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A Texas state trooper pulled over a pickup truck for a missing front license plate, but when he approached the truck, someone inside fired a shot at him, and the truck sped off.  He got back in his cruiser and radioed that he'd been shot at and was pursuing a gray Chevy Colorado. Kimble County Sheriff Hilario Cantu heard the call, and he and a deputy raced to a highway exit where they the positioned themselves and soon saw a pickup heading their way "at a high rate of speed." Cantu fired at least 10 bullets into the truck, which then drifted off the road. Then he noticed another truck approaching being chased by a trooper. The truck Cantu had shot was a white Silverado and was not the one being pursued. A local official says the driver of the truck shot by Cantu, Hugo Reyes, suffered only minor injuries, but an attorney for Reyes says the man was hit by several bullets and suffered two collapsed lungs and injuries to his liver. A grand jury refused to indict Cantu. Reyes' wife says the county has not offered to pay for his medical bills, and his attorney says no one has ever apologized to him.

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  1. Hilario, if it weren’t so tragic.

    1. I’ve seen Hilario’s magic act. She makes her presidential aspirations disappear.

      1. From what I know about last night’s debate, Hilario seems to have a lot of disciples with similar aspirations.

  2. “[Kimble County Judge] Roberts said Sheriff Cantu was not disciplined for the incident. Cantu said if he had to do it over again, his behavior wouldn’t change.

    “‘If the same exact circumstances came up on the day after, I would do the same thing,’ he said.”

    1. I’m sure he would. The “exact same circumstances” being that a cop was shot at. Were it a mundane, you can afford to wait a couple of seconds to positively identify the target, a cop being shot at is the most outrageous sort of affront to God and Heaven and all the Angelic Host and laying waste to half the county is an entirely appropriate response to such lèse-majesté. Were I a resident of Kimble County, I’d consider moving. Possibly to another planet, but certainly the hell out of Texas.

  3. One of us has sinned… All of us must be punished!

  4. He shouldn’t have stolen all those county bullets.

  5. Close enough for government work.

    1. Don’t fire till you see the gray of his truck!

  6. And yet, if you shoot the wrong duck by mistake you go to jail and a huge fine.

    1. Well, shooting the wrong duck: Duck=Migratory bird=shoot the wrong duct-> federal case.

  7. “Reyes’ wife says the county has not offered to pay for his medical bills, and his attorney says no one has ever apologized to him.”

    Why should they? It was clearly his fault for driving a white truck where a silver truck was supposed to be.
    And, oh by the way, note that a limit of 10 rounds to a magazine would not have lessened the impact of the “fully trained, professional, marksman”.

    1. And, oh by the way, note that a limit of 10 rounds to a magazine would not have lessened the impact of the “fully trained, professional, marksman”.

      Also of note, 10 rounds didn’t stop the car and several hundred wouldn’t physically bring it to a halt it either. If you aren’t shooting the vehicle with a large caliber, high-powered rifle and an exceedingly good aim, you’re just shooting to kill or incapacitate the driver.

  8. He got back in his cruiser and radioed that he’d been shot at and was pursuing a gray Chevy Colorado. Kimble County Sheriff Hilario Cantu heard the call, and he and a deputy raced to a highway exit where they the positioned themselves and soon saw a pickup heading their way “at a high rate of speed. told him Colorado wasn’t in their jurisdiction.

  9. A local official says the driver of the truck shot by Cantu, Hugo Reyes, suffered only minor injuries, but an attorney for Reyes says the man was hit by several bullets and suffered two collapsed lungs and injuries to his liver. A grand jury refused to indict Cantu.

    Local official: “we just grazed him.” Lawyer up dip shits.

    1. “minor injuries”
      Only two of his lungs were collapsed, and one liver damaged. Minor.

      The days of “maximum force with minimum judgement” were supposed to have ended with the establishment of a standard deadly force policy for law enforcement after the outrage over Ruby Ridge and Waco. Sounds to me like the rules of engagement have crept back up.

  10. File Under: Only Police Officers Are Responsible Enough To Have Guns

  11. He had no choice. He was in fear for his life.

    1. The truck was growling aggressively and charged him.

  12. “…positioned themselves and soon saw a pickup heading their way “at a high rate of speed. Cantu fired at least 10 bullets into the truck, which then drifted off the road.”

    Is this in Texas or Iraq; I forget.

    1. If you woke up in an oil field in the desert surrounded by brown people with guns, how would you know if it was Texas or Iraq?

      1. I speak more Arabic than Spanish, so I’d try saying “Salam”, and see how that went.

    2. That would still be against rules of engagement in Iraq, circa 2007.

  13. 2 hunters, 1 game warden, and a cow.

    1. Part of that joke appears to have gone missing.

    2. I went and shot the maximum the game laws would allow
      2 game wardens, 7 hunters, and a cow

  14. I read the story and all I can say is Jesus fucking Christ.

    Imagine that, a cop who can hit what he’s shooting at.

  15. An apology or $ for medical expenses would be an admission of guilt, and they can’t have that.

    Safe to say they won’t be sending an anonymous ‘get well’ card either.

  16. The left will add this one to their “epidemic of gun violence”, while demanding “common sense gun safety legislation”, including a “mandatory buy back” of all AR15’s…

    And they will make sure all law enforcement will be “exempt”, of course.

  17. Reminds me of Christopher Dorner manhunt where LAPD opened fire doing magazine dumps on a couple of news ladies for the threatening behavior of driving a truck similar to that of a rogue cop wanted for murder.

    Checking the record, “In three separate incidents in the early morning hours of February 7, 2013, police fired on people who turned out to be unrelated to Dorner. Dorner was not present at any of the incidents.” Three people were wounded by police, two by LAPD, one by Torrance PD.

    What kind of “imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm” could random people who did not even resemble Christopher Dorner pose to justify trained police opening fire like crazed spree shooters?

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