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Cops Stopped Loughner Day Of Shooting

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Officers stopped suspect on day of Ariz. shooting

By Amanda Lee Myers And Justin Pritchard, Associated Press
January 12, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. – The suspect in a deadly Arizona shooting ran a red light and was stopped by a wildlife officer less than three hours before the attack that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says an officer stopped Jared Loughner at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

The officer took Loughner’s driver’s license and vehicle registration information. Dispatchers checked the information and found no outstanding warrants on Loughner or his vehicle. He was given a verbal warning and released.

Another Sherriff Dupnik success story.

The same Associated Press reporters filed this story earlier:

Dad pursued Ariz. massacre suspect before shooting

Jan 11, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Mysterious black bag in hand, Jared Loughner ran into the desert from his angry father, who was driving a truck on a futile pursuit…

The sheriff’s deputies who swarmed the Loughners’ house removed what they describe as evidence Jared Loughner was targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who doctors said Tuesday was breathing on her own for the first time after taking a bullet to the forehead. Among the handwritten notes was one with the words "Die, bitch," which authorities told The Associated Press they believe was a reference to Giffords.

Investigators with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department previously said they found handwritten notes in Loughner’s safe reading "I planned ahead," ”My assassination" and "Giffords." Capt. Chris Nanos said all the writings were either in an envelope or on a form letter Giffords’ office sent him in 2007 after he signed in at one of her "Congress on Your Corner" events – the same kind of gathering where the massacre occurred.

Again, why are we only hearing about this now?

On the morning of the shooting, a mumbling Jared Loughner fled after his father asked him why he was removing a black bag from the trunk of a family car, said Nanos and Rick Kastigar, chief of the department’s investigations bureau. Investigators are still searching for the bag…

Sheriff’s deputies had been to the Loughner home at least once before the attack, spokesman Jason Ogan said. He didn’t know why or when the visit occurred, and said department lawyers were reviewing the paperwork and expected to release it Wednesday.

Maybe if Sherriff Dupnik could pry himself away from the TV cameras long enough to get basic information like this processed in a timely manner.

The visits were for nonviolent incidents, including a report by Jared Loughner of identity theft, a noise complaint and Amy Loughner’s claim that someone had stolen her license plate sticker, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

That sounds like more than one visit.

In addition to the new details about the hours before the shooting, interviews with those who knew Loughner or his family painted a picture of a young loner who tried to fit in.

Before everything fell apart, he went through the motions as many young men do nowadays: Living at home with his parents, working low-wage jobs at big brand stores and volunteering time doing things he liked.

None of it worked. His relationship with his parents was strained. He clashed with co-workers and police. And he couldn’t follow the rules at an animal shelter where he spent some time.

One close high school friend who requested anonymity to avoid the publicity surrounding the case said he would wait outside 10 minutes for Jared to leave the house when they were going out. When Jared would get into the car, he’d say that it took so long because his parents were hassling him.

Maybe the media is preparing the way for some new villains. These will be the new

The parents of another close friend recalled how Loughner’s parents showed up at their doorstep in 2008 looking for their son, who had left home about a week before and broken off contact.

While the friend, Zach Osler, didn’t want to talk with the AP, his parents Roxanne and George Osler IV did.

With the Loughners at their house, Zach Osler told them the name of the place where their only child was staying, Zach’s father said.

Loughner was arrested in October 2008 on a vandalism charge near Tucson after admitting he scrawled the letters "C” and "X” on a road sign in a reference to what he said was Christianity. His address listed on the police report was an apartment near his home.

Loughner eventually moved back in with his parents.

Even when Loughner tried to do good, it didn’t work out.

A year ago, he volunteered walking dogs at the county animal shelter, said Kim Janes, manager of the Pima Animal Care Center. He liked dogs; neighbors remember him as the kid they would see walking his own.

But at the shelter, staff became concerned: He was allowing dogs to play in an area that was being disinfected after one had contracted a potentially deadly disease, the parvovirus.

"He didn’t think the disease was that threatening and when we tried to explain how dangerous some of the diseases are, he didn’t get it," Janes said.

Loughner wouldn’t agree to keep dogs from the restricted area, and was asked to come back when he would. He never returned.

Loughner also jumped from paid job to job because he couldn’t get along with co-workers, according to the close high school friend who requested anonymity. Employers included a Quiznos sandwich shop and Banana Republic, the friend said.

On his application at the animal shelter, he listed customer service work at Eddie Bauer…

Loughner grew up on an unremarkable Tucson block of low-slung homes with palm trees and cactus gardens out front. Fittingly, it’s called Soledad Avenue – Spanish for solitude.

Loughner’s father moved into the house as a bachelor, and eventually got married, longtime next-door neighbor George Gayan said. Property records show Randy Loughner has lived there since 1977.

Gayan said he and Randy Loughner had "differences of opinion but nothing where it was radical or violent." He declined to provide specifics. "As time went on, they indicated they wanted privacy," Gayan said…

Randy Loughner apparently has not worked for years – at least outside his home

Linda McKinley, 62, has lived down the street from the Loughner family for decades and said the parents could not be nicer – but that she had misgivings about Jared as he got older.

McKinley recalled that once he yelled to some children on the street: "I’m coming to get you!"

Damn talk radio!

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Cops Stopped Loughner Day Of Shooting”

  1. proreason says:

    Aaaah, So the family secrets begin to trickle out.

    The liberals’ media will have to worlk harder to keep the lid on this pandora’s box.

    Now we know that the young man had quite a history of being a problem child. Quelle shocke!! And the parents weren’t able to control him. And the father even suspected something was amiss the day of the murders.

    Who wants to bet that the father called the police that morning?

    That would be a disaster for supercop, wouldn’t it? particularly considering this new information that the young psycho was stopped by a wildlife officer the day of the murders. How erratic would a person’s behavior have to be to be stopped by a WILDLIFE OFFICER? Is issuing traffic tickets a big part of a wildlife officer’s job?

    And how incriminating would it be if the dad had previously called the cops, after which the wildlife officer stopped the young man and contacted supercop’s department, which didn’t bother to connect the dots.

    Supercop could be getting in some deep doodoo.

    But i’m sticking with the Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh did it storyline. If it makes sense to Supercop, it makes sense to me.

    • tranquil.night says:

      The unverified wisdom right now is that Amy Loughner is in Wildlife, albeit Parks and Rec. Take it as you will, but it lends credence to the theory that the authority’s were playing Containment with Hitler. It fits all the diversionary behavior of everyone involved.

  2. untrainable says:

    Hmm. Murderer-to-be’s mother works for wildlife. Murderer-to-be pulled over by wildlife. Murderer-to-be let go by wildlife. Maybe wildlife KNEW murderer-to-be and figured he’d do murderer-to-be’s mom a favor. No, that would be jumping to a conclusion without any evidence. We all know we shouldn’t do that. Nah, it must’ve been Sarah Palin’s bullseyes on a map of the USA. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    Did anyone check the punk’s closet for a tinfoil hat? I’l bet there’s one in that black bag.

    • Steve says:

      I’ve actually been to that park, Aqua Caliente Park. It is a great spot for birders:

      NRPR – Agua Caliente Park

      But I have to say that it looked rather run down. It probably could use some better management.

      The time I was there I didn’t see a single person who worked for the park, apart from the person who charged us to go in.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Americans pay for the privilege and illegals get a free access because they are just passing through.
      Is this a great country or what?

  3. River0 says:

    What we see, more and more every day, is astounding ineptitude, corruption, and waste of resources in government. Federal or state, the tendency is toward inefficiency and mediocrity. We’re already living in a tyranny of ineptitude.

    There are exceptions of course. Down at the intimate community level where there’s local transparency, oversight is generally far easier.

    Smaller government means more flexible, manageable, and efficient government. Except of course in Pima County, with Sheriff Dumkopf.

    No way in hell should we grant centralized federal government more power and resources!

  4. Gladius et Scutum says:

    And what, exactly, was in this mysterious black bag? The contents were apparently known to Randy Loughner, that he attached such importance to it. He chased his son because of it. Could it be that it held a Glock model 19, ammo and clips that his parents thought better out of Jared’s hands?

  5. canary says:

    Loughner had a “drugs incident” as an adult. Dangerous cocktail. Several other incidents like drinking.

    Sherriff Dupnik has been deliberately holding back on his knowledge Loughner was mentally disturbed.
    Obama and wife are on their way to AZ to pick who will take Rep Gifford’s place.

    Obama is not letting a disaster go to waste. No telling what he’s up to at high speed.

  6. canary says:

    no doubt Loughner was doing community service for trouble with the law. The dog pound and zoo (elephant cages) is where law offenders do their community service. No wonder he wouldn’t do what they said. Who else do we know that grew up so full of rage and rebellious?

    Pima Animal Care Center occupies a unique position in the community, because it educates the public and enforces the law in two different but complementary aspects:

    * By protecting the public health and safety through enforcing the animal control laws and ordinances.
    * By protecting the animals through enforcing animal welfare and cruelty ordinances and sheltering abandoned animals.

  7. Oracle says:

    Are they kidding with the proposal of a law that would prohibit a firearm to be possesed within 1000′ of a government official. Does someone actually think a law like that would stop someone like Loughner? And if it didn’t who would? Not the law abiding unarmed citizens. Oh I forgot…Sherrif Dupnik would protect everyone. Makes sense to me.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      With 20,000 gun laws on the books they can’t and won’t enforce……
      what’s one more?

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