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

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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  1. 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 …

    1. glasspusher

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

      He was a lowdown cheap little punk

  2. freakishlywrong

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. sullivanst

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

    1. 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.

  5. Major Thom

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

  6. GunToting[Redacted]

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

      1. 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.

    1. 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?

      1. DaveJ

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

  7. PsycWench

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

    1. Steverino247

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

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Fare la Volpe

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

        Hehe, "breast."

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. HogeyeGrex

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

  12. LastGasp

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

    1. DaveJ

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

  13. 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…

  14. hagajim

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

    1. 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.

    1. 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).

    1. 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

  15. 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?

  16. grex1949

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

    1. T3rbo

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

    2. An_Outhouse

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

  17. BornInATrailer

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

  18. 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.

      1. 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….

    1. CommieLibunatic

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

  19. 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.

  20. freakishlywrong

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

    1. TribecaMike

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

  21. 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.

    1. TribecaMike

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

  22. 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.

  23. pdiddycornchips

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

  24. Steverino247

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

  25. 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!

  26. Typodong3

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

  27. Tundra Grifter

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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."

  31. 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.

  32. barto

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

  33. 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.

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