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Two officers honored in shooting of naked woman
BayNews9 ^ | Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 02/14/2013 12:04:47 PM PST by rarestia

Two off-duty law enforcement officers involved in a deadly shooting in Hernando County have been honored by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

In October, Tampa police officer William Mechler and Hernando sheriff's deputy Rocky Howard were off-duty when they shot and killed a naked 42-year-old woman. The officers said Inga Marie Swanson was threatening a group of people.

On Wednesday, both men received the Medal of Valor, which is the highest honor given by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Two months after the shooting, the State Attorney's Office cleared the two men of wrongdoing in the shooting.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the officers earned the honor by being willing to put their lives on the line, according to Bay News 9's partner paper, the Tampa Bay Times.


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I really don't have a comment on this. I'm just flabbergasted that a media outlet would willingly write a headline like that and not find something wrong with it.
1 posted on 02/14/2013 12:04:54 PM PST by rarestia
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2 posted on 02/14/2013 12:07:58 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: rarestia

By the way the headline is written, I hate to see the outcome at a nudist beach or the Playboy Mansion.


3 posted on 02/14/2013 12:08:12 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: rarestia

“Look out! She’s got bazookas!”


4 posted on 02/14/2013 12:08:23 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: rarestia
The officers said Inga Marie Swanson was threatening a group of people.

Threatening with what???

I guess you could be naked and still be holding a weapon... but the article didn't say.
Fail for the reporter, I'd say.

5 posted on 02/14/2013 12:10:32 PM PST by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: rarestia

I’m having a hard time figuring out how two trained male police officers couldn’t think of any other way to handle the problem. We used to teach any number of takedown methods using night sticks, PR24 batons, and even CS spray, and that was before anybody carried tasers. How on earth could this have been justified, let alone awarded a Medal?


6 posted on 02/14/2013 12:10:32 PM PST by cbvanb
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To: Paladin2
"he gun is what Simpson said the off-duty officers saw her wielding when they opened fire. Simpson said the gun is very old, that it holds one bullet and that it doesn't fire.

Simpson said deputies had him identify Swanson's body and the antique gun on Sunday.

Deputies have not confirmed that Swanson was holding the antique gun at the time of the shooting."

She coulda been brandishing a pair of .38's.

7 posted on 02/14/2013 12:11:31 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: cbvanb

Everybody gets a medal today. Even more as a union member.


8 posted on 02/14/2013 12:13:27 PM PST by edcoil (Manage your own lawsuit: www.jurisdictionary.com?refercode=KK0012)
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To: rarestia
Now unless there's more to this story this is the kind of crap that gives the police a bad name.
9 posted on 02/14/2013 12:13:38 PM PST by skeeter
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To: rarestia
She crashed a neighborhood party naked & disoriented, left, and returned. The off-duty cops said she was carrying a “weapon.” Friend of hers said it was a large crucifix, cops said it was an (unspecified) firearm.

Hmmm... “Quick, put a gun in her hand!”

Dogs, newspaper delivery women, and disoriented Christians beware.

10 posted on 02/14/2013 12:14:32 PM PST by twister881
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To: rarestia

I guess she could have had a concealed assault rifle somewhere


11 posted on 02/14/2013 12:14:47 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: cbvanb

The popos coulda asked her if she was game.


12 posted on 02/14/2013 12:15:37 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: GeronL

She was well armed. ;)


13 posted on 02/14/2013 12:16:30 PM PST by 556x45
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To: rarestia
As usual you have to go to a British paper to find anyone who's actually read literature and understands the basic components of a story ... like facts and details.

Inga Swanson, 42, is said to have approached the off-duty officers acting strangely before returning a short while later 'armed, naked and irrational'

Her boyfriend said gun she was carrying was antique that doesn't fire

Two men report talking to naked Swanson 15 minutes before she was killed

Daily Mail

14 posted on 02/14/2013 12:17:00 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: rarestia

The movie title,Naked Gun,” comes to mind. Were the cops screaming,” Look out Joe she has a naked gun shoot her!”? Sounds really weird.


15 posted on 02/14/2013 12:17:24 PM PST by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28- 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: edcoil
Everybody gets a medal today. Even more as a union member.

Comment reminds me of about 15 years ago when my son got a baseball trophy for his team being in 8th place in an 8 team league. Kind of our problem in society today.... No proper feedback for poor or mediocre performance.

16 posted on 02/14/2013 12:27:26 PM PST by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: rarestia

Hey, they were OFF-DUTY, it had been a slow and unexciting week, what would you do except shoot a naked woman?


17 posted on 02/14/2013 12:28:01 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("What thou lovest well , remains. The rest is dross"---Ezra pound)
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To: rarestia

Hey, they were OFF-DUTY, it had been a slow and unexciting week, what would you do except shoot a naked woman?


18 posted on 02/14/2013 12:28:18 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("What thou lovest well , remains. The rest is dross"---Ezra pound)
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To: rarestia

If you don’t want a crazy person to be put down like a rabid dog, don’t call the police. Seriously, if you don’t want the crazy person causing a problem killed, don’t call the police, because that is their standard response.

Have a grandfather that just lost the ball? Deal with it yourself, because when the police arrive they are going to shoot him for failing to follow instructions. And they police always shoot to kill. Granted they are awful shots, but their intent is to kill.


19 posted on 02/14/2013 12:29:23 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Karliner

The cops-shoot-naked-person-dead seems to be a recurring story line . . . I seem to recall some college kid from Georgia? Alabama? getting gunned down recently when I think cops said he lunged at them or something. I think when cops see someone naked they — presumably correctly — are worried that the danger threat is escalated because the person is crazy, on drugs, out-of-control, etc., and in such situations some of these folks can have superhuman strength and can be quite dangerous.


20 posted on 02/14/2013 12:30:32 PM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled
It's called “excited delirium”.

Thanks for your post. The sheep on this site who posted their garbage without questioning prefer ignorance.

21 posted on 02/14/2013 12:40:49 PM PST by Glennb51
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To: SampleMan

Yep.
I can think of at least two incidents, off-hand, where the cops were called to help control a mentally disabled family member. In both of those cases, the officers arrived and the family pleaded with them to help control the individual, to which the cops responded by confronting the individual, killing them, and then claiming that the killing was unavoidable.

One of those incidents involved a deaf man with a garden rake in Detroit.

“Never invite “The Man” into our life.”


22 posted on 02/14/2013 12:41:30 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: rarestia
Maybe they got marksmanship awards because they didn't shoot: other people, dogs, cars, other cops, each other, etc.
23 posted on 02/14/2013 12:47:06 PM PST by Darteaus94025
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To: Darteaus94025

Need a full length pic. She may be not guilty.


24 posted on 02/14/2013 12:53:35 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: rarestia

Chill out now! It’s fully understandable if there were no dogs around to shoot, and no dognut shops to visit!


25 posted on 02/14/2013 12:55:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: rarestia

LOL. I live in Hernando County.


26 posted on 02/14/2013 1:01:23 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
Need a full length pic. She may be not guilty.


27 posted on 02/14/2013 1:03:15 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: SJSAMPLE

Similar to the biblical principal of settling disputes with your accuser before you get before the judge.


28 posted on 02/14/2013 1:03:18 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: grobdriver
Threatening with what???

Witnesses and friends who saw her mere minutes before the shots were fired at her say she was holding a crucifix.....and she was naked.

The local PD much later stated she did in fact have a firearm. Though they declined to identify what kind of firearm.

This begs the question....Where the hell did she conceal it?
More importantly, did the two off duty officers mistake a crucifix for a pistol or revolver? That's not outside the realm of possibility. These two cops were at a party that the victim wandered into. Did these two heroes have anything to drink at this party? Were they under the influence?

Some very serious questions have NOT been asked before this one was just swept under the rug.

29 posted on 02/14/2013 1:05:32 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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To: rarestia

I really don’t have a comment on this. I’m just flabbergasted that a media outlet would willingly write a headline like that and not find something wrong with it.

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One word explains the headline: Floriduh.

I daresay this may be one of the tamer less bizarre headlines of the day.


30 posted on 02/14/2013 1:09:22 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: rarestia
"the Medal of Valor, which is the highest honor given"

truly sick

31 posted on 02/14/2013 1:11:46 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: grobdriver

“Threatening with what???”

Maybe she had a Muff gun.


32 posted on 02/14/2013 1:15:11 PM PST by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: edcoil
Everybody gets a medal today. Even more as a union member.

Commies (redundant, I know) do get more: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2987283/posts

33 posted on 02/14/2013 1:17:10 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: rarestia

Well one thing is certain: If she had a weapon it wasn’t concealed carry.


34 posted on 02/14/2013 1:17:52 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to be "protected" by government.)
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To: Paladin2

Did s&w start making a d-frame .38?


35 posted on 02/14/2013 1:33:37 PM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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36 posted on 02/14/2013 1:34:51 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: rarestia

Not only do cops commit acts of murder, they get rewarded for it. Any cop-supporter want to chime in and explain why we shouldn’t be pissed as Hell at cops over stories such as this? I bet not a single other cop stood up for this innocent victim of murder by cop.


37 posted on 02/14/2013 1:38:48 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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"Hey, they were OFF-DUTY,..."

It sounds like they were at a Party. Did they get any kind of drug test?

38 posted on 02/14/2013 1:49:28 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Uncle Miltie

Okay. Your comment was inappropriate for the circumstances but nevertheless quite hilarious.


39 posted on 02/14/2013 2:09:21 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“say she was holding a crucifix.....and she was naked.

The local PD much later stated she did in fact have a firearm. Though they declined to identify what kind of firearm.

This begs the question....Where the hell did she conceal it?”
She had her off duty cc weapon. A brand new purple vibrator. Don’t really know where she was carrying/hiding it


40 posted on 02/14/2013 2:24:35 PM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Revolting cat!

You know, most dogs are naked, too, so I expect they must be suffering from `excited delirium’ as well. Yeah, shoot the pooches.
I just got the SI swimsuit edition and I can’t wait to read the articles ... I hope they don’t make me too excited and delirious!


41 posted on 02/14/2013 2:32:55 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: tumblindice; Revolting cat!

(PS) “I could have *sworn* that was a gun in his hand, or at least a derringer ... “
Deputy Dave Dawg

Later, `cat.


42 posted on 02/14/2013 2:36:24 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: CodeToad

Nobody is saying that cops who perpetrate avoidable killings shouldn’t be dsiciplined and punished. Over 100 police officers were killed in the line of duty last year. Are you suggesting we don’t need police officers, or are you suggesting all of them are criminals? Your post is incoherent.


43 posted on 02/14/2013 2:48:31 PM PST by driftless2
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“Your post is incoherent.”

Only to you, an apologist to all things law enforcement.


44 posted on 02/14/2013 3:15:44 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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“Over 100 police officers were killed in the line of duty last year”

So? What’s that mean? Tens of thousands more people that are not cops were killed as well. What’s your point? More garbage men were killed last year than cops. What’s your point? More pilots were killed last year than cops. What’s your point?


45 posted on 02/14/2013 3:17:40 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

There’s a classic Bob Hope video set where Jayne Mansfield comes out with a two-gun holster set. Bob says that’s a nice looking pair of .38s you have there,.....a pause,...and the guns are nice too!


46 posted on 02/14/2013 3:20:23 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: edcoil

AP: Trayvon to Receive Medal of Honor Posthumously!


47 posted on 02/14/2013 3:21:42 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: cbvanb

Maybe they thought they’d get slapped with a sex harassment suit if they touched her. It must have seemed easier to shoot her.


48 posted on 02/14/2013 3:23:16 PM PST by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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To: Paladin2
She coulda been brandishing a pair of .38's.

or .44 Magnums.

49 posted on 02/14/2013 4:37:03 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: rabidralph

Well, apparently they made the right decision. How sad.


50 posted on 02/14/2013 4:49:24 PM PST by cbvanb
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