SAN DIEGO'S FINEST  4:20 pm August 23, 2012

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

by Kris E. Benson

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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

UnholyMoses August 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

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

CRIMINOLOGIST:
He was a lowdown cheap little punk

freakishlywrong August 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

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

HogeyeGrex August 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

They're already your cops.

memzilla August 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

… 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.

weejee August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

She was likely wearing a hoodie, too, also.

miss_grundy August 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

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

prommie August 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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

Sue4466 August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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

pdiddycornchips August 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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 August 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

This.

Major Thom August 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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

HateMachine August 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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

LionHeartSoyDog August 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

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

(murka#1!!!)

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Why won't Obama protect our veterans?

TribecaMike August 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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

freakishlywrong August 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Guntonin' wingtards are shivering, frightened shitfuck girly men.

glasspusher August 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Well, yeah

smokefilledroommate August 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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

GunToting[Redacted] August 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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

PeaceWithHonor August 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

"America's Finest City," always mockable.

Baconzgood August 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

"You stay classy SDPD"

-Ron Burgundy-

DemmeFatale August 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Whale's vagina libel!

DaveJ August 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

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

CindynEncinitas August 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This is why I never go outside.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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

DaveJ August 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

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

Chet Kincaid_ August 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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

Angry_Marmot August 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

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

memzilla August 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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

SoBeach August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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

MissTaken August 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I live in a bubble.

SorosBot August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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

Fare la Volpe August 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

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

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

They need moar Shore Patrol

PsycWench August 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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

sewollef August 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

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

There's a difference you know.

Steverino247 August 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

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

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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

PubOption August 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Red what?

An_Outhouse August 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

what color student?

SorosBot August 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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

SorosBot August 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

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

Hehe, "breast."

LionHeartSoyDog August 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

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

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Was she blah? brown? just really tan?

An_Outhouse August 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Navy Lady = Lesbian

CindynEncinitas August 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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

glasspusher August 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

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

Callyson August 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

"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 August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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

MissTaken August 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

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

weejee August 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

We rely on a saber-toothed hamster.

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

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

LastGasp August 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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

DaveJ August 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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

glasspusher August 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

"Many enter by the wide gate"

Blunderthing August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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

DemmeFatale August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

No dog?

johnnyzhivago August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

They were probably checking out her fancy Navy genderless bathroom.

Callyson August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

“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…

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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

CindynEncinitas August 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Attica!!!

Typodong3 August 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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

miss_grundy August 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

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

hagajim August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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

pinkocommi August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Guns don't shoot people. Sheriffs shoot people.

CommieLibunatic August 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

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.

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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

Angry_Marmot August 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

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

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Mind you, budderfly bites kan be nasti

cheetojeebus August 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

mudda fuckin buttafly you say?

CthuNHu August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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

PsycWench August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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

Typodong3 August 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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

Boojum August 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

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

fartknocker August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Was she wearing a hoody?

Estproph August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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

OneYieldRegular August 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Today we all have yards. Even the homeless.

MissTaken August 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

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

kittensdontlie August 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

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

pinkocommi August 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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

T3rbo August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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

An_Outhouse August 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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

BornInATrailer August 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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

mavenmaven August 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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

miss_grundy August 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm

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

LibertyLover August 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Was she trying to film them with her camera phone?

SorosBot August 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

But how many miles are on her truck?

UnholyMoses August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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

LibertyLover August 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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

Chet Kincaid_ August 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Are you insinuating something about female naval veterans?!

LibertyLover August 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Nope. I was referring to this:
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/23/73340

TribecaMike August 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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

TribecaMike August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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

Boojum August 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I tol' the bitch to make me a sammich!

miss_grundy August 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Neighborhood Watch is looking for a few good men…

CommieLibunatic August 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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

fuflans August 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm

so was dogberry.

Angry_Marmot August 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Barney's Fiefdom.

SayItWithWookies August 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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

Jus_Wonderin August 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

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

BornInATrailer August 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

No Bob Marley parody yet? Really? Odd.

TribecaMike August 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm

No woman, no die?

PubOption August 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

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

marconidarwin August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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

Steverino247 August 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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

TribecaMike August 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

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

BornInATrailer August 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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

Steverino247 August 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Have you ever heard of "foreplay?"

Caelan Aegana August 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I KNEW Lady Gaga was onto something!

Biff August 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

What do you people want? Leave Larry Nesbit alone!

Typodong3 August 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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

sewollef August 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

"…. 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 August 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Who doesn't like spontaneity?

IonaTrailer August 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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

TribecaMike August 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Most interesting, bud.

pdiddycornchips August 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

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

Steverino247 August 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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

An_Outhouse August 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

"first woman to earn Wings of Gold"

Is that some kind of special pad?

Jeri 2.0 August 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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

KotBR August 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Dumbest gun in the West.

anniegetyerfun August 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

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

Tundra Grifter August 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

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

mbobier August 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

He also had to dry his pants.

UW8316154 August 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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

Chet Kincaid_ August 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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 August 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

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

owhatever August 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm

He will now receive a medal for valor.

thurufally August 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

"BARneeeee!"

LibertyLover August 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

There goes the one bullet rule…

CommieLibunatic August 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

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 August 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

She was considering an abortion. No biggie.

barto August 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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

BZ1 August 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm

And of course, it's Obama's fault…

CogitoErgoSumo August 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm

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

sean_p August 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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 August 24, 2012 at 12:32 am

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

ttommyunger August 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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

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