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Monday, April 24, 2006


delawareonline | The News Journal | Officer kills man, is wounded, in shootout
A man in his early 40s was shot and killed this afternoon on a road beneath the St. Georges Bridge by a state environmental enforcement agent, who also was wounded in the exchange of gunfire.
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Police say man killed was wanted on robbery charges in Newark.
Two questions:
1) Why do DNREC officials have guns?
2) And why are they attempting to apprehend a suspect, rather than calling for the real police?

UPDATE: Well, I glad to know that the rangers weren't trying to apprehend a known suspect, according to the News-Journal this morning. They were merely looking into something weird when they were fired upon and they defending themselves. I do wish the article had explained why they were armed to begin with, although it appears fortunate that they were in this case.

A friend of mine is a former park ranger (for the national government). I'll see if she has some input.

Comments:
1. An alarming number of government officials now carry guns. Even some IRS agents now carry weapons.

2. Give some people a gun and they get all cowboy.
 

IRS with guns?

As if it wasn't bad enough that they're IRS is the IRS...

I guess they have to brace themselves for the reaction someone might have when they show up for an audit.

"Hi I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you."
 

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