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Philadelphia Police Shoot, Kill Suspect

By Wyatt Earp | July 22, 2009

35th District RPCGood Guys – 1, Bad Guy – 0.

Now before all of the trolls come out from under their bridge, let’s make note of the most important part of this story: The offender broke one officer’s wrist after wrestling his asp from him, and grabbed the gun from the other officer during the confrontation.

He already beat the Hell out of one officer. What do you think he would have done with the other officer’s gun? The take from the Philadelphia Daily News is almost completely wrong, so I will engage the SYLG News Translator to give you the facts, since this happened in my division:

A 22-year-old man is dead after a police officer shot him after the man allegedly went for his partner’s weapon in Fern Rock last night, police said.

Wow, that’s completely correct, except for the allegedly. The toad and the officer each had the gun in their grasp.

At 8:44 p.m., two officers responded to a report of a man exposing himself near a home on Marshall Street near Spencer, said spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

Semi-correct. The man was actually masturbating.

Police said that the man became combative and that a struggle ensued between him and one of the officers. During the struggle, police said, the man reached for the cop’s handgun, discharging it once. The clip fell from the gun and it was at that time the other officer fired at the man, striking him once in the chest, police said.

As usual, the Daily News omits the entire part about the other officer being beaten by the toad with the asp. The toad grabbed the other officer’s gun, and while they were both struggling for it, the officer ingeniously thought to release the magazine catch. The mag fell to the ground, leaving only one round in the chamber, which was the one fired by the toad. Releasing the catch probably saved both officer’s lives.

The man, who was not identified by police, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both officers were treated at Albert Einstein Medical Center for abrasions and one for a possible broken wrist.

Correct. Wow, twice in one story!

Relatives and friends of the man, whom they called “D. Vito,” said he couldn’t have posed much of a threat to the cops.

Here we go. The man stood over 6 feet tall, and was rather “full-figured.” Both officers are shorter than the toad, and weighed a lot less. Do the math, kids. If he wasn’t much of a threat, how did he wrestle the asp and a gun from them? The officers didn’t willingly give their equipment to him!

“His knees were all messed up. He walked with a cane,” said one relative, who asked not to be identified.

Uh-huh, and he went to church every Sunday and was always good to his mother. Idiots.

Look, it’s never fun when we have to use deadly force. But make no mistake: This toad is dead because of his own actions. If he would have complied with the officers’ commands, he would still be with his loving family today.

Topics: News Translator, The Job | 21 Comments »

21 Responses to “Philadelphia Police Shoot, Kill Suspect”

  1. John D Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    “Relatives and friends of the man, whom they called ‘D. Vito,’ said he couldn’t have posed much of a threat to the cops.”

    Yeah, and I’m sure he grabbed that gun in a playful, nonthreatening way.

  2. RT Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    “His knees were all messed up. He walked with a cane,” said one relative, who asked not to be identified.

    So…where was his cane? Oh, and do we need to watch the episode of Cops in Philly with the naked guy to see just how dangerous a naked out-of-touch-with-reality guy can be?

    I’m glad the officers will be okay and that they were not seriously hurt. What do expect to happen to you if you take an officer’s gun? Duh.

  3. AJ Lynch Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    A cop told me when someone is on qualudes, they can break nightsticks on their heads and it may not stop them.

  4. Kim Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Well if the officer was not carrying an asp to begin with, the poor gentleman would not have been provoked.

    After all, he probably felt threatened by the size of the stick.

    (Did I really just say that?)

  5. TexasFred Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Good job COPS… Glad it came out YOUR way!!

  6. Raptor Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Honestly, Wyatt. I feel sorry for you.

    Now, before you hunt me down and beat me to a pulp, hear me out.

    When crap like this goes down, you cops get your collective @$$es chewed out. When you can’t find a crook no matter how hard you try, you get your collective @$$es chewed out. And all the while, Philly’s govt. and your own senior Chiefs and Commisioners are screwing you worker ants over.

    Man, Wyatt, I don’t even have your job and I hate it. Kudos for sticking with it even in the face of all this bull$#!^

  7. clady Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I’m so glad this turned out the way it did, with the officers going home to their families. I wish though they had not been injured at all.

    What a sick pervert the toad was, but even worse, he was a monster(for lack of a better word) for trying to kill these officers. The family says he wasn’t a threat? Bologny!

    I hope the administration does the right thing and stands by you all during this time. Again, glad to hear the officers are going to be okay. Good job.

  8. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Police 1…….

    Bad Gusys 0…..

    Be safe boys and girls…….

    God Bless the PPD……….

    Retirement is the Goal…………

  9. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Whoops……The jameson must have been typing…..GUYS

  10. USA_Admiral Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Other than the injuries to the Officers this had a happy ending.

    I love it when a Thug gets his “assume room temperature” notice.

  11. Crankipants Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Another satisfied customer!

    Fluuuuuuuuuussssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh! Bye, turd! Your chicken choking days have come to an end.

  12. Doghouse Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:36 am

    You make actions that appear to threaten an officer’s life, he/she will take it that way, and respond accordingly. It’s not a hard concept to understand. Heck, even non-officers respond the same way.

  13. Morgan Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:45 am

    And so another idiot bit the dust. Hope neither policeman is seriously injured.

  14. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Good job PPD! Tagged and bagged, one less pervert/killer on the street.

    and on a side note to the media -> it’s a magazine, not a clip!!!!

  15. Echosix Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I’d like to say no one was hurt, but at least no one was killed.

  16. Alan B Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Good thinking by the cop to release the magazine. Is this one of the possibilities in standard officer training?

    Just in case anyone thinks I might be one of the trolls referred to … This seems very different from the previous case where I gently suggested (hoped, maybe) that an alternative approach was possible.

    The assailant had seized the asp. Injury had already been done to the officer. The assailant had already siezed and gained partial control of the firearm. A shot had been fired as a result of the assault on the officer.

    Well done the officers concerned.

    One thing left to do. IN PRIVATE (i.e. not in the spotlight of the press) the officers need to have a debrief to see what might be learnt. Why was the man allowed to get so close that he was able to seize the asp and break the officer’s wrist? Ditto to seize the firearm? Should the safety have been off? How should 2 officers work together to reduce the threat/danger to themselves and the public?

    I am not suggesting for one moment that anything was necessarily done wrong but a situation like this surely must be used to learn lessons – to reinforce correct actions – to correct “mistakes” or poor responses (if any).

  17. Rick Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    One less Obama supporter in the world.

  18. Echosix Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I agree with Alan; there should be a “Lessons Learnsd” debrief with a couple of tactically saavy senior officers. This should be followed by a “Do This – Don’t do that” presentation to the Department.

    Unfortunately, it is probably too dangerous for all concerned. Nothing you ever say is off the record.

    It’s a shame, really.

  19. Assrot Says:
    July 23rd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Two questions for you Wyatt.

    1. Was the toad just starting to get his life together?

    2. Was the toad just trying to go see his baby’s mama?

    Good riddance to bad rubbish I say. Thank God the two officers went home safe albeit a little scuffed up. One piece of human waste removed from the gene pool. Two good cops safe to live out their lives.

    Sounds like a win-win to me.


  20. Alan B Says:
    July 24th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    #22 Assrot said:

    “One piece of human waste removed from the gene pool.”

    He was 22. Hope his own stupidity got him in time to achieve this.

  21. Jon Brooks Says:
    July 24th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Thats one of my pet peeves too Smite A Hippie. Tell them to go get and M1 ‘then’ they can talk about 5 round stripper clips.

    Glad the officers made it home. Another retirement story.