Did I overreact?

Did I overreact?

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    Did I overreact?

    Out shoveling snow last night, say 2AM. I'm currently unemployed. I knew I would be groggy in the morning, but wanted to get the snow off for so my wife could get out of the drive in the morning. My wife was in sleeping. As a precaution I put my revolver in my coat pocket and did not take keys outside.

    I have a Schlage key pad lock and a garage door that you can open via a key pad.

    I'm busy shoveling, and a few cars roll by. NBD, there is a lot of snow, people are driving slowly. Plus 2AM, bars closing. Then I notice a car drive by that had just driven by. I keep shoveling. Now I notice the car coming by for another pass. I'm on full alert. Put my hand in my coat pocket (where the revolver is) and walk backwards to my house.

    Person in the car turns on his interior lights, and waves. Turns out to be an unmarked police car.

    I don't know what that was all about, but it was interesting. I finished up my drive.

    I considered that he may have been suspicious of me, with all doors closed, interior lights off (front poarch light is always on) shoveling my drive so late. There may have been something else going on. IDK.

    So the querstion, did I overreact? What do you think was going on? Do you think I should call my local PD?


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    Are you sure it was LEO? Sure he was suspicious of you out at 2am, maybe he was going by a couple times to a) make sure you were legit, and b) to protect you that late at night. However, I think you did the right thing. I don't think I would have done any different.
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    Call the cops for what? A guy driving back and forth?

    Shoveling snow at 2 AM.

    I'd be checking you out too...
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    Maybe he was checking something out who knows. He turned on his light because he probably figured he may have spooked you a bit driving by. Seems he did, but all is well yes?
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    I'd be alert, and glad that the cops were in the neighborhood. Sounds like you were alert and took several precautions.

    Stay armed...even in something called snow(?)...stay safe!

    Snow????? I'm going to have to look that up on the iNet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Call the cops for what?...
    Because...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiWeiSz View Post
    Are you sure it was LEO?...
    It was an unmarked car and could have been a guy in a security guard outfit for all I know. Did appear to have a cage (or what ever is the official term) in back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I'd be alert, and glad that the cops were in the neighborhood. Sounds like you were alert and took several precautions.

    Stay armed...even in something called snow(?)...stay safe!

    Snow????? I'm going to have to look that up on the iNet.
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    Nice copper giving you the well lit wave to allay your concerns.

    I don't think you over reacted at all but there's really no need to call the cop shop.
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    i guess it is a little odd to see someone shoveling snow at 2 am, but how did he know you weren't about to go to work? when i was in college, i worked as a stock boy for office max...there were several times we were there at 3 or 4 am...
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    I do not think that you overreacted at all. You were just being careful.

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    Over react how??? What did you do but notice the same car drive by. Call the PD about what?? To thank them for looking out for you?

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    Sounds like you did fine. I would be glad the LEO 1. cruised by a few times to ake sure you were legit. 2. Turned on the interior light to let you know he was not a potential threat.
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    Sounds normal where I live. No problem...BUTyou right to keep an eye out. Never hurts to be safe

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    Hey, when I lived in Michigan and it was calling for a foot plus of snow, I use to go out several times at night to shovel the snow so It would be easier to do in smaller amounts
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    If it WAS a cop, he was watching you... man, I hate it when the BG's sneak into my driveway in the middle of the night and shovel it! Okay, but he probably was checking to make sure you were legit. Presuming he was a cop (did the car seem the right type? Was it newer?).

    No, you didn't over react. No need to make a call, whether it was them or not. Either it was (and they won't know) or it wasn't, and you have no plate, and they've done nothing but drive the street.

    And for those of you down in Fla., ease up on the snow jokes already! Hey, Winter doesn't even start until next week. I swear, we may have to come down there and steal some of your sunshine! (Scuba off the coast while we're at it, too! ). RetSupt99, don't bother looking it up. I'll bring you a couple coolers full.
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