Lakeland’s Urban Legend?

bullets.jpgA Lakeland news story has been added to the popular site, Snopes.com. The site investigates urban legends, especially those circulated by e-mail, and pronounces them based on fact or fiction.

In the article, Ammo Dump, an e-mail is tested for accuracy:

Another case of underestimating the ammo requirements

As reported earlier this week, some dirtbag who got pulled over in a routine traffic stop in Florida ended up “executing” the deputy who stopped him.

The deputy was shot eight times, including once behind his right ear at close range.

Another deputy was wounded and a police dog killed.

A statewide manhunt ensued. The low-life piece of human garbage was found hiding in a wooded area with his gun. SWAT team officers fired and hit said low-life 68 times.

Now here’s the kicker: Asked why they shot the guy 68 times, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Orlando Sentinel … get this. “That’s all the bullets we had.”

God bless Sheriff Judd!

That’s a fairly recent, and highly publicized story here in Lakeland. Snopes.com writer, Barbara Mikkelson, concluded the gist of the e-mail is accurate. I didn’t remember reading the “all the bullets we had” quote in The Ledger. I tried to check the Orlando Sentinel, but they only keep online seven-days worth of news. However, the quote is repeated in an AP report stored by Jacksonville, FL station WOKV. So, I guess the Associated Press stands by it.

The story was discussed by readers of the blog of Dilbert author, Scott Adams. They primarily debated whether a SWAT team of 9 officers would carry a mere 12 bullets each.

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2 thoughts on “Lakeland’s Urban Legend?

  1. Hello Chuck, I remember the comments in onier interview with Judd following the shootings. He did say something very similar to this statement. I thought it to be a foolish and unprofessional way to describe the law enforcement officers’ actions. I do believe he was only refering to the 2-3 officers involved at the scene and not all of the officers in the area. I recall one officer was quoted as having to reload. I do not dispute the outcome of the incident or speak against the use of excessive violence. I wasn’t there. Still questions remain about the events. Originally the story claimed that an AK-47 rifle was found near the scene….whose was it? Whose bullets killed who? There are rumors…..

  2. Hello Chuck, I remember the comments in onier interview with Judd following the shootings. He did say something very similar to this statement. I thought it to be a foolish and unprofessional way to describe the law enforcement officers’ actions. I do believe he was only refering to the 2-3 officers involved at the scene and not all of the officers in the area. I recall one officer was quoted as having to reload. I do not dispute the outcome of the incident or speak against the use of excessive violence. I wasn’t there. Still questions remain about the events. Originally the story claimed that an AK-47 rifle was found near the scene….whose was it? Whose bullets killed who? There are rumors…..

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