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Posted on 10/27/2012 6:44:49 PM PDT by Altariel
A sensitive and peace-loving 16-year-old boy from an affluent Georgia suburb was fatally gunned down by a police sniper in his own house after he threatened to kill himself following a bad day at school.
Young Andrew Messina cracked after receiving a bad grade and upon returning home he grabbed his parents .357 Magnum and told his mother he wanted to end his life.
Panicked, she called the police to come and talk him down, but instead, an army of deputies, an armoured tank and a sniper arrived at their Towne Lake home....
However, the Messina's attorney Chuck Pekor believes that the police had no justification to shoot the suicidal teen.
'There is nobody in there with him. There is nobody at risk except himself. You just give it time, just wait,' Pekor said about the standoff which had lasted a little more than an hour.
'Not a single officer out there, not a one, ever saw the gun come through the hole where the break was.'
Furthermore, Pekor finds irregularities with the account that he was directly threatening the negotiating team.
This is because he was shot sideways through his abdomen, with the bullet entering his right side and exiting the left.
This meant that the right handed boy would have been facing the opposite direction to the police team when he was shot.
Furthermore, Yarbrough had only been on the scene for less than 20 minutes and has admitted he didn't even know if there was a hostage with the boy.
An internal investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the district attorney both found there was no criminal wrongdoing by Yarbrough.
However, the Messina's are in the process of filing a lawsuit againt the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
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It is not uncommon at all. I remember when one such was killed because he threatened someone with a gun. the someone turned out to be the guy threatening suicide.
Or for almost any other reason. I can think of some rare and convoluted situations in which it would still be better to call police butI have to think ưp complicated "what if" scenarios to come up with them.
Cops aren’t supposed to shoot suicidal teenagers in their own home. That’s what one would call “common sense.”
What an idiot. She thinks the police can talk to her son better than she can? She thinks the police are interested in protecting and serving the public? She thinks the police are going to risk their own lives dealing with a 16 year old with a gun?
She set them up for some afternoon target practice.
I hope she can live with what she did.
I hope this episode cured her of her ignorance.
Whew! I am so relieved that the police were able to prevent that troubled young man from committing suicide!
Well done, officers! We sure are lucky to have the police around to respond so calmly and thoughtfully in such hazardous situations!
After all, preventing the suicide at all costs was the paramount goal, and, by golly, the police sure did that! Surely this heroic police sniper merits a commendation for preventing this troubled young man's suicide!
Yeah...but Eagle Watch is a swim, tennis, golf community. Average price of homes listed For Sale right now is 200 large.
and with their faces covered, who knows who shot who...hiding behind masks is uncalled for by police...meant only to intimidate.....
Did you read the article or doesn’t it even matter why the cop shot the kid?
Most cops will support other cops no matter what they do.
“$200k” isn’t all that “large” in ATL. The lower you go below that, the more you get into neighborhoods/areas that you’d rather not live in. For new construction in the metro area (outside the I-285 perimeter), $200k is all too average. It shouldn’t be (because in my opinion the homes are overpriced for what you get), but it is.
Humor may be inappropriate here.
But when i read the first paragraph I flashed back to the sheriff in Blazing Saddles and to OJ Simpson, both of whom took themselves hostage.
Shooting the hostage IS one way to end such standoffs.
Bad shot. The kid claimed to be suicidal. That’s a kid who needs help so he can grow up to become a lawabiding conservative member of society.
Shooting the kid ensured he would be a democrat voter for life.
Why are you applauding the government employees’ decision to add another Obama voter to the rolls?
She is no different from millions of other mothers in this country.
There are Freeper mothers here who would likely have done the same thing, if one of their own children was suicidal.
The fault lies with the government employees for committing murder, not with the mother for naively supposing they would help her talk her son down.
Don’t blame the innocent for being trusting. Blame the criminals who take advantage of innocence.
It wasn’t murder. It was suicide by cop. She provided the cops. She apparently thought they could, or would, talk to her son better than she could. What kind of horrible mother thinks the police can talk to her son better than she can?
suicide by cop.
What kind of person blames a grieving mother as opposed to the government employee who murdered the boy and gave Obama one more vote?
Why are you trying to absolve the government employees of the *choice* he made to end the boy’s life, the same government employees who *themselves* send out the message that they *must* be called in cases like this to ‘help’ others?
Murder. Addition of another Obama voter to the rolls.
Thanks to our friendly neighborhood government employees who FAILED in their objective to talk down a suicidal teenager.
Every time you defend this, remember what you are defending: another vote for Obama.