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Maybe This Shot-Up Navy Veteran Lady Will Think Twice Before ‘Startling’ A Sheriff In Her Back Yard Again

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Rosco P Coltrane, Sheriff at LargeHello San Diego Sheriff’s Department! How are you protecting and serving the people of San Diego today? Oh, just by shooting Navy veterans while trespassing on their property because you are “startled,” that’s all, no big deal! Also, he’s SORRY, she STARTLED him (srsly) so what more do you people want?

According to San Diego County sheriff’s homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit … While checking for [a suspicious ski-mask wearing] man one to two blocks away from Leigh Avenue, deputies entered the backyard of a residence in the 200 block of Via Tapia.

“At some point, while in the backyard of the residence, there was contact between the deputies, who had their weapons drawn, and a female resident of the home,” Nesbit said. “During that contact, one of the deputies fired from his service weapon. The female was struck in the arm by the round.”

Translation: one of the officers shot an unarmed woman who happened to be in her own yard. Also, “the female” is a Navy veteran who was the first woman to earn Wings of Gold. Oh and according to the hospital, she was shot in the chest, not the arm.

On Tuesday, Deputy Luke Berhalter was identified as the law enforcement officer who opened fire on Jennifer Orey, who is retired from the U.S. Navy.

Orey was a swimmer for the Navy’s Air and Sea rescue team and the first woman to earn Wings of Gold, according to family members…. Jim Morgan, the shooting victim’s brother, told 10News her injuries show that she was shot in the chest, and not in the arm as the sheriff’s department reported. 10News learned the bullet went through her left breast, into her arm and through her pinky…Morgan said his sister asked the deputy why he shot her.

“The cop said, ‘Well, I’m sorry, you startled me,'” said Morgan.

Gore said the deputies thought Orey’s open gate looked suspicious, so they went into her backyard. The deputies ran into Orey, and one of them had a “spontaneous reaction.”

San Diego’s finest, ladies and gentleman, taking responsibility for their actions and keeping in communication with the public. Maybe they should do some sort of police retreat with the NYPD to work on those “spontaneous reactions.”

[San Diego 10News]

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  • viennawoods13

    They were just standing her ground for her. Thoughtful chaps.

  • UnholyMoses

    Just a dumb ass cop
    Trespassing into her yard
    Beats all you ever saw
    Been stupid and the law
    Since the day he was sworn …

    • glasspusher

      All he wanted
      Was rock & roll porn
      And a motor bike
      Shooting up junk

      CRIMINOLOGIST:
      He was a lowdown cheap little punk

  • freakishlywrong

    I'm startled as well. If "startled" means "shitting my pants" at the thought of these horrible assholes taking over the country.

    • HogeyeGrex

      They're already your cops.

  • memzilla

    … the deputies thought Orey’s open gate looked suspicious…

    Must have been a blah gate. Probably had a bag of Skittles next to it, too.

    • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

      She was likely wearing a hoodie, too, also.

      • miss_grundy

        And she left a bottle of Arizona Iced Tea by the gate….

  • prommie

    Well now come on, I don't know the extent to which this is anything but a genuine mistake as can happen when a cop is in a tense situation because there's a report of what seems a pretty obvious criminal skulking around. Its not like he beat her, arrested her, and then shot her. Which happens.

    • SorosBot

      Or shot her 41 times; but hey, that wallet looked sort of like a gun somehow!

      • Sue4466

        Or arrested her, handcuffed her hands behind her back, left her in a squad car, and she shot herself in the head. Which apparently also happens.

        • sullivanst

          Don't forget the frisking before and after cuffing, and yet somehow failing to detect a gun… allegedly.

    • pdiddycornchips

      So we should expect the police to enter our property unannounced and without a warrant, guns drawn and if we happen to "startle" them, they can fire at will? A report of a "criminal skulking around" gives the police a license to open fire on anyone they choose to, because this is how a free society operates. But if we're looking for an illustration of how the police react when they've just shot an innocent person for no good reason at all, thankfully, this link provides one.

      "When she got shot, her initial reaction was the pain and then she went to put her hand on the officer who shot her and he said, 'Get your hand off me.'"

      But what the hell, if the police have to shoot hundreds of innocent people to keep us save, so be it.

      • Nothingisamiss

        This.

  • Major Thom

    Fortunately, this was a LEGITIMATE shooting, therefore her body has a way of shutting down the bullet.

    • HateMachine

      At least, that's what I understand from "doctors"

    • LionHeartSoyDog

      Legitimate, and also mere collateral damage in the war on terror.

      (murka#1!!!)

  • http://wonkette.com Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Why won't Obama protect our veterans?

    • TribecaMike

      Because he didn't serve in Vietnam like that lowdown coward John Kerry?

  • freakishlywrong

    Guntonin' wingtards are shivering, frightened shitfuck girly men.

    • glasspusher

      Well, yeah

  • http://wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

    Well, fiddle-dee-dee! You ma'am, startled me!

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    The last time I had a "spontaneous reaction" I had to apologize to my date and go home to change my pants.

  • PeaceWithHonor

    "America's Finest City," always mockable.

    • Baconzgood

      "You stay classy SDPD"

      -Ron Burgundy-

      • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

        Whale's vagina libel!

      • DaveJ

        To be fair, this was the San Diego COUNTY Sheriff's Dept. The SDPD would have at least had the courtesy to run this lady over with their car afterwards.

        • LionHeartSoyDog

          She's lucky she wasn't arrested for assault on a peace officer.

    • CindynEncinitas

      Okay wait a second… First, the PD down here is not used to "criminals." It is easy to apprehend the drunks at Pacific Beach and the drunk tourists in the Gaslamp and the Raider fans. They don't hide. Second, she was probably scary looking, in her yard, probably wearing a robe or a Mrs. Roper duster. Who wouldn't be scared?

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    This is why I never go outside.

    • http://wonkette.com Lionel[redacted]Esq

      I've been locked in a concrete bunker under my house since 9/11.

      • DaveJ

        Then you'll probably want to QUICKLY take advantage of the low, low prices I'm asking for this collection of Jamiroquai albums.

        • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

          Shh!! I think we are finally safe from their dreaded Street Teams!

      • Angry_Marmot

        I made a sex toy out of duct tape and now I can't get out of the bunker.

    • memzilla

      Never get out of the boat.
      NEVER GET OUT OF THE F**KING BOAT!!!

      • SoBeach

        Absolutely goddam right. Unless you were going all the way.

    • MissTaken

      I live in a bubble.

      • SorosBot

        I'm sorry, the answer is "Moops".

        • Fare la Volpe

          I'm stealing you away from MissTaken for that one.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    They need moar Shore Patrol

  • PsycWench

    A student came in my office this morning when I was busy and startled me. Should I shoot her retroactively?

    • http://wonkette.com Lionel[redacted]Esq

      As long as it is a legitimate retroactive shooting, yes.

      • sewollef

        Ah, well… that depends whether it's legal or lawful.

        There's a difference you know.

    • Steverino247

      Only if she's ugly or a lesbian. If she's an ugly lesbian, you're required to shoot her twice.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      I prefer to utilize the Welsh Art of Llap Goch and shoot them before they even think of startling me.

      • PubOption

        Red what?

    • An_Outhouse

      what color student?

    • SorosBot

      At least it wasn't like this:
      http://acephalous.typepad.com/acephalous/2005/11/

  • SorosBot

    And yet I bet there are tons of commenters defending the cops, as they always do; nothing a cop does can ever be wrong to a certain authoritarian subset of our population.

    • PsycWench

      They will also openly speculate as to whether Ms. Orey is a lesbian and whether she really earned the wings or was just given them for some reason. They will cap off the comments by describing how sexually appealing they find her. Because that is super relevant.

      • Fare la Volpe

        At least one of them is jerking off to the line "the bullet went through her left breast."

        Hehe, "breast."

      • LionHeartSoyDog

        And 'Orey' doesn't sound very White, also.

  • http://wonkette.com Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Really, this is her fault. If you are going to wander around your back yard in San Diego with all the Mexicans and Muslims and others, she should have armed herself and been ready to get the first shot. Stand Your Ground!

  • OzoneTom

    It could have happened to anyone. Even Barney Fife had that one bullet with which to shoot a lawful property owner in the tit and arm.

  • Baconzgood

    Just remember San Diego po-po are here to protect you.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Was she blah? brown? just really tan?

    • An_Outhouse

      Navy Lady = Lesbian

    • CindynEncinitas

      We're all really tan right now. It's been really hot.

      • glasspusher

        Except those who are safely in a frosty cold squad car?

  • Callyson

    "She's angry they don't want to be held accountable for they did … or take responsibility for their actions. She just wants them to own up to their mistake," said Morgan.

    Ah, so she is also fed up with the Republicans. Glad to hear it.

    Also–WTF, San Diego County Sheriff's Department? Really, what the fucking fuck?

    • Steverino247

      They don't usually fuck up like that. I work in a building full of them and I'm sure the shooter is being avoided like the dumbass he must be.

    • HogeyeGrex

      Doesn't she know that the county sheriff is a position that doesn't answer to any other public official?

  • MissTaken

    I have a garden gnome to protect me from startled bullets.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      I'm sure Soros is a little more handsome than that.

    • http://wonkette.com/ weejee
      • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

        I gotta get me one of those. Damn unicorns keep crapping my lawn

  • LastGasp

    Her "gate was open?!" (Well we all know what that means…)
    Todd Akin would explain that she deserved to be shot.

    • DaveJ

      Or at least that if she has a bullet wound after being legitimately shot, she probably enjoyed it.

    • glasspusher

      "Many enter by the wide gate"

  • Blunderthing

    See? This is why Andy only gave Barney one bullet and made him keep it in his pocket.

  • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

    No dog?

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    They were probably checking out her fancy Navy genderless bathroom.

  • Callyson

    “spontaneous reaction”

    Aren't cops supposed to be trained *not* to fire their fucking weapons due to a “spontaneous reaction”?

    And I thought LAPD was bad…

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Guy hit her in the tit. It couldn't have been that spontaneous. Guys stare at those all the time.

      • CindynEncinitas

        Attica!!!

    • Typodong3

      Im thinking they skipped that portion of the training at the San Diego Police Academy.

    • miss_grundy

      I guess they don't have safeties on their guns 'cause that would be for sissies….

  • hagajim

    Not sure what bad word I used….was it Lord, or dipshit? Not sure. But why didn't these idiots just taze her?

  • pinkocommi

    Guns don't shoot people. Sheriffs shoot people.

    • CommieLibunatic

      I'm so sick of that People Kill People mantra. Maybe if the NRA repeats it enough, it'll cancel the fact that guns make it very, very, VERY easy. They make it so easy for People to Kill People that we do it by accident. I wonder how many people are accidentally stabbed by startled cops.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    In other news, San Diego sheriff's deputies shot and killed a butterfly that flitted past their patrol car. With extreme prejudice.

    • Angry_Marmot

      Mind you, this was the butterfly that caused the hurricane in Florida.

      • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

        Mind you, budderfly bites kan be nasti

    • cheetojeebus

      mudda fuckin buttafly you say?

  • CthuNHu

    We have nothing to fear but fear itself. And heavily-armed people in the grip of that fear.

  • PsycWench

    Is it just me or is "spontaneous reaction" a tautology?

    • Typodong3

      Yeah. Spontaneous = reaction. As in, Sherriff = no training. Self reinforcing, indeed.

    • Boojum

      No, there can be a spontaneous action, which would be shooting her without being startled.

  • fartknocker

    Was she wearing a hoody?

  • Estproph

    OK, now I'm worried. I too have a yard.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      First, they came for people with sidewalks, but I did not speak out because I have a stoop…

    • OneYieldRegular

      Our yard is a flower box. But believe it or not, I once returned home to find a cop standing in it with his gun drawn (true story – he was hunting some suspect who'd run up the outside courtyard and hopped a fence, and the cop, armed also with an unlikely story, was apparently wondering if the suspect was hiding in our garbage).

    • LionHeartSoyDog

      Today we all have yards. Even the homeless.

  • MissTaken

    Gawd people! He said he was sorry! Isn't that enough?

    • kittensdontlie

      Why was she in the backyard at all?! Was she tending to her Michelle O. 'Victory-Over-Democracy Garden', or thieving honey from an industrious hive of worker bees?!

      "The backyards of America contain more commies than all of Russia"—Unknown

    • Boojum

      I'm sorry if you were offended by my bullet.

  • pinkocommi

    This story would make more sense if the lady victim was wearing a ski mask at the time. In San Diego. In August. In her own backyard. Because, who does that?

  • grex1949

    Reminds me of that "life-or-death situation" faced by the cop on vacation in Canada a couple of weeks ago…

    • T3rbo

      Totally it, she probably asked if they had been to the stampede yet. God bless our heroes in law enforcement

    • An_Outhouse

      There's nothing worse than people wandering around handing out free stuff. Shoot them all.

  • BornInATrailer

    As you read, how many of you laid down a track of Waylon Jennings monologue in your brain?

  • mavenmaven

    I hate to ask what that cop did when he first saw Sarah Palin speak.

    • miss_grundy

      He had a "spontaneous reaction" in his shorts….

  • LibertyLover

    Was she trying to film them with her camera phone?

  • SorosBot

    But how many miles are on her truck?

    • UnholyMoses

      Why? You want to participate in some cosplay with her or somethin'?

  • LibertyLover

    Good thing for her that she wasn't skateboarding on the wrong side of the street.

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

      Are you insinuating something about female naval veterans?!

  • TribecaMike

    This wouldn't have happened if she hadn't kept yapping on and on and on about her naval record, and her feckin' azaleas.

    Signed, Rep. Joe Walsh, P.I.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      Hell, didn't she have some ironing to do????

      • TribecaMike

        What's a woman doing out at night anyway? Hint: Street walking!

      • Boojum

        I tol' the bitch to make me a sammich!

      • miss_grundy

        She should have been in the kitchen making them guys sammiches, after all you can get mighty hungry looking for criminals out in the mean streets of San Diego….

  • Biff

    Neighborhood Watch is looking for a few good men…

    • CommieLibunatic

      Tell me about it. Even a few would be a great addition to this department of chuckleheads.

    • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

      so was dogberry.

  • Angry_Marmot

    Barney's Fiefdom.

  • http://lostintarnation.blogspot.com/ SayItWithWookies

    I guess it's the vet's fault since any sensible person would've been inside with the a/c cranked?

  • Jus_Wonderin

    I think the problem here is that there were just too many boobs in that backyard.

  • BornInATrailer

    No Bob Marley parody yet? Really? Odd.

    • TribecaMike

      No woman, no die?

    • PubOption

      Well, the deputy didn't even swear it was in self defense.

  • marconidarwin

    Much ado about nothing. What is called for is calm and reason, and no rush to judgment, and perhaps attention to the problems of illegal aliens.

    Also, sensitivity training.

  • freakishlywrong

    OT/but Martin Brashir rocks my world. He's kinda real deal with the rightwinger asshole.

  • Steverino247

    If only her breasts were armed, this senseless tragedy could have been avoided.

    • TribecaMike

      If her breasts had been armed, this would've have been just another low budget Japanese action flick/cult classic.

    • BornInATrailer

      Machine guns jumblies, baby? How did I miss those?

      • Steverino247

        Have you ever heard of "foreplay?"

    • Caelan Aegana

      I KNEW Lady Gaga was onto something!

  • Biff

    What do you people want? Leave Larry Nesbit alone!

  • Typodong3

    Perhaps they should go practice on that obstacle course made famous in 'Police Academy'. You know, the one where you either identify the target before you shoot, or the one where you just pull out the largest gun available and blow everything to pieces.

    • TribecaMike

      If everyone would emulate the plots of Steve Guttenberg's movies, this could truly be a wonderful world.

  • sewollef

    "…. and one of them had a “spontaneous reaction.”

    Really? Spontaneous you say?

    I have those from time to time, but I don't always fire my gun.

  • AddHomonym

    Who doesn't like spontaneity?

  • IonaTrailer

    There is one little bright spot in California today…. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/drug-law/p

    • TribecaMike

      Most interesting, bud.

  • pdiddycornchips

    You're move Wayne LaPierre. Tell us how this tragic use of a handgun could have been prevented by more people using handguns.

  • Steverino247

    Worst "money shot" in history. Dude, you're supposed to shoot ON the breast, not THROUGH it!

  • An_Outhouse

    "first woman to earn Wings of Gold"

    Is that some kind of special pad?

  • http://thesecondcomingofjeri.blogspot.com Jeri 2.0

    "Well, I’m sorry, you startled me.” WTF did she do, sproing out of a bush waving a meat cleaver over her head?

  • KotBR

    Dumbest gun in the West.

  • anniegetyerfun

    You think this is bad – wait until President Oblackma hands the U.S. over to the U.N. They'll be shootin' women all over the place!

  • Typodong3

    In related news, I saw Paul Ryan at a press conference and was so startled I shot the teevee.

  • Tundra Grifter

    Today Skip Gates can thank his lucky stars he lived in Cambridge, Mass and not San Diego, CA.

  • mbobier

    Criminy — Nerves of steel, San Diego PD? Apparently not. If this officer shoots somebody every time he gets startled, what on earth would happen if he ever had to deal with an actual criminal? Would he open fire with rocket-propelled grenades or a flamethrower? Or perhaps he would just spontaneously combust instead of spontaneously reacting. Yeah, probably that one.

    • Boojum

      He also had to dry his pants.

  • UW8316154

    C'mon guys – she was an advance force of the United Nations forces that will be terrorizing real Americanz come January!! Totally justified shooting.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    Is this sheriff related to that cop who wished he could have shot up the youths who "startled" him in Calgary? Jesus, do they even let cops go to Disney World? Main Street would be littered with dead "cast members."

    • HistoriCat

      That would be the most spontaneous thing to ever happen at Disney World.

  • owhatever

    He will now receive a medal for valor.

  • thurufally

    "BARneeeee!"

    • LibertyLover

      There goes the one bullet rule…

  • CommieLibunatic

    Who wants to bet that every gun-toting asshole's solution for this would've been to arm her?

    *in his best space ork voice* After all, there ain't nuthin' that more people with shooters an' dakka dakka cain't solve right.

  • thurufally

    She was considering an abortion. No biggie.

  • barto

    It's her fault for not being armed and shooting first, thereby preventing this tragedy. When will we ever learn?

  • http://howtosavetheworld.ca/ BZ1

    And of course, it's Obama's fault…

  • CogitoErgoSumo

    A Navy rescue swimmer with Wings of Gold (and breasts) is a terrible thing to waste

  • sean_p

    The guy probably is actually sorry. Most of these dopey cops never fire their weapons, and it sounds like a real accident. Most of you pussies here would run slobbering to the police if a guy in a ski mask was running through your yard.

    • LibertyLover

      Would I have to run? Couldn't I just call them, maybe?

  • ttommyunger

    If it had been a legitimate shooting, her breastestest would have rejected the bullet.