one for the good guys

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fedupdon, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. fedupdon

    fedupdon New Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A highly decorated Navy SEAL who found his beloved yellow Labrador retriever shot dead outside his home helped capture the alleged gunmen following a high-speed chase through three counties.

    Marcus Luttrell stayed on the line with a 911 operator as he tried to catch the fleeing suspects during the 40-mile chase that reached speeds of over 100 mph.

    "I told them, 'You need to get somebody out here because if I catch them I'm going to kill them,'" Luttrell said he told the operator, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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    Police stopped the three suspects and charged two men with cruelty to a non-livestock animal. The driver of the vehicle was cited for not having a license.

    There are at least five area dog killings in recent months that could be linked to the case, said Texas Ranger Steven Jeter.

    Lone survivor of Taliban attack
    Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006. He is the lone SEAL team member to survive a June 2005 firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan and was given a puppy to help him heal after he returned from the war. He named it Dasy as an acronym for his SEAL team members lost in that battle.

    Luttrell told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday that he had heard a gunshot on the night of April 1, checked on his mom inside the house and then went outside where he saw Dasy.

    "I could tell she tried to get away because there was a blood trail," Luttrell said. "When I saw she was dead, the only thing that popped into my head was, 'I’ve got to take these guys out.'"

    Marcus Luttrell
    Dasy was shot outside Marcus Luttrell's home in Texas.

    Luttrell was recovering from surgery, but when he spotted a suspicious car parked nearby, he crawled under a fence and snuck up on the strangers, aiming a 9mm pistol at them from about 25 yards away.

    He didn't fire, however, and as the car left, he ran to his pickup and launched the high-speed chase. His pickup couldn't keep up with the car, but police eventually stopped the suspects.

    Luttrell said he confronted the men. "I was like, 'Which one of you guys killed my dog?'" he said. "They started talking smack."

    "I did everything right; I didn’t do anything wrong," he said. "Make sure everyone knows they cold-bloodily murdered."

    Now in 'middle of nowhere'
    "Marcus is trained to do certain things; he fell back on his training," Jeter, the Texas Ranger, said, adding, "I wouldn’t advocate to the general public to do what he has done — to follow them at that rate of speed."

    In his phone interview, Luttrell said he had left his Huntsville home and was in "the middle of nowhere."

    He added that Dasy's killing was a huge setback in his life.

    "I was trying to talk myself out of being who I am," he told the Chronicle. "Talking to myself about not doing the one thing I am good at."
  2. topper

    topper New Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    deep in the woods
    good for that guy. we need more people with the balls to stand up for what is right.

    Keep both barrels loaded

  3. islenos

    islenos Active Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    West Texas
    Too bad he wasn't able to get to them first:mad:
  4. 358 winchester

    358 winchester New Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    The men that committed that crime are very lucky he was able to talk to him out of doing what he was trained to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    What a heart-breaking story....that dog was so important to him... *sigh*
  6. Big ugly

    Big ugly New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Knoxville Tennessee
    I can just imagine what wouldve happened say if he was driving something older with no speed limiter attached to it. I hate some cars just for that fact.
  7. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Jacksonville, AL
    Actually I'm glad he didn't get his hands on them. They probably would have thrown him in prison and slapped the little sob's that killed his dog on the wrists and turned them loose. I'm sure he'll run across them someplace and have a little chat with them.