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Texas Cops Release Cheney Shooting Report
Smoking Gun ^ | 2/16/06

Posted on 02/16/2006 11:12:36 AM PST by areafiftyone

FEBRUARY 16--Five days after Vice President Dick Cheney shot a hunting partner, a Texas sheriff today released his department's report on the incident, which investigators have formally classified as an accident. A copy of the Kenedy County Sheriff's Department report, released this afternoon by Sheriff Ramon Salinas, can be found below. The sheriff's report includes information provided to deputies by assorted witnesses as well as Cheney and Harry Whittington, the 78-year-old lawyer who was struck in the face, neck, and chest by the vice president's wayward birdshot. Cheney was interviewed Sunday morning, more than 14 hours after the Saturday afternoon incident. There is no indication in the sheriff's report that he was questioned about alcohol consumption by Chief Deputy Gilberto San Miguel, who interviewed the vice president and authored the report. Whittington, who was questioned Monday at a Corpus Christi hospital, declined to have his Q&A session taped and told investigators that "foremost there was no alcohol during the hunt" and that everyone in the hunting party was wearing proper "blaze orange" attire. In a Fox News interview yesterday, Cheney said that he downed one beer at lunch Saturday afternoon. On Tuesday, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issued the first report on the Cheney shooting incident. (5 pages)

I am only going to post this much because the report is much too long. You can click on the link to read all of it.

(Excerpt) Read more at thesmokinggun.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cheney; harrywhittington; quailgate; shooting
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1 posted on 02/16/2006 11:12:37 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: All

CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE SMOKING GUN SITE TO READ THE REPORT.


2 posted on 02/16/2006 11:13:25 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: areafiftyone

Now the COPS are part of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy too?!

/sarc


3 posted on 02/16/2006 11:14:12 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: areafiftyone

So long as he wasn't muttering anything about Jodie Foster...


4 posted on 02/16/2006 11:14:30 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: areafiftyone
What are you doing?!?

Did you get approval from THE White House press corps before posting this?? Well??!?!?

5 posted on 02/16/2006 11:14:32 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: areafiftyone

Nothing mentioned about a homicide, huh?


6 posted on 02/16/2006 11:14:42 AM PST by texianyankee
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To: areafiftyone

>> Kenedy County Sheriff's Department report <<

Irnoic, huh?

The press is all over Cheney for not having held a press conference while his friend was still being evaluated. I suppose they'd rather he be left beelding for a day or so...


7 posted on 02/16/2006 11:14:54 AM PST by dangus
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To: areafiftyone
Cheney said that he downed one beer at lunch Saturday afternoon.

What's the problem. SOP for a Texas quail hunt.

8 posted on 02/16/2006 11:15:11 AM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: texianyankee

Where's the BAC level report??? ;)


9 posted on 02/16/2006 11:15:39 AM PST by Perdogg (I'd rather go hunting with Cheney, than riding in Ted Kennedy's car)
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To: areafiftyone

"investigators have formally classified as an accident"


Things you'll never hear:
"An accident??? Oh, never mind then."--David Gregory


10 posted on 02/16/2006 11:15:48 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: areafiftyone

I can't keep up with all the claims now, but didn't the NYT claim the police said they were turned away when they arrived at the ranch? I could have sworn I read this somewhere.

Par. 2 of the report proves that claim wrong.


11 posted on 02/16/2006 11:16:11 AM PST by elc
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To: areafiftyone

>> who learned of a "possible hunting accident" from Captain Charles Kirk around 5:30 PM Saturday. <<

What idiot doesn't know his name is JAMES? Hehehe.


12 posted on 02/16/2006 11:16:40 AM PST by dangus
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To: areafiftyone

Can we put this stupid incident to bed now please? He's taken responsibility, the guy that got shot is okay, the police have determined no wrongdoing. Can we get back to looking for Natlee Holloway or something?


13 posted on 02/16/2006 11:17:44 AM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: areafiftyone

Captain Kirk, of the Kenedy County Sherrif's Office, received a report that the Vice President of the United States shot a lawyer, and the press didn't run with the story? 10:1 the Washington Post got wind of it immediately, and thought it was a joke.


14 posted on 02/16/2006 11:17:59 AM PST by dangus
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To: bwteim

#2 (Things you'll never hear)
"Let's be fair- how would we treat this if it had happened to John Edwards"? (White House Press Corps)


15 posted on 02/16/2006 11:19:19 AM PST by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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To: Coop

Are they tapping my phones yet? Wooo hooo! ;-)


16 posted on 02/16/2006 11:19:21 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: billorites; Howlin; frankjr

As if the press are not making up even more crazy theories.

P.S. here's more info (and hunting party names) for the timeline.


17 posted on 02/16/2006 11:19:23 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: areafiftyone

*Tinfoil Hat ON* FIVE DAYS! We had to wait FIVE DAYS to read this report? Why wasn't it released before it was even finished?!? I DEMAND an investigation into this! *Tinfoil Hat OFF*


18 posted on 02/16/2006 11:19:53 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: dangus

Now if this were KENNEDY county instead of Kenedy county and it was the swimmer it would never see the light of day.


19 posted on 02/16/2006 11:20:50 AM PST by snowman1
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

OBVIOUSLY THE SHERRIF IS A REPUBLICAN SHILL AND IS COVERING FOR CHENEY IN THIS ATTEMPTED MURDER. THE RIGHT WING MEDIA WILL GO ALONG WITH THIS COVER-UP! WHY IS THE WHITE HOUSE AVOIDING DAVID GREGORY OR CNN?


20 posted on 02/16/2006 11:22:14 AM PST by Rebelbase (President Bush is a Texas jackass when it comes to Border security .)
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To: SE Mom

LOL.

#3 (Things you'll never hear)
We need to let the Armstrong family get on with healing; instead we need to cover the alarming nuclear developments in Iran and discuss the danger it poses to the West. (White House Press Corps)


21 posted on 02/16/2006 11:22:26 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: areafiftyone
Who really owned the guns involved?

Were they 'Saddams'.....hee,hee......

/sarcasm

22 posted on 02/16/2006 11:23:06 AM PST by maestro
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To: dangus

>> a hunting party that consisted of himself... Jerry Medellin, ... Oscar Medellin... <<

I think I'll post to Daily KOS that Cheney had to shoot someone to be accepted into the Medellin cartel.

O shucks, they all are dancing in the streets that the Medellin RUNS things now...


23 posted on 02/16/2006 11:24:05 AM PST by dangus
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To: SE Mom

Whittington not Armstrong


24 posted on 02/16/2006 11:24:18 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: areafiftyone
Cheney was interviewed Sunday morning, more than 14 hours after the Saturday afternoon incident.

MSNBC: CHRONOLOGY... What happened in the Cheney shooting (All times ET)...........6:30 p.m.: Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter Harry Whittington while aiming for a bird............7:50 p.m.: The head of the Secret Service office in McAllen, Texas, calls the Kenedy County sheriff to report the accident. The sheriff asks to speak to Cheney, and they schedule an interview for 9 a.m. Sunday.

25 posted on 02/16/2006 11:24:55 AM PST by Polybius
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To: areafiftyone
It's nice to know that the next time I accidentally shoot someone in the face, I don't have to report it to the police until the next day!

To tell you the truth I wasn't aware that the police generally cut people that kind of slack - well, now I know otherwise.

26 posted on 02/16/2006 11:26:13 AM PST by skeptical_con
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To: areafiftyone

Thanks for the post. I have been reading the site a couple days for great info.


27 posted on 02/16/2006 11:26:54 AM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: bwteim

LOL...and the list could go on..and on:)


28 posted on 02/16/2006 11:29:08 AM PST by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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To: skeptical_con
To tell you the truth I wasn't aware that the police generally cut people that kind of slack - well, now I know otherwise.

One of the law enforcement officers said early this week that out there, the feds run the show as far as what goes on when dealing with VIPs. He wasn't necessarily complaining, just stating a fact.

I'm still pretty stunned that Cheney shot at a bird that flew behind him. That was worse than what I initially thought.
29 posted on 02/16/2006 11:29:36 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: ladtx
What's the problem. SOP for a Texas quail hunt - One beer? that must be a West Texas quail hunt; they only got about 6-7 birds up there.
30 posted on 02/16/2006 11:31:05 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: skeptical_con
How do you get to "the next day" when the sheriff notified the deputy an hour after the accident??
31 posted on 02/16/2006 11:31:32 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: clawrence3

Now the COPS are part of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy too?!

/sarc""

Don't forget the Secret Service.


32 posted on 02/16/2006 11:31:35 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: areafiftyone
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33 posted on 02/16/2006 11:32:11 AM PST by girlscout
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To: Polybius

I note in your MSNBC link that they give all times differently than the Sheriff's report and realize that the MSNBC chronology is all given in Eastern Standard time. I find that illustrative of the DC centrict thinking of the media in general.


34 posted on 02/16/2006 11:32:44 AM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: areafiftyone

Well, no wonder! The victim was a lawyer, wearing a red shirt, and Captain Kirk's jurisdiction!


35 posted on 02/16/2006 11:33:11 AM PST by Jonah Hex ("How'd you get that scar, mister?" "Nicked myself shaving.")
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To: girlscout

ROFLMAO!!! PRICELESS!!!


36 posted on 02/16/2006 11:33:21 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: SE Mom

How do you think FR would treat it if it happened to John Edwards?


37 posted on 02/16/2006 11:33:30 AM PST by lugsoul ("He didn't do anything he wasn't supposed to do." - Mary Matalin)
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To: ridesthemiles

Well, yeah, but that goes without saying that Secret Service are all lying scumbags - in fact, ANYONE who carries a gun for law enforcement "duties" is suspect at this point.


38 posted on 02/16/2006 11:34:05 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: areafiftyone

LOL! I received that little number in an email today and just had to share it.


39 posted on 02/16/2006 11:34:46 AM PST by girlscout
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To: skeptical_con
It's nice to know that the next time I accidentally shoot someone in the face, I don't have to report it to the police until the next day!

The Secret Service notified the Sheriff's Office within an hour of the shooting. They didn't choose to interview Cheney until the next day.

40 posted on 02/16/2006 11:35:02 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: lugsoul

Since it never would have made the news, who do you expect it would have been known, let alone "treated"?


41 posted on 02/16/2006 11:35:28 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: elc

I don't recall the specifics, yet I understand Secret Service called the proper authorities - possibly the local sheriff. A different law enforcement agency may have heard radio chatter and drove out to the ranch. The gate keepers at the ranch hadn't even heard about the shooting yet and turned them away.


42 posted on 02/16/2006 11:37:45 AM PST by Quilla
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To: skeptical_con

I didn't know you warrant Secret Service level protection - nice to meet you.


43 posted on 02/16/2006 11:37:58 AM PST by clawrence3
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44 posted on 02/16/2006 11:38:21 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: fortheDeclaration
......ping!

:-)

45 posted on 02/16/2006 11:40:08 AM PST by maestro
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To: areafiftyone

Did someone make sure the AP got this first, before anyone else saw it? If not then we will hear about it for a week or so.

It must be some new rule that the AP has to be notified of everything before anyone else.

Does the AP first rule give anyone besides me any onery ideas? How does one contact the AP with a story? I may have some things to report to them.


46 posted on 02/16/2006 11:41:00 AM PST by Tammy8 (Build a Real Border Fence, and enforce Immigration Laws!!!)
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To: texianyankee
FEBRUARY 16--Five days after Vice President Dick Cheney shot a hunting partner, a Texas sheriff today released his department's report on the incident, which investigators have formally classified as an accident. A copy of the Kenedy County Sheriff's Department report, released this afternoon by Sheriff Ramon Salinas, can be found below.

The kenedy county sheriff said he would have been finished sooner, but he had to pull an Oldsmobile from the pond.

Near midnight on Chappaquiddick Island, a drunk and definitely married Senator Ted Kennedy takes a right turn instead of a left. His car winds up skidding off Dike Bridge and is quickly submerged upside-down in salty Poucha Pond. His passenger, RFK office secretary Mary Jo Kopechne, is knocked into the back seat. Kennedy swims to safety, whereupon he fails to rescue his companion or even simply report the incident to anyone until the following morning. Because no autopsy is ever performed on Kopechne's body (her body had been promptly whisked out of state) it is uncertain how long it took her to drown, if she wasn't killed on impact. Likewise, it is never established whether Kopechne was pregnant or exhibited signs of recent sexual activity.

Just another proud moment in the history of the most corrupt demonRAT political family in America.

47 posted on 02/16/2006 11:46:39 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: dangus

48 posted on 02/16/2006 11:49:32 AM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: Dog Gone
Cheney was interviewed Sunday morning, more than 14 hours after the Saturday afternoon incident. ---------------------- You're right.

I've read conflicting reports but if the report on SG says its just the sherrif who decided to wait until the next day, then all I can say is that was very considerate of them.

49 posted on 02/16/2006 12:01:46 PM PST by skeptical_con
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To: lugsoul

How do you think FR would treat it if it happened to John Edwards?



I think it would be all over the map- some of us would be hysterical- some would be fair and reasonable- some would hint at dark conspiracies...

HOWEVER- FR is not the White House press corps- and we aren't paid to report news. Most of us here have a natural inclination to support conservatives and give the benefit of the doubt to them..

But if John Edwards were in Dick Cheney's shoes -so to speak- I think it would have had a different sort of coverage from the beginning, don't you?


50 posted on 02/16/2006 12:02:09 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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