Police Abuse

"There Will Be a Confrontation": Person Makes Threat, Police Called–Shots Fired, Person Found Dead

64-year-old shot and killed by police

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actual police shooting not a crime scene
St. John's Sheriff's Office

The passive voice strikes again, courtesy of WKOV in Florida:

Police say they were called out to the home [in St. John's county] around 12:30 because a person inside made threats. Authorities say when they got to the house shots were fired.

Police say 64-year-old Rodney Wayne Stevens was found dead inside the home. Investigators say he had outstanding warrants for grand theft auto, felony battery and tampering with a witness.

The St. Augustine Record has more details. Police say Stevens' family called them after he responded to their attempts to convince him to turn himself in by threatening to shoot himself* others. "'He is now making threats and he is armed and if law enforcement shows up there will be a confrontation,'" a county sheriff's spokesperson said about the 911 call, saying there would be an investigation into the "very upsetting set of circumstances." At least one deputy shot Stevens, but the department isn't sure yet how many deputies might have fired their guns or how many shots they fired. None of them were injured so they all got home safely.

*I don't know whether the Record article was edited, as a 911 tape appears to have been made available to some media organizations, or whether I misread it originally. If it's the latter, apologies.

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  1. “‘He is now making threats and he is armed and if law enforcement shows up there will be a confrontation,'” a county sheriff’s spokesperson said about the 911 call

    Officers from miles around raced to the scene, hoping for an opportunity to kill someone.

  2. In other pig-related news, Dunphy’s squeeze has an article up in the WSJ today.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2…..etirement/

  3. The man was threatening to shoot himself and the cops showed up to help.

    1. It’s not legal to shoot yourself…these valiant men were only trying to prevent a crime.

  4. Unfortunately it’s going to take people a while to realize that in many situations–most, even–if you call the cops, someone is almost assuredly going away in cuffs or a body bag.

    The cops have become like what one would traditionally describe the duties of a military to be: break things and kill people. So much for “peace officers” or “law enforcement”.

    1. “ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant”

      This should be the police motto

      1. I think the whole Tacitus quote works better, not just the second part.

        Auferre trucidare rapere falsis nominibus imperium, atque ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.

    2. Unfortunately it’s going to take people a while to realize that in many situations–most, even–if you call the cops, someone is almost assuredly going away in cuffs or a body bag.

      “In many situations — most, even — if you drive when it’s snowing, you’re going to get snow inside your wheelwells or wreck your car.”

      See what I did there? Technically true, but emotionally manipulative.

      Very, very few police encounters end with anybody dead — and in this case the guy who the cops killed was threatening other people.

      1. Very, very few police encounters end with anybody dead

        [citation needed]

        What percentage of police encounters do you reckon should end with somebody dead? Do you think the actual percentage is higher or lower?

  5. None of them were injured so they all got home safely.

    Whew! At least there was a happy ending.

  6. Police say Stevens’ family called them after he responded to their attempts to convince him to turn himself in by threatening to shoot himself.

    At least they prevented that scenario from happening.

    /sarc

    1. Read the linked source. No mention of a suicide threat, just threats to shoot other people. Which, you know, are kind of the police’s business.

      1. Naturally, any threat of violence should be met with a police shooting.

  7. Well… if they’re telling the truth (an Everest-sized “if” I know) then they were going after a violent, armed and wanted criminal whose family said there’d be a “confrontation”. Maybe there’s still more to the story?

  8. None of them were injured so they all got home safely.

    And that’s really all that matters.

    1. LOL. The family members of the guy who was threatening them are also home safely.

      Krayewski is playing you guys like a harpsichord with his selective reporting of details (and in this case complete fabrication of the guy’s suicide threats), but the weird part is you seem to enjoy it and resist attempts to remedy your mistaken facts. There is a definite resemblance to the Obamatrons in this regard.

      1. Of course, that line wasn’t referring to the guy’s family, who it’s worth pointing out, were not harmed or shot.

        But hey, never pass up an opportunity to fellate our boys in blue. They might kill you last.

  9. Police-assisted suicide. Why did we ever need Kevorkian? And they kill your pet with you…for free.

    1. Read the material at the linked source. There is no mention of a suicide threat, despite Krayewski’s claim of one; the only threats mentioned were against family members. I guess Krayewski has independent eyewitness evidence or something.

  10. Ed Krayewski criticizing journalistic outlets for eliding/misrepresenting details of a story involving police, is like Madonna fretting about Miley Cyrus twerking on MTV.

    For example…. this one:

    Police say Stevens’ family called them after he responded to their attempts to convince him to turn himself in by threatening to shoot himself.

    The article at the link says he was threatening to shoot the other family members; no mention of threats to shoot himself, so it appears Mr Krayewski just made that part up. But I guess utter fabrication is better than use of the passive voice.

    And there’s more important details that Krayewski didn’t consider useful to pass on to his readers, of course. Seriously, if you want to indulge in a two minutes hate against cops, go ahead and believe Krayewski/Tucille’s version of events; if you want to know the truth, read the linked sources (on the rare occasion when non-sympathetic links are provided).

  11. You know guys, there is video of the incident.

    Why don’t you all watch it and then we’ll see who’s correct.

  12. So if you have a relative you don’t like, and you call the police to “help” him, is that Blue Homicide?

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