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Life, luck and fate
Posted by: McQ on Monday, August 06, 2007

They're sometimes amazingly and tragically intertwined. When you go on a fishing trip, you don't expect anyone to die:
A police officer shooting at a snake apparently killed a 5-year-old boy who was fishing at a nearby pond, officials said.

Austin Haley was fishing with his grandfather, Jack Tracy, when Tracy said he heard a shot and saw something hit the water just a few feet in front of the boat dock where he was standing.

Moments later, a second shot hit Austin in the head.

A Noble police officer who had responded to a report of a snake in a tree apparently fired the deadly shot while trying to kill the snake on Friday, City Manager Bob Wade said.
Yet when you fall off of a 6 story building, you don't expect anyone to live:
A teenager fell six stories from a hotel balcony but walked away with just bruises and scrapes.

Matthew Savage, 17, was reaching up to a balcony one floor above to grab a bathing suit that had fluttered down from the 11th floor when he tumbled over the railing Friday.

The teen, from Gainesville, Ga., hit other balconies on his way down and slammed onto a slanted rooftop, then slid into bushes.
The kid got up, brushed himself off and started to walk back to his room. Paramedics who had arrived on the scene decide he needed to go to the hospital, but he sustained only scrapes and bruises.

I chuckled at his sister's assessment:
"This was a 'God is real' event," his sister, Mandy Baker, said.
Of course I'm sure those in Oklahoma had a completely different assessment than did Mandy Baker.

It makes you scratch your head doesn't it?
 
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Alcohol must figure rather prominently in the back story to this....God takes care of Fools and Drunks. Plus, he must have been pretty loose to have survived this. Finally it was a bikini, right? No 17 y.o. guy is going to help another guy out, so he was drunkenly grabbing for a bikini some tart had dropped from the balcony above, right? Once you get past the bald facts of the story I begin to see a MUCH more interesting story here, one that the guy really doesn’t want his Mom and Dad to be privy to.

 
Written By: Joe
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Of course I’m sure those in Oklahoma had a completely different assessment than did Mandy Baker.
Why is he bothering to try to kill a snake in a tree? They don’t have someone in animal control? And what great firearm control..someone is in deep trouble over this one

 
Written By: shark
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A Noble police officer who had responded to a report of a snake in a tree apparently fired the deadly shot while trying to kill the snake on Friday, City Manager Bob Wade said.
I used to live just to the east of Noble. I can tell you from personal experience that the cops in that area are quick to pull their firearms in situations that are not called for. I can also tell you from personal experience that the cops in that area aren’t quick to use common sense.
"I was told that they tried several ways to get the snake down, but it was still hissing at them and firmly lodged," Wade said. "What I was told is that the owner of the home either suggested or agreed that they should go ahead and shoot the snake, and then everything happened from there."
I’ve always killed snakes with either a garden hoe or shovel, or a shotgun. Or I just leave them alone. I’ll bet dollars to pesos that the cop in question simply saw an opportunity to kill something with his firearm.

Fools and firearms… Need I say more?
Wade refused to identify the officer but said the person had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Tracy has little doubt. "I’m not saying the cop shot him on purpose," he said. "But let me tell you — if I had a kid and put him in this car and didn’t put him in a car seat and he got killed on the way to town, they’d charge me with murder ... and what this cop did is a lot worse than that."
Yeah, and just imagine had it been your stray bullet that killed a child.
You would be immediately arrested and booked for manslaughter.
“Paid administrative leave…”

Bullsh*t.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Well Pogue it is just obvious that you, sir, are a Hater! Shame on you! The Peace Officer saves a family from reptilian attack, an insidous, venonous reptilian attack and you have to carp...

Why did they call the cops any way? Really, if there is a snake in a tree at my house my first thougth is NOT to contact the local PD but:
1) Leave snake alone
2) Deal with snake myself. Hadn’t the home owners heard of Live and Let Live or Rake, Shovel, as someone mentioned shot gun? In my town you’d wait a pretty long time for the cops to get around to showing up a snake in a tree.
 
Written By: Joe
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I’ve always killed snakes with either a garden hoe or shovel, or a shotgun. Or I just leave them alone. I’ll bet dollars to pesos that the cop in question simply saw an opportunity to kill something with his firearm.
This, unfortunately does not shock me. When it comes to snakes, people often do really stupid things whether they’re cops or not. If you have to kill one (and in this country, usually you don’t), Pogue has it right. Trying to kill one with a bullet is just dumb.

 
Written By: MichaelW
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When it comes to snakes, people often do really stupid things whether they’re cops or not.
You’re right about that.

But these folks. Trust me. This isn’t the first time these good-ol’ boys encountered a snake. I don’t care whether it was a Tasmanian devil, a raccoon, or Tinkerbell up in that tree.
Having been given permission from the landowner, they would have been like, “Yee Haw” - Click – Bang! “YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE- HAWWW, did you see the way his head exploded, Bubba?”
F*cking rednecks.

Had not they killed a child in the process, I’m sure they would have been bragging about it to their friends down at the Thunderbird Saloon right off of highway six.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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That guy Tracy is right about the no seatbelt = murder thing. I don’t know if they’d go all the way to murder charges, but they’d get pretty close. Hell, they’re now trying to criminalize not putting your child in a carseat if they’re under 4’9", which would mean my daughter will go to her senior prom in a carseat and my mother-in-law will need one too whenever she comes to visit.

I say nail that cop to the wall. Driving without your kid in a carseat is your own risk, but shooting a gun at a snake in a f***ing tree is just reckless.
 
Written By: Wacky Hermit
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What we need in this country are stiffer fool control laws, as well as better enforcement of those already on the books.
 
Written By: Mithras
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It isn’t the bullet with your name on it you have to worry about. It’s the one addressed "To whom it may concern..."
 
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