A reader sent me the below story, which I believe was printed in the Augusta (GA) Beacon on an unknown date. I wasn’t able to find it online, so I can not speak to its veracity. If it is true, then kudos to the USMC and the Augusta P.D. police spokesperson whose tongue-in-cheek response is priceless. (Note: I posted a copy of the article from my Apple computer and it failed to transfer so have transcribed it here–where is Steve Jobs when you need him?)
Assailant suffers injuries from fall
Orville Smith, a store manager for Best Buy in Augusta, GA., told police he observed a male customer, later identified as Tyrone Jackson of Augusta, on surveillance cameras putting a laptop computer under his jacket. When confronted the man became irate, knocked down an employee, drew a knife and ran for the door. Outside on the sidewalk were four Marines collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program. Smith said the Marines stopped the man, but he stabbed one of the Marines, Cpl. Philli Duggan, in the back; the injury did not appear to be severe. After police and an ambulance arrived at the scene Cpl. Duggan was transported for treatment.
“The subject was also transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg, several missing teeth, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, assorted lacerations, a broken nose and a broken jaw…injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell off of the curb after stabbing the Marine,” according to a police report.
Was the force excessive? Maybe. Was it well deserved? Most definitely.
Update 9/8: A reader researched this story and found it to be an exaggeration of a real event. According to snopes.com, the thief was stopped by a Marine, whom he stabbed. The thief was arrested, though no injuries to him were mentioned in the actual account. So it was a courageous act, though I prefer the above story from a standpoint of reader satisfaction.
And for those who would question why a police officer would be pleased at the now fictitious outcome, I have only this to say: Just because our actions and response must remain neutral at a crime scene doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the scales of justice getting rebalanced before we arrive.