"gunfight" and "exchange of gunfire"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 23 11:41:02 UTC 2013

> said they were being fired at.

Like the National Guard at Kent State?

A member of the SWAT team that arrested him told CNN this morning that they
approached the boat with caution when he surrendered because "we thought he
might have a weapon."

There may have been a gun. But people are claiming there was a gunfight
when, so far, nobody's reported a gun.

Even if there *was* a gun, so far there isn't any, if you catch my drift.
"Gunfight," etc., were the wrong words.


On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 8:40 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>wrote:

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> I'm told by someone who's been following the details more than I have
> been that cops involved in the "encircling" said they were being fired
> at. Not much of a gunfight, mind you, but definitely an exchange of
> gunfire.
>      VS-)
> On 4/22/2013 6:38 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> > All I can find new is speculation that his neck wound came from a botched
> > suicide attempt in the boat. (Not everybody is Annie Oakley).  The _Mail_
> > Online also has a drawing of him shooting at cops from the poop deck or
> > whatever. All the evidence one should need nowadays,  no doubt.
> >
> > So far, still nothing definitive. The Police Commissioner of Waterbury
> told
> > CNN this morning that he "believed" that "a gun" had been discovered
> "near"
> > the boat but wasn't certain.
> >
> > So not even the Commish knows.
> >
> > SPECIAL NEWS BALONUS: It was said repeatedly  that on Thursday night the
> > evil duo had "robbed a convenience store" or, in some versions,
> > specifically a "7-11."
> >
> > Turns out they hadn't.
> >
> > JL
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