Few Answers in New Year’s Eve Police Shooting in North Carolina

Melissa Verner, an economics student at UNC Charlotte, was left with shrapnel permanently embedded in her leg after an encounter with four heavily armed police officers in the garage of her family’s home in Belmont, North Carolina, according to the Gaston Gazette. Try to follow along:

It’s been nearly two weeks since Andrea and Glenn Verner and their daughter Melissa were confronted in the garage of their Belmont home by four heavily armed officers who forced them to the ground and placed them in handcuffs.

Sgt. Brad Pickert’s submachine gun went off during a scuffle with 24-year-old Melissa, injuring her and Belmont Officer Randy Berry…

Cops arrived at the Verner home... after receiving a call about a shot being fired in a road rage incident nearby. Police say Melissa Verner’s boyfriend, Brandon Watts, was driving a car involved in the incident. That car is registered to the Verners and is what led police to their home. Four armed officers soon arrived. It remains unclear whether the officers were dressed in plain clothes or in their uniforms…

No one has been charged. Watts reportedly told officers he used a firecracker in the incident, not a gun. Chief Franklin said on Jan. 1 that he believes Watts was unarmed and the reporting person could have seen and heard a firecracker…

[The cops] were dressed head-to-toe in black attire and did not identify themselves as police, [the mother said] “They simply said ‘Get on the ground.’”

Verner said she thought her home was being invaded by robbers. The men asked her who else was in the home. Soon, she and Watts were handcuffed on the floor of the garage.

Melissa Verner was in her bedroom over the garage and came downstairs when she heard noises coming from below. As she entered the garage, officers demanded that she get down on the ground. Police say a physical struggle with her ended with Officer Berry and Sgt. Pickert on the ground trying to apprehend her. That’s when the shot was reportedly fired…

[A family attorney] said the Verner family did not know police officers were approaching them in their garage and could not see patrol cars outside. Andrea Verner didn’t know what was going on and suddenly was confronted by men dressed in black, bearing flashlights and machine guns, he said.

“Melissa was lucky not to lose her leg from injuries. I am grateful we were not killed by police officers, by an unwarranted police intrusion at gunpoint,” she wrote.

The chief of police did not respond to the paper’s request for comment. And nothing else happened?

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    Sgt. Brad Pickert’s submachine gun went off during a scuffle

    Those are some well-armed cops.

  • R C Dean||

    And the gun went off all by itself!

    No triggers were pulled, but shots were fired.

    [The cops] were dressed head-to-toe in black attire and did not identify themselves as police, [the mother said] “They simply said ‘Get on the ground.’”

    There are parts of the country where that kind of behavior is just begging for a gunfight. What idiots those cops are.

    If I was in my garage and this happened to me, I would release the hounds, head for the guns, and undoubtedly be shots fired.

  • ||

    This is why we need common sense gun control, what with all these submachine guns going off without provocation.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    That cop was the only one in the house qualified to carry such a powerful arm.

  • robc||

    Apparently he wasnt qualified either.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    I'll probably never be allowed to show guns again... bring me that other gun over there.

  • Paul.||

    I'm guessing it wasn't a smith and wesson service revolver. Probably some sort of Assault Rifle.

  • Hopfiend||

    I want a sub machine gun

  • entropy||

    Ban Assault Weapons!

    Why do civilians need military style full-auto selective fire death rifles?

  • Warrren||

    More people that now fear and hopefully hate and distrust the police.

  • R C Dean||

    Totally OT:

    A man carefully released a mouse he had captured back into the wild rather than kill only for a hawk to swoop and kill it within seconds.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....conds.html

    Yes, there is video. And, apparently, a God.

  • Brandon||

    Sweet. Makes me want to capture and release mice instead of killing them.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Yeah, I never got that. Animals used to living in human habitations are not likely to survive long in the wild.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Here's the YouTube version if you don't want to sit through stupid British ads.

  • robc||

    Simpson's did it.

  • sarcasmic||

    I saw that yesterday. Hilarious!

  • ||

    How are they distinguishable from a gang again?

  • Ed||

    They have spiffier uniforms?

  • ||

    Their kind is legal.

  • anarch||

    Hawks roll solo.

  • nicole||

    I hear they're well trained.

  • ||

    "That's the best part about fear and intimidation, Dee. All you got to do is look the part. Now what do you think about these suspenders?"

  • Hopfiend||

    "Office Presence"

  • Hopfiend||

    Officer, dadgum IPA

  • BakedPenguin||

    They have a better pension plan than the Crips. Same colors, though.

  • sarcasmic||

    No one will help you when they assault you.

  • R C Dean||

    Totally OT again:

    Looks like I will be moving to Tucson in a couple of months. Any H & R regulars out thataway?

  • StackOfCoins||

    I live in Tucson. But I don't want to meet you, sorry.

    The comments section at the source article is disgustingly pro-thug.

  • ||

    Burn.

  • StackOfCoins||

    I don't want to meet anyone from this site.

  • Paul.||

    *breathes sigh of relief*

  • ||

    PWN'D

  • SugarFree||

    I don't know about Paul, but I'm fucking delightful in person.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Who's delightful?

    Never seen a post by them.

  • ||

    It makes sense if you realize NutraSweet is a necrophiliac.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Ahhhh...that's why Sugs was cast in A Serbian Film.

    Got it.

  • SugarFree||

    A Serbian Film

    Best comedy of the last ten years.

  • Hopfiend||

    My beer is fabulous.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    I saw that. Reflexive, unquestioning, blind support for the thugs, er, police.

  • Hopfiend||

    Yes, the whole "weren't taught to properly respond to authority figures"

    wow, that one's ripe for takeover.

  • Brandon||

    Cammy McLean Duncan
    There are two sides to every story. Personally I feel bad for the police in this article because the media are making them out like the bad guys. My daughter and I owe our lives to police officers who saved our lives years ago. As for the people who are bashing the police. When YOUR home is getting broken into WHO are you going to call, a crackhead?

    Wow. "Police saved our lives years ago" = "Police can never be questioned, these poor dears."

  • Rich||

  • SIV||

    Fleegle

    Gastonia, NC

    Reply »
    |

    Thursday Jan 10


    Judged:

    In this dangerous and crazy world, I want the police to take matters seriously. There are two to blame - the stupid boyfriend. And - the girl who resisted. I can assure you the car cameras were rolling and we'll see the video of what really happened in court. Moral of the story - behave yourself.

    Belmont is too large and too close to the Big City to have a vibrant Patch or Topix commentariat.Even so I bet this is from a local cop (if not the Chief).

  • entropy||

    I bet the police saved their lives when they got a flat tire.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    When your home is getting broken in to, don't call 911- call .357 or .223.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Those aren't even real phone numbers, silly.

  • Heedless||

    Are you sure? Dial again a few times and see if the burglar is still threatening you.

  • cryptarchy||

    Hey RC I'm in tucson as well. I'll be the first to tell ya. Welcome to the shit

  • ||

    I once knew a girl from Tucson, but she was a cunt. So, uh, beware of cunts, I guess.

  • ||

    You know my sister?!?

  • SIV||

    This is why there are no female libertarians.

  • ||

    Probably.

  • nicole||

    Because Epi's sister is from Tucson?

  • ||

    She's your mom too, right?

  • ||

    Sort of. It's very complicated, and I don't have time for Jack Nicholson to figure it out.

  • Hugh Akston||

    How about Fuzzy Zoeller?

  • Agammamon||

    Lucky you - I'm from there.

    Unfortunately I'm living in Yuma right now.

  • Ted S.||

    I'm sure RC can take the 3:10 to meet you.

  • ||

    I lived in Tucson for a while, but that was in the early 80's. I loved it then....no doubt things have changed.

  • ||

    I live in Tucson, but hopefully only for another year or so.

  • SIV||

  • ||

    You let the mayor go, we'll even throw in a Blaupunkt!

  • ||

    his demands included [...] to marry Paris Hilton

    Now there's a death wish.

  • Hopfiend||

    that's hot

  • John||

    Verner said she thought her home was being invaded by robbers.

    And she was right.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    No one has been charged.

    NO ONE CHARGED??? An officer was hit during weapons fire as in the line of duty. How can they not charge the girl with- oh, look at that house. Looks like they're not poor.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Because, Fuck. You.
    That's why.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Sgt. Brad Pickert’s submachine gun went off during a scuffle with 24-year-old Melissa, injuring her and Belmont Officer Randy Berry

    What was that about needing to get the weapons of war off our streets and onto the battlefield?

  • Hugh Akston||

    I am grateful we were not killed by police officers, by an unwarranted police intrusion at gunpoint,” she wrote.

    That's something most of us can be grateful for most of the time. But your number will come up eventually.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Hey, look at Ed with the shout-out to Ghostface Killa in the alt-text!

  • ||

    submachine gun went off

    It's nobody's fault! It just went off! These things have a mind of their own!

  • Hugh Akston||

    That's why we need to ban them. With exceptions for the cops, naturally.

  • ||

    They're well-trained.

  • StackOfCoins||

    Maybe the gun saw a dog.

  • Hopfiend||

    And....golf clap

  • Chris Mallory||

    Government employees should not be allowed to cuff or "put on the ground" any citizen who has not committed a hostile, violent act against the government employees.

  • waaminn||

    Those guys make all kinds fo crazy sense dude. Wow.

    www.AnonGettin.tk

  • Warrren||

    How many kinds of "fo crazy sense" are there?

  • BuSab Agent||

    ALL the kinds.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Spoiled suburban white girls' boyfriends are the sheltered middle class main connection to experience impoverished lifestyles and petty criminal elements.

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