June 14th, 2008 11:54 PM
Del. man fatally shot after firing pellet gun
Del. man fatally shot after firing pellet gun - Yahoo! News
OAK ORCHARD, Del. - A man was shot to death by two rookie state troopers after firing at them with a pellet gun, authorities said Thursday.
Gary L. Bliss, 58, of Millsboro, was killed after two officers responded to a report of an intoxicated and suicidal individual who had cut his wrists.
When they arrived at Bliss' home, troopers learned that Bliss had entered a shed at the rear of the property. Authorities said that as the troopers approached the shed, Bliss came out yelling at them and brandishing a handgun.
Bliss ignored commands to drop his weapon and began firing at the troopers while advancing on one of them, police said. They fired eight rounds in self defense, authorities said. The pellet gun resembled a semiautomatic handgun and had a distinctive sound, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Joshua Bushweller.
"When you have a gun pointed at you, that's a deadly threat," he added.
Bushweller said the two troopers, who were hired last year and graduated from the police academy in February, fired eight rounds. The two troopers, whose names were not released, have been placed on administrative duty pending a review of the shooting.
Bliss' wife, who was in the home at the time, was not injured.
Authorities said state troopers had been called to the Bliss home in 2002 in response to an armed man attempting to commit suicide. That incident resulted in Bliss being committed to a psychiatric facility in Newark, police said.
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June 15th, 2008 12:00 AM
Suicide by Cop.
and it will be ruled a "good shoot".
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June 15th, 2008 12:11 AM
Don't want to be stopped by bullets? Then don't fire a gun at police officers.
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self defense (A.O.J.).
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June 15th, 2008 12:36 AM
Intoxicated, belligerent, suicidal, bonkers, and as stupid as a box of rocks.
He will be greatly missed by the world I'm sure.
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June 15th, 2008 02:09 AM
And this time it was successful.
Originally Posted by HotGuns
June 15th, 2008 06:24 AM
Pellet Guns look like a real gun when they are pointed at you.
This to me is a "classic" Suicide By Cop. I feel for the two Troopers, don't much care for the deacedent, but he did get his "wish" I'm sorry to say, at the exspense of two individuals.
June 15th, 2008 09:32 AM
Or, in this case, if you do want to be stopped by bullets, it's a sure-fire way to get what you want.
Originally Posted by ccw9mm
June 15th, 2008 10:47 AM
He asked...they complied! Done deal!
He was already a 'death' looking for a place to happen...
Stay armed...don't be stupid...stay safe!
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June 15th, 2008 11:43 AM
I would think that says it all!
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June 15th, 2008 01:17 PM
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June 15th, 2008 01:27 PM
We had a fifteen year old shot and killed in the school bathroom by a swat officer when the kid pulled a pellet pistol . The kid had painted the orange end on the barrel black and it looked like the real thing.
June 18th, 2008 04:00 PM
what is the deal with suicide by cop anyway? is our society become so cowardly that people are afraid to off themselves and have to resort to someone else to do them the favor?
"embrace the suck" - our warriors in the sandbox... it implies that do the best you can in impossible conditions.
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June 18th, 2008 04:19 PM
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June 18th, 2008 04:22 PM
I don't have the balls to kill myself, I'll just make a Cop shot me!!!!!!
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June 18th, 2008 05:24 PM
Some times it is for the attention. In general the media doesn't cover suicides, but they do cover police shootings. If the press just reported deceased as "a whatever county man" instead of naming them it would lose it's allure to many. To others it is a way to demonstrate their "power". They were able to "control" an authority figure. They "made" the police officer do it.
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