White Georgia man opens fire on state troopers, dares cops to kill him — and survives

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  1. Zaac

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    White Georgia man opens fire on state troopers, dares cops to kill him — and survives

    A white Army veteran ambushed a Georgia State Police post earlier this week, opened fire on troopers, dared them to kill him – and was captured with a shoulder wound.

    The incident, which took place Monday in Gainesville, stands in sharp contrast to recent police shootings of unarmed black suspects across the country.

    Investigators said 21-year-old Leighton Marchetta was intoxicated when he drove to the state police post about 8 a.m. Monday and fired at two troopers with a high-power hunting rifle capable of penetrating a bulletproof vest.

    “He was saying something to the effect of, ‘You guys are going to have to kill me,’” said Sherry Lang, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

    Marchetta then charged toward the troopers, Steve Thompson and Jeremy Allison, who took cover and fired two shots – wounding the gunman in the shoulder.

    Authorities used a helicopter and Hall County SWAT team to secure the area and take Marchetta into custody a short time later.

    The post commander praised the troopers’ actions during the incident.

    “Being presented with the situation that they were in, both of them did very well and reverted back to their (active shooter) training,” said Sgt. Richard Harper, of Georgia State Police. “They both went for cover … and gave the verbal commands for the subject to drop the weapon.”

    Marchetta appeared Tuesday in court on two counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer.

    Lee Marchetta said his son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was discharged from the Army in June 2014 after an attempted suicide.

    The elder Marchetta said his son drank a fifth of vodka Sunday night because he was distraught by an Army buddy’s suicide and woke up in the morning with no memory of his argumentative and combative behavior.

    He said his son was still upset but had calmed down when he drove away, but he wasn’t aware the younger man had taken a rifle with him.

    He thanked state police for the restraint they showed during the shooting incident, and he strongly criticized the Veterans Administration for continued delays over mental health treatment.

    “It is a shame that it came to this in order for him to even possibly begin to receive treatment from the VA for his PTSD,” Lee Marchetta said.

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  2. InTheLight

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    Surprised they only fired two shots.
     
  3. Zaac

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    Guess he didn't look like he was possessed by a demon.

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  4. matt wade

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    Unless you contend that a black person is killed 100% of the time when they get in a similar confrontation with police, then your post and point are meaningless.
     
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    Your reply is the only meaningless thing in this thread. NEXT,
     
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    :sleep::sleep:

    Oops.

    Deserves three.

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  7. righteousdude2

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    Right! I guess the OP believes whites are never shot and killed by cops. But the recent number in Washington Post, show that of the 385 men killed so far this year, 180 were white, 100 were black and the remaining numbers were of other ethnic backgrounds!

    He seems to think the cops are doing drive by shootings in the "hood" and the ghetto! :flower:
     
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    Tapeworm, I regret your fancy wasn't tickled with the guy ending up dead.
     
  9. Baptist Believer

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    Being shot in the shoulder is not a big deal on TV or in movies, but it is a very big deal in real life. It can easily be a fatal wound.

    What is important to note is that the man was shot in his torso, not very far from the heart/lungs. When officers are in a gunfight, they often miss or off center because of the strain of adrenalin, stress, movement, and difficulty of shooting quickly without having a chance to precisely aim.

    There's more than a reasonable chance they intended to deliver a fatal shot. That would be the reasonable and justified thing to do.
     
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    That's because he's color blind....he ONLY sees BLACK and Whites!
     
  11. righteousdude2

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    Reminds me of that old joke. What is black and white and "red/read" all over? The newspaper. :laugh:
     

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