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Hatchet-wielding man shot, killed at Ark. jail - AP

There are 62 comments on the Guardian Unlimited story from Mar 9, 2009, titled Hatchet-wielding man shot, killed at Ark. jail - AP. In it, Guardian Unlimited reports that:

A A A' Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man who walked into a county jail wielding a hatchet and knives early Monday and demanded the inmates be released, authorities said.

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crazy

Ashland, MS

#46 Sep 14, 2009
if you wanted to shood him cause you were scared of him y not shoot him in the knee or foot have him drop to the ground to take the weapons away from him? because some grown men or wanna b good cops were scared of a boy, that led to a kid being killed. oh, but wait, im going to bet ne thing that they ( the good cops lol yeah right) wont be charged with anything. real messed up
hmmmmm

United States

#47 Sep 15, 2009
Did you write this with your eyes closed???
Melody

Phoenix, AZ

#48 Sep 17, 2009
When an officer fires his weapon at anytime he has to account for it. I know I am a member of the posse in Henderson County Texas. I am also a Mother of 13 children and 32 grandchildren. You only have so many seconds to react when you ar efaced with this situation and unfortuntly the young man died. All we can do is pray for the Family of the young man and the officers that fired the fatal shots. God is the judge not us. Next time when oyu are faced with someone breaking into your home or trying to rape your daughter who are you going to call? Or your are being robbed at gun point, think about it people how would you react!!!
Dirty Cake

Rogers, AR

#49 Oct 18, 2009
Those of you complaining about the way this was handled obviously have NO IDEA what it is like to be a police officer - sworn with protecting the citizens of Mena and with upholding the law - or what it is like to carry the burden of responsibility for both handling the law or for taking someone's life.

You all sit there and judge but have no real, rational clue about what goes into making a decision like that. What if it had been your wife or child that was being threatened or attacked with an axe? What if it had been you? Your mother?

The posts here are sheer buffoonery of the highest order.
JayC

White Hall, AR

#50 Oct 18, 2009
Good job...keep up the good work!
Tod meuir

Wilmington, DE

#51 Oct 22, 2009
Lol yawnnnnn.. Are you pathetic liberal losers stii in attempt to advocate this wack job and villify the police for simply doing their job and protecting their lives and lives of public by offing this twit? Every new day is an awakening to me that you liberal skanks truly can advance to an even more serious disease of self... All i know is that there is yet one more useless hatchet carrying liberal freak in the obituaries and that makes me smile.:)
s from TN

Jamestown, TN

#52 Oct 29, 2009
hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>First off~this was no BOY! Even if it was, BOYS are charged with MURDER all the time! What about the officers' family's? I think if this "boys" family really gave hoot about him, they would have recognized his problem, and gotten him some mental help long before this incident.
1st of all if you did not know Chris or my family you have no right to say his family did not care for him. We all loved & cared for him deeply. As far as the mental issue goes hopely you will never know what someone w/ issues lives like. If someone has mental issues no matter how old their in a different state of mind as their age. You need not talk about things you don't know anything about or what you might think you know!
s from TN

Jamestown, TN

#53 Oct 29, 2009
hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text> so~~I guess everyone with SOME KIND OF ILLNESS has the right to throw hatchets at people?? COME ON PEOPLE!! I'll bet the punk was drawing a "CRAZY CHECK" too! It's about time that the good citizens of Polk County put a stop to these people doing what ever they want because the have an ILLNESS! Ilness my ass!
Chris worked every day of his adult life ! you need not post sometning you know nothing about you are a 1st class ASS
hmmmmm

United States

#54 Dec 13, 2009
Just D Facts wrote:
It is quite obvious that many of you never attended the school of common sense! Im betting the average IQ for those people who commented before my 2 posts is 50. These cops did what they had to do, which was the right thing, to protect you, the public, and themselves. Im guessing those that say otherwise have had their own run ins with the law and are just upset that they are criminals.
As you have probably guessed~these people are not intersted in FACTS! It IS nice to read a comment by someone with some intelligence! I am sensing that most of the people on this forum ARE criminals, and they need to GET A JOB!!
hmmmmm

United States

#55 Dec 13, 2009
Tod meuir wrote:
Lol yawnnnnn.. Are you pathetic liberal losers stii in attempt to advocate this wack job and villify the police for simply doing their job and protecting their lives and lives of public by offing this twit? Every new day is an awakening to me that you liberal skanks truly can advance to an even more serious disease of self... All i know is that there is yet one more useless hatchet carrying liberal freak in the obituaries and that makes me smile.:)
Me too, buddy,~~me too!!
hmmmmm

United States

#56 Dec 13, 2009
s from TN wrote:
<quoted text>
Chris worked every day of his adult life ! you need not post sometning you know nothing about you are a 1st class ASS
Hmmmmm~~looks like if he would have been working, or getting ready for work THAT day~he might still be alive! What was his job? Henchman??
hmmmmm

United States

#57 Dec 13, 2009
Dirty Cake wrote:
Those of you complaining about the way this was handled obviously have NO IDEA what it is like to be a police officer - sworn with protecting the citizens of Mena and with upholding the law - or what it is like to carry the burden of responsibility for both handling the law or for taking someone's life.
You all sit there and judge but have no real, rational clue about what goes into making a decision like that. What if it had been your wife or child that was being threatened or attacked with an axe? What if it had been you? Your mother?
The posts here are sheer buffoonery of the highest order.
You got it, man!
hmmmmm

United States

#58 Dec 13, 2009
s from TN wrote:
<quoted text>
1st of all if you did not know Chris or my family you have no right to say his family did not care for him. We all loved & cared for him deeply. As far as the mental issue goes hopely you will never know what someone w/ issues lives like. If someone has mental issues no matter how old their in a different state of mind as their age. You need not talk about things you don't know anything about or what you might think you know!
First off, how do you know that I DIDN'T know him??? You forget how small this town is! Don't blame faceless people on the Mena forum because the family didn't lock this freak up BEFORE he went to the PD trying to kill people!! And, by the way, I am ALL TOO FAMILIAR with mental illness. You, ALSO, know nothing about me, so you haven't the right to say that I "don't know" ~ but, that's the BEAUTY of the forum, isn't it?? We don't have ANY IDEA who we are speaking with.

Since: Dec 09

Paragould, AR

#59 Dec 26, 2009
Its not like he had a GUN. F**K THE POLICE!
WhiteSheetsAndHo ods

Murfreesboro, TN

#60 Dec 26, 2009
I wish to applaud the officer or officer's that took their firearm's training seriously enough to have been able to blow this hatchet carrying losers head off on first attempt lol.... You piss poor loser lib's need to stop blaming the police and rest of society for you being nothing but a disease upon all of life!!!
Get Real

United States

#61 Dec 28, 2009
dred scott 2 wrote:
The other mena forum seems to think the boy had it coming. Interesting to see two threads and forums so different.
The Officers did what was right. I would have shot alot more than 9 times. They didn't go to his house the idiot came to them. Stay safe Officers.
Cops R Great

Moscow, Russia

#62 Dec 29, 2009
Get Real wrote:
<quoted text> The Officers did what was right. I would have shot alot more than 9 times. They didn't go to his house the idiot came to them. Stay safe Officers.
Hey ain't you that homosexual or that boy lover evryone been talking about ? What you doing even acting like a real man for? Get lost creep!!
hmmmmm

United States

#63 Jan 24, 2010
anonymous wrote:
They knew he had mental problems. Whenever the police in Polk county get to fire their guns, they shoot to kill. I would be interested in how many times this boy was shot. Why did we not just shoot him in the leg, or shoulder? I actually heard he was shot in the head and chest. I also had met this boy and he really was a boy, not a man even at 23 years old. I knew he has problems after a few minutes hearing him speak. Very sad and I really feel for his family.
23 and with mental problems, so let's just let him kill the cops and dispatchers! Wonder what he was planning after that?? Let all the prisoners out? WHAT A GUY! yeah--let's let ALL the SICK PUNKS in town get away with this sort of thing. If he was THAT disturbed, he should have been locked up a long time ago!
figures

Searcy, AR

#64 Jan 28, 2010
another dumbass taking a hatchet to a gun fight
julie

De Queen, AR

#66 Jan 16, 2012
Yes, policeman are faced with dangerous situations. When I first heard this story my first though was these guys had watched too much Dirty Harry. Wait, even he didn't typically shoot someone to pieces that didn't even have a gun. I'm not a liberal, I am a conservative card carrying NRA member and I can outshoot most, if not all of you. But this isn't even about guns, this is about common sense. I disagree that the officers should be charged, but I also think Andy only let Barney carry one bullet for a reason. I hope these guys received better training after this.

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