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  • Who said firefighters don't get shot at?

    Originally posted by Las Vegas Sun
    Firefighters: ‘We’re being shot at!’
    Gunman dead, Metro officer hurt after shots aimed at firefighters

    One person was shot to death and a Metro Police officer was wounded in the arm Wednesday afternoon as firefighters responding to a fire came under a hail of gunfire. Investigators said late Wednesday the fire was intentionally set.

    Firefighters were dispatched about 12:30 p.m. to 1230 Comstock Drive near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Washington Avenue, said Tim Szymanski, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Fire Department. Firefighters were escorted by armed Metro officers as two SWAT teams guarded their efforts to fight the three-alarm fire.

    As two engines with four firefighters, each from Station 3 near Rancho Drive and Washington Avenue, pulled up to the house, a fire captain saw heavy flames and smoke pouring from the left rear corner of the 2,500-square-foot, single-story home, Szymanski said.

    A man wielding a gun then ran around the right side of the house and fired at the engine, Szymanski said, blowing out the rear window where two firefighters sat.

    Over the emergency radio, dispatchers heard: "We're being shot at!" The second engine also had its rear window blown out and was hit in the right front, Szymanski said.

    Both engines pulled away and ordered all other units to pull back.

    Metro Police, Clark County School Police, motorcycle officers and detectives all swarmed the area, Szymanski said.

    "It was an unbelievable response," Szymanski said.

    Metro spokeswoman Officer Barbara Morgan said one person, believed to be the gunman, was dead. Sheriff Doug Gillespie said a Metro Police sergeant was struck in his back and arm, but described the injuries as minor. The sergeant was taken to University Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

    No other police officers, detectives or firefighters were injured during the fire or the shooting, Gillespie said.

    "I think this afternoon is an example of the dangers public servants face every day," Gillespie said.

    Las Vegas fire investigators Wednesday evening determined the fire started in a bedroom and it was arson, Szymanski said.

    Neighbors told fire investigators that a woman lives alone in the house, but was at work at the time of the fire, which did an estimated $200,000 in damage, Szymanski said. The woman saw the fire on TV and later arrived at the scene. Relatives came to care for her, he said.

    Three pet cats were rescued from the burning house by Las Vegas Animal Control.

    Homicide detectives and police officers closed Washington Avenue near Comstock Drive, Morgan said.

    As a precaution, a number of schools in the area were placed on lockdown. They include Booker Elementary, Hoggard Elementary, West Middle School and A-Tech High School, and that was lifted at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009...respond-blaze/

    All in all a good outcome to what could easily have been a very bad situation, as the suspect decided to bring birdshot to a gunfight.

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    Firemen have been shot at during riots in California on several occasions, as I recall.

    I'm glad the sergeant was only slightly injured.
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      glad to see he made it out.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DAL View Post
        Firemen have been shot at during riots in California on several occasions, as I recall.

        I'm glad the sergeant was only slightly injured.
        They were shot at in Vegas during the same time as well I hear. I just picked the title as I read a couple comments on here this week saying "Firemen don't get shot at"

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        • #5
          Here in St Louis a firefighter was lost to a gunman who ambushed him when they responded to a blaze.

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          • #6
            In my short time as a dispatcher I've had emergency units shot at twice. Both times they were fire department personell.

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            • #7
              Let's arm the firemen so they can shoot back!
              Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
              Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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              • #8
                that's just messed up.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by crazynova View Post
                  They were shot at in Vegas during the same time as well I hear. I just picked the title as I read a couple comments on here this week saying "Firemen don't get shot at"
                  That totally wrong, rather stupid statement was made earlier in the week by a poster who wasn't satisfied with the "quality" of his ride-alongs.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DAL View Post
                    Let's arm the firemen so they can shoot back!
                    DAL, I recall a time, late fifties, when Inglewood actually did arm Firefighters. It was during racing season at Hollywood Park. To assist the PD, Firefighters would be placed at intersections which had signal control boxes, to control the signals, keep traffic moving. They were armed. I don't know of any instance in which they had to use the weapon, but, yes, they were armed.(Acting as Reserve Police Officers, would be my guess.)

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                    • #11
                      Firefighters getting shot at? Yep. Sometimes, they die. Here's a story that started a few years ago when one firefighter/emt (Brenda Cowan) was shot and killed, another wounded, and an attempt made on a police officer. It now appears to be winding down with a probable plea agreement.

                      http://www.kentucky.com/471/story/917368.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PhilipCal View Post
                        That totally wrong, rather stupid statement was made earlier in the week by a poster who wasn't satisfied with the "quality" of his ride-alongs.
                        Jeez, don't take the title so seriously. It was meant to make fun of that retarded comment made in the earlier thread.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by crazynova View Post
                          Jeez, don't take the title so seriously. It was meant to make fun of that retarded comment made in the earlier thread.
                          Have no problem with your title. It's a great thread too. Did have a problem with the clown who made the original statement. "Firemen don't get shot at".That was after several other rather stupid assertions he had made.

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                          • #14
                            http://blogs.kansascity.com/crime_sc...fficers_t.html
                            "I would rather live one day as a Lion, than a thousand years as a Sheep."

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