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Following the Gun: Every Stop Is Life Or Death For LEOs

Following the Gun: Every Stop Is Life Or Death For LEOs

The casket of Phoenix Police Officer Sgt. Sean Drenth, who died in the line of duty, is brought in for his funeral Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, in Phoenix. [AP Photo]

Washington Post via YellowBrix

November 22, 2010

McDonald didn’t say – maybe he didn’t have time – that Giddings had knocked a child off the bicycle.

McDonald caught up to Giddings, losing his hat along the way. The officer grabbed Giddings and drew his ASP police baton. The two fought. The felon threw the officer to the ground. Both drew guns, Giddings’s Taurus against McDonald’s Glock 9mm service weapon.

Shots were traded, and McDonald was hit several times, including a round that went through his shoulder and pierced his heart.

Giddings then stood over the officer and pumped more bullets into him. He hopped back on the bicycle, but before he could get away, two officers arrived in response to McDonald’s call for assistance. At least one exchanged gunfire with Giddings, killing him with shots to the head and chest, according to the police report. One of the officers was shot in the hip. The other was not injured.

The consequences

McDonald’s father, Larry, was working at a new job for a trucking company when he got the call. Larry McDonald was a retired Philadelphia fire captain, and a friend from the fire department who also had a son on the police force gave him the news that two officers had been shot. One was Pat, the friend said. The friend wasn’t sure how badly Larry and Patsy’s youngest boy was injured, but he tried to assure Larry that Patrick would be all right.

Larry McDonald frantically called his wife, who works as a receptionist at a school-uniform company. When Larry arrived at his wife’s business, officers were already there. They drove the couple to Temple Hospital, a 20-minute ride.

Scores of officers were gathered outside the hospital, so many that the couple could barely squeeze through the entrance. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was there. So was Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, the former chief in the District of Columbia.

Someone shuttled the McDonalds into a tiny, windowless room. Ken Linneman, a police lieutenant and childhood friend of Larry McDonald’s, broke the news.

“He’s gone,” Linneman said.

For his role in getting the Taurus onto the streets, Mack was convicted in federal court of making a false statement in connection with the purchase of a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance. He received three years in federal prison. Lashley was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal transportation of firearms. He was sentenced to 10 years.

Indiana, 2003: Scott Patrick

The gun that killed Indiana State Trooper Scott Patrick, a .380-caliber FEG semiautomatic handgun, No. AK00885, was manufactured in Hungary. It was shipped to the United States, ending up at Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale, on the southern fringes of Chicago.

Chuck’s occupies a red-brick building on a busy thoroughfare dotted with storefronts. Between 1996 and 2000, Chuck’s led the nation in the number of guns recovered in crimes – 2,370 firearms traced by police were originally sold there, according to a report by the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation. One of the weapons was used to fatally shoot a Chicago police officer in 1998; another was used to kill a Chicago officer 10 years later.

On Feb. 25, 1997, John Clinton, 44, and his buddy, Dave Johnson, 45, walked into Chuck’s. The men eyed the inventory for several minutes before Clinton pointed out the gun that he wanted. Clinton liked the .380 because it was small and easy to conceal, he would say later. He wanted it for protection but could not buy it legally because he was a felon. So Johnson bought it for him.

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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    almost 3 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officers!

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    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    43826 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer McDonald and Trooper Patrick.

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    triztru

    almost 4 years ago

    44 Comments

    RIP. We have to be able to start cracking down on societies scum, and not let them have the 'slap on the wrist justice' anymore!

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    crashonhead

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    RIP Ofc. McDonald and Trooper Patrick.

    More gun grabbing pap - Americans for Gun Safety Foundation is an organization which actively promoted gun control; they're now defunct. Note the NRA or the Second Amendment Foundation is not quoted in the article.

    Anyone who has worked the streets knows this fundamental truth: criminals will ALWAYS be able to get guns, regardless of how many laws they violate to accomplish this.

    The only thing missing is the interview with the guns. A tearful narrative of how the poor thing was bought and sold like so much chattel, hoping against all hope it would end up with a 'good' owner.

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    Rabbi1167

    almost 4 years ago

    168 Comments

    I believe that it is intellectually dishonest to blame inanimate objects for the criminal intent of the user. Let's place the blame where it belongs -- on the individuals who choose to commit these horrific acts, not on the tools that they employ.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Trooper Scott Alan Patrick RIPB.

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    mz66

    almost 4 years ago

    3906 Comments

    @kweikman: no worries. thanks for your efforts.

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    curedgirls

    almost 4 years ago

    3624 Comments

    Patrick - you are so missed - Rest in Peace

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    kweikman

    almost 4 years ago

    796 Comments

    @mz66 - I just can't win!

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    mz66

    almost 4 years ago

    3906 Comments

    @kweikman: There's been no change. It looks like the story is still truncated. Maybe PL's contract with the wire services is to blame. (shrug)

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    cjbs2003

    almost 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    They should increase the penalty for straw purchases of firearms to what ever the punishment for the crime done with the gun was should be put on the person who originally purchased the gun... So if you buy a gun then sell it to a felon, if that felon kills a cop, you are punished just like you had killed the cop.

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    kweikman

    almost 4 years ago

    796 Comments

    Thanks for the heads up on that mz66. I think we've got it all now. Good eye!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    MAY HE NEVER SEE THE OUTSIDE OF PRISON, RIP BROTHER TROOPER

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    mz66

    almost 4 years ago

    3906 Comments

    The PL editors cut this story short by many many words. Here's the complete story--which follows the .380 through its sale for drug money for Vaughn and eventually to a 19-year-old (now 26) who is serving life without parole for the murder of the Indiana trooper:

    http://tinyurl.com/3afy4j9

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