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They Were the Worst Days of My Life

By Chief David Oliver...
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The family and I were at home. The weather forecast was dismal at best. That cold Friday night in January 2005 was ending with a bad winter storm bearing down. We had rented Spiderman 2 and just sat down to start the movie. And then, it started…

I had been the chief for less than one year. These were the days of pagers. We had cell phones; however, our department used the pager system. My pager sounded, indicating I needed to contact dispatch, with an added "911," meaning there was certainly an urgency to call in. I called and was immediately drawn back to the real world.

Our dispatcher advised that one of my officers was out on what appeared to be a double homicide. The other shift officer responded to a call, one road over, involving the same gunman. He was holding two people hostage, threatening to shoot them, but ended up letting them go. He then traipsed off into the woods.
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