My encounter with the local sheriffs
So, I'm posting this just a few hours after this happened. I'm still a little shook up, but calming down.
My fiancée and I were just held at gunpoint by the local sheriff's department.
We were at our new house doing some painting trying to get it ready to move in by the end of May. When there was a loud and aggressive knock on the front door. Before opening the door, I was going to pick up my LCR which was in the bathroom one room away from where I was painting. As I step into the bathroom to pick up the gun, two things happen simultaneously.
1. I hear my fiance scream "There's guys with guns at the door!"
2. I am looking down the barrel of a 12 gauge shotgun outside the window of the bathroom.
As soon as I saw the shotgun, my mind did two things. I realized just how big the wrong end of a 12 gauge is, and I looked behind it to see a sheriff's deputy holding it.
I was instantly terrified to see a man holding a gun pointed at my face and relieved that it was a sheriff and not a random criminal. At that moment they all start screaming at us to open the door now and come out with our hands up. Obviously, I didn't pick up the pistol. I put my hands up where he could see them through the window and slowly made my way to the front door.
By this time my fiance was almost hysterical in tears just standing in the front entryway with a sheriff pointing a shotgun at her through the window in the front door. I carefully opened the front door and was ordered down on the ground on my front sidewalk and held at gunpoint while they cleared my house and questioned me.
By the end of the single most stressful conversation of my life I had succeeded in convincing the officers that I was not harboring an armed and dangerous drug dealer and they had gotten a bad tip from their informant.
After it was all sorted out they were fumbling over themselves trying to apologize, and I'm sitting here trying to calm down and go to bed. All in all, I don't fault them for how they conducted themselves, they were apologetic and professional. I do wish they had done a little better research and preparation before holding me facedown with shotguns pointed at my back. :rolleyes: