Ace of Spades offers a snarky explanation that is more fun than CBS4 provides. My headline would have been, “Deputies and Troopers Engage in Gun Battle Against Woman Armed with Dust Buster and Lose”
CBS4 Investigation has learned Arapahoe County Deputies and Colorado State Troopers poured more than 50 shots into a stationary car in March believing the driver was armed. It now turns out she was only armed with either a dustbuster or tire jack but emerged unscathed. However at least one deputy inadvertently shot up a marked state patrol unit during the unusual standoff.
I sort of get that. We had a dog once who was terrified of dustbusters,, and would bark and growl whenever we used it.“Those deputies and troopers showed a lot of restraint in not causing a further confrontation,” said Walcher.
In about 30 minutes, from approximately 75 feet away, deputies and troopers fired 55 rounds at Johnson’s car from AR-15 rifles, .40 caliber pistols, and a shotgun. Not a single round hit her.
“I am surprised,” said Walcher.
Restraint. Yes, that is exactly how I describe the word “Restraint.” I guess in the context of calling in F16s from the Colorado Air National Guard and dropping 500 pound bombs on the car, firing 55 rounds at an unidentified target is “restraint.”
Although no weapons were found in her car, a Colorado State Patrol spokesperson apparently told multiple media outlets the next morning that officers only fired at Johnson after she shot at them. CSP Chief Scott Hernandez now acknowledges that was not true. “Unfortunately sometimes things are said that’s not specifically accurate”, said Hernandez. “I don’t think it was intentional to go out that way”.
Ah yes, it wasn’t “specifically accurate,” which suggests that it was generally accurate but specifically inaccurate. Or, in human-speak, it was total bullshit and a cover-up because some trigger-happy idiot started shooting and his equally idiotic compatriots figured, “Eh, what the hell, we’re bored…let’s join in.”Photos of the crime scene obtained by CBS4 also show that in the bursts of gunfire, an Arapahoe County deputy accidentally shot up a state patrol cruiser. Reports suggest the patrol vehicle was struck 28 times. The deputy was standing immediately behind the car but was apparently unaware that many of his shots intended for Johnson were actually hitting the patrol car. Arapahoe County Sheriff Dave Walcher said,”With all the distractions and lights I don’t think our deputy realized he was hitting the top of the car”. He said his department is doing additional training to address the misfires.
28 shots. That’s a reload if it’s a pistol and almost a full magazine if it’s a standard rifle. Wow. This guy had absolutely no idea where his rounds were going. Impressive! And this is the one that surprised me the most. I have a romantic and apparently incorrect notion that outside of the cities the cops actually know how to shoot.
I guess not.