Sunday, March 16, 2008

Old Boyfriend Stabs New Boyfriend -- SoCal man held after alleged boyfriend stabbing, police standoff In another example of a restraining order failing to restrain anything, we have the case of man, who doesn't understand "it's over" and suffering from the "how dare you live without me" attitude, wreaking havoc.
[The goof-ball] apparently climbed a fire escape to reach the second-floor unit of his girlfriend at the Sea Sprite Motel and Apartments, where the new boyfriend was stabbed several times in the chest and neck, [Officer Robert] Higgins said.
Actually the story only says that a restraining order was obtained 4 days before the attack, but it had not been served on the goof-ball, so legally it offers no recourse.

After stabbing the new boyfriend, the old boyfriend wanted cops to kill him.
The man indicated he wanted to commit “suicide by cop,” Higgins said.

“He was telling the officers to shoot him,” he said.
When cops arrived on the scene, he closed the door to the apartment. Police responded by cordoning off the neighborhood.
The man closed the door to the apartment. SWAT teams from Hermosa Beach and neighboring Hawthorne were called and cordoned off the block, evacuating 30 to 40 people, Higgins said.
A stand-off ensued which lasted 5 hours.

When seconds count, police are only minutes away. And when a violent ex shows up, you are most likely on your own. If you feel the need for a restraining order, you also need a personal safety plan. I like the defense afforded by firearms, you are free to choose a different method, but you should choose something besides calling 911 and hoping for the best. Of course having a gun will not guarantee your safety, just as wearing seatbelts does not guarantee your safety in your car. There are no guarantees in this life. But calling 911, expecting police to protect you isn't an optimum strategy either.

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