Dying for a Beer

About a month ago, in the wee hours of the morning, 34 minutes after midnight, to be exact, patrol officers from the West-City Precinct observed suspicious activity on the part of a vehicle’s occupants while it was parked in the roadway at 55th and McDoring.  When officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle fled west-bound on McDoring.  Officers terminated their attempt to stop the vehicle prior to reaching 59th.   The suspect vehicle continued to 75th where it then accessed the east-bound freeway, entering and finally exiting it south-bound on 19th.  A tactical surveillance had been implemented at 67th and the freeway, with only the air unit maintaining visual contact of the suspect vehicle.   As the vehicle reached the intersection of 19th and Bridgeline Road, it ran a red light and struck an east-bound vehicle broadside, killing the driver instantly.   There were no other occupants in the victim vehicle.   The suspect driver and passenger were taken into custody…both with minor injuries.  It was later learned that the occupants had done a beer-run in the West-City Precinct area earlier in the evening.  The driver presented with obvious signs of intoxication.  Detectives from the Vehicular Crimes Unit responded to handle the case.

A couple weeks later, in the same West-City Precinct, at a given convenience store that we’ll call “Triangle J,” at only 9:30 p.m. on the particular evening, an adult male suspect was in the process of stealing beer from the Triangle J store when he was stopped by the adult male victim and his wife.  As the female victim, Mrs. Josette Citizen, tried to prevent the suspect from exiting the store with the stolen beer, the suspect struck her in the head with a semi-automatic handgun, causing non-life threatening injuries. The male victim, Mr. Joe Citizen, interceded on behalf of his injured wife and was shot once in the chest by the suspect.  He died of his injuries, Mr. Joe Citizen did, right there, in the doorway of the Triangle J convenience store.  The suspect fled on foot to a waiting vehicle.  A search of the area was negative for the suspect.  Detectives from the Homicide Unit responded to handle the case.  A few days later, the suspect’s sister, having seen the Triangle J convenience store’s video surveillance tape on the morning news, called 9-1-1 and told our operator that it was her brother who committed the murderous beer-run.  Two days later, officers and detectives arrested the suspect…and his parents and other family members…who had been hiding the suspect…and who had destroyed evidence that would have definitively linked the suspect to the crime.

I probably enjoy a bottle of ice-cold suds as much as the next person…but this is beyond my comprehension.


8 responses

  1. Wow! Some people! Sad to see and hear when ignorance takes the lives of the innocent. We human animals are a disgusting breed to one another. Would rather had myself mauled by a lion in the animal kingdom than be ignorantly removed from the world. Some people.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:47 am

    • Indeed, some people; ignorant and senseless. Thank you for visiting, Josh.

      March 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

  2. byronhj

    I too enjoy a cold beer,on a very regular basis, and I share your inability to comprehend the senseless destruction. These crimes are infuriating and it isnt the insignificance of WHAT is being taken in these beer runs that makes one want to stop them. It is the continual placing of the fleeting pleasure of a beer buzz ahead of the life and well being of everyone involved, from the triangle J corporation stockholders down to the families of those killed in related crimes, everyone should be aghast at the evil wrought on civilized society by these breathing excuses for human flesh. The question is, now what do I do about it? Nothing so far today, but I havent been to Triangle J yet. I guess time will tell if any of us can make any difference. And a hearty “thank you” to the officers who put themselves in the place of stopping this garbage.

    Thanks again Sir for writing

    March 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

    • Excellent commentary and contribution to the post, as always, my friend. It certainly gives one pause when considering doing something on one’s own to make a difference in these situations…seems like it’s not worth it…so yes, a perpetual thanks to those who are charged with doing so. Thank you, Byron.

      March 3, 2010 at 11:27 am

  3. t.i.n.a.

    That is really insane – and very sad to realise that it takes so little for people to do such horrible things. Humanity does baffle me. Lots.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    • I agree with you, t.i.n.a. Insane and totally baffling. Thank you for visiting the blog. 🙂

      March 4, 2010 at 6:32 am

  4. This is why I prefer a good Scotch on the rocks.

    Wonder who is going to die tonight? And they don’t even know it yet….

    March 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    • I’m not much on Scotch…but I wonder right along with you…whose time is going to be up today and they haven’t a clue yet? What a way to start your shift, huh? Incredible…we know it’s going to happen to someone for some reason…it just hasn’t happened yet. Thank you, Jason.

      March 8, 2010 at 5:41 am

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