8 hours ago
Saturday, January 17, 2009
It was 1 Am and I was sound asleep when my older son burst into my room and shouted,"Dad, somethings going on outside!" I quickly pulled on some shorts, grabbed my handgun off of the side table and ran over to my kitchen window which looks out into the backyard. A police helicopter was flying tight circles directly over my house shining an extremely bright white searchlight around my backyard. My twelve year old son has been hard at work setting up a series of forts and bunkers in the backyard and I think the pilots were having some trouble searching those structures. I didn't see any movement so I ran to the living room window. I could hear police radios but I couldn't see anybody. The searchlight was now concentrated on the far side of my driveway. A patrol car drove up at high speed and came to an abrupt stop in front of my yard. The officer jumped out and ran to our driveway. Another officer appeared with two prisoners in tow. The prisoners were walked across my yard headed to a side street out of my view. I had avoided stepping out of my house because I didn't want to be mistaken for one of the bad guys, but after seeing two people in custody I opened my front door and walked onto my porch. An officer approached me and told me that there was still a suspect on the loose. He didn't have time to talk. I saw several more patrol cars and an ambulance rush across my street to another location to the east of our house. This lasted for another twenty to thirty minutes before the officers departed. It was hard for me to go back to sleep. This morning I searched my property looking for discarded weapons or drugs before I let my kids out of the house. I still don't know what happened but I'm waiting for the evening news. I'm grateful that the police responded as quickly as they did and that nobody tried to break into my house.