Wed 30 Mar, 2005 08:10 pm
Certified as valid by Snopes.....
We have a winner...!
The following mind-boggling attempt at a crime spree in Washington appeared to be the robber's first (and last), due to his lack of a previous record of violence, and his terminally stupid choices:
1. His target was H&J Leather & Firearms, a gun shop specializing in handguns.
2. The shop was full of customers - firearms customers.
3. To enter the shop, the robber had to step around a marked police car parked at the front door.
4. A uniformed officer was standing at the counter, having coffee before work.
Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up, and fired a few wild shots from a .22 target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, the police officer with a 9mm Glock 17, the clerk with a .50 Desert Eagle, assisted by several customers who also drew their guns, several of whom also fired.
The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons.
No one else was hurt in the exchange of fire.
I have a friend who was a NYC cop and I was impressed at how often they seemed to catch the criminals. He told me it wasn't that the cops were so smart, but that the criminals were so dumb. They video themselves, leave their wallets at the crime scene, brag about the crime to people who hate them, and one idiot even called the police to complain that the guy who helped him rob a gas station ran off with the whole stash and now wanted the cops to help him get his half of the loot back. Go figure.