the time we had a visiting English friend staying with us. He was crazed for all things Western and had acquired an old Winchester 30-30 at a local gun show - complete with ammo.

As luck would have it the Highway Patrol chased a car thief into our rural neighborhood. Where upon the thief abandoned the car and fled into the underbrush. We first learned of the chase by the sound of helicopters circling overhead. Looking out my window I could see a half dozen sheriff's cars descending from all directions and cops with guns drawn moving in to the wooded area where the thief had fled.

Next thing I knew my English buddy had grabbed his precious Winchester, loaded it up and was about to dash out the door.

"What the hell are you doing?!?!" I gasped.

"Looks like they may need some help!" he exclaimed.

Needless to say I stopped him dead in his tracks BEFORE he ran out the door waiving his gun around and maybe got his head blown off for his trouble.

I carefully explained to him that here in America when the police are nearby with guns drawn if you are to show yourself it's considered proper etiquette to keep your hands in plain sight and devoid of weapons of any kind.

That Englishman had a quaint idea of what life in this country was like. He believed that America was still like the Wild West that he'd seen on television and in the movies. When that bad guy came into our neighborhood he was truly bummed out that he couldn't join the posse and try out his new gun.

Snake

nhp
12-10-2004, 02:55 AM
The only difference between LA and Miami is hot chicks made out of plastic, more shootings, and more drugs.

About a year ago, I was standing with my girlfriend out in front of her friend's apartment complex. Suddenly we heard "POP POP POP POP POP!" real close to us. I grabbed my girlfriend and pulled her down by a concrete ledge. We heard someone yelling and then tires screech. This was about 1am. The next day on the news it turned out there was a gang murder, about 1 block away from where we were standing that night. We didn't see any of it, nor the car that took off, but the gunshots sounded like they were right next to us. Turns out it was gang related- a rival gang followed one guy home, and just as he was opening the door to his house to go in they shot him in the back. He was only 17 years old, so sad.

During the infamous North Hollywood bank robbery/shootout, I was stopped at a gas station with my mom. We were about 5 blocks away at the time, I remember hearing the automatic guns.

About 6 months ago I was stopped at a red light with a couple of my friends, and we heard faint sounding gun shots, and the noise kept getting closer and closer. Suddenly we saw two cars wizz by us, the first car had the passenger hanging out the window shooting at the car behind him, and the other car the driver was leaning out the window shooting at the other car while trying to drive at the same time. Now THAT was scary, because it happened right in front of us and the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw it was STRAY BULLETS!!!! But luckily nothing hit us. Never heard about it on the news, but we did call the police and describe the vehicles to them.

CarolNYC
12-10-2004, 03:17 AM
Wow, Im glad everything worked out allright!
Just an everyday trip to the grocery store,unbelievable!
I've seen many gunshot wounds,especially to the head and the fact is:
Guns dont kill people, people kill people!
Sad ,but true!
Stay well!
Carol

Deeman2
12-10-2004, 06:48 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote highsea:</font><hr>
To this day, I wonder what they would have done if they saw me moving towards the hatch with my 44 mag in my hand-CM <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> We would have had one less vote on the Republican side in the recent election! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Deeman </font color>

Wally_in_Cincy
12-10-2004, 06:55 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SnakebyteXX:</font><hr>

...Next thing I knew my English buddy had grabbed his precious Winchester, loaded it up and was about to dash out the door.

"What the hell are you doing?!?!" I gasped.

"Looks like they may need some help!" he exclaimed.

<hr /></blockquote>

/ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

That is hilarious. Too many John Wayne movies.

I met an English guy over Thanksgiving at a friend's house. The friend has a safe full of guns. The English guy had never held a gun in his life. You should have seen the grin on his face when he was holding a 44 magnum /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Wally_in_Cincy
12-10-2004, 07:01 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote nhp:</font><hr>
...STRAY BULLETS,,,<hr /></blockquote>

Reminds me of the time in 1976 me and a buddy drove our motorcycles down a dirt access road alongside some railroad tracks. The main road ran parallel to it and was about 30 feet up an embankment.

We had stopped and polished off a phatty when we heard some rifle shots in the distance. Then in the trees above us I heard pfft, pfft, bullets piercing the tree leaves. Some idiots were shooting down the tracks.

We fired up our bikes and they instantly became dirt bikes. Straight up the embankment and outta there /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Perk
12-10-2004, 07:18 AM
Sounds similiar to what happened to me. A friend of mine and I were on leave from the Marine Corps. He had been visiting my house alot while we were in the service, and he was considering moving to michigan once we were out. Seemed he always hooked up at the bars, thats the only thing I could figure.

Anyways, we went to a bar in Grand Rapids, MI, and we had a girlfriend of mine with us. Upon leaving the bar, I noticed a cop pull in right behind us at a red light. Another cop pulled up behind the other car beside us. So here I am looking at two cruisers behind us. First thing I am thinking about is a possible drunk driving. I had 3 Coronas, and got paranoid real quick. Sure enough, after we went through the intersection, the lights come on.

We were just passing an expressway on ramp, and was kinda in the middle of the next off ramp. I didnt have a place to stop, so I had my blinker on, but continued to pass the off ramp before stopping.

I stopped waiting for the cop to come to the window. He never came. I noticed another cop car pull ahead of our car to the next corner, and a cop jumped out and ran beside the building. I started to think WTF. Now the cops start screaming commands through a microphone. "Put your hands up." So I do. "EVERYONE put your hands up". Now the other two people in my car listened, and we were really starting to wonder now. More commands: "Driver, roll down the window and throw the ignition keys out." So I do, I probably chucked them clear across the road, I was nervous as hell. From that point on the commands were person specific. They got me out facing the front with my hands on my head. I had to take 3 steps back, and take a knee. No sooner than my knee hit the pavement, I had cuffs thrown on my wrists and this cop spun me around to take me back to their car. Thats when I noticed that there were 7 squad cars, and tons of cops were drawn, locked and loaded with their weapons pointing at my car. They didnt even blink at me as this cop took me back to another car. The repeated this process to get the others out of my car. While they were doing this, this cop was going through my wallet, and I told him that I was home on leave from the Marine Corps. He alluded to the fact that someone just pulled a gun on the bouncer at the club we just left, and they left in a red car (same as mine). The car was the only thing close to the description. This cop knows it wasnt us at this point, but cant stop his Captain from continuing this process. Needless to say, after it was all said and done, the Captain came over and was talking with a couple other cops in ear shot, and I heard the comment "Just a bunch of yuppies in a wrong area". I was pissed. At this point, the cops are tossing everything out of my car, speakers, clothes, spare tire, etc, and the Captain says that we are free to go if they dont find a gun. My friends are in another squad car, and havent been told anything at this point. They dont find anything, and let us go. I am allowed back in my rummaged car first, and then they let my two friends get back in.

During the moment of silence when the 3 of us are back in my car, and the cops are waiting for us to go, my friend says: "Routine traffic stop, I am not moving to Michigan!" Then we all started laughing, yet still kinda worked up.

Still not sure if what the cops did was exactly right, but I am damn sure glad I didnt make any sudden moves, or I might have had a leg shot or something. We joke of the story now, but I was damn scared while it was happening.

SnakebyteXX
12-10-2004, 07:58 AM
Re Englishmen:

Robin was quite the character but his gullibility had its limits. As luck would have it he was staying with us as the 4th of July approached. He mentioned that he knew it was our Independence Day and asked if there was anything he could do to help us celebrate?

I told him that he certainly could. As a representative of the British all he needed to do was dress up in a bright red uniform and march back and forth in a straight line while we Americans shot at him from behind the trees.

He got a good laugh out of it but politely declined my invitation.

nAz
12-10-2004, 08:08 AM
wow glad your ok and no one was hurt. You got to feel sorry for that family in that car though, what a scary thing to have to endure. I had that happen to me twice when i was a teenager. both times the cops did not even apologize to me, freaking A-hole!