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Florida Has a Gun Culture Problem - ANOTHER Example.

Posted on the 14 November 2011 by Mikeb302000
Florida has a gun culture which is a part of their gun violence problem.  Florida is one of those states with incidents most often appearing on this blog.Last month was, among other things, domestic violence awareness month.  I wrote about the unique problems with gun violence and domestic abuse committed by law enforcement.  For those of you who did not read it here then, the romantic partners and families of law enforcement are 40% more likely to be victims of domestic violence abuse by the law enforcement members of their family than the civilian population.  Firearms, and threats involving firearms, either privately owned or their service weapon, frequently are part of such threats. Further, their fellow law enforcement officers do NOT investigate or pursue such domestic abuse crimes the way they would members of the general public.While details are still uncertain in this specific case, the fact that this law enforcement officer was shooting at a female law enforcement officer, in view of these statistics, certainly suggests that this might have been some kind of romance gone bad.  That the officer shot AND MISSED is an additional concern; if law enforcement, where proficiency is a requirement, miss their targets - and they often DO miss - then how much LESS should we be comfortable with the skills and proficiency of the private citizen who is NOT obligated to train or demonstrate their proficiency regularly as a condition of their use? And what does it tell us about the psychological state of this officer that after trying to kill someone.......he blithely ordered pizza?  It speaks much more favorably of the woman officer he targeted that she turned this over to a SWAT team to subdue the offending officer, rather than engaging in some kind of defensive shootout with him.  That is the kind of shooting that most of our gun loons here would advocate should happen.  They wet themselves thinking about it. staff and news service reports
  updated 11/14/2011 10:44:12 AM ET LAUDERHILL, Florida — A Florida police officer who allegedly shot at a fellow cop before driving off and ordering pizza on Saturday night has been identified. Officer Kristopher John Bieger, 30, is charged with attempted first degree murder and discharging a firearm from a vehicle, according to Lauderhill Police Department.
The bullet missed the intended victim — a female colleague whose name is not being released.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the shooting took place by Inverry Boulevard and NW 56 Ave. in Lauderhill at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
A report in the Miami Herald said Bieger then drove to a Publix shopping center near the corner of Griffin and Volunteer roads, where he entered Donato’s Ristorante and ordered two slices of pizza.
Donato DeLio, 60, owner of the restaurant, told the newspaper: "He was just a regular customer...The guy was not threatening nobody."
The report said Bieger walked outside to the parking lot, appearing agitated, while waiting for his order.
At that point, DeLio said, police telephoned the restaurant and told him to lock the front door, stay away from the front windows, and move all his customers and employees to the rear of the premises. “We were in the back for two hours,” DeLio told the newspaper. “Then the SWAT team came in through our back door.”
Police said in an email that Bieger was arrested and booked in the Broward County Main Jail around 11 a.m. Sunday.
Bieger has been with the City of Lauderhill since 2006. He has been suspended without pay.
Lauderhill police wouldn't comment on the nature of the incident, or why it happened, or the nature of the relationship between Bieger and his intended victim.

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