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Toledoan, 92, mistakenly shoots officer(OH)
toledoblade.com ^ | 6 July, 2012 | TAYLOR DUNGJEN

Posted on 07/14/2012 5:22:21 AM PDT by marktwain

Toledo police Lt. Randy Pepitone wanted to make sure Annie Huddleston was all right inside her central Toledo home.

Ms. Huddleston thought the man outside prying open her front door lock Thursday was a burglar.

Just as Lieutenant Pepitone was opening the door, Ms. Huddleston, 92, steadied in her hand her late husband's .357 Magnum revolver, and pulled the trigger just once.

The bullet blasted through a wall hitting the 54-year-old lieutenant in the side of the head.

"All of a sudden there was a loud explosion right next to my ear and I went down," the lieutenant said. "I could taste the blood, I saw it dripping on the porch, and then saw the bullet hole."

The lieutenant said he knew the wound was superficial so he crawled across the porch and jumped over the railing where he was treated by firefighters already on scene.

The crew took Lieutenant Pepitone to Toledo Hospital where he was treated and released.

Police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said Ms. Huddleston will not be charged with the shooting because "I don't think it meets all the culpability standards for felonious assault on a police officer."

Sergeant Heffernan said the department confiscated Ms. Huddleston's gun on Thursday morning.

"Lieutenant Pepitone is very lucky," Sergeant Heffernan said. "Another centimeter over and it could have been a very different story."

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The article does not detail what efforts were made to contact the homeowner before trying to force the door.
1 posted on 07/14/2012 5:22:30 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

No one should be forcing a citizens door, without a court issued warrant. I doubt they had one or she would have been charged.

And they certainly had no reason to confiscate her gun.She will likely need it now. She proved she could use it and hit where she aims.


2 posted on 07/14/2012 5:26:46 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: marktwain
Read the whole article. The cop was stupid. He was breaking down the door?? All he apparently had to do was knock and say police.

It almost sounds like there's something phoney about the cops story.

3 posted on 07/14/2012 5:27:03 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: marktwain

Recently, my elderly aunt passed away while asleep at her home. When she failed to show up for a meeting, the police were called. When they arrived at her home, the would ONLY look into the windows and knock on the door but WOULD NOT break down the door as they stated, “That would be considered burglary for breaking into her home.” They did NOT enter until a neighbor with a key to my aunts home was summoned. The laws must be entirely different in different states.


4 posted on 07/14/2012 5:30:47 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: marktwain

Oooops, I mistakenly called this a “no-knock raid” in a previous thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2906440/posts?page=10#10

Mea culpa.


5 posted on 07/14/2012 5:32:00 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: marktwain
"Lieutenant Pepitone is very lucky,"

And very stupid.

6 posted on 07/14/2012 5:32:44 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (My dog, yes. My wife, maybe. My gun....NEVER!)
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To: marktwain

The cop’s story sounds phony. Why was he breaking into her house? She was in the right and should sue the city to get her firearm back and also charge the cop with attempted breaking and entering. Maybe the dumb SOB will get a warrant next time or at least knock on the door.


7 posted on 07/14/2012 5:42:33 AM PDT by calex59
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To: marktwain

Another MSM attempt to portray citizens as incompetent to own weapons. Mistakenly?

Shooting someone who has just forced open your door isn’t a mistake. If that someone happens to be a cop who hasn’t clearly identified himself as such, oh well.

They know the law and that its quite possible the owner of the home is armed. It is their responsibility to take appropriate precautions and clearly identify themselves.


8 posted on 07/14/2012 5:44:43 AM PDT by gzzimlich
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To: Candor7

I was more impressed that the geezer held a .357 with steady hands. (Not so steady on the decision-making though...)


9 posted on 07/14/2012 5:45:06 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: marktwain
Police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said Ms. Huddleston will not be charged with the shooting because "I don't think it meets all the culpability standards for felonious assault on a police officer."

Her gun needs to be returned and Sgt. Hefferton should be charged with breaking and entering , burglary.

10 posted on 07/14/2012 5:48:48 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: marktwain

“...
Ms. Huddleston called 911 after hearing what she thought was a burglar outside of her home about 12:30 Thursday morning...

Sitting in her living room, she tapped her hand on her chest Thursday afternoon to demonstrate how quickly her heart was beating while she waited for police...

When dispatchers put the call out to police crews, the lieutenant was already nearby...and routed himself to the home.

After doing a perimeter check and finding no signs of anyone trying to break in and after trying to contact Ms. Huddleston with no response, the lieutenant sent other officers to the back of the house while he forced entry.

That’s when Ms. Huddleston fired the gun...
...”


11 posted on 07/14/2012 5:56:48 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Progov

When my grandmother died in her condo, the police called my dad to open the door. She lived in an elderly community, and when she didn’t show up to their routine activities they called the police.


12 posted on 07/14/2012 5:59:48 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: marktwain
I say she had to shoot a cop for her gang initiation. Pretty common for these oldsters nowadays.

No I don't have any facts either but thought I would expound.

13 posted on 07/14/2012 5:59:58 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: marktwain

“The article does not detail what efforts were made to contact the homeowner before trying to force the door.”

Exactly. Did he knock first? Did he announce himself?

The story omits those crucial details.


14 posted on 07/14/2012 6:00:04 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Progov
The laws must be entirely different in different states.

Doesn't the Fourth Amendment apply to all states?

15 posted on 07/14/2012 6:02:54 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: max americana
Who are you calling a "geezer"/

And what's wrong with my decision-making?
I shot the burglar, didn't I?

16 posted on 07/14/2012 6:04:16 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Sacajaweau; Candor7; Bloody Sam Roberts; calex59; piroque
Read the whole article. The cop was stupid. He was breaking down the door?? All he apparently had to do was knock and say police.

Did you read the whole article?

It says she called 911 to report what she thought was a break in. After the officer conducted a perimeter check he tried to contact her and she failed to respond. What was he supposed to do? Assume that everything was suddenly alright and leave?

People who call for police assistance and then fire upon them with an unlicensed hand gun should have the firearm confiscated.

17 posted on 07/14/2012 6:06:27 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Repeal The 17th

“...
Ms. Huddleston called 911 after hearing what she thought was a burglar outside of her home about 12:30 Thursday morning...

Sitting in her living room, she tapped her hand on her chest Thursday afternoon to demonstrate how quickly her heart was beating while she waited for police...

When dispatchers put the call out to police crews, the lieutenant was already nearby...and routed himself to the home.

After doing a perimeter check and finding no signs of anyone trying to break in and after trying to contact Ms. Huddleston with no response, the lieutenant sent other officers to the back of the house while he forced entry.

That’s when Ms. Huddleston fired the gun...”

Why didn’t the officers call dispatch to contact the lady by telephone to tell her that there were officers outside the door and it was OK to let them in? At least that’s the way they do it on ADAM-12. (grin)


18 posted on 07/14/2012 6:10:14 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: South Hawthorne
unlicensed hand gun

What the hell is that?

19 posted on 07/14/2012 6:13:32 AM PDT by Starstruck
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To: South Hawthorne
What was he supposed to do? Assume that everything was suddenly alright and leave?

How about calling her on the phone, you know, the phone that she used to call 911 in the first place. How about turning on the emergency lights on the patrol car, using the siren, using the loudspeaker system?

People who call for police assistance and then fire upon them with an unlicensed hand gun should have the firearm confiscated.

What part of the Constitution requires a license to own a gun? A person doesn't need a license exercise other fundemental rigths like publish a newspaer, vote, or practice their religion.

20 posted on 07/14/2012 6:19:14 AM PDT by Labyrinthos (RE)
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To: Sacajaweau
If he knew she was old and she wasn't answering a knock, the forced entrance might have been out of concern for her health.

It doesn't sound like the police were trying to make an arrest.

21 posted on 07/14/2012 6:19:45 AM PDT by Tribune7 (Fire Obama)
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To: Starstruck
What the hell is that?

A gun in your possesion that belongs to someone else.

22 posted on 07/14/2012 6:20:48 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: South Hawthorne

Belonged to her late husband. It is her gun. I’ve bought guns from people and never got them licensed whatever that means.


23 posted on 07/14/2012 6:26:41 AM PDT by Starstruck
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To: South Hawthorne
A gun in your possesion that belongs to someone else.

What state planet do you live on?

I've had lots of guns in my possession that belonged to others, as others have had my guns. It's perfectly legal - nobody ever needed a "license" one way or another.

Do have even the slightest clue as to WTF you're talking about?

24 posted on 07/14/2012 6:33:12 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: South Hawthorne

Even if the former owner, her husband, had died intestate, legal ownership would pass immediately to her.

Or, so it is in Michigan. YMMV.


25 posted on 07/14/2012 6:33:27 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (Romney Sucks. Mutiny Now,!)
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To: piroque
Why would Sgt. Joe Heffernan be charged with anything?

Lt. Randy Pepitone who was doing the attempted forcible entry already got his reminder to knock on citizens doors instead. A lesson he'll probably remember for the rest of his life.

RIF

26 posted on 07/14/2012 6:34:12 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Labyrinthos
How about calling her on the phone, you know, the phone that she used to call 911 in the first place. How about turning on the emergency lights on the patrol car, using the siren, using the loudspeaker system?

Read the article. What do you think "trying to contact" means?

27 posted on 07/14/2012 6:35:45 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: South Hawthorne
What do you think "trying to contact" means?

In police jargon, it means breaking down the front door.

28 posted on 07/14/2012 6:39:42 AM PDT by Labyrinthos (RE)
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To: marktwain
Taylor Dungjen would piss my mom off enough to get shot for calling her "Ms."
Mom is also an elderly widow who is a "Mrs." not some made up hippy term.
29 posted on 07/14/2012 6:43:44 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: ASA Vet
Just as Lieutenant Pepitone was opening the door, Ms. Huddleston, 92, steadied in her hand her late husband's .357 Magnum revolver, and pulled the trigger just once.

Cut and pasted the wrong name,, had a duh moment

30 posted on 07/14/2012 6:46:50 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: South Hawthorne; Starstruck
Not sure about Ohio, but try calling the police in Texas and tell them you have a handgun that you want to get "licensed". If they don't laugh at you then they might think you want a license to carry it and tell you how to obtain one.

I suppose if the person you were buying from was a complete stranger, you could transfere it through an FFL dealer and fill out the 4473. That might help if you end up buying a weapon that was used in a crime. Then again a simple bill of sale with the proper info should suffice, you could go so far as to get it notarized.

31 posted on 07/14/2012 6:50:14 AM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: DeepInTheHeartOfTexas

Yeah, in Kansas if we buy from a FFL dealer they do a background check, but that doesn’t mean the gun is “licensed”. I’m pretty sure if you get a conceal carry, you are licensed but the gun you choose to carry isn’t.


32 posted on 07/14/2012 7:01:04 AM PDT by Starstruck
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To: piroque
Everyone has them. No biggie.
33 posted on 07/14/2012 7:02:17 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: South Hawthorne
Did you read the whole article?

Nahhh. Proudly posting without reading the whole article since 2001.

34 posted on 07/14/2012 7:09:17 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (As long a hundred of us remain alive we will never on any condition be brought under Obama's rule.)
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To: Starstruck; South Hawthorne

No need to even read the MSM to find the enemey, we have gun grabbers right here on FR.


35 posted on 07/14/2012 7:10:57 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: piroque

“You shouldn’t shoot me, Johnny. My grandmother shot me once... Once.”
-Johnny Dangerously (1984)


36 posted on 07/14/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: marktwain

“”I could taste the blood, I saw it dripping on the porch, and then saw the bullet hole.””

He was hit in the side of the head. How on earth did he “see” a bullet hole in his head??


37 posted on 07/14/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: South Hawthorne
I still haven't read the whole article but I have to say...since when does a 911 operator let the caller off the phone? This is how they communicate to the caller that police are on the scene.

If I were the cop, I would not have entered without first knowing that this vital piece of info was understood by the caller.

38 posted on 07/14/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (As long a hundred of us remain alive we will never on any condition be brought under Obama's rule.)
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To: South Hawthorne

“Read the article. What do you think “trying to contact” means?”

What do you KNOW “trying to contact” means in this situation? Please enlighten us as to what the police actually did to contact her.


39 posted on 07/14/2012 7:19:56 AM PDT by moovova (Ladies & Gentlemen...Pandora has left the box.)
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To: moovova

Gotta ask though...is the dog OK?


40 posted on 07/14/2012 7:22:34 AM PDT by moovova (Ladies & Gentlemen...Pandora has left the box.)
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To: Thank You Rush
Thank You Rush posted:

“”I could taste the blood, I saw it dripping on the porch, and then saw the bullet hole.””

He was hit in the side of the head. How on earth did he “see” a bullet hole in his head??

marktwain replies:

He was probably referring to the hole in the wall that the bullet made.

41 posted on 07/14/2012 7:25:13 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: South Hawthorne

“People who call for police assistance and then fire upon them with an unlicensed hand gun should have the firearm confiscated.”

Here in free America we don’t allow Government to “license” handguns, gun owners, or condone “confiscation”.

The homeowner called 911 because someone was breaking into her home. The “someone” was the officer that got shot who obviously failed to inform properly what he was up to, which is questionable in the first place. Since there was no initial emergency call for help from the homeowner requesting assistance, why did he feel the need to break in?

Someone else initiated the original call over concern they hadn’t seen the homeowner. It would seem prudent to use exhaustive means to knock loudly on every door and window before “breaking in”.


42 posted on 07/14/2012 7:25:53 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Jack Hammer

At least one police cruiser and one fire truck, probably an ambulance are outside the front door.

The cops are using super bright flashlights outside, back yard, etc. The neighbors are out and the woman had called the cops, so she was expecting them.

He is banging on the door with his flashlight or so and announcing himself a the police and thinking she must be hurt and in need of immediate assistance, as she is uresponsive in all of this commotion.

He’s going to walk away and call on the phone? OK he will from now on, but she probably ought not to be handling a weapon.


43 posted on 07/14/2012 7:29:05 AM PDT by stanne
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To: South Hawthorne

“...an unlicensed hand gun...what the hell is that?
“...A gun in your possession that belongs to someone else...”
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When you have no idea what you are talking about, it is best just to not say anything.


44 posted on 07/14/2012 7:35:35 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Of all the old ladies in my family, many of who live alone, the biggest topic of conversation when they are not present is “who’s going to take her car keys?”.

My 93 y/o aunt can’t properly handle a TV remote.

A gun? Forget about it.

The lady in question here, can’t see a cop in uniform is a cop and that’s with all of the emergency vehicles outside with blaring lights, bells and whistles.

A gun. Really?


45 posted on 07/14/2012 7:40:59 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Well, he’s a little smarter now!


46 posted on 07/14/2012 8:04:03 AM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Grandma outranks me in years, but I bet Granny, has hearing issues at 92. I do at 62. I hope, for their sake, no one thinks it would be a good idea to break into my house, relying solely on my ability to hear?!


47 posted on 07/14/2012 8:06:13 AM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: South Hawthorne

The officer should not have broken in to the home, there was no indicator that would justify it. The officer broke into a home without a warrant on the basis that he had been invited by her phone call. But the officer did NOT identify himself properly and that is the officers duty to discharge.

It is the officers duty to communicate and he did not.Hell , he could have used a bull horn.

This non communication is the fault if the officer, not the complainant.

Her firearm should not be confiscated, they should return it to her.


48 posted on 07/14/2012 8:08:26 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: stanne
The lady in question here, can’t see a cop in uniform is a cop and that’s with all of the emergency vehicles outside with blaring lights, bells and whistles.

According to you there were flashlights, Ambulances, all kinds of emergency vehicles outside with bells and whistles flashing.

What article did you read>?

Got a link or is it just you gun grabbing instincts kicking in?

49 posted on 07/14/2012 8:14:17 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
The homeowner called 911 because someone was breaking into her home. The “someone” was the officer that got shot who obviously failed to inform properly what he was up to, which is questionable in the first place. Since there was no initial emergency call for help from the homeowner requesting assistance, why did he feel the need to break in?

The incident occurred after Ms. Huddleston called 911 after hearing what she thought was a burglar outside of her home about 12:30 Thursday morning.

Sitting in her living room, she tapped her hand on her chest Thursday afternoon to demonstrate how quickly her heart was beating while she waited for police earlier that day.

When dispatchers put the call out to police crews, the lieutenant was already nearby, patrolling at Woodland and Junction avenues, and routed himself to the home.

After doing a perimeter check and finding no signs of anyone trying to break in and after trying to contact Ms. Huddleston with no response, the lieutenant sent other officers to the back of the house while he forced entry.

That's when Ms. Huddleston fired the gun.

Looks like your version is contradicted by Ms. Huddleston's, the officer's, and the reporter's.

50 posted on 07/14/2012 8:17:34 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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