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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.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cheney; harrywhittington; quailgate; shooting
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To: clawrence3
I thought the job of the SS was to protect their charges from physical threats, not legal ones.

That said, if it is standard procedure for the police to give people a day or so to pull themselves together before looking the interviews start, then this really is nothing unusual. I'm just surprised that's how the police do things, thats all.

It would appear that accidental shooting are handled far more casually than I'd realized.

51 posted on 02/16/2006 12:10:33 PM PST by skeptical_con
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To: maestro
True Story.

Did you know that when John Wayne accidentially shot Ward Bond in a hunting accident, Ward Bond left the shotgun to Wayne in his will?

52 posted on 02/16/2006 12:13:59 PM PST by mware (The keeper of the I's once again.)
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To: skeptical_con

Actually a young man in my area was peppered with birdshot a few years ago and the local LE acted like it was no big deal, they did not seem to equate it with the more serious shooting incidents at all. Birdshot hitting a person is usually only very annoying and really painful, not a big deal.

The person I knew didn't think to report it to LE at all, his mother made him go to ER for treatment, they reported it. LE talked to him later by phone for their report since they were notified. BTW the ER in this case just cleaned the wounds real good and sent him right home.

I'd bet a lot of these type of incidents aren't even reported to LE or medically treated at all. I've heard of some non-reports myself.

This should only have been a major deal for the man who was hit and Cheney. The man that was hit, was hurt worse than normally happens, and of course it had to scare the tar out of him. Cheney admits it was his fault, so he feels guilty and terribly bad that he harmed a friend.

The rest of us would not even care if Cheney wasn't involved. When is the last time you saw a news article about someone shot with birdshot before this happened? This is for sure not the only time an incident like this has happened.


53 posted on 02/16/2006 12:14:45 PM PST by Tammy8 (Build a Real Border Fence, and enforce Immigration Laws!!!)
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To: demkicker
When this happened, you can bet that the Security People went crazy....sorting out and covering every possibility....

It takes a moment for everything to register...so did Cheney REALIZE "AT THE MOMENT" that he was the one who hit Whittington?

I'm afraid that if I was a Security dude, that I might have put Cheney on the ground and protect him until I knew absolutely what was going on.

In other words, till I knew that an "accident" had occurred and there were no other in coming shots and everything everywhere was checked out, the media and the cops can go to hell. That's the way it should be.

This was not a delicate situation, it was a devastating situation; an injured friend and the protection of the Vice President of the United States was involved.

Mr. Whittington understands exactly what Mr. Cheney has been through and when he said he withheld any statement out of respect for the Vice-President, it was because he recognizes that his friend IS the Vice-President of the Country they love and respect and his friendship has to be second. Whittington is a good soldier and so is Mr. Cheney.

With all due respect to both gentlemen, I hope that Mr. Whittington will recover nicely because I think he wants to hug his "old friend" and take away some of his pain.

54 posted on 02/16/2006 12:14:45 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: skeptical_con

So a drunk hunting party would not be a physical threat to the VP?

So the SS would let the Vice President of the United States get drunk, along with his party, grab guns, and go hunting?


55 posted on 02/16/2006 12:19:35 PM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: mware
Did you know that when John Wayne accidentially shot Ward Bond in a hunting accident, Ward Bond left the shotgun to Wayne in his will?

I never heard about it at all, thanks.

56 posted on 02/16/2006 12:19:40 PM PST by maestro
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To: Sacajaweau
Yep!

/Sullivan......

57 posted on 02/16/2006 12:21:03 PM PST by maestro
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To: skeptical_con

Soon you will know that you have been banned from FR.


58 posted on 02/16/2006 12:23:38 PM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: SE Mom

Depends on who is doing the covering.


59 posted on 02/16/2006 12:24:36 PM PST by lugsoul ("He didn't do anything he wasn't supposed to do." - Mary Matalin)
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To: skeptical_con
Go back to DUmmy land and you will know a lot of the crazy conspiracy theories that you and your low IQ delsuional friends are creating every minute.
60 posted on 02/16/2006 12:25:20 PM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: USS Alaska

Good one......by the way, I heard on Hannity's radio program this afternoon that teddy made a somewhat snide remark in the Senate that was in reference to the Cheney shooting incident - it was within earshot of hillary as well, she was described as "laughing out loud."

I wish I could quote the remark that Teddy said - but it wouldnt be correct.


61 posted on 02/16/2006 1:50:17 PM PST by texianyankee
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To: SE Mom
How do you think FR would treat it if it happened to John Edwards?

If Cheney had shot john edwards {and he went room temperature}, I would have suggested that Cheney should plead self defense. s/off

63 posted on 02/16/2006 2:24:42 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: areafiftyone

Why was this released. Mr Cheney has a right of privacy just like anybody else. The fact that it was ruled an accident should be the only information necessary. This smoking gun site shouldn't be allowed to print this.


64 posted on 02/16/2006 2:28:23 PM PST by balch3
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To: Tammy8

INteresting - thanks.


65 posted on 02/16/2006 4:25:34 PM PST by skeptical_con
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To: roses of sharon
Actually a drunk hunting party would be a threat to the VP. But since Cheney has 3 DWIs on his record already there's no way he would drink while hunting - that would just be nutso.

Back toi the real point, the poster I was responding to seemed to be implying that the SS's job was to delay the sherrif's interview, that is just not part of their duties insofar as I understand them.

ANyway, cleared of charges so the point is moot. Also per above poster sprayed birdshot really is no big deal from an LEO POV - that was the part that had been confusing me about the delayed interview (but no longer).

66 posted on 02/16/2006 4:32:00 PM PST by skeptical_con
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To: skeptical_con
Yes, the VP is a mature man, and thank god for him. Grown ups in DC are rare, as evidenced this week by the conspirazoid left.
67 posted on 02/16/2006 5:23:37 PM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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