There was a case recently a couple miles from my home. Neighbors called police repeatedly about a loud argument between husband and wife. The calls became more frantic when neighbors heard shots fired. Police arrived on scene, spent two hours evacuating neighbors, securing the neighborhood, and removing dogs from adjoining properties.
Finally, four hours after the initial calls were made to police, the SWAT team deployed a robot that entered the open front door and found both husband and wife dead, likely the result of a murder-suicide. In all that time, no further noise or disturbance was heard from the house, and repeated attempts to contact the inhabitants failed.
Shockingly, the local newspaper attempted to get a coroner’s report on the couple, but got back a report that identified the cause of death (husband shooting wife, then a self inflicted gunshot wound), but did not indicate an exact time of death.
Shockingly, I say, because rarely does any of the media around here bother following up on such things. They even questioned if the woman’s life could have been saved had police entered the residence when they first arrived, rather than securing the scene and waiting for a massive deployment of resources. Police simply said it was against policy for officers to risk their lives in such a situation without appropriate backup and the paper left it at that.
Columbine - the useless cops milled around outside playing with themselves, waiting for the shooting to stop, while the killers walked around killing more victims. The cops were more concerned about their own safety. We have to turn “to protect and serve” into more than an empty promise.
Heavily armed police, plus a policy against officers going in when there's any chance the target might shoot back, means that SWAT units will be deployed exclusively to raid middle-class homes over things like suspected possession of small amounts of marijuana.
How often do SWAT units raid drug dens whose residents are heavily armed and post lookouts 24/7?