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May 12, 2003

Okay, here’s the story
Posted by Teresa at 06:36 PM *

Larry Brennan spotted the story on Channel 7’s Eyewitness News:

Routine Traffic Stop In Brooklyn Turns Into Shootout (Park Slope-WABC, May 12, 2003) — Monday morning in Brooklyn, a routine traffic stop turned into a shoot-out between a suspect and police.
(Click here for photos, and here for the whole story on video.)
At noon, the suspect’s vehicle was still wedged underneath a pickup truck in front of a police car.

This incident started around 10:00 a.m. This was supposed to be a routine traffic stop and it did not end up that way. According to witnesses, police and the suspect fired several bullets. Crime scene investigators are now taking a close look at the bullets in the middle of the street.

This all happened in Park Slope near Eighth Avenue and Carroll Street.
No. That’s where it started.
Cops tried to pull over an Oldsmobile Cutlass because of a traffic violation. But the driver pulled away, and according to witnesses, led the police on an eight minute, high-speed chase up and down the streets of Park Slope. Cops said they had the driver stop at Sackett Street and Fourth Avenue.
Note: Sacket just off Fourth Avenue is where my car was parked the other night when it got totalled.
Luis Vega, Witness: “The guy in the car was shooting at the cops then all of a sudden I ducked down and the cops thought I was one of the guys. The police dog tried to bite me. Then they noticed that the guy was in the car and trying to shoot. Then, the guy just took off.”

Mike Simieri, Witness: “They just started shooting and the driver took off. Miraculously, he got the car off and drove away.”

Before that happened, the chase continued with the driver bouncing his Cutlass off of a few parked cars before ramming it into the back of a pickup truck.
He got stopped at Sackett, then made it two more blocks to Carroll.
Police arrested the suspect.
No kidding.
Investigators have not released a name of the person arrested, nor do they have a reason why he just took off. The car he was driving appeared to have a photocopied license plate. It was a paper license plate.
I’d say that what we have here is a willful evildoer.

I have just enough prudence to not want to say exactly how far that crime scene is from my building, and in which direction, but it’s far too close for comfort. I’ve been hearing sirens outside for the last hour. Unusually for me, I don’t feel like investigating.

By the way, if you look at the fifth and last photo in the sequence, what you see behind the damaged car is two sides of a chain-link fence surrounding a vacant lot. The photographer is standing on Fourth Avenue. The street that runs at right angles along the other side of the fence is Sackett. If you were tall and my car was still where I left it, you’d be able to see it from here. (I really am gettting over it. Just not yet.)

Comments on Okay, here's the story:
#1 ::: Elizabeth Bear ::: (view all by) ::: May 13, 2003, 05:01 PM:

I dunno. Thompson in some ways strikes me as a hopeless romantic--the boy meets girl/blood everywhere songs often end pretty well for the girl, at least! :-)

I wonder if there's a link between love of old ballads and love of Richard Thompson, or if it's a false statistic facilitated by the Fairport Convention element?

#2 ::: Scott Janssens ::: (view all by) ::: May 13, 2003, 10:49 PM:

I wonder if anyone has done a usability study to see if the best place for a comment link is before or after the post. My gut says after.

#3 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 14, 2003, 12:50 AM:

I dunno. Ones that follow get erroneously placed postings too.

Elizabeth, I suspect it's partly the narrative content. You should say so in the Richard Thompson comment thread.

#4 ::: Elizabeth Bear ::: (view all by) ::: May 14, 2003, 03:02 PM:


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