I don't know if you saw it on the news yesterday, but there was some action on our street, just two streets down (four houses as the crow flies). They used the tree in our front yard so they could rope off the street, which is a main thoroughfare through our neighborhood so we had front row seats. The good thing that came out of this event is we got to visit with some of our neighbors, and some folks that came to see what was going on and got blocked in...for three hours. So, we had an impromptu "block party", sort of...just no food!
At one time or another, all of the reporters from the local news stations were in our yard. Our tree provided a lot of shade at 3pm in the afternoon. Some folks were helping out with the crime scene tape holding it up or down so police and emergency vehicles could get through. We ran out of water but gave out what we had. And Pat set up a little girl with some toys to keep her occupied. Her parents live next door to where the guy was hold up.
As it turns out, a 19 yr old male ran a red light not far from where we live. A cop saw him and the chase was on. As he was driving through our neighborhood, he crashed his car. He left his girlfriend and baby in the car and took off running. He fired several shots at the police pursuit. And then the neighborhood got busy with police everywhere searching for him. If you look at the officer in the street behind his car, he is looking down our street (culdesac). At that point in time, the guy couldn't have been more than 100 yds from us, and that is the direction where he was. He was located at his grandmother's house four houses down the street from us. She runs a licensed in home day care and had 8 kids ranging from 14 months to 18 yr old in her care. SWAT took over the scene and we waited as the negotiation took place. The kids were rescued through a window. The guy was hiding in the attic. Whew! I bet he got hot up there.
After about three hours, he finally surrendered, and it was over. I never thought the day would come when I would see officers at our street with their rifles in hand ready for action. Apparently, one of them recognized my wife because when she went out the front door to see what was going on, he said "Go back in the house, Mrs Stringer and lock the door!" OK. She thinks he may have been a security guard at the school she used to work at and he recognized her.
Whew! What a day. And the good part is there were no injuries to anyone.
Oh, BTW, he ran because he has a warrant for burglary in Arkansas. Yep, 19 years old.
Yep. That's me talking to the reporter in the red shirt.
Note to self: Always keep your bathroom neat and clean because you never can tell when a local news reporter may drop by and ask to use your restroom!
Thankfully, we do.