Be very careful if you dial 9-1-1

Be very careful if you dial 9-1-1

October 8, 2009

NEVER Dial 911

Posted by William Grigg on October 8, 2009 01:51 PM

Anthony Arambula acted quickly on the evening of September 17, 2008 after an intruder broke into his house. After the invader crashed through a window in the family’s Phoenix home, Arambula grabbed his personal firearm and held him at gunpoint.

Then he made the nearly fatal mistake of dialing 911.

Three Phoenix PD officers were already in the neighborhood when the call went out. Outside the house, Arambula’s wife Lesley informed Sgt. Sean Coutts that her husband had already taken the intruder into custody and was holding him at gunpoint.

Either out of reflexive contempt for a mundane or criminal incompetence, Sgt. Coutts neglected — or refused — to pass along this vital information to his fellow tax-devourers. Before Mrs. Arambula could relay those important facts to the other officers, Officer Brian Lilly shot Anthony six times in the back — twice after he had hit the floor.

“You just killed the homeowner,” gasped Anthony as he bled into the floor of his house. “The bad guy is in there.”

“We f***d up,” Lilly reported to his dispatcher. Fear not, he and his fellow officers acted quickly to address the most pressing issue — no, not the threat to Anthony’s life, or that posed by the intruder, but rather the risk to the career of the police officer who shot the innocent man.

Displaying natural leadership ability, Sgt. Coutts quickly devised a cover story: In the official version, Anthony had pointed his gun at Officer Lilly, yet somehow managed to take six rounds in the back.

“That’s all right,” Coutts consoled Lilly as Anthony was bleeding to death in front of his children. “I got you back … we clear?”

The entire incident was captured on the 911 recording. The audiotape didn’t record what happened next, according to the family’s lawsuit:

“Tony made what he believed was a dying request to the officers; he did not want his young family to see him shot and bloodied. Officers callously ignored his request and painfully dragged Tony by his injured leg, through the home and out to his backyard patio, where they left him bloodied and shot right in front of Lesley, Matthew and Zachary.”

The officers later dragged the wounded man onto gravel, then shoved him on top of the hood of a cruiser and “drove the squad car down the street with Tony lying on top, writhing in pain.”

In order to preserve their cover story, the police insisted on treating Anthony like the suspect in a drug bust, forbidding family and friends to visit him in the hospital.

Not surprisingly, Anthony — who managed to survive being “protected and served” by Phoenix’s “Finest” — still suffers from chronic pain from his injuries, and most likely will for the rest of his life.

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5 years 11 weeks ago, 7:47 AM

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This is a concern

first off the cops want to control the scene as soon as they get there and not relaying some pretty damned important information appears to be the problem here.
I have noticed the "concealed carry badges" that they are selling at the gun shows(55 dollars each)are supposed to be held up to the police as they come onto the shooting scene,to differentiate the good guy from the bad guy.
Cops coming onto a shooting scene are going to control everybody and bottom line,they are going to make sure they are the ones going home after their shift is over.
Any person that is involved in protecting himself/others needs to be fully aware that after a shooting and until the cops have sorted thru the bodies,it is going to be a very dangerous time.
I would be interested to hear from others on the "post shooting phase".

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5 years 11 weeks ago, 7:55 AM

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LBC - Very sage advice

If you do know that the perp is down and not a threat, you should move you and your family outside to wait for police..
Put you weapon down.
Announce who you are.
DoNot give the police any info other than your name/ID.
Don't answer any question re: the incident, UNLESS your Atty is present.
The slightest misquote from yourself, can be misconstrued as a lie, which an over zealous prosecutor can use against you.
Most people will not remember the exact number of shots fired. Don't attempt even this most simple answer without an attorney present.

This is info that was given to me by my CCW instructor and an Attorney who was present.

5 years 9 weeks ago, 7:53 PM

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Good advice

Good advice from both of you.

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1 year 39 weeks ago, 8:38 PM

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Fucking corrupt

Fucking corrupt pigs......death to all corrupt minds fucking pigs.

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1 year 39 weeks ago, 8:05 AM

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corruption

Out of curiosity, who is the judge of corruption?

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1 year 39 weeks ago, 9:18 AM

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Judge dreed?

Judge dreed?

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1 year 39 weeks ago, 9:58 AM

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When a cop shoots a perp, their union does not allow them to give a statement for 48 hours. Sam is right to advise you to wait until you have an lawyer before answering any questions. No matter the situation, they will be looking to hang you, don't give them any reason to charge you. Don't say a word other than your name and that you want to press charges on the person who came into your house or attacked you.

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1 year 39 weeks ago, 10:14 AM

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If hes still alive.

If hes still alive.

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