People are just stupid, get used to it. If someone walks into a restaurant to do harm with a gun, he is going to have it out (in his hand) waving it around etc., he is not going to walk in with it holstered OC or CC and stand in line to place his order get ushered to a table to dine.
There are too may stupid wimps in our society that think guns are bad.
I wish law enforcement, when they receive one of these MWAG calls, they (the dispatcher) would use a little common sense themselves and ask the caller what is the MWAG doing and inform the caller in most cases like this that it is not illegal to OC in Virginia, and or just because the man has a gun, doesn't mean he's there to rob anyone, apparently since he's standing in line, he wants to order some food. I doubt he's waiting for his turn to rob them.
All it takes is a little common sense. Something lacking in too many people these days.
The way the call went out "Man entering rear entrance with a gun" Doesn't sound anything like a registered guest entering the motel it sounds like it could be a BG entering the premises to ROB<RAPE<PILLAGE,once it was found to be a misunderstanding,units cleared the scene
First off, this post was started over 5 years ago. Also, look at the time the OP was made, it wasn't in the middle of the day. The scanner call appears to have been around 10 PM. Was the person with the gun carrying it in a holster, or was it in his hand? We don't know. If I saw someone walking into a "rob me zone" (motel office, quick stop) at night with a gun in hand, I'd probably call the police as well.
Zombie thread... I was going to respond about the law also 'til I noticed the 5 year old date stamp on the post.
ack!!! others beat me to it
IMHO, the COPs are trying to err on the side of safety in numbers because of what happened in the schools and theaters recently. Yes, a knee jerk reaction, but in response to policy given from above. Besides, the COPs want to go home after their shift.
You're making a mountain out of a mole hill.
The uniforms just want to practice some active shooter response time trial. Either that or it is a slow week and OT needs to to justified.
This just shows that the LEO community is in a no win situation. If the OP would have been that a man entered a hotel with a gun, the police were called, and one unit was dispatched or the call was ignored, and then the person with the gun shot 11 people before taking his own life we'd be screaming about the police department not doing what they're supposed to do.
Like it or not, cops don't have magical powers. They have to answer the calls that they get and assume the worst until they know otherwise. Thus if someone calls about a man with a gun the response is going to be that there's someone with a gun that is either doing something very bad or is about to do something very bad. Once on scene the police officers can observe the situation and know how to go from there. While in route to the scene you have to assume the worst in order to ensure that you're ready when that unspeable act really does happen.