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Posted: 12/27/2001 7:24:38 AM EDT
Los Angeles Times: Family Claims SWAT Killed Student [url]http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-columbine-police-officer1227dec27.story?coll=la%2Dap%2Dtopnews%2Dheadlines[/url] Family Claims SWAT Killed Student By Associated Press December 27 2001, 5:44 AM PST DENVER -- The family of slain Columbine student Daniel Rohrbough claims a Denver police officer killed the boy as he fled the massacre inside the school. A motion filed Wednesday in federal court said Sgt. Dan O'Shea, a member of the SWAT team during the April 20, 1999, shootings, was identified through testimony by a school administrator, Celine Marquez, who said O'Shea told her two days after the shooting that he feared he may have shot an innocent student. The motion asks a judge to reconsider the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the Jefferson County school district and sheriff's office. Brian Rohrbough has long claimed his son was shot by a lawman rather than by one of the student gunmen firing from inside the school because of the angle of his fatal chest wound. In all, 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, a Denver suburb, were killed before attackers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed themselves. According to the motion, O'Shea's handwritten police report stated he shot a 9 mm machine gun from the base of a hill on which Rohrbough was shot and killed. Rohrbough's wounds were consistent with the student facing downhill and O'Shea firing from below, the motion said. The court papers said Marquez was visiting Westridge Elementary School on April 22, 1999, when she encountered O'Shea, whose daughter attended preschool at Westridge. According to the motion, Marquez thanked O'Shea for responding to the attack at Columbine. O'Shea broke down crying, saying he had thought he might have mistakenly shot an innocent student, the motion said. He told her he was relieved to learn that ballistics tests showed none of the victims had been struck by police bullets, it said. Lawyer Barry Arrington, who represents the Rohrboughs, said Wednesday that in fact, ballistics tests on the bullets had not been started when O'Shea spoke to Marquez. "Someone told Sgt. O'Shea a grievous lie," he said. O'Shea could not be reached for comment Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post reported. Denver Deputy Police Chief Dave Abrams said Wednesday that he was unaware of the accusation against O'Shea. "I think it's unlikely," he said. "I would seriously doubt it." The motion also accuses Sheriff John Stone and his department of making 29 "blatant, bald-faced lies" about the investigation, including initially identifying a bullet recovered from Rohrbough's body as one from Klebold's weapon.
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 7:25:19 AM EDT
Brian Rohrbough said he didn't know about Marquez's story until a few days before a federal judge dismissed all but one of the Columbine wrongful-death suits last month. After the ruling, he asked Marquez if she would give a statement. Marquez said she frequently told the story of her meeting with O'Shea, and "I felt I was relaying a hero's story." According to the motion, sheriff's deputy Jim Taylor said that a Denver police officer was near him in the lower student parking lot during the massacre and that he remembers hearing machine gun fire and seeing a boy, later identified as Daniel Rohrbough, get shot. Copyright 2001 Associated Press
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 9:35:12 AM EDT
Minor collateral damage and a very small price to pay for protection from criminals. Rohrbough should be honored that his son was neutralized by a hero instead of being murdered by one of those 2 criminals, klebold or harris.
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 9:42:23 AM EDT
I believe the full autopsy reports are still being held under wraps by the court. I still don't understand the reason the families are blocking the release. I think that most of the fatalies was attributed to the sawed off shotgun, rather than the their 9mm gun.
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 9:58:23 AM EDT
Wish them luck, I really do.
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 10:07:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Imbroglio: Minor collateral damage and a very small price to pay for protection from criminals. Rohrbough should be honored that his son was neutralized by a hero instead of being murdered by one of those 2 criminals, klebold or harris.
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Anyone ever tell you you're a clown? [:o)]
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 10:25:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By LE6920:
Originally Posted By Imbroglio: Minor collateral damage and a very small price to pay for protection from criminals. Rohrbough should be honored that his son was neutralized by a hero instead of being murdered by one of those 2 criminals, klebold or harris.
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Anyone ever tell you you're a clown? [:o)]
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You mean besides womenz?
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[Last Edit: 12/27/2001 11:01:49 AM EDT by ArmdLbrl]
I have to agree with raf on this. Besides, if you read the article, you would see that the current "official story" denying that he shot the boy isn't doing him any good. He was looking down the sights, he KNOWS what he did. And he also knows that the coverup isnt to protect him, but to protect the department from lawsuits and to protect the careers of his superior officers. It clearly is not doing him much good having to live with this over his head.
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 11:50:43 AM EDT
I have to concur with raf and ArmdLbrl for all of the above reasons stated. If a few eggs are broken in the process of digging through cover up of the event so far, then so be it. After all, an innocent kid apparently died for no reason, and his death was completely preventable. The truth should be known to help prevent any future occurances such as this. If it were your son wouldn't you want to know what really happened that day?
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 12:44:40 PM EDT
DarkHelmet: Where were those picturees on your profile/picture collection of you shooting indoors taken?
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 1:28:31 PM EDT
Some god damn money hungry lawyer has convinced a grieving family that they should sue so that the lawyer can make a buck and that's just sick.
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A ridiculous and unsubstantiated assumption. If the police blow someone away through their own negligence, we the "policed" should know about about it.
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 9:37:41 PM EDT
I would say that it is split 50/50. Money and truth.
Link Posted: 12/27/2001 10:02:37 PM EDT
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