A SWATing That The Cops Should Have Stopped

Definitely cops behaving stupidly. Sarasota couple terrified by police during ‘swatting’ incident.

While the 22 officers were enroute to the call the dispatcher TOLD THEM it was a possible SWATing. But that is not enough to stop a SWAT team. (It has probably been weeks, in Sarasota, since they got to conduct a full-on night-time raid. Do you think they were going to give up that opportunity? Honestly, I’m surprised they didn’t start the festivities with a flash-bang grenade or two.

No one from the Sarasota Police Department was willing to discuss this case.

According to an incident report the agency provided, 22 officers responded to the call, which was originally dispatched as a shooting.

“While enroute to the call, dispatch advised that the subject had his daughter and wife tied up and was threatening to harm himself,” one officer wrote in his report. “It was further advised by dispatch that the call was a possible ‘Swatting’ attempt.[My Empahsis: Z-Deb]

So after they point guns, cuff the couple and search the house, and find nothing, the cops don’t even say “sorry.” Because they aren’t sorry; probably the most fun SWAT in Sarasota has had in a month.

Self-defense is Legal in Florida

But then I always suspected it was. Sarasota Waffle House shooting ruled self-defense.

He started a confrontation. And when the people he was trying to provoke walked away, he punched one of them. 3 people were shot after that.

Deputies say the victims were acting in self-defense when one of the men shot Castillo because he was outnumbered.

For provoking the incident he was charged and released on bond.

Floridians Are Almost As Heavily Armed As Texans

It looks like this guy didn’t realize that. Homeowner shoots man during attempted Sarasota home invasion. Or maybe this is just another example of how alcohol can be hazardous to your health.

He left a bar about 1 AM Saturday morning.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Jarvis attempted to enter the rear of a nearby residence in the 2800 block of Mayflower Street when he was confronted by a homeowner who told him to leave.

He didn’t leave so the homeowner shot him.

Cops are treating it like self-defense, because in addition to being a human-right, in Florida, self-defense is your legal-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

What If You Called 911 And Could Only Get a Busy Signal?

Greater Tampa Bay was without 911 service for hours last month. I know this story is from a month ago, but it slipped my notice. wtsp.com | Tampa Bay 911 service back online following region-wide outages

911 was down for 7 counties between midnight and 2AM and again from 10:30 AM to 1 PM on Wednesday, January 31st. Hillsborough county includes Tampa FL. Pinellas County includes Clearwater, St Petersburg, and the beaches. The outage was all the south to Sarasota. I haven’t been able to find a definitive list of counties, but it reached halfway to Orlando by some accounts.

A lot of really bad things can happen in a couple of hours.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but there are times when the system will not send someone riding to your rescue. It could be a technical problem, or it could be a lack of police available to answer all of the calls. You should probably have a backup plan in place.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Legal Concealed Carry. Legal Self-defense. Deputies: Uber driver shoots Florida passenger in self-defense

The driver said he repeatedly asked Ruscher to get out of the car, but he wouldn’t.

Ruscher eventually did get out, but then reportedly made threats to the driver and started punching him. That’s when deputies say the Uber driver pulled out a gun and shot Ruscher in the leg.

He was taken to the county jail (after a side trip to the hospital for his injury.

The Uber Driver – correctly identified as the victim – won’t face any charges, because self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida it is also your legal right.

Florida Homeowners Are Almost as Heavily Armed as Texans

The bad guys haven’t gotten that memo either. Intruder shot, killed during Florida home invasion, officials say

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said [the would-be bad-guy] approached the homeowner and his family after they entered their house. [He] then retreated to a bedroom and armed himself with a bat, and the homeowner shot and killed him, officials said.

The homeowner acted in self-defense, and is not likely to face charges – though that will be up to the DA.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. Self-defense is a human-right.