Mob attcks LEO in Modesto

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  1. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

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    Story here

    Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2009
    Officer, dog square off against Modesto mob of 60
    By Leslie Albrecht
    lalbrecht@modbee.com

    A Modesto police officer had to pull his gun to keep a hostile crowd at bay early Sunday.

    The officer sustained minor injuries in the southwest Modesto incident, said police spokesman Sgt. Brian Findlen. Police are not releasing the officer's name. The officer's dog was assaulted but not seriously injured, Findlen said. Police arrested several suspects in connection with the incident. A loaded assault rifle was found later at the scene of the struggle, which unfolded about 2 a.m.

    Findlen said the officer pulled his gun only after other deterrents, including his police dog, failed to keep the crowd under control. "In a situation where you really feel that your life is in imminent danger, your options become very few," Findlen said.

    Some members of the crowd told the officer that "he was not going to leave the scene alive," according to police.

    The crowd of as many as 60 people included some known gang members, Findlen said. Police believe the group was gathered for a party in the 1700 block of Pelton Avenue. The officer happened upon the group when he was responding to another call in the area.

    The officer saw several people assaulting one man, Findlen said. As the officer tried to break up the fight, the crowd's attention shifted from the assault victim to the officer. The crowd surrounded the officer. The officer sent his dog into the crowd in an attempt to stop the group.

    The dog apprehended one suspect, who police later identified as 18-year-old Alfredo Espinoza of Modesto. As the officer tried to arrest Espinoza, the crowd pulled Espinoza away from the officer.

    According to police, some in the crowd then challenged the officer to a fight. One suspect attacked the officer, police said.

    Officer's radio broken

    The officer's two-way radio was broken during the struggle. The officer then used his gun to hold off the crowd as he tried to tell neighbors to call 911. Someone in the crowd had a police scanner, Findlen said, and told the rest of the crowd that other officers weren't responding to the scene. It was then that the officer was told he wouldn't be leaving the scene alive, according to police.

    Backup units responded after calls from other residents.

    Other officers responding to the scene stopped a vehicle and found Espinoza inside, Findlen said. The driver, 20-year-old Modesto resident Andrew Mitchell, and the passenger, 19-year-old Modesto resident Matthew Reyes, were arrested on suspicion of resisting and delaying a police officer, assaulting a police dog, and "lynching." Lynching is a law enforcement term that means forcibly removing a suspect -- in this case, Espinoza -- from police custody.

    Two police scanners were found in the vehicle.

    Two other suspects were arrested at the scene of the struggle. William Rodriguez, 29, of Modesto was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, false imprisonment of a police officer and lynching. Junior Suarez, 19, of Modesto was arrested on suspicion of resisting and delaying a police officer and lynching.

    Assault rifle found


    Officers reportedly found a loaded assault rifle magazine near the scene of the assault.

    During a follow-up investigation later Sunday morning, police said, officers found a loaded, banned assault rifle that police believe was used at the scene of the party. Gabriel Avila, 21, of Modesto was arrested on suspicion of possessing an assault rifle.

    Detectives are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to called the Modesto Police Department at 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can text information to 274637. Type "TIP704" with your message.

    Bee staff writer Leslie Albrecht can be reached at lalbrecht@modbee.com or 578-2378.

    Well the natives are getting restless aren't they. Wait until they don't get what Obozo promised them. Then, we will have some interesting moments. :mad:
     
  2. bcj1755

    bcj1755 New Member

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    Sumbags! :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad: And THESE are the kind of "people" that Obama is pandering to in order to get more votes for the Democrats :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad: I hate to say this, but I wonder how many of the Hispanics in the area were ILLEGAL.

    And of course they just HAD to thrown in SOMETHING about an "assault weapon":rolleyes: Gee, I see that the AWB in place in CA is working so well:rolleyes: I also notice they didn't mention specifically where the "assault weapon" was found. I mean, if there was an incident like this at my neighbor's house, well I guess you could say that there would be a "loaded assault weapon" nearby because my WASR is in my closet and loaded:rolleyes:
     

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    Sadly, as BO's term progresses, I'm afraid we'll be reading (I hope JUST reading) of increasing incidents of this nature. :(
     
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    That LEO showed a lot of restaint and courage. I think I would have started unloading magazines until the situation was in control. Shoot the loud mouthed leader and the rest will probably take off. Trouble is the LEO would be in the frying pan for that type of action.
     
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    A good shotgun would have come in handy. Wonder why he didn't have one or if he did why he didn't use it. The officer showed remarkable restraint. He had every reason to be in fear for his life and lethal force would have been justified.
     
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    +1 to the two post above this.
    He was in fear of his life and being attacked. Shooting in self-defence would have been justified in my opinion. :mad:



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  7. glocknut

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    Times are changing... :(

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    I believe the officer did the bravest and smartest thing he could by not shooting anyone, for if he had shot he might not have made it out of there alive. It sounds to me like that mob was on the ragged edge of doing something really stupid and it would have taken only one them to get the officer from behind gun or no gun. Being surrounded by 60 idiots bent on hurting you would be very unnerving and I think the threat the officer posed with his gun had more affect than if he had fired it. My point being had there been only 6 idiots, perhaps shooting them might have been the smartest thing to do.
     
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    Maybe....maybe not. They could have been a buch of cowards...that will run when they see one of them "drop" in a dramatic style. I think the only reason they were willing to taunt him in the first place is because they know that cops work by a set of rules. If they even suspected that those rules no longer applied they would think twice about being a bunch of ******....

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  10. muddober

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    First and foremost I was merely voicing my opinion on the decision that the officer made not to shoot and I realize you were as well with your "Maybe....maybe not". I also believe one of the biggest mistakes that anyone can make, especially law enforcement, that all these bad guys are cowards. Crazy yes, cowards not necessarily so. In my view there was nothing cowardly about the two guys that shot up and kept at bay several LAPD officers many years ago in North Hollywood with full auto AK 47's. The latest example was the bad guy who just recently killed four Oakland cops, two of which were swat guys who were not taken as off guard as were the two motor officers. That guy was apparently very deliberate and cunning in his confrontation with LEO. Samething with these crazies strapping bombs on and killing themselves I cannot relate to them as cowards. Again just my opinion.

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  11. 45nut

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    I'll chime in here. As I see it, some or most of the crowd would be cowardly. However, don't forget that some gangs have sent members into the military to be trained, so they can teach the rest of the gang good tactics. Some bad guys fall into the category of "Bad Guys" as in a bad guy with witch to have trouble. Mudobber was right to bring up the Oakland killer. This guy took out 2 SWAT guys. That's a pretty tough thing to do for a small time crook.

    Remember, some of the bad guys are not cowards and are good shots. Stay alert & stay alive.
     
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