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Old September 4, 2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Juvenile, 16, pulls trigger on F’ville cop, lives to tell about it
Tue, 09/02/2008 - 5:03pmBy: Ben Nelms
Sometimes a cop is fortunate just to be able to go home at the end of the work day. Fayetteville Police Officer Todd Chitwood is living proof of that after a 16-year-old male took aim at him and pulled the trigger of a 9mm Glock handgun as Chitwood gave chase in an Aug. 30 incident that began behind Tinseltown Theater at Fayette Pavilion.

The College Park juvenile was one of two males Chitwood saw hanging around a vehicle in the rear of Tinseltown, said Fayetteville Police spokesperson Glenn Askew. The officer made contact and was checking their identification when one the males jumped up and began running toward the rear of the nearby Best Buy store, Askew said. The 16-year-old had apparently given a false name, said Askew.

Chitwood ran after the juvenile and, during the chase, the 16-year-old stopped, turned around, pointed a 9mm Glock handgun at the officer and pulled the trigger from approximately 20-25 feet away, Askew said.

The gun malfunctioned and did not fire, said Askew. Chitwood had pulled his weapon upon seeing the juvenile brandish the handgun, but did not fire at the 16-year-old, said Askew. Chitwood apprehended the male and placed him in custody.


The 16-year-old was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction, carrying a weapon without a license and giving a false name, said Askew.

Also over the weekend, a traffic stop Aug. 31 for speeding along Ga. Highway 85 and North 85 Parkway resulted in the arrest of three men on drug and weapons charges.

Dereck Jackson, 20 of East Point and 17-year-old Michael Wells of Atlanta were charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Askew said.

Wells, along with the vehicle’s driver, 20-year-old Riverdale man Rodrequs Wells, was charged with weapons violations relating to the three handguns found in the vehicle, Askew added. One of the handguns was stolen, Askew added.

The three men and the vehicle were searched when officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, said Askew.

The quantities of drugs found at the scene were not immediately available.
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Old September 4, 2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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Must have been messed up pretty bad not to fire at least the first round. My guess is there wasn't a round in the chamber or it was some very bad ammunition.
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Old September 4, 2008, 08:32 PM   #3
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Chitwood ran after the juvenile and, during the chase, the 16-year-old stopped, turned around, pointed a 9mm Glock handgun at the officer and pulled the trigger from approximately 20-25 feet away, Askew said.

The 16-year-old was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction, carrying a weapon without a license and giving a false name, said Askew.
Maybe I'm just thick-headed, but why wasn't he charged with attempted murder of a police officer? The gun didn't fire, but the kid expected it to.
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Old September 4, 2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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I wondered too, then I wondered how much the article actually matched what happened. If they could charge him with attempted murder they would. Or they could add it later.
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Old September 4, 2008, 09:05 PM   #5
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...pulled his weapon upon seeing the juvenile brandish the handgun, but did not fire at the 16-year-old...
All I thought to myself when reading that article is WHY? I can see using restraint if the gun isn't leveled at you (honestly...no I really can't, not from my perspective as a civilian) but point, trigger finger flexes, CLICK. This officer was very lucky, either the chamber was empty or the gun was seriously broken.

The title of the thread should be "A Blessing (or maybe incompetence) Results in Good Luck".
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Old September 4, 2008, 09:17 PM   #6
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We weren't there. It's possible that when the kid's gun wouldn't fire, he dropped it and surrendered right away. That would be a pretty intelligent bit of foresight from someone who is apparently lacking in that regard (to pull a gun on a cop in the first place...).

That cop, though... if the kid didn't start motioning to drop his gun before the cop drew and aimed, then he must have either been feeling generous or was simply off his game.
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Old September 5, 2008, 02:54 AM   #7
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Maybe the kid was limp wristing so bad that the firing pin failed to work properly...

Like Dad used to say, "you think you can take the old man, so go ahead and put on your big boy britches."

if the kid was going to act like a 'man', and pull a gun on an officer he shouldve got what was coming to him. But now, he will have 15-30 years to think about it...
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Old September 5, 2008, 07:16 AM   #8
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But now, he will have 15-30 years to think about it...
Yea right, he will probably be out in five and back to committing crime.

That story doesn't seem to jive. I agree why wasn't he charged with attempted murder if he pointed a gun at a cop and pulled the trigger.

If I had to bet on it I would say that the gun did not have a round in the chamber and some scum bag lawyer is using that saying he never intended to actually shoot the cop.

If I were that cop I would have shot him in the leg just to teach him a lesson.
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Old September 5, 2008, 08:24 AM   #9
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Limp wristing only causes the gun to malfunction after a failure to eject. The first shot should still fire. It was probably bad ammo.

I can understand the cop's hesitance to shoot the kid, even though he was pointing a gun at him. First of all, the kid's weapon already failed to fire. The officer probably thought he was no longer a threat (unless the kid did a rack, tap, bang). Like someone else said, we weren't there and the kid could have just dropped the weapon.

Anyways, good guy goes home, hopefully the punk kid becomes some big man's (bleep).
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Old September 5, 2008, 08:51 AM   #10
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Like someone else said, we weren't there and the kid could have just dropped the weapon.
I want to see what the kid looked like. Some 16 year olds look like they're 12 and some look like they're 25. If he was a runt I too might have hesitated. I have grand kids that age.
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Anyways, good guy goes home, hopefully the punk kid becomes some big man's (bleep).
He'll do maybe 5 years (probably a lot less) in juvie then walk. Unless he does it again after he gets out he won't see the inside of an adult prison unless its on visiting day when he goes to see his dad.
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Old September 5, 2008, 09:07 AM   #11
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I saw a video several nights ago on TV where a female officers .40S&W Glock jammed in a firefight.Luckily she survived.
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Old September 5, 2008, 09:15 AM   #12
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Why does the article assume that the perp would have hit the officer if
the gun hadn't malfunctioned?

Chances were very good that the perp would have missed.

And of course we know that the whole story is a fabrication because Glocks are perfection incarnate
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Old September 5, 2008, 11:52 AM   #13
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My guess is there wasn't a round in the chamber or it was some very bad ammunition.
My thoughts exactly.
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Old September 5, 2008, 12:01 PM   #14
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And of course we know that the whole story is a fabrication because Glocks are perfection incarnate
Others would say that they're both lucky the Glock malfunctioned because otherwise it would have exploded and killed them

j/k though, I like Glocks.
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Limp wristing only causes the gun to malfunction after a failure to eject. The first shot should still fire. It was probably bad ammo.
Yes, I know... LOL did you not see the '' after it..
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Old September 6, 2008, 12:21 AM   #16
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If you pulled that stunt where I live, most likely you would not live to tell about it. Boise Police have a reputation. Just Google "Boise Police shootings" and you'll see for yourself. They don't mess around and I don't blame them one bit. Reaching for a gun to use against a police officer is enough for them to shoot you, let alone actually pointing it at them and pulling the trigger.
I think that they are both fortunate to be alive. The police officer is lucky the gun didn't fire, and the kid is lucky the officer showed restraint. He would have been well within reason to have shot the kid on the spot.
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Old September 6, 2008, 12:34 AM   #17
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Haha, and you think Boise police are bad? Imagine what would have happened if this were the NYPD. There have been several high-profile shootings where the police shot totally unarmed suspects who had nothing to do with the crime they were investigating, and only ran because they got spooked when they saw random people (in fact plainclothes officers) flashing guns. In some cases these guys were shot dozens of times.

What's even worse is that in every case that I know of, the police have gotten off completely scot-free.
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Old September 6, 2008, 05:07 AM   #18
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Who knows what happened to the gun...not enough info. The kid could have even forgot to chamber the first round.

What is for sure, is the kid is lucky to be alive....and so is the officer. 99% of the time drawing a gun on an LEO is going to get you shot. The officer is lucky that he didn't get killed because he hesitated to react. 99.99% of the time that Glock is going to go off.
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Old September 6, 2008, 09:13 AM   #19
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The 16-year-old was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction, carrying a weapon without a license and giving a false name, said Askew.
Maybe it's me, but aren't the two bolded parts redundant?

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Who knows what happened to the gun...not enough info. The kid could have even forgot to chamber the first round.
If he never chambered the first round how would he have pulled the trigger? On a Glock as I'm sure you know, the trigger isn't in the forward/fire position until you rack the slide. Do you mean that he may have racked the slide and then put the magazine in? That's one dumb kid.
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Old September 6, 2008, 09:47 AM   #20
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I wonder if the juveniles weapon was an airsoft type or a BB gun.
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Old September 6, 2008, 09:55 AM   #21
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The thread title should be:

‘Failure Having Nothing To Do With the Glock It Must Be the Shooter or Ammo or Anything Else but the Glock Results In Blessing.’

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Old September 6, 2008, 09:55 AM   #22
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Maybe it's me, but aren't the two bolded parts redundant?
Possibly they fall under two different statutes and they want to write up as many as possible knowing that several of the charges will probably be dropped.
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Old September 6, 2008, 12:03 PM   #23
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100% behind what Stevie Ray said.

The kid tried to kill the officer.

He should have been charged that way.
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Old September 6, 2008, 03:00 PM   #24
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If I were that cop I would have shot him in the leg just to teach him a lesson.
I guess we can all breath a sigh of relief that you're not a cop...
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Old September 6, 2008, 03:02 PM   #25
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If it were me, my instinct would be to shoot to protect my life. If it looks like a gun, they're waving it around in public or pointing it at someone, then it's more of a reaction I think I may have than to stand there.
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