Tragedy in Tucson

Tragedy in Tucson

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    Tragedy in Tucson

    My heart goes out to the injured officers. Please pray for them and their families.

    http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/hourlyupdate/241754.php

    A camouflage-clad man driving a red Mustang convertible opened fire on law enforcement officers with an assault rifle at five locations throughout Tucson Sunday, critically injuring one and wounding two others before giving up on Mount Lemmon Highway.

    Doctors have said that Tucson police officer Erik Hite, 43, who was shot in the head during the chase, is “very unlikely to live,” Tucson Police Chief Richard Miranda said. Hite is on life support at University Medical Center.

    Hired in February 2004, Hite is a four-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department. He previously served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, Miranda said.

    He has a wife, Nohemy, and two children: a baby, not yet a year old, named Samantha; and a son, Roy David, who is serving in the military in San Antonio, Miranda said. His age and branch of service were not available Sunday.
    Hite’s parents were on their way to Tucson from Portland, Ore.

    Miranda said Hite was “ambushed” and shot once in the head at 10:27 a.m. at Tanque Verde and Tomohawk Trail, just west of Houghton Road. Two Pima County Sheriff's deputies also were shot during the cross-town chase, which began before 10 a.m., but their injuries are not life-threatening.

    The shooting spree began at just before 10 a.m. Sunday in North Tucson in the 8400 block of North Placita de la Manzana when the suspect, David Nicholas Delich, 25, fired at two houses with an assault rifle, said Rick Kastigar, Pima County Sheriff's Bureau Chief. He didn't hit anybody.

    A Sheriff's deputy found the suspect driving west of Oracle Road on Ina Road and began chasing him. At Ina and Oracle, the shooter fired at the deputy, hitting him in the right shoulder. The deputy continued the chase south on Oracle but lost track of the man, Kastigar said.

    Deputies working on the east side picked him up near Swan and River. A chase continued with several officers trailing the red mustang, Kastigar said. As they drove east on Tanque Verde, the suspect fired shots back at the officers on Tanque Verde Road bridge. The shots didn’t hit anybody. Further ahead, west of Houghton Road on Tanque Verde, officers laid down stop sticks.

    Before he hit them, Delich made an abrupt left turn heading north on to a side street called Tomahawk Trail, Kastigar said. There, he fired at Hite, who was immediately behind him, striking him more than once, including in the head, Kastigar said. Hite was flown by helicopter to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

    Delich was able to lose the officers after shooting the officer, Kastigar said. They found him again driving up Catalina Highway on the way to Mount Lemmon. At milepost 1.5, he shot at a Sheriff's deputy, causing a minor wound to the side of his head, Kastigar said.

    The man continued north and gave up at Molina Basin at about 11 a.m., more than an hour after the incident began. He was arrested and taken into custody. A background check shows that Delich has been arrested on criminal trespassing, a marijuana violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has not spent any time in Arizona prisons.

    Nobody else was injured during the chase, Kastigar said. Catalina Highway and other areas where shootings occurred were closed Sunday, causing significant traffic delays. Investigators don't know why the man went on the shooting spree, Kastigar said.

    The shooting spree and chase was a harrowing experience for people on Catalina Highway and at the shooting locations. Jody and Don Mackey were biking up Catalina Highway near Molino Basin when somebody in a car told them to get out of there, and that somebody was shooting at people with a rifle, they said. Then, they saw 20-25 officers speed up the highway.

    "You knew something horrible was happening," said Jody Mackey, of Tucson. They sped back down the mountain on their bikes to ensure their safety. "It was scary, it was horrifying," said Jody Mackey, of Tucson. "We didn't want to get killed."

    Children Gab and Nolan Illanas, heard the gunshots from their house in the Tanque Verde Woods subdivision, just east of where the Tucson Police officer was shot. The children also saw police officers speed off behind the Mustang after the shots were fired. Nolan, 10, went outside to see what was going on and saw a police officer in his car at the entrance to the neighborhood. "We were, like, really scared," Nolan said.

    Their mother, Sheree Illanas, said the children, like the rest of the neighbors, were unharmed but shaken. “It’s always quiet here,” said Judy Harris, who lives in the same neighborhood. “So that was pretty scary.”

    Chris Moseley said he moved from Los Angeles, where he lived for 10 years, to get away from incidents like Sunday’s. He never expected to see something so gruesome occur so close to his family’s house. “It is kind of strange to see something like this happen on this side of town,” Moseley said.


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    Indeed - many prayers are needed. People are losing it over what seems like very minor offenses. Some are losing it over trivial matters. Either way, we all need to take a step back, broaden our scope, be more watchful and prepared than ever before. I hope the injured recover quickly and the Hite family gets through this.
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    "A background check shows that Delich has been arrested on criminal trespassing, a marijuana violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has not spent any time in Arizona prisons."

    Unlike the stock market, past human behavior IS a predictor of future behavior.
    Somehow I think the criminal trespass charge is way less than what he was actually up to.

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    This all started about a mile away from my house.
    My buddy was on duty and searched the home afterwards. He said the perp had his guns taken away not long ago. He said there was a box in the house for an AR-15. There was a gun show in town this weekend, I hope he didn't get it there.
    My hat goes off to the officers that gave chase after being wounded.
    My sympathy goes out to the family of the fallen TPD officer.

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    What is up with all these random acts of violence,camouflage bdu's in a red mustang something tells me he was smoking sumpin stronger than pot,I'm sure he will be spending a lot of time in the prison system at least til he gets executed
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    This was a sad situation; he was a 21 year Air Force vet and just had a young baby. My prayers go out to him and his family. Tucson needs to wake up in 2005 we had 96 officers patroling that sector now its only 72. The police chief says we don't need anymore officers, but what does he care he doesn't even live in Tucson!

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    Tragic.... I love Tucson, but it can be a nasty place.
    "War necessarily brings with it some virtues, and great and heroic virtues too. What horrid creatures we men are, that we cannot be virtuous without murdering one another?" -John Adams

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    Sadly, Officer Hite passed away today, surrounded by his family.

    Prayers go out to his family.

    Unbelievably, the scumbag now charged with first degree murder, as well as other charges, can be bonded for $2.5 million. Why would any judge allow bail?

    The trial should last five minutes and he should be executed by Friday. Guess what? The defense is already asking for a psychiatric evaluation to determine if delrich is fit enough for a trial.

    Makes my blood boil...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SelfDefense View Post
    The trial should last five minutes and he should be executed by Friday.
    Let his Wife throw the switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paco View Post
    Let his Wife throw the switch.
    Switch? Let her light the fire...

    The Brazen Bull was invented by Perilaus of Athens (a Brass worker) in the 6th Century BC and offered to Phalaris, Tyrant of Agrigentum, as a gift. It was a large brass bull that was completely hollow inside with a door on the side large enough for a man to enter. Once the man was inside the bull, a fire would be lit beneath it in order to roast him to death. In the head of the bull, Perilaus put a series of tubes and stops that were designed to amplify the screams of the victim and make them sound like the roar of a bull.

    Interestingly, Perilaus was the first person to feel the pain of the Brazen Bull. After Perilaus said to Phalaris:
    "[his screams] will come to you through the pipes as the tenderest, most pathetic, most melodious of bellowings", Phalaris was so disgusted that he tricked Perilaus in to entering the bull. Lucian recounts the tale:

    'His words revolted me. I loathed the thought of such ingenious cruelty, and resolved to punish the artificer in kind. "If this is anything more than an empty boast, Perilaus," I said to him, "if your art can really produce this effect, get inside yourself, and pretend to roar; and we will see whether the pipes will make such music as you describe." He consented; and when he was inside I closed the aperture, and ordered a fire to be kindled. "Receive," I cried, "the due reward of your wondrous art: let the music-master be the first to play." Phalaris I:12

    Perilaus was removed from the Bull before he died and Phalaris had him thrown off a cliff. The Brazen Bull became one of the most common methods of execution in Ancient Greece

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    "A background check shows that Delich has been arrested on criminal trespassing, a marijuana violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has not spent any time in Arizona prisons."

    Unlike the stock market, past human behavior IS a predictor of future behavior.
    Somehow I think the criminal trespass charge is way less than what he was actually up to.
    Actually, the stock market IS human behavior. It is the result of decisions based on fear and greed.

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    Throwing the switch for the scum is way too fast. A week or so should be right, but still not enough.
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