Could Be Good or Ugly: Hartford LEO Faces Illegal Use of A Gun Charges

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    Could Be Good or Ugly: Hartford LEO Faces Illegal Use of A Gun Charges

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    From the article he may be in a whole heap of trouble.
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    Doesn't sound like this LEO's first rodeo. I believe he's got some splainin' to do.
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    His past is not going to help him out at all but that article is very poorly written and a lot of details are missing.

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    Define "guest' of the girlfriend.

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    In the military incidences like these are labeled as " conduct unbecoming".

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    Maybe I'm reading it wrong but it seems to me the LEO sensed an intruder IN HIS HOUSE and responded appropriately. Once he found the facts, even though he was assaulted while armed, he withdrew to await LEOs who he knew were responding. He secured the weapon away from the 'intruder.'

    Of course the fact he has multiple charges against him may signify that the facts haven't made it into the paper yet.
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    Either there is a lot of information missing, or the charges are bogus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Maybe I'm reading it wrong but it seems to me the LEO sensed an intruder IN HIS HOUSE and responded appropriately. Once he found the facts, even though he was assaulted while armed, he withdrew to await LEOs who he knew were responding. He secured the weapon away from the 'intruder.'

    Of course the fact he has multiple charges against him may signify that the facts haven't made it into the paper yet.
    ^^^^^I'm with paramedic70002^^^^^^^on this one^^^^^^

    for the simple fact that, If indeed this is what happened,

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    [{Macci said White had attended the funeral of two Bridgeport firefighters Friday. White has friends who are firefighters in that city, Macci said. White was supposed to work an overtime shift early Saturday in Hartford, but he called in and canceled because he was tired, Macci said.

    White returned home to Enfield early Saturday and immediately suspected that someone besides his girlfriend and their children were in the house, Macci said. He grabbed a handgun that he had stored inside the house and was then tackled to the floor and punched by another man, Macci said.]}

    You and I would have done the same thing, why would you expect to be in trouble, with charges and all.
    His girlfriend was two timing him most likely, to much info not apparent right now, to make a call, but based on this, I don't see too much wrong with what he did.
    It was his house right??




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    There is practically no detail of substance in that one article. It's hard to tell much beyond the basics: that his lady friend had invited someone into the home they shared; that he didn't know this; and that some exchange/questions led to the man pulling a gun on the "intruder."

    If anyone was there after having been invited, it's hard to see that anyone has a right to pull a deadly weapon on the person ... unless there has been some sort of credible deadly threat which is justified in being defended against, something that isn't described or even implied in the article.

    It's hard to see how someone believes a deadly weapon is justified, unless a deadly threat exists. The mere fact a person isn't recognized, alone, is hardly sufficient cause to even believe a threat exists, let alone justifying aggressively going after the person with a firearm. Heck, every friend of my parents and siblings were strangers up to the first time I was introduced to them, and in none of those situations could it be claimed I had any cause or justification to whip out a deadly weapon and go after them all. Either some other facts exist that aren't being reported yet, or the guy blew it badly.
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    I see your point but I'm not going to be polite to a stranger in my home on the assumption that he has a right to be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    I see your point but I'm not going to be polite to a stranger in my home on the assumption that he has a right to be there.
    Well, that's the crux of the issue, isn't it?

    Life simply doesn't consist of one possible reaction to "strangers" in the home, particularly when the home is full of family members. It MUST be considered reasonable that any one of the family members might have had a friend over to the house. It just isn't that difficult to quickly ascertain a person's identity, in a house full of other family members. Just ask. Be circumspect, sure ... but ask first, prior to shoving a gun in a person's face and threatening death as if every unknown person were a felonious intruder.

    Hard to know the fact, with such paltry details from the article, but it looks like the DA is essentially taking this approach as well. As well he/she should.

    If it were an obvious intrusion, with either broken doors/windows, signs of furtive movements or behavior, or in which a stranger was the only person in the home, that's something else entirely. And, frankly, it might well be this is exactly what the person saw upon entering the home, as it's not known (to us) whether he knew his other family members were even home. Hard to know, until more details are known.
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    Sounds like possibly the lady friend had a man friend. He was getting the gun to take care of it, and the man friend pounced to keep from getting shot. Story was told to repsonding LEO by all involved and this guys was less believable.
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    UPDATE:

    http://www.courant.com/community/enf...,1194433.story

    Hartford Police Officer Christopher White applied for a family violence program Monday after his weekend arrest after a clash that erupted when he found his ex-wife with another man in his home.
    Methinks things aren't looking to good for this officer if he is voluntarily applying for a family violence program.
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