When will it ever stop? Police gun down honor student!

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  1. ronduke

    ronduke

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    Off-duty Essex County officer is shot in Newark go-go bar before returning fire, killing gunman
    By Star-Ledger Staff
    February 08, 2010, 6:45PM


    NEWARK -- A teenager denied entry to a Newark go-go bar returned with a gun and fired into the lounge, critically injuring an off-duty Essex County Sheriff’s Officer who chased the youth down a city street, firing his service revolver and killing him, authorities said today.

    The teenager, 19-year-old Darnell McNeil, of Somerset, was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead at 11:26 p.m. Sunday, acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino said.

    The officer, Lorenzo K. Zackery, of Newark a 22-year law enforcement veteran, was shot once in the torso with a small-caliber gun and underwent surgery at University Hospital. He was listed in critical but stable condition last night and is expected to survive, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said.

    "He was on the verge of collapse and death," Fontoura said of the moments before the gravely wounded lawman flagged down a Newark police cruiser for help some 500 feet from the Knockouts Go-Go Lounge on Sanford Avenue.

    At an afternoon press conference, Laurino said a bouncer had asked the suspected assailant to leave the lounge about 10:45 p.m. Sunday because his ID appeared to be fake.

    About 15 minutes later, the suspect, later identified as McNeil, returned with a gun, opened the door to the lounge and fired a single shot into the foyer, striking Zackery, authorities said. They would not say if McNeil was aiming for any one in particular.

    After he was shot, the sheriff’s officer, who officials said was not involved in the teenager’s ouster from the lounge, took chase after the assailant, firing his 40-caliber service weapon at McNeil, officials said.

    Officials said they did not know how many times the teen was shot. The gun is capable of holding 13 bullets, Laurino said.

    It has not been determined whether Zackery, the married and the father of three, was at the go-go bar as a patron or helping with security for a Super Bowl party, an event that attracted about 65 people.

    The case will eventually be presented to a grand jury, in keeping with policy governing police shootings. The last time a Essex sheriff’s officer was shot was in November; he suffered a leg wound.

    In this case, the officer’s physical stamina might have contributed to his survival. "He was a workout fanatic," Fontoura said.

    In the 1970s, Zachery excelled in sports at Weequahic High School, going on to play defensive back for Colorado State University. Later, he briefly played with the Washington Redskins.

    Today, McNeil’s family members gathered at the Street Warriors, a community advocacy group on Newark’s Linden Street.

    "He just didn’t deserve this. He was always so positive. ... He was an honor student," said Dana Fields, 52, Darnell’s great uncle who lives in South Brunswick. "We’re angry right now."

    McNeil, who was born in Newark, had lived in North Carolina for many years. He enrolled in the fall of 2008 at Raritan Valley Community College, where he majored in law and minored in mathematics. Sunday night, family members said, he was returning home from his job at Overlook Hospital, where he works in food service.

    His mother, Karen Cady-McNeil, who lives in North Carolina and drove to Newark after learning of her son’s death, was visibly shaken yesterday.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/02/off-duty_essex_county_officer_1.html

    "My heart hurts so bad," a crying Cady-McNeil said
     
  2. Gangrel

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    i think this coulda been left out...
     

  3. silverado_mick

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    Right. What the hell business is it of anyone's WHY he was there? Good shooting/combat mindset (fight through the injury) on the part of the Deputy. Prayers for a speedy recovery and hopefully his wife isn't too pissed he was at the strip club!

    Oh, and did anyone notice they called his 13rd capacity, .40 caliber pistol a "service revolver"? :rofl:
     
  4. BuffaloXJ

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    I noticed that too, then I googled it. Wikipedia says that there are revolvers that hold more than 10 rounds, so instead of looking like a newb and being called a fool I kept my mouth shut... Either way, it does seem hilarious!
     
  5. silverado_mick

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    <-------Has been called worse...already tonight. :whistling:



     
  6. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    Aren't they all revolvers? I mean, automatics are so dangerous that no civilian should be allowed to own one.
     
  7. Jabberwock

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    When Uncle Dana says he is angry, surely he is referring to the fact that his little dead punk nephew shot a police officer, right? Right...? :upeyes:
     
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    Yeah I'm sure thats exactly what he and the advocacy group are angry about.
     
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    Was there a reload?

    Officer 1 turd 0.

    13 round .40 revolver, that's a big wheel.
     
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    Newark Star Ledger....not exactly police friendly.
     
  11. Captain38

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    Ronduke,

    Who chose the title, "When will it ever stop? Police gun down honor student!" for this thread?

    To say the least, it seems very misleading and begs to inflame the public against the police!
     
  12. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    From the info given it seems like a very good shoot and hope for the officers recovery. The idiot fires into a bar and gets smacked down, sounds good to me.
    The officer did his job with dedication and honor, should be given an citation.
     
  13. I'M Glockamolie

    I'M Glockamolie

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    He did. It was definitely tongue-in-cheek, making fun of how headlines and reporting in general are skewed.
     
  14. BleedNOrange

    BleedNOrange Go Vols

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    Heck at our dept he would be in trouble for just being in there off duty. Not sure the exact terminology but our policy states something about establishments of "questionable moral values".

    PS It said "Go-Go" lounge so I was assuming. Could be wrong.
     
  15. MSP Sarge

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    Good Job! Kick some more punk ***.
     
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    Don't shoot at the police!
     
  17. DonGlock26

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    They should put that on honor roll diplomas.
     
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    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

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    The young man is now deceased as a direct consequence of his own outrageous and criminal actions. The officer is to be commended for his very well conducted response to the incident. Thankfully the officer will recover from his wounds.
     
  20. Woofie

    Woofie Disirregardless CLM

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    He was a law major? Guess he was absent the day they talked about shooting the police.