GUN Home raided for having manaquin near window

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Armed police raid home after mistaking Lara Croft dummy for gunman
    James Tozer - More by this author » Last updated at 18:57pm on 15th May 2007

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    Model behaviour: The mannequin armed police swooped on

    When police spotted a gun-wielding suspect lurking in the shadows of a suburban front room, their response was swift.

    Armed officers burst into the house, shouted at the owner to lie on the floor, and ordered him to surrender his weapon.

    But efficiency turned to embarrassment when the "gunman" turned out to be a life-sized model of the video game character Lara Croft, complete with trademark outsized pistols.

    Computer shop owner David Williams, 42, had taken the dummy home to put it up for sale on the auction site eBay.

    As the source of the confusion dawned on all concerned, it might have been the moment for an apology from the police.

    Instead, however, Mr Williams was taken to the cells and held for more than 13 hours before being released.

    He is now on bail for a suspected firearms offence, and Lara Croft remains impounded as evidence.


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    David Williams was arrested for having Lara Croft model in window

    "It would have been laughable if it hadn't been so terrifying," he said yesterday. "One of the police held a gun and yelled, 'Where's the weapon, where's the weapon?'

    "I didn't have a clue what was going on, I assumed they'd got the wrong house. I couldn't believe it when I realised they'd mistaken a Lara Croft dummy for someone with a gun."

    Father-of-two Mr Williams had phoned police after receiving nuisance phone calls, and officers arrived at his house in Dukinfield, near Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, shortly before midnight.

    He says he did not hear them arrive, but unknown to him one officer had seen the dummy's silhouette through the front window and called for armed back-up.

    Soon afterwards, the street was cordoned off and a team of armed officers burst in through Mr Williams's back door.

    A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said officers peered inside after Mr Williams failed to answer his front door.

    "They believed they saw a silhouette of a person pointing what appeared to be a firearm inside the house," she said.

    They followed "correct procedure" by withdrawing to await armed officers, she added.

    "Officers then went into the house and found a mannequin holding a toy weapon."

    Mr Williams, who says he is speaking to lawyers about a possible claim for wrongful arrest, will hear whether he faces further action when he answers bail next month.
     
  2. Paul Revere

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    so you can't point a gun at the floor in your own house? :wtf:
     
  3. McCroskey

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    terrorist lara croft > regular lara croft
     
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    stupid cops!
     
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    how the fuck could they arrest him if it's not a real gun :ugh:
     
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    wow. I'd laugh if it wasn't so disgusting. they are probably talking about the replica laws (I think they've been trying to ban "replica" weapons as well).
     
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    So, let me get this straight, the dude calls the cops for "receiving nuisance phone calls". Then when they show up, he doesn't answer the door because "he didn't hear them". The officer notices a silohuette of a person wielding a gun and pointing it at the ground (or someone who is on the ground). They call in backup, storm the home (incase it was a hostage situation), and now the guy wants to seek legal action?

    That guy is a dumbass...
     
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    oh, i missed that part. where does it say he lives there? :confused:
     
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    No... sounds to me like they never actually made it to the door. Just pulled up and saw the doll.

    Also, I don't think the point is that they actually raided the house. Everyone would have laughed that off. But they took the guy to jail for doing absolutely NOTHING wrong. Instead of just saying "Oops :o, sorry. Send us the bill for fixing the door", they take the guy to jail. That's the issue.
     
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    Yeah, the jail part is pretty lame. Especially holding him for 13 hours...
     
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    you left out the part where they arrested and charged him (out on bail)
     
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    Yeah, we covered that already... :o

    Forgive me, I am at work...
     
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    Anders 7 I aim to misbehave OT Supporter

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    What the fuck. Usually I'm against lawsuits but fuck the Police. :squint:

    This was Engalnd? That explains it.
     
  18. vettefan52

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    glad that didnt happen here... you would have some dead cops because i would blast the FUCK out of them the second they came through my door. how bout a nice 12ga round to the face you fucking pigs.
     
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    Doesn't specifically say it because the article is from England.

    "Dukinfield, near Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, shortly before midnight."

    Those are definitely English cities...
     
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    i must have read over that :o
     
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    Jesus christ we get it. From your cold dead hands. Why keep posting it? Your continual posts of how you'll kill someone and shoot people really don't go very far in breaking the gun owner stereotype and helping to fight gun control laws. Shouldn't we work a little harder on appearing just like normal people here so when someone from OT wanders through they don't think "fuck those guys are crazy, we need more gun control?" Do you really think the macho chest thumping does our cause any good at all?
     
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    :rofl: i almost forgot about that
     
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    The dude called the cops... he was expecting them to come - just not with that grand 'ol entrance. And, if you don't recognize a Police officer or SWAT officer busting in your door than you need to check your targets more. If the SWAT team believes there is a gunman in the home, and they see a gunman, they will shoot to kill. :noes:

    At any rate... how didn't they realize the manaquin was not moving? :mamoru:
     
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