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  • Officer gets scared at haunted house, pulls out service weapon

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    Md. Cop Accused Of Pulling Gun At Haunted House
    BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press Writer

    POSTED: 4:59 pm EDT October 26, 2009
    UPDATED: 8:51 pm EDT October 26, 2009
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    ESSEX, Md. -- A Baltimore city police officer delivered the fright of a lifetime to a haunted house employee, pulling a gun on the chain-saw-wielding man at the end of his act, authorities said Monday.

    Sgt. Eric Janik, 37, was charged with assault and reckless endangerment for pointing his service handgun at the worker, who was dressed as Leatherface, the killer from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Baltimore County police said.

    The employee, Mike Morrison, followed Janik and several other people up a staircase Sunday night at the end of the haunted house tour in a bid to get "one last scream" out of them, police said.

    When the group exited into a parking lot, Janik pulled his gun and pointed it at Morrison from less than 10 feet away, according to police and Morrison, who said he dropped the chain saw, put his hands up and backed away. The saw had no chain.

    Only then did Janik identify himself as a police officer, said Morrison, who retreated into the building.

    "I started shaking pretty bad," he told The Associated Press.

    Another employee of the House of Screams called police.

    According to charging documents, Janik smelled of alcohol and told police two different stories about what he did with the gun. First, he denied drawing the weapon, but later he said he pointed it at the ground.

    Morrison and two other witnesses told police that Janik pointed the gun at Morrison's chest.

    Janik had no listed number and a voice mail for his attorney, Shaun Owens, was not immediately returned.

    A security guard had been following Janik's group, which included his 9-year-old daughter, through the haunted house because Janik appeared to be drunk when he arrived, House of Screams owner Tony Sapanero said.

    Morrison said Janik's daughter appeared to be disturbed by his act, in which he pretends to cut one woman in half and disembowel another with the chain saw.

    Janik was suspended with pay after police commanders learned of what happened and could be without pay after a hearing Tuesday morning, city police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

    City police officers are required to carry their service weapons while off duty within city limits and can carry them at their own discretion outside the city, Guglielmi said.
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  • #2
    Why do off-duty officers carry when they're intoxicated? I saw another story some time back where an off-duty officer assaulted a bar tender cause she wouldn't serve him any more. Alcohol and guns never mix guys. No one should know that better than leos.

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    • #3
      Well, I wouldn't expect the show to continue into the parking lot. If someone comes at me with a chainsaw, I'm not going to wait to see it it's loaded.

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      • #4
        I've been thinking about this scenario lately, and I probably do every year around Halloween. I guess someone did it although he was apparently drunk so that doesn't make it as interesting.

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        • #5
          Back up is on it's way!...

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          • #6
            Well that is apparently no place for a 9YO, especially with a "drunk" father. I agree, the employee went too far when he took the show into the parking lot. Thank god he didn't pull the trigger.

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            • #7
              I was just browsing the website for a local haunted house around here and was wondering why they made it a point to state 'no weapons' numerous times. Then I get on this site and see the article... weird.

              There are usually 'zombies' walking around outside because it's the only place they let you take pictures of them. I think having a guy walking around the parking lot like that is perfect because people wouldn't be prepared...

              Obviously this guy forgot he was at a haunted house....

              On a side note, I'm going this week and I'm still carrying... hopefully I won't end up on the news

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              • #8
                The headline is a bit misleading - at first glance, it reads like they were inside the house, not outside in the parking lot.
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                • #9
                  I'm not going to defend that drunk moron. He brought this on himself by thinking he'd be funny to draw his weapon.
                  The liberal politician has the only job where they go to the office to work for everyone but those who pay their salary.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tony.o View Post
                    I'm not going to defend that drunk moron. He brought this on himself by thinking he'd be funny to draw his weapon.
                    Of course I was not there...but from looking at the situation this is what I gathered as well.

                    Keep in mind that according to charging documents the Sgt. changed his story about first not pulling a gun, then his daughter pulled on his shirt which revealed it, then he pulled it and pointed it at the ground. This one article doesnt detail the full story (as always).

                    I have no personal knowledge of this incident but have followed severals news articles on it.

                    And not like it changes everything but there was another officer in the Sgt's party with him.

                    Subjective of course but the guy is at a haunted house. Had more then likely been drinking. Was "chased" by a man dressed in a costume with a chainsaw in the parking lot. Changed his stories several time to the officers. Did not order verbal commands once the weapon was drawn. Walked to his car and sat down and did not "detain" the supposed "attacker".

                    Could this maybe been done differently and been okay....I 100% bet it could have. Do I muster any theory to attempt to debate how the Sgt. shouldnt have been charged....NO.

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                    • #11
                      So the chainsaw was real?????
                      "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hazardsys View Post
                        Why do off-duty officers carry when they're intoxicated? I saw another story some time back where an off-duty officer assaulted a bar tender cause she wouldn't serve him any more. Alcohol and guns never mix guys. No one should know that better than leos.
                        This is the bottom line issue here. Do not carry if you plan to have more than one or two drinks. Eliminate alcohol from this story and there probably isn't a story to begin with. Either a sober Sgt thinks better than to pull Rosco out or he's in a much better position to articulate why he's justified in doing so.

                        This all 'assumes' what was written is an accurate depiction of events. We know how that goes.
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                        • #13
                          Most professional level haunted attractions have "scare actors" working the parking lot and queue lines outside the actual attraction. It is not at all unusual but that by no means your average person should realize this is a common practice.
                          "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

                          — John Stuart Mill

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                          • #14
                            If I'm drinking in public, I'm never armed. Period. Not only is it safe, but Texas law doesn't make any exceptions for off duty peace officers carrying while intoxicated.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JasperST View Post
                              Well, I wouldn't expect the show to continue into the parking lot. If someone comes at me with a chainsaw, I'm not going to wait to see it it's loaded.
                              this is a great quote you got there.. it made me really think about the situatioin.. was the person with the chain saw really a circus act ... even though the officer was at a haunted house... it spilled out into the parking lot

                              also he was intoxicated... that with guns... dont mix i believe...


                              *i was not there and dont know the situation

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