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Woman, 92, fatally shot as 3 Atlanta officers wounded
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/21/06 | JEFFRY SCOTT, S.A. REID

Posted on 11/21/2006 9:12:54 PM PST by Hazcat

92-year-old woman was killed after she shot three Atlanta narcotics officers Tuesday night when they broke down the front door of her home trying to serve a search warrant, police said.

One officer was hit in the arm, one was struck in the shoulder, and one was shot in the thigh. All were rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where they were in stable condition late Tuesday night. Police did not release their identities.

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Supposedly the right address was served.
1 posted on 11/21/2006 9:12:55 PM PST by Hazcat
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To: Hazcat

My guess is right name, wrong address.


2 posted on 11/21/2006 9:14:52 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Hazcat

Well theres one less crazy woman in the world so thats a good thing.


3 posted on 11/21/2006 9:15:00 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Go Bucks.....beat That Team From Up North....again!!!!.)
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To: Hazcat

Congratulations, you posted the first of 3 threads!


4 posted on 11/21/2006 9:17:03 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Hazcat

Man, she went out, guns-a-blazin' at 92.


5 posted on 11/21/2006 9:17:55 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Hazcat

No-knock. The greatest thing since sliced bread.


6 posted on 11/21/2006 9:18:48 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
They were plainclothes cops. If ANYBODY not weraing a uniform kicked my door in, I'd shoot their asses too.
7 posted on 11/21/2006 9:18:48 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Congratulations, you posted the first of 3 threads!

Awwww Shucks, just lucky I guess.

8 posted on 11/21/2006 9:18:54 PM PST by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: Hazcat
92-year-old woman was killed after she shot three Atlanta narcotics officers Tuesday night when they broke down the front door of her home trying to serve a search warrant, police said.

Doughnut munchers trying to play Rambo. Most of us would have reacted the same way if someone broke down our front door...I know I would have.

It's sad, chalk up another victim in the War on Drugs.

9 posted on 11/21/2006 9:20:01 PM PST by CrawDaddyCA (Tancredo/Paul 2008)
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To: Hazcat

She just winged them, they shoulda just winger back.


10 posted on 11/21/2006 9:20:04 PM PST by umgud (I love NASCAR as much as the Democrats hate Bush)
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To: Hazcat
when undercover narcotics officers, who were not in street uniforms

Uhh... I think that is part of being undercover.

11 posted on 11/21/2006 9:20:15 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Congratulations, you posted the first of 3 threads!

Technically, the other two weren't duplicate, as they were AP versions with different text and diffferent headlines.

12 posted on 11/21/2006 9:20:18 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Hazcat
WXIA-TV version:
Three Atlanta narcotics officers were wounded in a Tuesday evening shootout with a 92-year-old woman in northwest Atlanta. She was shot and killed.

This was supposed to be the routine serving of a search warrant, but things went very wrong, very fast. Once the gunfire ended, three APD narcotics officers had been shot: one with a graze-wound to the face, and another hit dead-on, center of mass in the bulletproof vest. They were all transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A 92-year-old woman -- Catherine Johnson -- lived in the home where the officers tried to execute the warrant. She was killed in the gun battle.

“The female victim shot and wounded all three of them (the officers),” said deputy police chief Allen Dreher. “The investigation is going to be ongoing -- I’d say it would be all wrapped up in a period of time, but as we have it, she opened fire on the officers. The officers returned fire, struck and killed her.”

Johnston’s relatives arrived at the scene of the shootout, distraught and upset. The warrant was served at Johnson’s home at 933 Neal Street. The victim’s family says they are convinced the police made a mistake and went to the wrong house.

“They done the wrong house,” said Johnson’s niece, Sarah Dozier. “And they killed her! This lady lived to be 92. She lived to be 92 and in good health. They went in there and she was scared to death.”

According to family members, Johnson lived alone. Dozier says that Johnson did have a firearm. She says she took her aunt to get a permit for that firearm, for her own protection.

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13 posted on 11/21/2006 9:22:00 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Hazcat

Tons of information is missing from the article. Did the police find any drugs? What evidence was presented to the judge to get the search warrant? How does a 92 year old woman, home alone, get the drop on 3 policemen who presumably have their guns drawn? Should future raids be conducted with more force to prevent dangerous 92 year old women from wounding officers with a rusty pistol?


14 posted on 11/21/2006 9:23:39 PM PST by highimpact
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To: Hazcat

What's the point of being undercover if they're going to break down a door (and do anything in which they need to be known as police)? It seems as though they deserve the blame, not only for breaking into the wrong house (which could be excusable), but for failing to make it clear that they were police officers, thereby making the shooting far more likely.


15 posted on 11/21/2006 9:23:54 PM PST by Young Scholar
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To: Young Scholar

I know if some one broke down my door and just started yelling POLICE (I'll assume they did) they better duck!


16 posted on 11/21/2006 9:26:19 PM PST by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
Well theres one less crazy woman in the world so thats a good thing.

Apostrophes are your friend.

17 posted on 11/21/2006 9:26:30 PM PST by mgstarr
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To: highimpact

Good questions. Some people here also shoot first and ask questions later.


18 posted on 11/21/2006 9:26:47 PM PST by sine_nomine (No more RINO presidents. We need another Reagan.)
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To: Hazcat

If this happened the way I think it did then the cops should be charged with murder.


19 posted on 11/21/2006 9:27:00 PM PST by Revel
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To: Hazcat

I bet a 92-year-old woman can hear the door being broken down a whole hellofalot better than a call of "police."


20 posted on 11/21/2006 9:27:02 PM PST by gipper81 (in case you didn't know, we are STILL cleaning up Jimmy Carter's crap from the 1970s)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Why do you say that?

The "police" in plain cloths knocked her door down and came sworming in. She's in a high crime neighborhood and was afraid. So far, nothing in this reports indicates she is anything other than a victim.


21 posted on 11/21/2006 9:27:04 PM PST by DB
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To: Hazcat

Will be a very interesting story to read more about.


22 posted on 11/21/2006 9:27:33 PM PST by ikka
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
Well theres one less crazy woman in the world so thats a good thing.

For defending herself against three guys in street clothes with guns kicking in her door? In Atlanta? How does that make her crazy? Unless as-of-yet unknown details prove otherwise, the word of choice to describe her is "victim".
23 posted on 11/21/2006 9:28:44 PM PST by CountryBumpkin
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To: highimpact
Should future raids be conducted with more force to prevent dangerous 92 year old women from wounding officers with a rusty pistol?

No. Future "raids" should be conducted after performing surveillance on the house, and if it's discovered the sole occupant is a 92-year old woman, they should be conducted by uniformed officers who knock on the door, smile, and say "Good afternoon, Ma'm! Mind if we take a look around?", instead of going in like f$%king SEAL Team Six.

I'd also like to know what kind of "narcotics" they thought were in there. This kind of sh!t isn't justified for a couple bags of pot.

24 posted on 11/21/2006 9:29:28 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: DB

Even if they yelled police she may not have understood. At 92 she probably has some hearing decline. Sometimes it takes a little longer to process what's going on too.


25 posted on 11/21/2006 9:30:38 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Hazcat

Seriously, do they really expect you to just sit there for anyone who can yell "police"? At least it's a little more difficult to find a police uniform if you're planning to illegitimately break into someone's house.


26 posted on 11/21/2006 9:31:14 PM PST by Young Scholar
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To: lesser_satan

I don't think it is justified at all.


27 posted on 11/21/2006 9:31:18 PM PST by DB
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Uhh... I think that is part of being undercover.

Is knocking on the door and announcing that you're police officers with a warrant also part of being undercover? Or do you think maybe at that point, the undercover stage might have been over?

Well, anyway, that's one less 92 year old lady terrorizing the neighbors! She won't go around sticking her stupid old lady door in the way of the narcs anymore.

28 posted on 11/21/2006 9:32:51 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: lesser_satan

Very true. No doubt a huge wrongful-death lawsuit is already in the works. It would seem that the police involved have an impossibly deep hole to climb out of.


29 posted on 11/21/2006 9:33:36 PM PST by CountryBumpkin
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To: lesser_satan

lol@"going in like f$%king SEAL Team Six"
lmao


30 posted on 11/21/2006 9:34:24 PM PST by miliantnutcase ("If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." -ichabod1)
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To: CindyDawg

Agreed. But screaming police is not enough. Anyone can do that - including the neighborhood gangs she feared.

The police have a duty to properly identify themselves. There is no reason why they shouldn't be properly uniformed officers with badges when raiding a home.


31 posted on 11/21/2006 9:34:40 PM PST by DB
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To: FreedomCalls
I’d say it would be all wrapped up in a period of time...

A dozen centuries qualify as "a period of time."

32 posted on 11/21/2006 9:34:46 PM PST by Petronski (BRABANTIO: Thou art a villain. IAGO: You are--a senator. ---Othello I.i.)
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To: Young Scholar; Hazcat; operation clinton cleanup; CrawDaddyCA; lesser_satan

I guess it depends on the agency. Some agencies require that a uniformed officer be present when undercover teams serves search warrants. Even then, mistakes happen.


33 posted on 11/21/2006 9:34:55 PM PST by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: traviskicks

ping


34 posted on 11/21/2006 9:35:47 PM PST by KoRn
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To: highimpact

"Tons of information is missing fromt he article."

I agree.

It would be interesting to know if any person rented a room/garage space/storage space there at the house.


35 posted on 11/21/2006 9:38:03 PM PST by Cindy
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To: fkabuckeyesrule; mgstarr
Well theres one less crazy woman in the world so thats a good thing. Apostrophes are your friend.

c'mon, we are not writing a novel here. Leave the Strunk and White at home.

36 posted on 11/21/2006 9:38:19 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: umgud
She just winged them, they shoulda just winger back.

D*mn. That's the best post of today.

37 posted on 11/21/2006 9:38:23 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: highimpact

One story said that she opened fire when the cops "approached the house."

Man, that was one trigger-happy b!tch if that is how it happened.


38 posted on 11/21/2006 9:38:32 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (I dare call it treason.)
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To: DB
Agreed. But screaming police is not enough. Anyone can do that - including the neighborhood gangs she feared.

Here's an example:

Fake cops storm into Penn Hills house

Rodger Macek thought something was wrong with the wood-burning stove in the basement of his Penn Hills home when he heard a loud bang about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Yet when the Beechford Road man came downstairs to investigate, he was met by four armed men dressed in dark clothing. Two of the men wore jackets with the word "police" in large letters across the front.

"I knew it wasn't the cops because they don't bust through your door wearing ski masks," said Macek, 47.

One of the intruders ordered him to the kitchen floor, put a gun to Macek's head and demanded to know where the money and drugs were hidden.


39 posted on 11/21/2006 9:39:50 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

Well, unless they subsequently broke down the door, even after being shot, it seems likely that she waited until they broke down the door to fire.


40 posted on 11/21/2006 9:40:32 PM PST by Young Scholar
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To: Hazcat
If the cops keep this crap up, they may up ending the war on drugs all by themselves.

I guess the only good part is that anyone even remotely related to her is set for life.
41 posted on 11/21/2006 9:41:23 PM PST by microgood
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To: lesser_satan
No. Future "raids" should be conducted after performing surveillance on the house, and if it's discovered the sole occupant is a 92-year old woman, they should be conducted by uniformed officers who knock on the door, smile, and say "Good afternoon, Ma'm! Mind if we take a look around?", instead of going in like f$%king SEAL Team Six.

I'm on your side, FRiend. My last question was sarcastic. If there was ever a war that could be described as a "quagmire," the war on drugs is it.

42 posted on 11/21/2006 9:43:00 PM PST by highimpact
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To: dead
when undercover narcotics officers, who were not in street uniforms

It just seemed like a silly thing to report.

43 posted on 11/21/2006 9:43:07 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: microgood
I guess the only good part is that anyone even remotely related to her is set for life.

Yep, looks like Atlanta might be "under new ownership" ;).

44 posted on 11/21/2006 9:43:46 PM PST by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
One story said that she opened fire when the cops "approached the house." Man, that was one trigger-happy b!tch if that is how it happened.

And not a bad shot if she could hit three of them with a handgun before they could find cover.

45 posted on 11/21/2006 9:44:56 PM PST by highimpact
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To: FreedomCalls

46 posted on 11/21/2006 9:45:09 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup
It was that or point out how incredibly asinine his comment was. I chose the polite route.
47 posted on 11/21/2006 9:46:02 PM PST by mgstarr
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To: highimpact

Maybe not a bad shot...maybe just lucky.

My last day as a cop saw me pull off an amazing feat of marksmanship: after catching three rounds, one of them in the lung, I somehow managed to fire four shots from my revolver. One of them hit the perp in the right eye and blew his entire freakin' head open.

To see my shooting scores from the Army and the police range, you'd never believe I could do that.

I'd rather be lucky than good any day.


48 posted on 11/21/2006 9:47:32 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (I dare call it treason.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Sorry. I mistook your entirely appropriate mocking of redunant journalism as a defense of the police procedures in this operation, and responed with no-knock sarcasm!


49 posted on 11/21/2006 9:48:25 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: highimpact
If there was ever a war that could be described as a "quagmire," the war on drugs is it.

Aye, that it is. The cure is becoming worse than the disease. However bad drugs are for society, government thuggery is worse.

50 posted on 11/21/2006 9:52:14 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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