Longmont man suspected of shooting Bushmaster AR-15 at police officer identified as Jonathan Shank

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posted on May, 22 2013 @ 02:14 PM
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Longmont man suspected of shooting Bushmaster AR-15 at police officer identified as Jonathan Shank



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Satur said the officer initiated a traffic stop at about 2:12 a.m. after spotting a Subaru Impreza that did not have its headlights on. Both vehicles pulled into the parking lot in front of the Best Buy on Ken Pratt Boulevard. After stopping, the driver -- identified as 28-year-old Jonathan Shank -- got out of his vehicle with Bushmaster AR-15 with optics and advanced on the officer while firing,


So, this morning a man was pulled over, gets out of his vehicle and begins shooting (estimated 12 rounds) at the officer who pulled him over.

(Note: again it's a Bushmaster AR-15, why the media is publishing the weapon model in the headline is beyond reason, except to spread fear in my opinion.).

This reminds me of the shooting a few weeks ago (I can't find the article, gotta love ATS search), where the man was pulled over, got out and shot up a police car, with two officers in it.

This is Colorado again, about 2 miles from my home. This is a quiet town, where we have had some odd things, Meth houses, people making explosives, having a container of grenades, the occasional shooting or murder.. but it's not an every day, or even every month occurrence. So this is a little over the top for this town of about 30,000 people.

Is this just a "sign of the times"? Are people becoming hopeless and loosing their minds? Is it another instance to spread "fear and terror" to the people? This "young man" had a negligible criminal record.

I see the media is not wasting time getting the fear out there with the title tho.. "Bushmaster AR-15 with OPTICS". With all the "gun fear porn" out there, this will spark fear in a lot of people.. Not so much for me, I know a lot of people around here who own them, and have them locked up. So not scary to me, but.

Certainly something to hear about in this little town. Glad no innocent bystanders were hurt, as this is normally a moderately busy shopping center.

"May you live in interesting times"...... indeed.. Chinese curse?

-Cyg




posted on May, 22 2013 @ 02:41 PM
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Is this just a "sign of the times"? Are people becoming hopeless and loosing their minds? Is it another instance to spread "fear and terror" to the people? This "young man" had a negligible criminal record.


Maybe a sign of the times: you can look no further than ATS itself with all the people who automatically hate cops.

With all the reports we see of LEOs caught doing something illegal it really is no wonder some of this hate brings people out guns blazing. Regardless of this story, and a sad one it is...The more the noose is tightened the more some will struggle.

I have friends who are LEOs, ICE, and Border Patrol who are seeing an uptick of consternation/arguments when dealing with the general public. It is a vicious cycle that feeds on itself, and until trust is restored, I figure it will get worse before it gets better..Sorry state of affairs IMO for all parties concerned....



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 02:50 PM
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I fear you are right.

I know a couple of the neighboring police departments have their issues, and have had several incidents over the years. (Boulder police, for example, and their botched investigations, Erie Police dept, and the internal corruption). Not to say Longmont doesn't have issues.

Longmont also has the fun of being split between three different sherrif's depts, two major ones, and a sliver on the north side by the third.

I'm not surprised by the events of last night, but, I do not welcome them either. It is only a matter of time before it happens all over.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:16 PM
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www.policeone.com...

91% of LEO's surveyed believe banning military assault rifles would be neutral or have a negative impact on crime rates.

Time to reap.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:24 PM
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Yea, I remember that article, I believe it was posted on the forums here too.

To a point, it's inescapable, when you have a lot of people, like a large cart of apples, there are bound to be a few bad ones.

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posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:26 PM
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Yah, there are bad people out there, who woulda thunk it?

Just to be safe, you may want to get yourself one of those "Bushmaster AR-15s with optics" in-case the police are busy with more important things like generating revenue.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 03:33 PM
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Originally posted by gladtobehere
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Yah, there are bad people out there, who woulda thunk it?

Just to be safe, you may want to get yourself one of those "Bushmaster AR-15s with optics" in-case the police are busy with more important things like generating revenue.



LOL.. I have items, no Bushmaster, mind you, but.. I can protect mine and my property should I need to.

Besdies, the fact people are buying them like they are candy has driven up the cost to the point, I can't afford one, even if i could find one. /sigh

The fact people like those mentioned in the article have them, and then do something stupid like this makes me frustrated.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 04:11 PM
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Originally posted by gladtobehere
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Yah, there are bad people out there, who woulda thunk it?

Just to be safe, you may want to get yourself one of those "Bushmaster AR-15s with optics" in-case the police are busy with more important things like generating revenue.



All the LEOs that I know hate issuing tickets. I have never received one where I live and I routinely drive 5-10mph over the limit and am guilty of the “California stop” more often than not. (That’ll probably change because they are putting up more red light cameras) Oh, I get warnings from time to time, but they usually (here anyways) only pull over the idiot drivers.

There is a part of me that finds this article humorously ironic. The idiot had at least a 20-30 round magazine and optics, but did the spray and pray thing. Thankfully he didn’t hit anyone.

The Cop had a pistol and hit the guy 3 times. Training anyone?

It’s like that other idiot here in Ohio who opened fire on two LEOs, from the hip and dies for his efforts.

Two more Darwin award winners in my opinion.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 04:56 PM
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What an idiot! This guy reminds me of every guy I see at the range with a "Bushmaster AR-15 with optics". Flat as heck trajectory and a scope, and still cant hit the side of a barn. Also shouldn't the dude take cover behind his own car while laying down suppressive fire, not rush right into pistol range? Range was this guys advantage and he totally stunk it up.lol.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 04:59 PM
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Yea, same way here.

They will stop you for a busted tail light, or tags. They also setup speed traps. Aside moving violations, tho, they tend to be decent.

There have been a few things. Like a guy committed suicide, in his apt, while his gf called police to try and intervene. (bullet to the brain is faster then police and medical response). But while I was listening to the police scanner for my area, they were conducting "safety sweeps" in neighboring residents homes (with their permission), and were also noting fire arms, and serial numbers.

Aside that odd occurance.

Still doesn't answer the question why you would get out of your vehicle, blinded by a spot light, and start spraying lead at a police officer because YOU were driving with your lights off in the middle of the night, with a loaded rifle in the car.

I dare say, he was just looking for a way out of life.



posted on May, 22 2013 @ 05:02 PM
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Originally posted by Metatronin
What an idiot! This guy reminds me of every guy I see at the range with a "Bushmaster AR-15 with optics". Flat as heck trajectory and a scope, and still cant hit the side of a barn. Also shouldn't the dude take cover behind his own car while laying down suppressive fire, not rush right into pistol range? Range was this guys advantage and he totally stunk it up.lol.


The scene shows the two vehicles within 2 car lengths of each other. He was within range of pistol fire.

Idiot, or suicide-by-cop. Either way, he's still alive in the hospital in Denver.





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