Originally posted by dolphinfan
Guard shoots boy, 15, at FDA office in Bothell
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BOTHEL -- A security guard shot a 15-year-old boy at a Food and Drug Administration regional facility in Bothell early Friday, according to police.
Bothell Police Captain Denise Langford said it was not immediately clear why the guard fired at the boy at about 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the
FDA's Pacific Regional Laboratory Northwest.
The teenager got into a car after he was hit by gunfire and crashed into another vehicle about a mile away on the Bothell-Everett
Well for starters, this is awful. I'm incredibly sorry a young life was endangered by his own foolishness. Government facilities should not be taken
lightly, they are private property and just like any other US property they have the right to defend their property and employees if they feel
threatened in any way. The same as you can shoot a man for trespassing on your own property, the government and it's employees can do the same to
those trespassing on THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY.
I'm sure how ever this could have been handled in a different manner, and we will not know if the security guard felt the use of force was necessary
until more details are released.
Now, the food and drug administration handles all sorts of products, for consumers, labs, pharmacies, households and hospitals.
They deal in Food products, their additives, medications and some chemicals. A facility such as this would handle all sorts of products, medications,
soups, foods, additives both new and current. Testing and development is likely done on site. There are likely formulas that are "trade secrets,"
that the facility would take the utmost seriousness in preventing coming into the hands of competitors. As well, I would imagine various types of
medications could be stored or developed on site, ranging from over the counter NSA's to prescription only pain killers, stimulants, etc.
Not only would finished products likely be on site for testing, improvement and development but the ingredients to make them as well. Many of these
items would be very tempting to would be thieves for a variety of reasons. Until we know more this 15 year old could have been looking for drugs,
chemicals to make drugs, or items to sell as laboratory grad e chemicals can be quite valuable. It could even be this 15 year old was a subscriber to
conspiracy theories or activist groups looking to expose something he felt the FDA was up to. He could have been attempting to sabotage a batch of
medication, additives etc. At this time, it's incredibly hard to speculate with out more information.
The FDA would have more than enough reasons to have armed guards, and I do not blame them for using the utmost care in protecting the assets there
I will have to agree, a full grown man should have been able to handle a 15 year old with out the use of his firearm, but we are unaware as to whether
the teen was armed or posed a significant threat to the guard, the facility, or the materials with in.