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Posted: 1/25/2006 10:16:08 AM EDT
Unarmed Cop Shot At By Gun Nut
Tuesday, 24th January 2006

LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - An unarmed policeman had a miracle escape when a gun nut fired a hail of bullets during a terrifying late night chase, it emerged today.

The gunman fled on foot after cops pulled over his Volkswagen Passat in south London in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The unarmed officer, who has not been named, cornered him in an alleyway off Croxted Road in Dulwich, but the ruthless thug pulled a gun and opened fire.

The brave cop dived for cover, escaping unharmed.

Police marksmen surrounded the scene but found no trace of the gunman who is believed to have fired at least three rounds.

Chief Superintendent Ian Thomas, head of Southwark Police, vowed to hunt the gun nut down.

He said: "This was very serious. For someone to fire at officers with absolutely no provocation is extremely worrying.

"We are doing everything we can to clampdown on gun crime and everything in our power to hunt down this individual and prosecute him."

The terrifying incident - coming just two months after the fatal shooting of PC Sharon Beshinevsky, 38, in Bradford, Yorkshire - will intensify call for officers to be routinely armed.

The majority of patrolling Met Officers are currently unarmed. They wear ballistic vests that lessen the impact of any blast, but will not stop a bullet at close range.

However Chief Supt Thomas distanced himself from calls for all police to be routinely armed.

He said: "Unarmed British officers have access to armed support. I think at the moment the balance is right."

Croxted Road was closed for four hours in the wake of the shooting just after midnight.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Armed officers carried out a search of the area. A firearm was recovered. The passenger of the Passat was arrested in relation to this incident and our inquiries continue."


www.lse.co.uk/ShowStory.asp?story=HN2321874E&news_headline=unarmed_cop_shot_at_by_gun_nut
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:18:36 AM EDT
3 rounds is a "hail of bullets"?

Glad to hear the peeler is OK, but jeeze, why don't they just review the surveilance tapes and check the GPS and facial recognition software systems....
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:19:07 AM EDT
Wow, could you throw in any more buzz-words and hype into one short arcticle.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:19:49 AM EDT


The reporting sounds like a freaking kid's action book. I guess they consider a "gun nut" something different over there. Sounds like the guy was a simple thug.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:21:09 AM EDT
A few questions...

How is the cop "brave" simply because he was fired upon without being hit? That doesn't make you brave, that makes you lucky.

When, exactly, did three rounds become a "hail of bullets?"

When was it decided that a criminal with a gun was a "gun nut?"

-James
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:21:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2006 10:22:04 AM EDT by Hank_Rearden1]
how did the "gun nut" get a handgun.. aren't handguns banned in the UK?

A "hail" of 3 bullets fired... what a maniac.

Passats and WVs are chick cars.

Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:21:54 AM EDT
Can you imagine how they would describe it if the cop had shot back?
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:22:40 AM EDT
what kind of self respecting gun nut drives a passat?
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:23:09 AM EDT
Im gonna root for the gun nut on this one. The police and government are the enemy of england, too bad the real hero didnt take him out.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:23:17 AM EDT
So the guy had a .32?

Freaking gun nuts are out of control over there.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:25:11 AM EDT
By calling this criminal a "gun nut" they are attempting to draw a link between him and law-abiding firearms enthusiasts like us.

How Orwellian.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:25:55 AM EDT
The nuts are the people that patrol at night UNARMED .

rj
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:27:23 AM EDT
"The majority of patrolling Met Officers are currently unarmed. They wear ballistic vests that lessen the impact of any blast, but will not stop a bullet at close range."


No shit, they wear stab vests....
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:28:16 AM EDT
wow, I thought this article was a joke
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:30:48 AM EDT
Gun nut?
The actually say "gun nut"
Wow.
Guess Airstrip one is getting ready for some "two minute hate"
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:31:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:31:35 AM EDT
A hail of bullets?


At least 3? that is not a hail.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:37:35 AM EDT

We all know that guns are banned in the U.K., so this cannot be true. I'll bet that if this is true it is the fault of the U.S. The guns here are overflowing into the U.K.

Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:38:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheFreepster:
wow, I thought this article was a joke



Police in the UK are a joke.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:38:22 AM EDT



all of you people who think that you would "vote from the rooftops" if the government here ever came for your guns:

read this article CAREFULLY.

this is EXACTLY how you will be written about. only the names and locations will be changed.


Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:39:18 AM EDT
Liberal translation hail of bullets more then two!

I’ve dived out gun fire many times I didn’t think I was brave just smart.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:48:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2006 10:51:32 AM EDT by WyattEarp]
Does anyone else notice how messed up all this is?
ETA:Ok, after reading some of the responses, yes you guys did notice.



gun nut



fired a hail of bullets



at least three rounds


Obviously an anti-gun article.


We are doing everything we can to clampdown on gun crime


Hmmmm, i though that they had passed laws there against gun owner ship by ordinary citizens, guess it ain't working is it?



The majority of patrolling Met Officers are currently unarmed



ballistic vests that lessen the impact of any blast, but will not stop a bullet at close range.



Unarmed British officers have access to armed support. I think at the moment the balance is right



Maybe it would be a good idea to ARM YOUR DAMN POLICE OFFICERS!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 10:58:40 AM EDT
This just begs for highlighting...



Originally Posted By Hipster:
Unarmed Cop Shot At By Gun Nut
Tuesday, 24th January 2006

LIFE STYLE EXTRA (ok, so this is the section of the paper or the name of the whole "news" outlet?) (UK) - An unarmed policeman had a miracle escape when a gun nut fired a hail of bullets during a terrifying late night chase, it emerged today.

The gunman fled on foot after cops pulled over his Volkswagen Passat in south London in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The unarmed officer, who has not been named, cornered him in an alleyway off Croxted Road in Dulwich, but the ruthless thug pulled a gun and opened fire[/blue](this is the only valid statment in the article) .

The brave cop dived for cover, escaping unharmed.

Police marksmen (do the just train with Airsoft or carry it too?? )surrounded the scene but found no trace of the gunman who is believed to have fired at least three rounds.

Chief Superintendent Ian Thomas, head of Southwark Police, vowed to hunt the gun nut down.

He said: "This was very serious. For someone to fire at officers with absolutely no provocation is extremely worrying. (Does this guy have a recurring role on Monty Python???? Insinuating that a criminal is just a "someone" like you or me....)

"We are doing everything we can to clampdown on gun crime and everything in our power to hunt down this individual and prosecute him."

The terrifying incident - coming just two months after the fatal shooting of PC Sharon Beshinevsky, 38, in Bradford, Yorkshire - will intensify call for officers to be routinely armed.

The majority of patrolling Met Officers are currently unarmed. (Dumb Cops) They wear ballistic vests that lessen the impact of any blast, but will not stop a bullet at close range. (Dumb Reporters)

However Chief Supt Thomas distanced himself from calls for all police to be routinely armed.

He said: "Unarmed British officers have access to armed support. I think at the moment the balance is right."
(Again is this guy a comedian or a cop? Some of the most assinine statements I have ever heard)


Croxted Road was closed for four hours in the wake of the shooting just after midnight.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Armed officers carried out a search of the area. A firearm was recovered. The passenger of the Passat was arrested in relation to this incident and our inquiries continue."


www.lse.co.uk/ShowStory.asp?story=HN2321874E&news_headline=unarmed_cop_shot_at_by_gun_nut

Link Posted: 1/25/2006 11:05:20 AM EDT
dived for cover? apparently the person who wrote that stopped going to school after fifth grade.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 11:51:52 AM EDT
Wow, could you throw in any more buzz-words and hype into one short arcticle.

Newspapers and TV news have their stories already written, standard templates. They just fill in the blanks with a few details, names, places.

For example:

An elderly lady is the victim of a home invasion. She repells invader with her trusty old double barrel 12 ga.

Invariably the title of the story will be:

"Granny, Get Your Gun"

And there will be an accompanying photo of the old lady sighting down the barrels, aimed right at the camera.

Link Posted: 1/25/2006 11:58:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2006 11:58:55 AM EDT by _DR]

OBVIOUSLY this is George W. Bush's fault.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:00:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By soccermike7:
dived for cover? apparently the person who wrote that stopped going to school after fifth grade.



Actually both Dived and Dove are acceptable English. Dived is actually somwhat more proper.
Strike one for you.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:01:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2006 12:02:41 PM EDT by five2one]

Originally Posted By soccermike7:
dived for cover? apparently the person who wrote that stopped going to school after fifth grade.



www.dictionary.reference.com

dive1
v. dived, or dove (dv) dived, div·ing, dives

eta: the _dr. beat me.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:03:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rjay:
The nuts are the people that patrol at night UNARMED .

rj



The nuts are the people that patrol at night anytime UNARMED .
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:05:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hipster:


However Chief Supt Thomas distanced himself from calls for all police to be routinely armed.

He said: "Unarmed British officers have access to armed support. I think at the moment the balance is right."




What a fucking idiot.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:10:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gravity_Tester:
3 rounds is a "hail of bullets"?

Glad to hear the peeler is OK, but jeeze, why don't they just review the surveilance tapes and check the GPS and facial recognition software systems....


Sad but true.

What a gun nut?
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 12:18:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By amk5222:
A hail of bullets?


At least 3? that is not a hail.



Maybe from a single shot bolt gun.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 2:26:45 PM EDT
I think he and the rest of them are brave. I couldnt imagine doing the job anywhere unarmed.
Pepperspray againt a butcher knife is not the way I would choose to do it.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 2:35:26 PM EDT

He said: "Unarmed British officers have access to armed support. I think at the moment the balance is right."




So the cops there have to call 911?

Link Posted: 1/25/2006 2:35:28 PM EDT
Okay now Britian needs to ban handguns.

This crime is just out of control.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 2:43:25 PM EDT
Wow it sounds like there gun control is working out just fine. Cheers.
Link Posted: 1/25/2006 3:04:28 PM EDT
Maybe I could sue them for slandering my old license plates;



Link Posted: 1/25/2006 4:03:59 PM EDT
big deal...i bet that kinda stuff happens 5 times a week in big cities here in the states
im sure some of the cops on this board could vouch for that
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