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Posted on 12/24/2012 1:54:39 PM PST by Pinkbell
The gunman who ambushed four volunteer firefighters, killing two, in upstate New York had spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980, police said.
Undated booking photo of William Spengler, who shot and killed two firefighters Monday.
William Spengler opened fire on the volunteers as they responded to a blaze just before 6 a.m. ET in a small cluster of homes along Lake Ontario in Webster, N.Y., police said, rocking this close-knit community.
The 62-year-old convicted felon had apparently set a trap, firing on the first responders from atop an earthen berm.
"It does appear that it was a trap that was set," said Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering, his voice breaking at times. People who get up in the middle of the night to fight fires, they dont expected to get shot and killed."
Pickering lost a colleague in the incident: Police Lieutenant Michael Chiapperini, who was a volunteer firefighter. The other firefighter killed by Spengler was Tomasz Kaczowka.
Despite being shot, one of the injured firefighters was able to flee from scene under his own power. But the others remained pinned down on the narrow strip of land between Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay until a SWAT team arrived.
As police closed in, Spengler took his own life with a gunshot wound to the head, Pickering said. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1981 after the death of his grandmother, Rose Spengler, and was paroled in 1998.
Spengler's 67-year-old sister Cheryl Spengler is unaccounted for, Pickering said. Spengler lived in the house with his sister and mother, Arline, who died in October.
Prior to Monday's shooting, Webster police had not had any run-ins with Spengler since he was paroled, they said.
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...or a hammer - but the libs probably couldn't ban "ASSAULT HAMMERS".
They guy pled guilty to manslaughter, so technically he wasn’t a murderer.
No Dawg, lib thinking is, “if you take guns from the good guys, then the bad guys won’t be bad,”
****The 62-year-old convicted felon had apparently set a trap,***
This is not something new. I remember back in the 1960s and’70s of fires being set and the firemen ambushed. It got so bad in one city that fires in certain areas were not answered till police secured the area.
I would agree with you on the assault hammers, I keep nothing but defense hammers in my toolbox.
That worked out real well, didn't it?
Paryers for the firemen and their families.
I hope you don't own one of these:
There is no reason for anyone other than law enforcement to have hammers with multiple heads.
Volunteer firefighters are some of the finest folks in America. We supported them in our community with barbecue events, Fourth of July picnics and community dances, breakfasts and raffles throughout the year at either the townhall or the American Legion post.
Prayers for the deceased and their families.
“Here’s a perfect example of a person banned from getting guns who wanted guns getting them anyway. “
This is the argument that the lefties will use. They’ll say that banning use by individuals doesn’t work - you have to ban all guns, instead.
This is going to be a real fight. Or not.
Memo to Diane Finestein:
Lanza was banned from buying guns and yet he managed to kill 26 people.
This guy was banned from buying guns and yet he managed to kill two people and wanted to kill more.
Simple quiz: What do these two gentlemen have in common? Both of them should have been locked up.
Now, about your plan to ban “assault weapons.” Which of the 28 deaths here would your ban have prevented?
Where did he get the gun? Today, Drudge had an article up saying the NY press has put out a list of registered gun owners and their address on a map. So, if there are any other crazy killers out there they'll know where to steal one.
The liberals need a certain number of deaths to push their agenda. This news paper posting should help them get a few more bodies piled before New Years.
Absolutely. Their unionized counterparts pale by comparison.
This POS should have gotten a needle years ago. Beat your Grandmother to death and is walking free after 17 years in jail. Unbelievable.
Thank the liberal jackasses in the NY court system for this. 7 years is the average time served for murder in this state. He was allowed to plea down the murder charges to manslaughter originally.
It’s even worse. The conviction wasn’t for murder; it was for voluntary manslaulghter and he only served 17 years. Voluntary manlaughter is an intentional killing under extreme provocation that isn’t sufficient to constitute the “death or great bodily harm” provocation that provides a self defense argument. An examle would me a man catching another man in bed with his wife. Hard tine for that to have happened here, especially when the murder was committed with a hammer. Looks like a plea bargain gone badly wrong where the perp should have spent the rest of his life in the slammer.
The same with the asylums, if they aren't well, keep them in. You covered it pretty well with this though:
Why was this lunatic out of a jail? HE BEAT HIS GRANDMOTHER TO DEATH WITH A HAMMER! He should have never seen the light of day. What was wrong with that parole board?
The P.O.S. had “served his sentence” and was released on parole. Incredibly, he wasn’t even on parole - that ended several tears ago.
One thing the national news doesn’t seem to mention is that the West Webster Fire Department is a volunteer fire co. Those guys were not getting paid.
They are very common in the suburban and rural areas here.
Another sad fact of this case: one of the dead firemen was only 19 years old.
Hanging is too quick and painless.
Televised torture...daily and weekly special on the many ways to inflict intense pain on the filth causing harm to innocents.
I know it’s brutal and wrong but it might just put the fear of it in the minds of the vermin that would harm those that don’t have it coming to them.