DTV Converter Box Confusion = Danger
Philip Miller Tate
Philmt59 at aol.com
Sat Feb 21 16:49:11 CST 2009
Crikey, it must have been a good programme - unusual for cable.
On 21 Feb 2009, at 15:37, andre kesteloot wrote:
> *Man shoots TV set; standoff ensues
> *By Jeff Lehr
> jlehr at joplinglobe.com <mailto:jlehr at joplinglobe.com>
> WEBB CITY, Mo. — A man who was angry about the shut-off of his
> cable-television service shot his television set Wednesday
> and then prompted a two-hour standoff with police before
> leaving his
> house and surrendering.
> The standoff began about 3:30 p.m. at a house on the southwest
> corner of Ball and Daugherty streets in Webb City.
> Police Chief Carl Francis said the wife of Walter Hoover, 70,
> walked to the police station a couple of blocks away and
> that her husband had been drinking, was angry with a shut-off of
> his cable service, and had gotten his guns out.
> “He actually fired two rounds before she left the residence,”
> Francis said.
> Both rounds apparently were directed at and struck the couple’s
> television set, he said. He said he did not know why the
> cable service had been shut off.
> A police officer responding to the woman’s report spotted Hoover
> at the front door of the residence with a handgun. The officer
> called for assistance rather than approaching the home, and
> Webb City police, state patrol officers, Jasper County deputies,
> and officers from the Duenweg, Duquesne, Carterville and JasCo
> Metro police departments all responded.
> Francis said Hoover went back inside the house and returned
> to the
> front door a short time later with what officers recognized as a
> high-powered hunting rifle.
> The police chief said Hoover’s possession of such a powerful
> weapon, coupled with information obtained from his wife that he
> had been in a similar standoff with police on a previous
> in another Missouri town, led to a decision to call for help
> the Joplin Police Department’s special weapons and tactics team,
> which happened to be assembled for a training day and
> available on
> short notice.
> Francis said officers were not certain at that point if anyone
> else was in the house with Hoover. His wife told them that a
> neighbor might be there.
> A perimeter was set up about a block to a block and a half in
> direction, and the SWAT team began evacuating residents of the
> area from their homes. Francis said police were concerned that
> rounds from a high-powered rifle could penetrate the walls of
> nearby homes, and kill or injure someone.
> Efforts were made to call the house by telephone and talk to
> Hoover, he said. But officers soon learned from the telephone
> company that he had either taken his phone off the hook or had
> ripped the phone line from the wall.
> About 5:30 p.m., the SWAT team took up a position immediately
> south of the barricaded man’s home and began urging him by
> megaphone to come out unarmed and surrender.
> Around 6 p.m., Hoover did just that, and he was taken into
> without any shots being fired.
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