On Sunday night I was working a patrol shift with my partner Eric when we were sent to a “check the welfare” call. A man called the police wanting us to check on his 7 year old son because his ex was supposedly not home. It was 1:30AM and we suspected there was more to the story.
We drove around the corner and met a male, who was about 40 years old, in a parking lot. He got out of his vehicle and told me a brief story about why he called the police. Since it was 1:30AM, I wanted to know more about him and his relationship with his ex before I knocked on her door at this time of night.
During our conversation he told me his ex had a restraining order against him. I asked him why, but he never really told me. He then said I could look up his criminal record if I wanted. Since he brought it up I asked, “What have you been arrested for?”
“Shooting into a dwelling.”
“Why did you shoot into a house?”
“It wasn’t a house. It was a car.”
“Was someone in the car when you shot at it?”
“Yeah, my sister’s boyfriend?”
“Did he get shot?”
“How much time did you get?”
“I got five months.”
“That’s not bad for trying to kill someone, ” I joked.
“I wasn’t trying to kill him.”
Who was this guy trying to kid? It’s not normal to shoot up a car when someone you know is sitting it in.
“Is the guy still with your sister?” I asked.
“Yeah, but she doesn’t come around.”
I couldn’t resist and said, “Well, that’s because she’s afraid you’re going to shoot at him again.”
I have a feeling there was a reason for that restraining order….. You just can’t make this stuff up.
I’m sure he’s a very sweet man, but just has bad judgment at times … I once had to deal with a detective during a child abuse case, where the little boy had been beaten half to death. The detective commented to me that he personally knew the young father as a nice, loving man and believed that young man had simply “lost it.” Really? The kid barely survived! I nearly “lost it” myself.
That was a little more than losing it for sure.
Well, at least he was…honest? Ish?
I think I got the “Diet coke” version. He gave me all the taste, but not all of the sugar.
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